Caps at Penguins Pregame: Coach Killer vs Coach Killers

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No one cares about this anymore.

The Capitals are in Pittsburgh today to face the Penguins and their new coach, Mike Sullivan. Having recently fired the guy who literally wrote the book on hockey strategy but whose on-ice strategies grew increasingly inane, the Penguins could be primed for a bounce back.

It’s also possible that their problems run deeper than tactics. I hope Jim Rutherford isn’t looking into long-term real-estate investments in Shadyside.

Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN. Peter Hassett, who is me, will have your recap service.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 20-6-2 52.1% 101.4 23.3% 83.5%
Pittsburgh Penguins 15-10-3 48.3% 100.3 15.6% 84.2%

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Caps at Lightning Pregame: Don’t Disappoint Dad

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Circa 2011.

The Capitals’ regulation loss to the Florida Panthers was their first since November 19. It was also probably their worst game of the season, or so I was told. I’ve heard that no shame is worse than shame from one’s father, so the Caps must redeem themselves tonight with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, or else seppuku is the only option.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Until then, have a lovely December Saturday afternoon. Maybe go tanning by the pool or play frisbee.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 19-6-2 52.5% 101.0 23.9% 84.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning 14-12-3 51.6% 101.7 17.0% 77.5%

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Caps at Panthers Pregame: Dad Trip, Dad Jokes

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The Washington Capitals are one of the hottest teams in the league. The Florida Panthers, well, they are certainly a team in the NHL. Tonight they will play each other while you watch.

Puck drops in Florida, an actual place where they play hockey, at 7:30 PM. Game’s on CSN-DC, thank goodness.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 19-5-2 52.7% 101.1 25.3% 84.0%
Florida Panthers 13-11-4 46.9% 101.0 19.4% 79.8%

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Caps vs Red Wings Pregame: Let Mike Be

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Photo: @wingwheelwonder

Mike Green, one of the best defensemen to ever wear a Caps uniform, returns to DC tonight. This raises an important question:

For those who are unfamiliar, here’s a history of the whoop, courtesy of Peerless.

If I happened to be attending the game tonight (spoiler: I’m not), I would be in the “No” crowd. If you do plan to whoop Green, just do so knowing that I disapprove of you, your face, and likely your entire existence.

The hopefully whoop-free game will be brought to you by NBCSN at 7:30 PM.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 18-5-2 53.0% 101.3 25.6% 83.8%
Detroit Red Wings 15-8-4 51.6% 101.3 17.2% 81.1%

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Caps at Jets Pregame: Falling Farther From Just What We Are

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

3pm hockey today, everyone. Get your proverbial house in order and then settle in for Caps-Jets from THE PEG.

The Caps didn’t look good against Montreal. As the forwards and defensemen skated as if they were stuck in vasoline, Braden Holtby won the team the game. In fact, despite continuing to rack up wins, the Caps from the past 10 games or so have not been the Caps we had become accustomed to seeing early on this season. Some concerning trends are popping up. My concern meter isn’t high yet. I still think the Caps are a great team that hasn’t played like one for many of the past 10 games. In other words, I don’t think this is unavoidable regression; I think this is a Caps team falling from just what they are. Hopefully they don’t fall farther.

Today, in Winnipeg, the Caps can help to alleviate some of the concerning issues that we’ll get into more in the snapshot tomorrow.The trusty crew at CSN has you covered for the 3pm tilt.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 18-5-1 52.7% 101.4 25.7% 84.1%
Winnipeg Jets 12-12-2 51.7% 100.4 15.8% 79.0%

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Caps at Canadiens Pregame: Aaaaaand We’re Back

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Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

WAKE UP, WE’RE BACK!

So, there’s, like, a hockey game tonight in Montreal between two teams who are near the top of the standings in the best league on the planet Earth. One team will wear a dark sweater, the other a light sweater. They’ll skate up and down the ice trying to put the black disc thing into the net thing. Whoever does this more often over at least 60 minutes of hockeying with be considered the better hockeyers for that night and be rewarded with two points in the standings.

Some players will do things well and people will be pleased. Some players will do things badly and people will be outraged in a disproportionate manner, probably in 140 characters or less.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 17-5-1 53.5% 101.0 26.8% 83.3%
Montreal Canadiens 19-4-3 53.3% 102.1 23.9% 86.4%

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Caps at Leafs Pregame: Into Canada!

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This just screams hockey to me.

Tonight the Caps begin a three-game trip through Canada with a four-game win streak still active. The Toronto Maple Leafs are still not very good, but anything can happen on HNIC. It’s Holtby vs Bernier, so that’ll be fun.

Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN Plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 16-5-1 53.3% 100.7 25.0% 84.5%
Toronto Maple Leafs 7-10-5 48.3% 99.9 18.8% 81.7%

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Caps vs Lightning Pregame: Early Bird Special

Hi. We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We also hope you are ready for some early evening hockey and are stocked full of leftovers to gorge on during the aforementioned early evening hockey.

Old Southeast Division rivals Tampa Bay visit the nation’s capital today. A hockey game will be played. It will have action, whistles, shooting, passing, hitting, and scoring. The Lightning have gotten off to a bit of an uneven start this season but have won three in a row.

The game starts at 5 PM and will be brought to you by the fine folks at CSN, who we all should be thankful for.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 15-5-1 53.5% 100.9 21.9% 83.9%
Tampa Bay Lightning 11-9-3 51.8% 101.3 18.3% 81.3%

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Caps vs Jets Pregame: Thanksgiving Eve!


By the time you are reading this, most of you have already began the long weekend or are counting down the hours until it starts. YEAAAAAAA BOIIIIIIIIIIIII!

For those of you who don’t have off, as an ex-hospital employee, I feel your pain. It sucks. But thanks for doing whatever it is that you do which is so essential that you have to sacrifice holiday time to work.

The Jets are in town tonight. They have the misfortune of playing in the best division in hockey, so don’t let their fifth place, 10-10-2 record fool you. They are a good team.

Get a fire going in the fireplace, drink a warm, possibly adult beverage, and get ready to enjoy some Thanksgiving Eve hockey, y’all.

Puck drop is at 7 PM-ish on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 14-5-1 53.4% 100.7 21% 85.2%
Winnipeg Jets 10-10-2 51.5% 100.4 14.3% 79.1%

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Caps vs Oilers Pregame: Prep Your Turkey Now

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Happy Monday, Caps fans. It’s a short holiday week, and I’m sure you’re busy prepping a scrumptious holiday meal, so I’ll be brief.

The Caps stomped the Avs on Saturday night, and now they ought to do the same to the Oilers, who are a pretty miserable team. Edmonton is a place where blue-chip prospects go to disappoint and get disappointed. The team should be scoured from the face of the earth and then the city itself should pay reparations to Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Anyway, puck drops at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 13-5-1 54.0% 100.4 22.0% 84.3%
Edmonton Oilers 7-12-1 48.0% 99.0 19.7% 77.8%

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