Happy Monday, everyone. After playing just twice on Mondays in the first three months of the season, the Caps play for the third consecutive Monday, as they host the Hurricanes. Carolina has an even 5-5-0 record in their last 10 games and currently sits in sixth in the Metro division.
CSN has your puck drop at 7 pm.
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Through the first half of the 2016-2017 season, Caps fans who can’t watch games on TV – or who don’t want to put up with the national broadcast teams – have only had two alternate options: stream the Caps Radio call online or be lucky enough to live in the small broadcast area for 1500 AM. They now have a third option.
The Caps announced today that all games for the rest of the season, along with pre- and post-game shows, will also air live on 104.7 FM.
And there was much rejoicing!
Monday afternoon, the NHL announced it’s three stars of the week for the week ending January 21. For the third week in a row, a Caps player has been on the list. This week, the honor goes to forward TJ Oshie, who was named the third star.
On Sunday, January 15, John Carlson left the Capitals game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury. He has not played since.
At Monday morning’s press availability, head coach Barry Trotz announced that Carlson might not play again until January 31, after the All-Star Game break.
For the next 10 days, 25 kids from two primary schools in Beijing will be in Washington DC. On Monday, the children ranging from 6 to 12-years-old got a chance to skate with the Capitals after the NHL team’s morning skate. The mites even got to take a team picture with the Caps, which of course I’m going to have break down.
The Washington Capitals beat the Dallas Stars for the first time since 2008. A big part of why was Caps backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer. Grubi has won 9 of his 12 games (9-1-2) this season and has posted a sensational 92.5% save percentage and a 2.05 goals against average. And to be frank, Grubauer has the talent and ability to start on about half of the teams in the league if he weren’t in the Capitals organization.
On Saturday, Grubauer willed the Caps into overtime after making a game-saving stop with 10:30 left in the third period. Using his power and quickness, Grubi slid to the opposite side of the crease and stopped Tyler Seguin’s wrist shot with his blocker pad. It was stunning.
The win streak is over. Long live the points streak.
The Capitals are still the hottest team in the league, but they’re not perfect, and that’s a crying shame. Because we’ve all grown accustomed to two standings points every game and an offense that has scored on 18 percent of its shots since New Years Eve.
But lean days are coming. Just last night we learned that the Capitals will not score at least five goals every game (they scored four), and that revelation has been sobering. So let us all come to grips with a more mild future, where the Capitals are just pretty great instead of flawless.
Let’s do the snapshot.
No, the Washington Capitals were not done being ridiculous after Lars Johansson’s postgame dance. Not even a little.
Kenichi Ohashi, the father of Hockey Operations Analyst Tim Ohashi, promised the team to do 100 pushups if they could beat the Dallas Stars.
Whelp, they totally did and the below video was their gift.
The Caps went undefeated during the Dads Trip. On Wednesday, Marcus Johansson’s father Lars treated the players to a celebratory postgame dance that included bumping hips with Head Coach Barry Trotz.
Friday in Dallas, TJ Oshie wanted to boogie.
It’s been a tumultuous and divisive week in America, but there is one thing we can all trust and agree on.
There were 1.5 million people at the Caps-Stars game.
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