Thursday night, former Capital Justin Williams scored his first goal in his second tour with the Carolina Hurricanes. It only took five regular season games for him to do so.
Stick’s tally came 1:09 into the third period, giving the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-0 lead over the Calgary Flames. Williams’ snipe would end up being the game-winning goal.
The Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins Thursday night, but Michael Del Zotto was the biggest winner of the night.
During warmups, Del Zotto met with his loving throng of fans, but one interaction did not go how he planned.
It’s official. After reports surfaced earlier this afternoon that the Los Angeles Kings would sign Brooks Laich, the team announced the signing at 4:30pm. Along with the official tweet, the Kings posted a very geeked out photo of Laich putting ink to his new contract.
You. Guys. Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich is about to be back in the NHL.
Thursday, after a revelation that Jeff Carter’s injury was worse than originally thought, LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen reported via multiple sources that Laich was being offered a contract by the organization.
As part of the celebration of the Hershey Bears’ 80th year as an organization, the team will be hosting the 2018 Capital BlueCross Outdoor Classic Alumni Game against Philadelphia Flyers Alumni on January 19th at Hersheypark Stadium. It was announced today that some of the players who will be joining the ice for the Flyers Alumni include Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros John LeClair, Danny Briere, and Kimmo Timonen.
Other players confirmed for the Flyers Alumni roster include Arron Asham, Terry Carkner, Riley Cote, Todd Fedoruk, Bob Kelly, Tim Kerr, Brian Propp, Doug Crossman, Jeff Chychrun, Larry Goodenough, Brad Marsh, and Joe Watson. Watson will be playing at a ripe 74 years of age. Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Parent will serve as a Flyers coach.
Heading into this weekend’s back-to-back games against Detroit and Florida, the Capitals will have new forward lines. Human wrecking ball Tom Wilson will bring his man beef to the first line while Andre Burakovsky is being dropped out of the top six.
The new trios debuted Thursday morning at practice.
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.
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