After spending the day trying to submit each other, Capitals forwards Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, and Jakub Vrana attended the Washington Wizards home opener at Capital One Arena.
For the first time since his days on CRL, popular (and sometimes mean online) former Capital Alan May will host his very own show. On Ice With Alan May will debut Wednesday night at 8 PM on NBC Sports Washington. During May’s first episode, he will go over the strictly-enforced face-off rules and explain the difficulties defensemen face when playing on their weak side. He plans to explain advanced statistics in later episodes.
“I’m beyond excited and extremely grateful for this opportunity,” May said in an interview. “The network has been incredible to me from day one and this is another extension of their confidence and belief in my hard work over the years.”
Wednesday afternoon, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman released his latest 31 Thoughts column detailing all the major news and rumors around the league.
Earlier this week, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan revealed that Washington was considering a trade to address the team’s depth at defense. The team has been dressing three players (Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos, and Aaron Ness) who were full-time players in Hershey last season. Friedman believes that MacLellan might find a good trade partner in George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights, who scratched three defensemen Tuesday night.
The Capitals were the healthiest team in the league during the 2016-17 season with only 49-man games lost due to injury. That luck had to end at some point, and it appears it has early this season.
Matt Niskanen, who is arguably the Capitals’ top defenseman, was placed on long-term injured reserved last week, while Lars Eller missed last night’s game due to the flu. Eller’s replacement, Tyler Graovac, only made it through the first period last night.
The Capitals are losers of four of their last five games, so Wednesday the team decided to take some aggression out at the FBI Academy. The team-building event, held near the town of Quantico in Stafford County, Virginia, has become an annual trek under head coach Barry Trotz.
During the day, the Capitals Twitter account documented Alex Ovechkin breaking down doors, players wrestling and putting each other in choke holds, and Swedes wearing tactical gear.
Take a look at the action below.
After being diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer in December 2015, Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie passed away Tuesday.
Downie announced in the spring of 2016 that he had undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The Hip already had a tour planned, and Downie planned to go through with it. Downie’s final performance was in August 2016 in the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
While the Hip was important to Canada being labeled as “Canada’s band,” they also held a very special place in Braden Holtby’s heart.
What is better than a calendar with your favorite hockey players? A calendar with your favorite hockey players with adorable doggos and puppers!
The always-popular Capitals Canine Calendar is back for 2018, and will be going on sale November 24 during the game vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning. The calendars will be available for purchase at merchandise stands throughout Capital One Arena, as well as at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online. All the proceeds from the calendars will go to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
Tyler Graovac received a jersey Tuesday night in place of Lars Eller who felt under the weather.
Graovac would only take seven shifts and receive 3:19 of ice time before being felled by what the team called an upper body injury.
Late in the third period with the Capitals down 1-0, Jakub Vrana ripped off William Nylander and had the game-tying goal on his stick.
Instead, Vrana, who had goals in two straight games, was bested twice by Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen.
The Maple Leafs came to town to battle the Caps for the first time since the guys in red disposed of them in the playoffs last spring. What an uneventful game, eh?
The Caps fought off an early push from the Leafs and managed to push back as the period went on, but the first ended 0-0.
Second period scoring? Nope. Still 0-0 after two.
Connor Brown finally got the first goal of the game a little over five minutes into the third to put the Leafs up 1-0. Nazem Kadri added an empty net goal to ice the game.
Leafs beat Caps 2-0.
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