The Ducks are the most interesting team in the league. Using the validated, near-consensus measurement for small-sample 5v5 success– i.e. puck possession– the Ducks are nothing special. Their perch atop the league is perhaps due to their record in one-goal games, which all you thousands of Orioles fans know isn’t something you can sustain forever.

But there’s also this widespread belief that Bruce Boudreau is somehow making his team better at scoring without making them better at having the puck. I’m skeptical, but it’s undeniable that they’re a fun team to watch.

That’s exactly what we’ll do at 7 PM tonight on CSN. Go Caps.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 27-15-10 52.4% 100.8 23.5% 81.2%
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 34-12-6 51.5% 100.5 17.8% 81.5%

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Caps at Senators Pregame: In The Other Capital City


Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, and some other guys! The Ottawa Senators are competing hard for the team-I-care-about-least award, pulling way ahead of the Stars since the summer and going neck and neck with the Canucks right now.

Tonight at 7:30, on CSN Plus, the Caps will try to extend their amazing one-game winning streak.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 26-15-10 52.2% 100.5 23.7% 80.8%
Ottawa Senators 20-20-9 49.8% 100.6 16.8% 83.0%

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Caps vs Kings Pregame: The Lines! The Lines!


From Kings Insider, defaced by Adam Vingan

That win over Pittsburgh was fun, but it was the only victory the Caps have had in more than two weeks. Tonight won’t be easy either, as the Kings come to town with a Cup on their back and a chip on their shoulder– they’re not happy about their record so far.

In the Caps’ favor, however, are some bold new lines courtesy of Barry Trotz. This could be wild. We shall see at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 25-15-10 52.3% 100.2 23.5% 80.7%
Los Angeles Kings 21-16-12 54.5% 99.9 19.5% 77.8%

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Caps at Habs Pregame: Back-to-Back Brunch Games


He’s still too pretty to be hurt.

Hoo boy, how much fun was that last game? I still can’t get over it.

But I need to get over it. Here comes the Montreal Canadiens, who are not good enough to deserve their number-two slot in the Atlantic Division. The Habs are on their way down, and with a little luck our Caps will help their along way.

Puck drops at– [checks watch]– wow, 1 PM. It’s on NHLN and CSN. Let’s do it.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 25-14-9 52.4% 100.3 24.1% 80.6%
Montreal Canadiens 31-13-3 48.8% 102.0 27.6% 84.9%

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Caps vs Pens Pregame: Desperate Much?


When you’re on a four-game losing slump, the very best thing you can do is play one of your biggest rivals on the second day of a back-to-back.

The Pens are pretty banged up, but the Capitals are full-on desperate right now. I’m expecting fireworks. It’s on that NBC Sports’ rivalry night thing at 8 PM.

Crash the net.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-14-9 52.5% 100.1 23.9% 80.1%
Pittsburgh Penguins 27-12-8 52.3% 100.7 23.0% 87.1%

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Crosby Ovechkin

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


Image from Hallskey

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


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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