The Caps beat the Flames early this morning and are ready to do the same tonight to the Vancouver Canucks. Expect Braden Holtby to get a break, so it might be Justin Peters vs Ryan Miller in net. Puck drops a little after 9:30 on CSN-DC, and then your sleep schedule can finally return to normal.
Okay, so I wasn’t expecting this. The Caps are good, which is what we thought, but they seem to be really good. Like really, really good. The Caps are outshooting the opposition, they’re limiting shots against, they’re getting dependable goaltending, and the goals are coming from all over the lineup. They’re a good hockey team again– that’s settled. The only question is this:
How good are they?
We just don’t know yet. The Caps have seven games under their belt, just 8.5 percent of the season. That little sample looks lovely, but who knows what the coming weeks will bring. And there are already things the Caps could do to be better. Starting with Alex Ovechkin.
After the Caps lost 3-2 to Edmonton on Wednesday, Caps coach Barry Trotz changed the lines. He broke up the Joel Ward/Jason Chimera “gang green” line (which is seriously the worst nickname for a lot of reasons).”Last couple games I can’t say they’re a great line for us,” Trotz told the Washington Post.
“Yeah, green line got blown up,” Ward said. “We got scored on last game. It was a tough loss for sure. I guess a little shake-up can’t hurt. We’ll see what happens.”
Crazy things happened. The Caps fourth line, which had been dormant all season, went nuts with Wardo on the right wing on Saturday night. Ward scored two goals (one on the power play), the latter of which was credited as the game-winning goal. And Ward would have had a hat trick, but he put himself into the net instead of the puck.
On October 26, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Gerry Thomas
Good morning! The Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames, and if that’s all you care about, you can now go to bed. I’d appreciate it if you read on though; this was a pretty good game.
For example, Joel Ward was gonzo. He exploited a turnover during a first-period power play to put the Caps on the board and then got his second after a strong shift by Michael Latta and the fourth line. Somewhere between those two, ex-Cap Dennis Wideman got the Flames in the game with an outside shot for which Holtby was blinded.
Nick Backstrom got career point number 501 with a sweet wrister in the third period’s first minute. Troy Brouwer shanked a chance at an empty-netter. Oh well, solid W.
Alex Ovechkin earns almost 9.5 million dollars against the salary cap each season, more than 13 percent of the Washington Capitals’ player budget. That’s why it’s a little worrying when Ovi risks injury– even more so when he does it blocking an inconsequential shot.
On Saturday night in Calgary, Alex Ovechkin risked injury by blocking an inconsequential shot.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a league leader in hits. He got his physical game going early on Saturday night. Eighteen seconds into the contest, he levied his first body check, but it wasn’t against a Flames player. It was on the referee.
RMNB reader Angela M. (who is from our hometown of Frederick, Maryland) is doing something great. As part of her bucket list, she’s seeing a Washington Capitals game in every NHL arena. Tonight, she will be taking in a game from Calgary’s Saddledome, the 22nd venue in which she’s seen the Caps play.
Angela got a special treat before puck drop too. As she was making her way to the Saddledome, she ran into Caps rookies Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Sadly, Kuznetsov was not in his cowboy gear. Angela asked them for a picture, saying “it’s for RMNB.” They laughed and obliged.
Which service does Brian Burke use less: statisticians or hair stylists?
Wednesday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers didn’t “sit well” with the Washington Capitals. With all the puck possession but not enough scoarage, they’ll be trying to right that wrong with a late game against the Calgary Flames. No, seriously, it’s super late. This game is going to run your Saturday night. 10 PM on CSN.