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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Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Favorite Musician is Lady Gaga

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The Washington Capitals organization gives out a program during games called “Breakaway.” Inside, it features various Caps players and their various (potentially embarrassing) survey answers. Kuzy, I’m sure, loves the surveys (Ian really enjoys that Vine), and some might even say he has a bad romance with them.

I learned a lot . . . maybe too much — such as Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s favorite musician being Lady Gaga. One can only imagine how excited he was to watch the singer perform the national anthem at Super Bowl 50. Let’s look at some other tidbits that thornescratch over on Tumblr provided us with.

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Caps Prank Jason Chimera, Try to Disrupt His Interview

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The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL by a country mile. All that winning breeds a happy, playful locker room. And we have another ridiculous example of this courtesy of the Capitals and radio announcer John Walton.

Wednesday after practice, Walton interviewed Jason Chimera for a Rinkside Update. Chimera’s teammates then tried their best to torpedo the interview.

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Yesterday, we posted a video from Julianne Hough that showed her fiancé, Capitals forward Brooks Laich, singing an elaborate greeting. “Hello, beautiful,” Laich sang. “Good morning, good morning, my love. Good morning, my girl. Good morning, my fiancée. Good morning, beautiful.”

“If that doesn’t put a smile on your face…,” Hough captioned the video, with a heart-eyes emoji. Oh, it did, Julianne. It definitely did. And apparently, it gave a smile and then some for one our our more technology-savvy RMNB readers.

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Marcus Johansson returned to the Capitals lineup on Tuesday after missing four games with an upper-body injury. He did pretty okay. Johansson recorded three points as the Capitals beat the Predators 5-3. Johansson had a goal and two assists, with Jason Chimera, Tom Wilson, Justin Williams and Alex Ovechkin also finding the net. Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his 100th career NHL point with his assist on Justin Williams’ third period goal.

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In Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s  December article in the Players’ Tribune, we learned how he first fell in love with hockey, how YouTube influenced his game, and how different Russian hockey is from the NHL. But the part of that story that stood out most to us were Kuznetsov’s interactions with former Capitals forward Alex Semin.

Semin, we learned, used to live in an apartment above Kuznetsov’s hockey school and used to skate with the young Kuznetsov, eight years his junior. In the years since, Semin’s fondness for Kuznetsov has not waned.

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Tuesday night, Russian god of passing Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 100th career NHL point. The milestone point came on Justin Williams’ 17th goal of the season. It was a tremendous effort by the three-time Stanley Cup champion, who, after getting initially stopped by Pekka Rinne, knocked home his own rebound.

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The Curse of GMGM: Caps beat Preds 5-3

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Two Swedes, one box

George McPhee traded prospect Filip Forsberg away sometime in the late 80s in exchange for Michael Latta, who is a nifty fourth liner, and a skunked case of Labatt Blue. We drank the beer, and then Forsberg scored twice on the Caps in Nashville on Tuesday. Don’t care. The Caps are still the best.

Tom Wilson, of all people, was involved in the Caps’ first two goals. In the first he assisted Jason Chimera, and in the second he swatted a saucer pass from Marcus Johansson. Filip Forsberg, dammit, scored on a power play in the second period.

In the third, Justin Williams put the Perds in a two-goal hole with an impressive scramble in the Nashville crease. Marcus Johansson welcomed himself back with a goal of his own, but the Preds struck back with goals by Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg (oh come the frick on) in quick succession. Alex Ovechkin got the empty netter.

Caps beat Preds 5-3! Four wins in a row!

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It’s been almost three years since the Caps traded Filip Forsberg for Michael Latta and some other dipshit that I don’t even want to mention right now. The Capitals are the best team in the league and Evgeny Kuznetsov is one the most promising young players in the game. Yet, dammit. Imagine if they had Forsberg too.

Forsberg didn’t leave much to the imagination as in the second period he scored a video game goal on the Caps PK. Dude skated around the whole Caps team and snapped a shot past Braden Holtby’s glove like he was a beer league goalie.

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The Funniest Trash Talk Alan May Heard From Between the Benches

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When CSN Mid-Atlantic announced that former Caps player and current Caps analyst Alan May would participate in a Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything” for the n00bs), we knew we were in for a treat. May did not disappoint.

In the wide-ranging crowdsourced interview on Tuesday evening, May addressed everything from the current state of the Capitals and what they still need to make a serious Cup run, to his favorite beer and where RMNB’s Ian Oland ranks on the Alan May Scale of Awesomeness (spoiler alert: “you are a zero.zero”).

He also shared the funniest chirp he’s heard from between the benches during coverage of a Caps game.

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