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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Caps vs Avalanche Pregame: The Avs Suck So Beat Them!


Photo: Amanda Bowen

Saturday! Caps hockey! Against a terrible hockey team!

I mean, seriously, look how bad the Colorado Avalanche are. The Y axis only goes up to 46 percent for shot-attempt percentage!


This isn’t to say that the Caps are assured victory. Hockey can be really random. It’s a game of probabilities and isn’t deterministic in nature. So, maybe the Caps will lose. But, when you’re playing a bad team at home, it’s obviously best to grab two points.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 12-5-1 54.0% 99.7 21.8% 86%
Colorado Avalanche 7-11-1 44.4% 101.3 18.7% 76.9%

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Caps vs Stars Pregame: There Will Be Fun

The offensive juggernaut that is the Dallas Stars marches into the nation’s capital tonight. The Stars are a high speed, high-octane team that can make any team look silly. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn sit second and third in the NHL in points right now and form an absurdly talented first line with Patrick Sharp.

The Stars are possibly the most entertaining team to watch in the league. They have more events (that is, a shot attempt by either team) per 60 minutes of play than any team in the league. But don’t take this to mean their defense is terrible. While they do play a more open style of game, they rank in the middle of the league in shot attempts allowed.

Pay no mind to all the talk of the Caps’ lack of success against the Stars over the past seven years or so. Unless, of course, you believe a team’s name effects the outcome of the game, because that’s the biggest similarity in all of the Caps losses to the Stars.

The fun begins at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 12-4-1 54.4% 100 21.8% 85.4%
Dallas Stars 15-4-0 53.3% 100.3 29.3% 79.3%

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Caps at Red Wings Pregame: Stretch it Out

Having not played since Michael Scott was still on The Office, the Caps finally get back in action Wednesday night against the Red Wings. It’s been a while so you may be a little stiff. Stretch it out, Caps fans.

The Caps and Wings met last week. The Caps 5v5 effort was pretty meh, but the Wings overall have been a meh team so far in 2015-16. Detroit has been playing better hockey lately, as they’ve been the better possession team in each of their past five games, but they picked only two wins in that span.

The Caps need a better 5v5 performance. Oh, and I dare the Wings to let Ovechkin fire 4,307 shots again. If they employ the same strategy, you can take an Ovechkin record-setting goal to #thebank.

Puck drop is at 8 PM on NBCSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 11-4-1 54.8% 100.1 22.4% 84.8%
Detroit Red Wings 9-8-1 49.2% 100.4 17.2% 82.8%

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Caps vs Flames Pregame: Take Three


Ovi doesn’t like Bieber’s new album (Photo: District Sports Page)

Maybe tonight will be the night that Alex Ovechkin breaks Sergei Fedorov‘s goal scoring record. Or maybe Justin Williams will further sabotage his teammate’s attempt at history. Bovada odds on Williams being a spy were 20:1 at the start of the week but stand at 2.5:1 as of Friday afternoon.

The good news for the Caps is that half the team could try to sabotage the effort tonight and they’d still have a good chance at beating the Calgary Flames. The Flames overachieved last season but were lauded for being “gritty” and having “character.” I suppose the reason they are 5-11-1 so far this season is because they just don’t have the will to win.

Or, perhaps their good fortune ran out and this is who the Flames are. A look at the their rolling 10-game shot-attempt percentage since the start of last season is telling. At no point does their share of the shot attempts go above 50 percent.


The reliable crew/fam/squad on CSN has all of the coverage for the 7 PM tilt.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 11-4-0 54.6% 100.2 22.4% 84.1%
Calgary Flames 5-11-1 46.8% 95.9 17.4% 74%

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: Gettin’ Schmidty Wit’ It

It’s a dreary Thursday afternoon, but your hearts should be singing. The Schmidtuation: Nate Schmidt is penciled in to play with John Carlson tonight on the TOP FREAKING PAIR while Brooks Orpik is listed as a game-time decision.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for Brooks. Being excited about the Schmidtuation is not the same as celebrating an injury.

The Flyers are off to an uneven start under new head coach Dave Hakstol. Somehow, Jacub Voracek doesn’t have a goal yet, so cross all your fingers and toes whenever he touches the puck tonight. He’s due to score in bunches once the drought is over.

The game starts at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 10-4-0 54.5% 99.9 20.5% 85%
Philadelphia Flyers 5-7-3 47.1% 100 13.6% 78.9%

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Caps at Red Wings Pregame: Go Ovi, Go!


Alex Ovechkin stands on the brink of yet another NHL accomplishment. With his next goal, the Caps Russian superstar will break Sergei Fedorov’s record for most career goals scored by a Russian-born player.

Fedorov will be in attendance at the game. Last night he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and tonight he will be honored by the Red Wings.

Once the actual hockeying starts, you may notice something peculiar: the Red Wings aren’t that good this season. They rank 29th in score-adjusted shot-attempt percentage. Here’s their 4-game rolling shot-attempt percentage compared to the Caps.


*enter muscle emoji here*

Travis Yost had some good insight earlier this season on what’s up with the Wings.

Puck drops at 7:30 PM on the Plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 10-3-0 55.3% 100.2 22% 84.6%
Detroit Red Wings 7-6-1 46.8% 102.1 18% 82.4%

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Caps vs Maple Leafs Pregame: Take Advantage

Tonight begins a stretch of games for the Caps against relatively weak competition. But there are no easy games in the NHL, and the Maple Leafs are better than their record shows, so it’s not as if there are any gimmes on the horizon for the club. Then again, tonight’s game is a perfect example of a game in which the Caps need to take advantage of the schedule. Seize the carpe, so to speak.

The Leafs are in town, fresh off an overtime loss last night to the Red Wings. Having played last night, and then travelling to DC after, Mike Babcock’s boys likely won’t be at their freshest tonight at the Verizon Center. Time to prey on the weak.

Check your local listings for channel, as the game is on CSN+ at 7 PM.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 9-3-0 55.3% 100.6 22.9% 86.1%
Toronto Maple Leafs 2-8-3 49.8% 98.8 12.8% 77.8%

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Caps vs Bruins Pregame: A Schmidty Situation


Fresh off being further embarrassed by the Tyler Seguin trade, the Bruins come to town to face a Caps team that’s looking to bounce back from an uneven performance against Rangers on Tuesday.

Before we fully shift our focus to tonight’s game, lets revisit the hug heard ’round the world. Non-Flawed Human Nate Schmidt spoke on the subject today and said that getting hugged by Alex Ovechkin is like getting hit by a bus.

Peter, who also speaks for me on this topic, is so excited that he’s tweeting about his nipples.

Back to the Bruins. Let’s check in on their psyche:

In your head, Krejci! In. Your. Head.

Schmidt’s team plays at 7 PM. The trusty CSN channel on your teevee has the coverage.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 8-3-0 56.1% 99.6 22.6% 88.2%
Boston Bruins 6-4-1 51.3% 99.7 34.2% 70%

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