Caps at Wild Pregame: These Are the Days

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Hello, St Paul. The NHL’s best team is in town and they’re delighted to be here. Thanks for having them, now please be prepared to lose. Again.

The Wild are 1-7-2 in their last ten games and have lost 6 straight. As a Caps fan, you may be unfamiliar with the number in the loss column being bigger than the number in the win column. Basically, what it means is that the Wild have lost in regulation seven times in the last 10 games. The Caps have lost in regulation nine times all season.

Breathe it in, everyone. Soak it in and enjoy this. Remember how Andy Bernard said he wished that there was a way to realize that he was in the good old days before he left them? This 2015-16 season will be looked back upon as the good old days. Enjoy them. As Ben said #TheseAreTheDays

The game is at 8pm on CSN-plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 39-9-4 52.2% 102.1 24.4% 84.0%
Minnesota Wild 23-20-10 48.2% 100.5 17.8% 78.1%

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Caps at Preds Pregame: Hit the High Notes

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We last saw the Caps in action on Super Bowl Sunday, when they added two points at the Flyers’ expense. While the Flyers aren’t exactly stiff competition, it always feels really, really good to beat them. Also, props to Matt Niskanen for scoring an absolute dazzler of a goal.

Now, the Caps are gunning for four straight with a win against the Preds, who are sixth in the Western Conference and fourth in the Central Division. The two teams have yet to square off this season, but the Caps have dropped their last three games played in Smashville.

Take note: the Preds are due for a PDO rebound. Their goaltending is middle-of-the-pack, and they’re capitalizing on just 6.7 percent of their shots at 5v5. Comparatively, the Caps are shooting 8.9 percent. As for goaltending, the mere mention of Braden Holtby’s name should inspire you to eat, drink, and be merry.

The game is at 8, and it’s on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 38-9-4 52.1% 102.0 24.2% 84.1%
Nashville Predators 25-20-8 53.8% 98.7 19.5% 78.7%

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Caps at Devils Pregame: Metro Matinee

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The rumors are true: Thursday night, the Caps finally won a game. YAY. Ovi sealed the deal in a triumphant 3-2 victory over the Isles, who really dislike Tom Wilson.

Incidentally, Saturday’s contest is against another Metro rival. The Caps, who are currently the NHL’s best team, are taking on the Devils, who are currently the NHL’s thirteenth-best team. Few things are more demoralizing than losing to the Maple Leafs in a shootout, but such was the Devils’ fate Tuesday night.

The teams last faced one another during the Caps’ home opener, which the Caps won 5-3. A lot has happened since then. The Caps have risen to become Stanley Cup contenders, while the Devils are as meh as the second season of True Detective.

The game’s a matinee, so tune into CSN at 1 PM.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 36-9-4 51.8% 102.0 25.0% 84.0%
New Jersey Devils 26-20-6 46.5% 100.9 19.4% 81.8%

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Caps vs Islanders Pregame: Ovi’s Back. Back Again

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The best goal-scorer in the NHL returns to the Caps’ lineup tonight as the Islanders make the trip down from Brooklyn for a Metro battle. The Caps beat the Isles 4-1 when they met on January 7th.

The mission remains the same: pad the division lead. The Caps have 74 points, a 15 point lead in the division, and they are our guys. If things go badly tonight and you want to boo the team in red, we kindly ask that you get a grip. Thanks.

NBCSN has the coverage for the 7:30 game.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 35-9-4 52.1% 102.0 25.3% 83.7%
New York Islanders 26-16-6 50.9% 100.9 18.1% 86.9%

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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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