Caps vs Panthers Pregame: End The Slump

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The Caps haven’t won a game since January 19 when they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3. There’s a lot of talk about the Caps as the favorite to win the East this season, but I’m not really sure how a team can be considered good, let alone a contender, when they’ve gone 15 days without a win.

The Caps need to end this prolonged slump and prove they actually have the skills it takes to win a hockey game. After all, I bet most of us on a beer league team have had more wins than the Caps over the past 15 days. To end the drought, the Caps will need to beat the Florida Panthers. The Panthers sit atop the Atlantic Division with 62 points and a 6-3-1 record in their last 10 contests.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 35-8-4 52% 102.2 26.8% 84.6%
Florida Panthers 29-15-5 48% 102.2 16.2% 83.1%

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: What Is A Hockey?

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Some sort of sporting event will be played at the Verizon Center tonight. Sources say the sporting event will be a game called hockey. Details are scarce at this time, but hockey is reportedly a game that was popular among humans in Washington DC prior to the great blizzard of 2016. We couldn’t get confirmation, but social media says this game is played on ice and often dominated by a team from DC that wears red.

If we’ve piqued your interest with this whole “hockey” thing, turn your television dial to the NBC Sports Network at 8 PM to see what it’s all about.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 35-8-3 52% 102.1 27.1% 84.8%
Philadelphia Flyers 20-18-8 49% 100.4 17.4% 77.7%

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Caps at Blue Jackets Pregame: Mute the Cannon

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The Caps visit Columbus for the second time in 2016, hoping for a better result this time around. Proving that hockey is random as all get out, the Caps lost to the Blue Jackets 5-4 in their meeting earlier this month.

The Jackets are still bad, the Caps are still good. The Jackets still have a terrible coach and that awful cannon whenever they score. Actually, the canon is objectively cool, but not tonight. Not against our Caps. Mute the cannon.

The game is at 7 on CSN. Someone, and by someone I mean Chris or Peter, will have your recap for you at the buzzer.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 34-8-3 52.0% 102.1 26.1% 85.2%
Columbus Blue Jackets 17-25-4 46.9% 99.3 17.5% 81.5%

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Caps vs Rangers Pregame: Laid Low by Buffalo

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Last night didn’t work out great for the Washington Capitals. Outplayed and outscored by a scrappy upstart Buffalo Sabres team, the Caps had one of those rare losses. Today at 5 PM they’ll be in peril of doing it again at the hands of New York Rangers, a team headed in the opposite direction of the Sabres but just as dangerous.

Tune in at 5 PM on CSN. Chris Gordon will have your deep-tissue Swedish massage with aromatherapy and recap.

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Caps at Sabres Pregame: Mike Richards Is In

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I used to like the Sabres. I thought, hey, they’re on the upswing, they’re young and resurgent, they’ve got a good coach and a good fanbase, which includes our own Amanda Bowen.

But then those last two games happened. The Caps beat the Sabres twice in back-to-back games at the end of 2015, but those were testy games with bad hits and facepunches. I did not like those games, even though the Caps won both with a combined score of 7-2.

Let’s see if Buffalo still remembers those twin embarrassments. Caps at Sabres tonight at 7 PM on CSN-Plus. Mike Richards is in the lineup. Chris Gordon has your recap.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 33-7-3 52.0% 102.3 26.1% 85.0%
Buffalo Sabres 17-23-4 46.5% 98.7 19.4% 77.5%

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Caps vs Canucks Pregame: The Goon Returns

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Off since Sunday, the Caps get back to business tonight against the Canucks. Despite having a general manager who seems to be actively trying to make his team worse, the Canucks are in the hunt for a playoff spot. Led by the Sedin twins, Vancouver is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.

For the Caps, noted goon Marcus Johansson returns to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for being a dirty, dirty player.

The Canucks have picked up 10 of their points via the overtime loser point and have a minus-15 goal differential. This isn’t a very good team. If the Caps are on their game and the randomness of sixty minutes of hockey doesn’t sabotage them, another two points will be in the bank.

7 PM game time on CSN. Peter’s got your recap.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 32-7-3 51.7% 102.1 26.6% 85.4%
Vancouver Canucks 17-16-10 47.2% 99.9 17.4% 79.6%

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Caps vs Senators Pregame: All About Alex

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The Senators come to town tonight for a battle of capital cities. The Senators are not very good. The Caps are very good. But hockey is a game drenched with randomness, so being the superior team doesn’t assure victory.

Alex Ovechkin goes for 500 tonight. In today’s snapshot, one thing we talked about is the fact that it seems impossible to appreciate him enough, no matter how much we appreciate him. What a treat it is to be on the planet Earth as a Caps fan during Ovechkin’s career.

With where the Caps are in the standings right now, I’d take an Ovi goal over a Caps win tonight, if you forced me to pick.

The game starts at 7 and will be on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 31-7-3 51.7% 101.9 25.6% 84.9%
Ottawa Senators 20-16-6 46.3% 101.2 18.6% 77.1%

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Caps at Rangers Pregame: No Mojo

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Happy Saturday, hockey people. In just a few hours, the Capitals will take the ice at Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers, who aren’t very good anymore. But that’s no reason to get cocky; the Caps will be without their sterling third line center, Marcus Johansson, who is serving a two-game suspension.

Puck drops at 1 PM, and coverage is on CSN. I’ll be doing a light recap with heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 30-7-3 51.7% 102.2 25.4% 84.6%
New York Rangers 22-14-0 48.2% 102.7 19.3% 80.5%

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Caps at Islanders Pregame: Keep the Car Running

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We’re almost to the second week of January and the top two teams in the Metro are set to clash for an important divisional match-up. Well, as important as a game can be when the first place team is 12 points ahead of the second place team.

It may have feel like the Caps results have dipped a bit lately, but the good guys are still 8-1-1 in their last 10 and continue to rack up the points at a dizzying rate.

If you believe in things like statement games, tonight might be one of those as the Caps face one of the best non-Caps teams in the conference. If you don’t believe in statement games, tonight is just a chance to put another two points in the bank.

Regardless of how you want to look at it, tonight is a chance for the Caps to keep the pedal down as they try to pull further away from the pack. Keep the car running, if you will.

The game’s on CSN tonight. Puck drops at 7 PM. Peter’s got your game coverage.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 29-7-3 51.6% 102.1 25.8% 84.2%
New York Islanders 22-13-5 50.4% 100.9 18.8% 85.6%

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Caps at Bruins Pregame: Banged Up

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Tom Wilson leads warm-ups (From Capstagram)

A shorthanded Caps team is in Boston tonight to face the shorthanded Bruins. No one likes the Bruins. No one likes Brad Marchand. Marchand won’t play tonight. He’s suspended for being a nincompoop.

The Bruins sit in fourth place in the tightly packed Atlantic Division, where no team can seem to decide if they’re any good or not.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Time for a new streak.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 28-7-3 51.4% 102.1 25.6% 84.5%
Boston Bruins 20-13-4 49.6% 100 28.6% 82.4%

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