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Another day, another chance at redemption.

First off, nobody’s panicking here. I said NOBODY’S PANICKING HERE but maybe just a teensy and perhaps a little urgency might be good?

Last night, playing against the Blue Jackets and their preposterous annoying cannons (can we dump those in a river pleeeease), we didn’t see as much of the sloppy play visited upon us since mid-January. Still, we did see too many penalties and overall our game still isn’t looking as tight as it had been looking. Time for a little more yelling we think, Coach Trotz.

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Caps at Blue Jackets: Please No More Cannons

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Welcome back, fans of actual hockey games. The grotesque obscenity of All-Star weekend is now behind us, so we can focus on — well, I sorta forget.

Jog my memory. The team we follow is the Capitals, yeah?. The other guys are the Blue Jackets, and I can’t remember if they’re good or not. Let’s say yes since the Oilers were awful and somehow won anyway.

Tonight the Capitals (or ‘Tals as they’re called among youths) will perform a hockey match at the Blue Jackets’ home base field. The puck will be tipped at 7 PM on the CSN channel with Joe Bonaducci and his collection of interesting hats.

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Caps vs Oilers Pregame: And Then We Break

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The Caps lost two in a row in a rather frustrating weekend. I liked how the Caps played for the most part, but there’s some saggy-ness in the defense that the team will need to fix if they want to beat the–

Oh, nevermind. It’s just the Edmonton Oilers.

You’re all clear, Caps, now let’s blow this thing and go to the All-Star break. 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-13-8 52.3% 100.2 24.1% 79.3%
Edmonton Oilers 11-26-9 48.7% 97.3 13.9% 79.8%

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Caps at Stars Pregame: Losing is a New Feeling

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From Hockey Fan Confessions, which, you guys, check that stuff out, because wow.

The Capitals lost last night, which I was surprised they were even capable of doing anymore. It was a generally good game at the Preds’ home cave, but a few bad bounces and a couple mistakes earned the team their first loss since December 23rd.

Now, on the back half of a full weekend, and playing against a quickly improving Stars team, the Caps risk doing something they’ve not done since the beginning of December: losing twice in a row.

8 PM on CSN proper. Meet you there. Bring snacks.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-12-8 52.1% 100.3 24.6% 79.3%
Dallas Stars 19-17-7 51.3% 100.3 14.9% 78.9%

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Caps at Predators Pregame: Trotz’s Homecoming

Remember that time you showed up at the party and your ex was there? You’ve both moved on, and you’re both doing pretty darn well, but now the rest of the night is about posturing to see who truly won the breakup?

The home stand is over. Now the Caps have to prove they can win on the road, and they’ve gotta do it against the hottest team in the league. The Nashville Predators are also the Caps head coach’s former team and the home of a prospect who was frittered away two years ago and has since rose to stardom.

Barry Trotz and the Caps vs Filip Forsberg and the Predators. Dramaaaaaaa.

8 PM on CSN Plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-11-8 52.0% 100.8 23.6% 79.4%
Nashville Predators 29-9-4 53.2% 103.0 15.2% 81.8%

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: Can’t Stop Winning

The Caps can’t stop winning. I’ve seen them try to stop winning twice in the last week, but they lost at stopping winning, so they won instead.

Maybe they’ll stop winning at tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but they’ll probably blow it again.

Puck drops at 8 PM, so get some dinner beforehand. Maybe some pasta primavera? Your call. I’m not the boss of you. Game’s on NBC Sportsnet (boooo!).

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 23-11-8 50.9% 100.8 24.0% 79.0%
Philadelphia Flyers 17-19-7 48.4% 100.3 23.3% 74.0%

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Caps vs Avalanche Pregame: Schmidtuation’s Changed

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Last year’s surprise superstars, the Colorado Avalanche, are now fifth in the Central Division. I expect the Dallas Stars to pass them this month, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Minnesota Wild turn things around, so the Avs might be in the division basement by season’s end. Bummer.

That said, they’re on a 3-game winning streak right now and have a hot goalie. The Capitals have the opportunity to run the Avs down tonight at Verizon Center. This upcoming weekend on the road is looking tough, so it’d be good to get out ahead tonight.

Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 22-11-8 50.6% 100.8 23.8% 79.4%
Colorado Avalanche 18-16-8 44.3% 101.2 14.2% 85.4%

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Caps vs Red Wings Pregame: Schmidt Down, Oleksy Up!

Rolling with the homies.

The Washington Capitals didn’t seem like themselves during Thursday’s overtime loss to the Philadephia Flyers. If they don’t get their act together for Saturday night’s home game against the Detroit Red Wings, who are a far better team than the Flyers, this one’ll get ugly quick.

Puck drops a little after 7 PM on CSN, though I have a feeling 18 thousand or so of you will be watching it in person at Verizon Center.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 21-11-8 51.0% 100.7 23.3% 79.1%
Detroit Red Wings 22-10-9 53.8% 99.9 24.5% 86.8%

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: End of the Road (Trip)

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Listen up, you ignorant lemmings! You think the Caps are good just because they’re on a 103-point pace and haven’t lost a game since the late 80s? Well, you gotta be better than good to beat the Philadelphia Flyers. You think, just ’cause they’re 24th in puck possession, the Capitals are gonna run roughshod over ‘em?

Yeah, probably.

But the Caps are on the back half of a road back-to-back, and the Flyers are gonna do nasty stuff after the whistle, so really anything can happen.

7 PM on CSN. Crash the net.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 21-11-7 52.0% 100.2 23.1% 79.2%
Philadelphia Flyers 15-18-7 48.1% 101.7 22.0% 75.0%

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Caps at Leafs Pregame: Phil the Thrill

For once, it’s not our team that’s the hot wreck. The Capitals, with their stable coach and winning record and improving possession, traveled to Toronto last night in anticipation of tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs, who just fired coach Randy Carlyle and are currently in the process of deciding whether or not they should maybe eat their young.

7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 20-11-7 52.0% 100.2 23.5% 78.9%
Toronto Maple Leafs 21-16-3 44.9% 101.7 20.1% 82.2%

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