Caps vs Blues Pregame: Nearing the End of the Road

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The Caps return home to face the Blues. Tonight’s game is the second half of a back-to-back for both teams. Last night, the Caps (and John Carlson!) trumped the Devils in OT, while the Blues clinched a playoff spot via their 4-0 drubbing of the Canucks.

Hopefully you’re well rested because last night’s game was a real snoozer. Tonight should be a different story, as the Blues look to be a force in the playoffs. They boast a strong defense and elite special teams. Plus, it’s TJ Oshie vs Troy Brouwer, assuming the former is healthy.

Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 53-15-5 51.4% 100.1 23.0% (2nd) 84.6% (4th)
St. Louis Blues 44-22-9 52.5% 101.2 21.4% (6th) 84.9% (3rd)

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Caps at Devils Pregame: We’ve Been Here Before

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Happy Maryland Day. We made this shirt. It is boss as hell. Put it on your chest.

After Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Sens, you might think the Caps are living la dolce vita. They officially have the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference locked up. What’s not to like?

A lot, actually. Realistically, much work remains if the Caps are going to have a serious chance at winning more than a conference title. It’s time to right the ship, and that begins tonight.

But don’t get too hype. Why? Because any hockey game involving the Devils is either a 2-1 win or loss, or a 9-2 shellacking.

7 PM. CSN-DC. See you there.

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Caps at Senators Pregame: Gimme Something Good

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The Caps come into Ottawa tonight to face a Senators team that they should beat, despite the fact that the Sens have the league’s best defenseman, Erik Karlsson, on their roster.

The Senators aren’t a very good team. If the Caps struggle, it’s another concerning performance to add to the list that’s been growing longer at an alarming rate.

But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about something good. I’ve compiled a wishlist for tonight’s game:

  • The Caps end the first period with the lead.
  • Braden Holtby gives up two or fewer goals.
  • The Caps are the better possession team.
  • The Caps score a PP goal.
  • Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin find their way onto the score sheet.

I’ll take a win that involves any three of these wishlist items. What’s on your wishlist for tonight?

7:30 faceoff on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 51-15-5 51.2% 101.6 23.0% (2nd) 84.1% (5th)
Ottawa Senators 34-31-8 46.7% 101.2 16.4% (26th) 75.4% (29th)

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Caps at Penguins Pregame: No Slouch

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This evening’s foe, the Pittsburgh Penguins, played yesterday, defeating the Flyers’ 4-1. A tired Penguins team might imply good things for Sunday’s game, but Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby played just 19:56 on Saturday– the first time he’s ducked under 20 minutes since Evgeni Malkin went out with injury a week ago.

Don’t believe the hype. The Penguins have rebounded since canning Mike Johnston, and they’ve been genuinely fearsome since the trade deadline. This will be a tough game.

Puck drop is at 6 PM on NBC Sports.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 51-14-5 51.3% 101.8 23.2% (1st) 84.1% (4th)
Pittsburgh Penguins 39-24-8 52.5% 100.4 17.8% (19th) 83.8% (6th)

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Caps vs Preds Pregame: Onto the Next

In case you forgot, the Caps clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night. If you’re happy and/or unsurprised and you know it, clap your hands.

Tonight, the Caps face stiffer competition in a hungry Preds team. The Preds are chilling comfortably in the West’s first Wild Card spot. Alas, a recent string of wins has them eyeing up the Blackhawks’ third-place slot in the Central Division.

7 PM. CSN-DC. It’s gonna be lit.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 50-14-5 51.3% 101.6 23.7% (1st) 84.3% (4th)
Nashville Predators 36-22-13 53.0% 99.8 19.4% (11th) 80.2% (21st)

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Caps vs Canes Pregame: Lock it Up

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The Caps are finally back after an eventful West Coast road trip. Tonight, they face the Carolina Hurricanes, who are desperately clawing for a playoff position.

Before Saturday night, the Caps were winning (and occasionally, losing) by a one-goal margin. That came crashing to an end with a 5-2 loss to the Sharks. The ‘Canes are a much weaker team, so where do we go from here? Answer: the playoffs.

The game is at 7 PM. Head on over to CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 49-14-5 51.3% 101.6 23.8% (1st) 84.2% (4th)
Carolina Hurricanes 31-26-12 52.4% 98.3 17.7% (19th) 83.1% (8th)

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Caps at Sharks Pregame: Last Rites For Our Late Nights

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Hello from RMNB, where we’re all having nervous breakdowns at the same time.

Tonight the Caps wrap up their west coast jaunt in San Jose, where they’re expected to get stomped as per tradition. But the Capitals have been defying expectations of late. Their record in one-goal games is still astonishing, and they’ve clutched victory– or at least a standings point– in both their Californian games this week.

Caps at Shark at 10:30 PM on CSN Plus. After this there’s only one more late game, and it’s not until April, we promise.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 49-13-5 51.5% 101.7 23.7% (1st) 84.5% (4th)
San Jose Sharks 37-24-6 51.4% 100.1 21.9% (7th) 79.6% (22nd)

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Caps at Kings Pregame: You Best Not Miss

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The Caps visit the Kings tonight in a match-up that is sure to be billed as a potential Cup finals preview. The Caps have understandably not seemed as sharp or up for games recently. Tonight is a game they’ll need to be up for or they’ll likely get blown out of the building. Justin Williams and Mike Richards are returning to their old stomping ground. Here’s hoping they both pot a goal and the good guys emerge victorious.

The Caps come at the Kings at 10:30pm on CSN. They best not miss.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 49-13-4 51.4% 101.7 23.2% (3rd) 84.7% (4th)
Los Angeles Kings 39-22-4 56.7% 99.3 22.2% (5th) 81.1% (15th)

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Caps at Ducks Pregame: The Hottest Team

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The hottest team in the league will play tonight, and it ain’t the Washington Capitals. The Anaheim Ducks have won 11 games in a row. They’re ranked higher than the Caps in 5v5 possession and penalty killing. (It’s a virtual tie on the power play.) Plus they’ve got Bruce Boudreau behind the bench. After a miserable start to the season, the Ducks are now exactly where smart people knew they’d end up, and maybe even a little higher than that.

The Ducks right now are my pick out of the West to make the finals*. Tonight the Caps will try to beat them on their own turf.

It’s a late game, 10 PM on CSN. I’ll be staying up with you, cracking jokes.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 48-13-4 51.6% 101.7 23.8% (3rd) 84.5% (4th)
Anaheim Ducks 37-19-8 53.2 % 98.6 23.8% (2nd) 86.2% (3rd)

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Caps at Bruins Pregame: Close Games Kill

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The Caps played another one-goal game last night and lost. As Pat said, one-goal games– be they wins or losses– are the mark of a mediocre team who relies on luck too much. The Caps are not a mediocre team, but they haven’t shown us much to sing about lately.

Wrapping up a string of four games in five nights, the Caps are in Boston today. How great would it be to see a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes? A boy can dream…

Game’s on at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 47-13-4 51.6% 101.7 24.1% (1st) 84.2% (5th)
Boston Bruins 36-23-6 48.9% 100.7 21.7% (6th) 81.9% (11th)

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