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When we first met Nate Schmidt back in 2013, we knew he was weird in a good way. With a GoPro affixed to his head at development camp, Schmidt uttered Minnesotan bon mots like “if you find a turtle on a fence post, you know someone put it there” and “a hundred pounds of dough makes a big biscuit, boys.” I still have no idea what any of that means.

With a regular spot in the line-up this season, Schmidt is getting even more comfortable. And to our benefit, he’s letting out his inner weird more.

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Sportsnet recently released a well-produced five-minute video on the Washington Capitals, focusing on how the team has changed under head coach Barry Trotz. In the video, Trotz and star players talk about the broken and fragmented atmosphere left behind by (current Sportsnet analyst) Adam Oates two seasons ago.

“I think it was a big wake up call for a lot of guys who had been here before that we needed to change something in here,” Braden Holtby said. “The happy-go-lucky Caps weren’t going to cut it anymore.”

“[New management] came at the perfect time for us,” continued Holtby. “We had our ultimate lows as an organization.”

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Wes and his beautiful wife, Kim. (Photo: Wes Johnson)

Wes Johnson is a national treasure and we’re lucky to have him as part of the Capitals’ game experience. His talent is endless. Here’s another example.

Recently the Caps PA announcer was asked to narrate “Twas The Night Before Christmas” for a holiday CD that is being shipped to friends, family, and anyone battling cancer. Johnson donated his time, and the result is brilliant.

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Last night before the Capitals took on the New York Rangers, Caps Swedes Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky tried to get loose by throwing around a football in the bowels of Madison Square Garden. Johansson showed off a tight spiral.

Then Burakovsky threw.

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Joe Beninati’s ‘Star Wars’ Cold Open (Video)

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On Thursday, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens was released in theaters nationwide. To celebrate, CSN Washington’s Joe Beninati penned a brilliant cold open before Friday’s Caps/Lightning game. It’s almost as good as the Caps Super Friends bit he did in 2010, but please note: nothing will ever top that.

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Your day is about to get better: the Washington Capitals released their holiday video and it’s a doozy. Featuring Alex Ovechkin wearing a pink bunny costume, Michael Latta getting his tongue stuck to a pole, Rod Langway as Santa, and Alex Ovechkin in a pink bunny costume, this video is an instant classic.

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Last night, TJ Oshie showed off his tremendous bowling skills, taking out two Panthers while showing no regard for his own safety. But it’s his hand-eye coordination that continues to boggle our minds. Recently before a game in Montreal, the Caps caught Oshie casually puck juggling at center ice.

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The Washington Capitals in-arena announcer Wes Johnson is a man of many talents. He’s an accomplished actor (Veep, A Dirty Shame, Head of State), a world-famous voice actor (Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and 4), and a comic artist.

He also does one hell of a William Shatner impression, as we heard during Tuesday’s announcement of the Detroit Red Wings’ starting lineup.

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Mike Green played his first game in Verizon Center since signing with a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings over the offseason. The Capitals honored Green with a short tribute video on the jumbotron, just like they had previously with Joel Ward and Eric Fehr.

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A little old lady almost paid the ultimate price for a show of bravado between Caps forwards Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom when they raced each other up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last month.

Let me set the scene: Earlier in November, some Caps fans bid on the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital with Caps players on Segways. That tour happened on November 22 when Laich, Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, and Marcus Johansson set out to cause a ruckus while trying to avoid any career-threatening injuries.

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