Caps vs Rangers Pregame: Bring on Tomorrow

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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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Caps vs Canadiens Pregame: Historicity

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The Capitals’ historical, magical, cinnamon-roll-tastic regular-season continues as we approach the trade deadline. The Caps got an early start on their deadline moves by picking up Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres last night. Weber, probably a spare part for a hopefully long playoff run, won’t see action tonight; he’s on baby watch. In the meantime, the Habs are in town, primed to give the Capitals their 45th win of the season.

Game’s 7 PM on CSN unless you’re at Verizon Center, in which case it’ll be right in front of you. I’ll be doing your in-game coverage and recap duty, and I’m a bit under the weather today, so please be gentle with me.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 44-10-4 51.9% 102.0 23.2% (1st) 84.8% (4th)
Montreal Canadiens 28-27-5 52.6% 99.0 18.3% (16th) 83.4% (6th)

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Caps vs Coyotes Pregame: No Sad Sacks

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Photo: Chris Gordon

Appreciation is the theme of the day. We know now that the Caps are in the midst of a historically bright season, but the ominous shadow of the postseason lurks in the distance. Some folks bask in the brightness; others obsess on the oncoming storm. But what kind of sad sack can’t appreciate a sunny day just because it might rain 45 days from now?

(Apologies for the hackneyed rhetorical question. The answer is professional sports pundits, obviously.)

Here at RMNB and other enlightened corners of the Caps internet, we know better. Today is a lovely February day. The Caps are gonna whip the Coyotes later. Let’s all watch it together and smile because this is some wild stuff we’re seeing right now.

Join us, won’t you, on CSN at 7 PM?

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 43-10-4 51.9% 102.1 23.2% 84.3%
Arizona Coyotes 27-25-6 46.4% 101.0 19.4% 77.8%

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Caps at Islanders Pregame: Here In Your Bedroom

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Are you into teams that are 20 points out of first place?  Can you simply not resist cheering for a team that has sold all real estate in their collective head to Tom Wilson? Ooooo boy, then do I have a team for you. That team is the New York Islanders, whom the Caps will play tonight in Brooklyn.

Get your televisions tuned to CSN for the 7 PM game.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 41-10-4 51.7% 102.2 23.7% 83.9%
New York Islanders 30-19-6 51.3% 100.4 19.8% 87%

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Caps vs Kings Pregame: Hello, It’s Me

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Tonight, the Caps return home to the Verizon Center for the first time since February 7. Their opponent is one of the NHL’s better teams, the Los Angeles Kings, who also lead the Pacific Division. The Kings are known for their elite possession numbers and their objectively terrible Dustin Brown contract.

The Kings may not possess the same speed or offense as the Stars, but the Caps must be better than they were Saturday night. It should go without saying that another late rally isn’t acceptable.

Mike Richards and Justin Williams get to say hello to some old friends. Hopefully they say hello by scoring a goal. Speaking of saying hello, Brooks Orpik returns to the lineup tonight.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Glue your eyeballs to CSN-DC if you dare.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 40-10-4 52.0% 102.0 24.4% 83.7%
Los Angeles Kings 33-19-3 56.8% 99.0 23.1% 81.6%

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Caps at Stars Pregame: Starry, Starry Night

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Photo: Melissa Lynn Photography

Tonight, the Caps go head-to-head with the Stars in what promises to be a gnarly hockey game. The Caps are merely aiming to pad their 17-point Metro lead (yawn), while the Stars are hoping to edge the Blackhawks for first in the Central. Both teams are offensive juggernauts and among the NHL’s best, if not the best. 

Valentine’s Day is looming and the Caps are riding a five-game win streak, so cuddle your cat and/or break out the bubbly. The game is at 8, and it’s on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 40-9-4 52.2% 102.1 24.2% 83.8%
Dallas Stars 35-15-5 53.8% 100.0 22.1% 80.0%

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