The Washington Capitals had a disaster scenario unfold during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings. Four different forwards — TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky, and Tom Wilson — went down the tunnel with injuries. Three of them — Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky — did not return with what Barry Trotz termed as upper-body injuries. Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky will all be reevaluated tomorrow.
On Sunday, Andre Burakovsky traveled to the Winniks’ house and, judging by his attire, it was to watch football. Except it appears Burakovsky spent most of his time making some new friends instead.
The Winniks have two bulldogs, Mario, who is almost four, and Sonny, who is two. Taylor Winnik has referred to them in the past as the couple’s children in an interview with Post City Toronto. Last season, the couple even served as dogsitters for several neighborhood families.
Mario seemed to take a quick liking to the Burracuda.
After the Caps’ 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov returned home and bought a pay-per-view.
The players stayed up late to watch the UFC’s historic first visit to Madison Square Garden. Conor McGregor headlined the UFC 205 card and the “Notorious” Irishman knocked out Eddie Alvarez in Round 2. McGregor’s win made him the first combat fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two different weight divisions.
Each Caps player documented their night on social media. Please prepare yourself for several thrilling vertical videos taken by the players of their respective TVs.
For years, the Edmonton Oilers were in the cellar of the standings, raking in high draft picks like fall leaves. Last offseason, the Oilers rebuilt their rebuild, trading away number one selections Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov while signing Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract. Connor McDavid, a generational talent with just 45 games of NHL experience, was given the C.
With the new captain, the youngest in NHL history, and a half billion dollar new arena, the Oilers have now won five of their first six games in the 2016-17 season, holding the top spot in the Western Conference and placing second in the NHL.
“It’ll interesting to see how they do this year because I think they have all the talent to be a much better team than they have been recently, with McDavid leading the way especially,” Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It’ll be for sure a different Oilers team than it’s been the last couple years.”
Five games into the regular season, the Washington Capitals have accumulated seven out of a possible 10 standings points. On Monday, Head Coach Barry Trotz subtlety changed the lines to try and create more offense.
Andre Burakovsky has been bumped to the top line along with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin while TJ Oshie has been shifted down to the team’s second line with Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.
Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
For the first three games of the season, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been split up. Though this separation may not last long, and though they have spent some time apart during their years in DC, splitting them up is definitely a deviation from the norm. One impact of this change is forcing opponents to make a tough decision in how to match lines against the Caps.
But another major impact is the way the Caps are matching up against the opposition’s top line. Barry Trotz had generally preferred a power vs power matchup, often pitting the Backstrom-Ovechkin line against the other team’s top offensive line. With the duo broken up, the tough task of playing against the opponent’s top line each night has been assigned to the Caps second line of Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky, and Backstrom.
So far, through an admittedly tiny sample of three games, the results have been outstanding. Not only has the Caps’ second line stifled the offense of the opponent’s top line, but by controlling the puck and going on the attack, they’ve been forcing the top offensive weapons of the Caps’ opponent to spend more time on defense than offense.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 2016-17 regular season home opener in style Saturday with a special red carpet event. As cars provided by Lexus dropped players off on F Street, diehard Caps fans lined the entrance, hoping for a picture or an autograph with their favorite athlete.
The event started at 3:30 and was hosted by PA Announcer Wes Johnson, who served as the master of ceremonies. Johnson introduced players as they arrived while preselected fans walked the players down the red carpet. Many Caps, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Nate Schmidt, and Andre Burakovsky, posed for selfies with fans before going inside Verizon Center.
That afternoon, RMNB had two photographers at the event, myself and the talented Katie Snyder (who you can follow on Instagram and Facebook). Snyder is one of the Redskins’ home-game photographers and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Snyder also does a lot of freelance work, including family-based portraits.
Over the past four seasons, the power play has been the lifeblood of the Washington Capitals.
Since 2013, nearly one-fourth of the team’s goals have been scored on the man-advantage. Impressive regular season numbers and Alex Ovechkin’s resurgence, led by his one-timers from the Ovi Spot, have all benefited greatly from Washington’s power play firepower. This year, however, one of league’s perennial top units is off to a slow start. Through two games and eight opportunities, the normally deadly Washington PP has come up with nothing.
“We’re leaving a lot on the ice,” John Carlson, who anchors the point on the first power play unit said after Saturday’s win over the Islanders. “For our skill level, our talent, we should have more goals than we do.”
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