The Washington Capitals had nine players participate in the World Cup of Hockey, including both of their goaltenders, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, whose touranment teams will be battling it out in the WCH finals. Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the 2016-17 season against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Their line-up will be sparse on veteran talent.
The Capitals announced on Monday afternoon that the NHL has made time changes to three regular season games: October 13 at Pittsburgh, November 16 vs. Pittsburgh, and March 6 vs. Dallas.
The October 13 game is the Caps’ season opener and will be on national TV. The Penguins are raising their Stanley Cup banner that night.
Photo: Drew Hallowell
Editor’s note: Ned Belliveau, who made this awesome “Too Many Caps” video and this absurd season preview video, was wondering if he could try his hand at statistical analysis. While he’s no Pat Holden, he had some interesting thoughts on the Capitals’ forward depth for the upcoming season. After pulling dozens of numbers and wrestling with spreadsheet formulas Ned came to us with a complete piece that sheds some light on the contributions that the new forward acquisitions might bring to the team.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup Championship, painful as it was, may have been the best possible thing for the Washington Capitals. The old saying is that the NHL is a copycat league and Pittsburgh’s win showed that having three deep and skilled scoring lines and forward depth in general is an important factor to a successful Cup run. The Capitals were not good enough in that six-game series, and they need to address their forward depth issues to make a deep playoff run in 2016-17.
The Washington Capitals will be putting individual single game tickets up for sale the morning after Fanfest – this Thursday at 10am – on Ticketmaster.
Notable games this upcoming season include the Home Opener Saturday, October 15 against the New York Islanders and literally every game against the Penguins (where you should defintely wear this under your Caps jersey). Boo them loudly.
Here is where I probably should talk about how good the team is and how fun watching hockey live is, but judging from the fact you’re getting this information from our website, I think you already know that.
Eighteen years ago today, the Washington Capitals’ longest playoff run in franchise history ended in a whimper. Riding two power play goals from Doug Brown, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Capitals 4-1 at MCI Center to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
No NHL team has repeated as champions since that year. The Capitals have have not advanced past the second round since, despite winning two Presidents Trophies.
The playoffs broke Nate Schmidt. (Photos: Amanda Bowen)
The Washington Capitals held their closing interviews for the 2015-16 season at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday morning. What many of the players noted should have been a big practice day to prepare for Game Seven, was instead a somber cleaning out of the locker room. The season-ending Game Six loss to the Penguins on Tuesday was still very fresh. None of the Caps were quite ready to pack up and leave, especially after winning the President’s Trophy as the league’s best team during the regular season. Literally every player looked sad and at times on the verge of tears.
Last season, the Washington Capitals lost to the New York Rangers in Round Two after taking a 3-1 series lead. It was the 10th playoff series the Caps have lost in which they held a two-game lead. According to Sean McIndoe, NHL teams that lead a series 3-1 go on to win over 90 percent of the time. But not our dear Capitals.
With all that painful history, the Washington Post Express did something extraordinary on their cover this morning. With the headline “Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts,” Caps stars Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby are ghostbusters trying to vanquish the franchise’s past scars.
Yahoo Sports just leaked the schedule for the first round of the playoffs. The Capitals/Flyers series begins Thursday night at 7:00 PM at Verizon Center. Game 2 is another 7:00 PM start on Saturday, with the Caps busing up to Philadelphia Monday and Wednesday.
For some reason, the NHL has marked games five through seven as “if needed,” but this is the Washington Capitals. They’re gonna be needed.
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