Happy Easter, which is traditionally a good holiday for the Washington Capitals, yes, definitely. The Capitals squandered a comeback and a chance to lock a playoff spot last night, but no worries– it’s not like the Wings are a strong 5v5 team with good coaching and a distinct home-field advantage.
With just one week left in the NHL regular season, the Capitals are sitting comfortably in the Metro standings. With a regulation win over the Ottawa Senators tonight, Washington could guarantee a playoff appearance.
(I am constitutionally and stylistically opposed to the typical clinching idiom. I literally hate it literally.)
Game is at 7 PM on CSN. I’ve got a bunch of family in town, so Chris Gordon will be recapping the game in my stead.
This is it. This is the final stretch of the regular– sorry, #rego– season. From here until the 11th, the Caps will face a gauntlet of tough teams, all of whom are in the playoff race. We begin tonight with the Montreal Canadiens. If the playoff started today, two things would be true:
the Caps would face the Habs in the first round
you’d be like wtf mate, s’pose t’be 82 games
(Also you’d be Australian, I guess.)
A ton of stuff can and will change between now and the final game of the season, especially if you look at the Metro standings, but I like the way it all looks. Puck drops at 7:30 PM on CSN.
A big part of our mission here at RMNB is to explore different ways to enjoy hockey, which is maybe why some people take offense when we write about the players as human beings with human personalities. I can’t think of many ways to look at hockey that I would consider “invalid,” but right now I can think of one way that is essential.
Tonight Alex Ovechkin will try to record his sixth 50-goal season. Doing so would join him in history with some of the best scorers in hockey history, which is precisely where he belongs. One goal from Ovi would also tie him with Peter Bondra for most in franchise history.
And, most immediately, one goal from Ovi might win a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. This is one of the last so-called “easy” games left– if the Caps wanna jockey their way up the standings, a W tonight is pretty much mandatory.
I’ve got mixed feelings about yesterday’s loss to the Nashville Predators. The first period was genuinely awful, and the game was filled with all sorts of narrative wretchedness concerning former teams and abandoned prospects, but the Caps put up an honest comeback effort, and Troy Brouwer’s contributions shouldn’t be dismissed.
That said, it’s all in the past now. Barry Trotz made some noise about having no short-term memory in this final stretch. I see the virtue in that. As the Caps prepare to take on the Rangers, I hope they can leave their behinds in the past.
Now begins a tough weekend for the Washington Capitals. There’s the two early games against two very high-achieving teams, the Nashville Predators today and the New York Rangers tomorrow. There’s also the untidy narratives surrounding today’s game, specifically Barry Trotz playing his old team, who got better when he left, and the “return” of Filip Forsberg to Verizon Center, where he never really played as a Capital, but you know what I mean.
The Devils, lacking a head coach but sporting Adam Oates behind the bench, will come to town tonight. So a Caps team looking to solidify their playoff position really ought to grab these two points. Remember earlier this season when Ovi scored an amazing goal against the Devils and then gave his stick to my nephew? That was cool.
The action starts at 7 PM on CSN. The Caps only have two more 7 PM starts after tonight.
Every season it’s the same. It begins, invariably, with a euphoric burst of optimism that somehow, this year, this season, everything is going to work out. The team will be saved and we’ll all rejoice. Their journey will have come to an end, and the world will be a better place.
Sure, there will be lots of scrapes along the way. While the team that has sustained us for multiple seasons now will lose several beloved but under-performing members, the core players will remain. We’ll have some feels about saying goodbye to a few, but we’ll also pick up a few new members along the way. And, at least at the start, they’ll have a lot of promise.
But one thing never changes. Disaster, often from an unexpected source, will find a way to enter the narrative– you can be sure of that. And when it does, it will look and feel awful…perhaps even fatal.
Yet everyone will dig deep, deeper perhaps than they thought they could, and we’ll survive to fight again. We may not have found the promised land yet, but there’s always next season. What’s important is moving forward. Pressing on. It’s essential. It feels, in fact, like life or death.
Of course, I’m talking about The Walking Dead. What did you think I was going on about?
There are just ten games left in the regular season, and tonight we kick off that final stretch in style at #RMNBPartyGr8. As the Jets prepare to host our Capitals at 7 PM, you, me, and a bunch of other fans will meet at RFD in Chinatown for what should be a fun night.
Part starts at 6. Puck drops at 7. The game will be on the wall.
Tonight in Minny the Caps take on the Wild. I don’t like singular collective nouns for sports teams. What do you call a member of the Wild (aside from “member of the Wild”)? They’re not “a Wild.” They’re not “a Wildling.” Same deal with the Lightning. I guess each one of those guys is “a Bolt” at least.
Those team names are stupid. Therefore the Capitals should beat them tonight.