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Hi, my name is Ian Oland. I’m driving the Capitals bandwagon. Over the last few weeks, we’ve traveled all over North America, picking up many new friends. Now that our favorite team has vanquished their mighty, bracelet-throwing foes from Philadelphia, even more people want to jump aboard this here wagon.

First, we’re going to give our oxen some spinach so we can make a cross-country gallop to California to pick up the entire Los Angeles Kings organization.

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Midnight Run: Kings beat Caps 4-3 (OT)

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What a terrible night and what a wonderful morning. The Capitals got pummeled by the Los Angeles Kings and then you went to sleep. Then the Caps got good all of a sudden and stole a dang point.

The first period was a disaster. Goals by Lecavalier, Muzzin, and Lucic gave the Kings a mondo lead. The second period was silent, but then in the third, way after most of you went to bed, the Caps struck back.

First TJ Oshie. Then Nick Backstrom. Then Dmitry Orlov. With three minutes left the game was new again, pushing us into overtime.

Kings beat Caps 4-3 in overtime. Grand theft standings point.

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RMNB Reader Has Great Seats to a Bad Game (Photo)

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Photo: Bernie

The Washington Capitals are getting spanked by the Los Angeles Kings, but at least Bernie is there, repping RMNB and having a good time.

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Caps at Kings Pregame: You Best Not Miss

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The Caps visit the Kings tonight in a match-up that is sure to be billed as a potential Cup finals preview. The Caps have understandably not seemed as sharp or up for games recently. Tonight is a game they’ll need to be up for or they’ll likely get blown out of the building. Justin Williams and Mike Richards are returning to their old stomping ground. Here’s hoping they both pot a goal and the good guys emerge victorious.

The Caps come at the Kings at 10:30pm on CSN. They best not miss.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 49-13-4 51.4% 101.7 23.2% (3rd) 84.7% (4th)
Los Angeles Kings 39-22-4 56.7% 99.3 22.2% (5th) 81.1% (15th)

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A Clash of Former Kings: Caps beat Kings 3-1

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The Los Angeles Kings did their ground-and-pound routine against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The Caps struggled at special teams and got pushed around at evens, but a sturdy performance by the back-up goalie kept it interesting until a win could be eked.

A disastrous first-period power play yielded a shorthanded goal for living zombie Anze Kopitar. The second period was dominated by Los Angeles, but Orlov and Burakovsky combined to get the Caps on the board late. The Caps look stronger in the third and pushed their way to victory with a late, scrappy goal by Kuznetsov, and then Chimera got another empty-netter. Haha.

Caps beat Kings 3-1!

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Caps vs Kings Pregame: Hello, It’s Me

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Tonight, the Caps return home to the Verizon Center for the first time since February 7. Their opponent is one of the NHL’s better teams, the Los Angeles Kings, who also lead the Pacific Division. The Kings are known for their elite possession numbers and their objectively terrible Dustin Brown contract.

The Kings may not possess the same speed or offense as the Stars, but the Caps must be better than they were Saturday night. It should go without saying that another late rally isn’t acceptable.

Mike Richards and Justin Williams get to say hello to some old friends. Hopefully they say hello by scoring a goal. Speaking of saying hello, Brooks Orpik returns to the lineup tonight.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Glue your eyeballs to CSN-DC if you dare.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 40-10-4 52.0% 102.0 24.4% 83.7%
Los Angeles Kings 33-19-3 56.8% 99.0 23.1% 81.6%

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Burn the Tape: Kings beat Caps 3-1

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Photo: Stephen Dunn

I really thought the Caps’ last game against the Kings was their best of the season. Their next meeting, on the road on the night of St. Valentine’s? Not so much.

Braden Holtby sent a bunch of Kings shooters packing until Dwight King pushed a rebound past him halfway into the second period. Marian Gaborik hit up Trevor Lewis, whose deke made it 2-0 for the Kings just 17 seconds into the third period.

Alex Ovechkin got a goal off an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot during some 4v4, but Jared Stoll found a miracle pass to put the Caps back in the two-goal hole. The Caps pulled Holtby with two minutes and change to go, but– like Gavin Rossdale before them– they just couldn’t come back.

Kings beat Caps 3-1. 

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Caps at Kings Pregame: It’s Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, humans. I hope you’re blah blah insincere message goes here.

The Caps father-accompanied road trip through California continues tonight in Los Angeles. We last saw the Kings on February 3, when the Caps gave the reigning champions a 4-0 drubbing. I called that the best game of the season. If you’re willing to stay up late tonight, maybe the Caps try to top it.

If your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/special friend of any kind is willing to stay up late with you to watch, you know you’ve got a good one.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 29-16-10 52.2% 100.4 23.5% 80.0%
Los Angeles Kings 24-18-12 55.3% 99.5 19.2% 78.0%

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Kingslayers: Caps beat Kings 4-0 in Best Game of Season

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Analytics dreamboats Eric Fehr and Anze Kopitar

That was the best Caps game of the season. Straight up. The Capitals took a fantastic foe in the Los Angeles Kings and outplayed them at every step. It was as close to perfect as Caps hockey gets.

Jonathan Quick was solid until Troy Brouwer caught a lovely pass to make it 1-0. Brouwer got his second in the second period, gently tapping a rocket from Mike Green. The top line made the Kings look like statues on a tic-tac-toe sequence capped off by Backstrom. That sent LA into a spiral as Ward shut down a breakout to give Fehr his 16th goal of the season.

And Braden Holtby was perfect for the sixth time this season.

Caps beat Kings 4-0. Best Game. Now we dance.

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Caps vs Kings Pregame: The Lines! The Lines!

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From Kings Insider, defaced by Adam Vingan

That win over Pittsburgh was fun, but it was the only victory the Caps have had in more than two weeks. Tonight won’t be easy either, as the Kings come to town with a Cup on their back and a chip on their shoulder– they’re not happy about their record so far.

In the Caps’ favor, however, are some bold new lines courtesy of Barry Trotz. This could be wild. We shall see at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 25-15-10 52.3% 100.2 23.5% 80.7%
Los Angeles Kings 21-16-12 54.5% 99.9 19.5% 77.8%

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