Tonight the Caps are facing the St. Louis Blues, who are looking pretty great.
The Blues are neck-in-neck with Capitals in the NHL standings, and are trying to extend a hot streak. They’re coming off of a win over the Boston Bruins last night, so the Capitals are (hopefully) going to look like the more energized team. But check out this stat. In their past eight back-to-back series games, the Blues have won a ridiculous seven of eight. The Blues are also 4-1 in their last five road games, so being in the Verizon Center tonight might not phase them much. Are the Capitals the better team? Skill-wise, probably, but this is going to be a tough game.
Puck drop is at 7:00pm on CSN, folks. Buckle up.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|St. Louis Blues||11-6-3||53.39%||99.2||20.6%||88.8%|
From new shirts to our limited edition ugly sweater, there are a lot of RMNB items that would be make great Christmas presents this holiday season. But the greatest stocking stuffer may very well be what I show you next.
The NHL has up for sale not one, but two (!!) Alex Ovechkin signed pucks. But here’s the twist. Ovechkin has included an inscription of RMNB (Russian Machine Never Breaks).
Oh boy! The Las Vegas NHL team finally has a name, logo, and colors. Majority owner Bill Foley revealed the name “Vegas Golden Knights” at Tuesday night’s ceremony just outside of T-Mobile Arena which will host the team’s home games.
The Golden Knights will be placed into the Western Conference’s Pacific Division starting next year and will have the third best odds at receiving the number one draft pick this summer. They also will get to select a player from each NHL team in the 2017 expansion draft, which means one of our beloved Capitals will be suiting up in gold, black, grey, and red as soon as next October.
We’ll find out later today what the name and logo will be for the NHL’s new team in Las Vegas. But we already know who one NHL analyst believes the team will take in the expansion draft next spring.
TSN analyst Craig Button shared his draft predictions today, and former Caps and current Preds beat writer Adam Vingan was kind enough to post a screenshot on Twitter. Button believes the Vegas team will take defenseman Dmitry Orlov from the Caps.
Tuesday after practice, Capitals forward Tom Wilson gave a master class on a subject he’s very familiar with: violently punching faces.
Professor Wilson’s student for the day was rookie Zach Sanford.
Baltimore Orioles legend and greatest baseball player that ever lived, Cal Ripken Jr., attended Caps practice Tuesday. The news was first reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Jill Sorenson.
According to the Capitals, the Iron Man was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to give a speech to the team after practice. The team also plugged Ripken Baseball, Cal’s baseball camp that he runs with younger brother Billy.
The Washington Capitals tweeted video from practice Tuesday morning of an ingenious Mitch Korn goalie drill.
To simulate a deflected shot, Korn positioned what appears to be a custom-made ramp a few feet away from the crease and had one of the Caps players shoot at it.
After the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets Sunday, Barry Trotz took to the media to voice his displeasure about Nick Foligno’s embellishment in the third period. If you remember, Nick Backstrom took a penalty for high sticking (even though it wasn’t) in the third period which then ultimately lead to the Blue Jackets’s last-minute, game-winning goal.
Monday, because there is a Just And Loving God, Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella was given his chance to respond. It’s exactly what you would expect from hockey’s most cuddly coach.
Caps prospect Ilya Samsonov has been dominating the KHL this season.
The 19-year-old goaltender is undefeated, tallying wins in 9 of his first 15 appearances. The 2015 first-found pick also has a .937 save percentage and a 1.97 goals against average.
Monday night, Samsonov posted his first shutout of the season against Dynamo Moscow, making 35 saves. His most difficult stop came with 11 seconds remaining in the game.
Monday morning, depth forward Paul Carey was re-assigned to the Hershey Bears, suggesting that Lars Eller is near a full recovery.
Eller, who sustained an undisclosed upper-body injury during Friday night’s game against the Red Wings, has not participated in a Caps practice since. The third line center took the ice during the Caps’ family skate Saturday. On Monday, Eller skated before the rest of the team had practice, Caps’ Head Coach Barry Trotz was optimistic.
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