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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Photo: Nick Wass

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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Beagle’s face here (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty)

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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Caps vs Rangers Pregame: Bring on Tomorrow

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Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

Happy Friday! Tonight, the Rangers are in town for the last time this season. Henrik Lundqvist Antii Raanta and Co. will pretend that snatching two points from the Caps is remotely meaningful. In case you forgot, there’s an 18-point cushion between the Caps and the Rangers.

After a day off, let’s see if the Caps can manage to win a game by more than a single goal. Tonight kicks off another back-to-back for the good guys, who are undefeated in the month of March.

7 PM. CSN-DC+. GET HYPE.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 47-14-4 51.5% 101.8 23.9% (1st) 84.5% (4th)
New York Rangers 37-21-6 48.6% 102.6 17.2% (24th) 77.6% (25th)

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If you see me walking by

And the tears are in my eye

Look away, Broosky, look away.

Woah, didn’t see you there, internet people. You caught me singing to myself.

The Caps play against the Maple Leafs tonight and Brooks Laich is back in town. Tonight will be like the closure talk of a relationship. Let’s hope everyone agrees to try and stay friends. Connor Carrick is back, too. Daniel Winnik is like our new lover and we’re about to run into both of our exes while out on our first date. This could be weird. Or awkward. Let’s get weird and/or awkward.

The game is at 7 on CSN. BE THERE.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 46-12-4 51.5% 101.8 23.9% (1st) 84.1% (4th)
Toronto Maple Leafs 21-30-10 50.5% 98.8 14.4% (30th) 80.3% (19th)

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Caps vs Penguins Pregame: Make Up and Break Up

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Weber is a tank (Photo: Caps)

Tonight’s Caps game was originally scheduled for that mondo storm. That obviously didn’t happen, so now the Caps have four games to play in five nights.

If they weren’t a billion points ahead in the east, we would be cranky.

Caps vs Pens tonight at 7:30 PM on NBC Sports. The Pens keep beating the Caps at Verizon Center, so let’s see a full 60 tonight.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 45-12-4 51.8% 101.9 23.7% (1st) 84.0% (4th)
Pittsburgh Penguins 32-21-8 51.6% 100.2 18.4% (16th) 83.8% (6th)

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Caps at Blackhawks Pregame: Corsi Central

Jan 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Jonathan Toews (19) shake hands with Washington Capitals players after the 2015 Winter Classic hockey game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Hold onto your hats because it’s the most hectic time of season. The trade deadline is tomorrow, but much craziness has already transpired. In other exciting news, the Caps are jetting off to face the very good Blackhawks. Take a shot whenever someone says this game is “a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview.”

Fun fact: Caps PR says the good guys have beat the Blackhawks four times in a row and won seven of the last nine matchups. A less exciting statistic: the Caps have played 13 games this month, and all but three were decided by a single goal.

The party starts at 12:30, and it’s on NBC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 45-11-4 51.6% 102.1 23.3% (1st) 84.2% (4th)
Chicago Blackhawks 38-20-5 51.4% 99.5 22.5% (2nd) 80.0% (17th)

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Caps vs Wild Pregame: End the One-Game Losing Streak

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The Caps are at risk of doing that thing. You know that thing. That one thing where they lose two games in a row in rego. They haven’t done that yet and they don’t want to do that ever.

Playing guest at Verizon Center tonight is the Minnesota Wild, a desperate team and one not to underestimate. But they do have a pretty bad penalty kill, and Ovechkin is sitting at the cusp of 40 goals, so.

Time to do work. 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 44-11-4 51.8% 102.0 22.9% (1st) 84.5% (4th)
Minnesota Wild 27-24-6 48.1% 100.8 18.3% (18th) 77.6% (27th)

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