In four of the last seven games, the Washington Capitals have let a two-goal lead evaporate in front of their eyes, but it isn’t time to panic quite yet. In three of the four games, the Caps were able to right the ship and still win. Protecting leads is important in the NHL, and the Caps could get into trouble expecting to be able to squeak by in these types of games often.
In the past, the Caps have been good at protecting leads under Head Coach Barry Trotz. Last season, the Capitals were 21-0-1 when leading after the first and 37-0-1 when leading after the second. They ended the season at 34-2-2 when scoring first as well, which the Capitals have done in nine of the ten games so far this year. And while allowing multi-goal comebacks in four of seven games is not ideal, this kind of adversity in October and November can build the necessary character needed in May when, not if, this scenario were to arise again.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is considering a future move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current Verizon Center location. Over the past few months, Leonsis has added an Arena Football League team, an “e-sports” franchise, and a new streaming network to his portfolio along with continuing to lead the ownership group that controls the Wizards, Mystics, and Verizon Center. He is also now a part-owner of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the local TV channel that covers his teams.
Leonsis made a trip to the Washington Post building Wednesday and spoke to reporters about the possible move for the Wizards and the Capitals out of their current location.
“My inclination right now would be — it’s pretty awesome where we are. And I love what’s happened to [downtown] D.C.,” Leonsis said to Washington Post reporters. “But I don’t know what’s going to happen five, six, seven years from now…I will be a free agent. I mean, that hasn’t been lost on me.”
Over the last two seasons, the Washington Capitals have been publishing player reaction GIFs on their social media platforms. These clips have resulted in such priceless GIFS as Nate Schmidt giving a thumbs ups, Karl Alzner waving, and Braden Holtby doing his best Dikembe Mutombo impression. The GIFs are the perfect balance of being awkward but also flawless at the exact same time.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Caps player reaction GIF library.
Tonight, the annual Caps season ticket holder party took place. This year, it was held at the National Museum of Natural History where fans got to pose with the players in front of dinosaurs, aquatic mammals, and in the human origins exhibit cave.
Notable moments from the party include tee shirt guy showing his famous designs to the players, Jay Beagle extending his autograph time for the fans and, T.J. Oshie signing a baby (sort of).
Judging by all the pictures people posted, it looks like everyone had a great time at the museum and maybe got to learn a little something along the way.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is suffering from post-concussion syndrome after an incident at practice last Friday. Wednesday morning, in his second straight day of skating, Crosby participated in some non-contact drills with Bryan Rust ahead of the Penguins’ full practice.
The Washington Capitals finalized their opening night roster on the team’s off day Monday, one day before the NHL’s deadline to whittle the horde of training camp veterans, prospects and tryouts to the core group teams will start the season with.
Making the team is forward Zach Sanford, a 21-year-old prospect out of Boston College. The Capitals have been fond of him since last summer’s development camp. When training camp began a few weeks ago, associate coach Todd Reirden singled Sanford out as a player to watch in the battle to make perhaps the most talented roster in the league. Sanford impressed during the preseason. During exhibition games, the 2013 second-round pick confirmed the Caps’ hopes for him with with two goals, lots of shots and poised play on both ends of the ice.
The Washington Capitals just announced that they have extended their affiliation with AHL Hershey through the 2019-20 season.
“We are excited to extend our long-running affiliation with the Hershey Bears for four more years,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said in a release. “The success of our organization over the last decade speaks volumes about the strength of our relationship with Hershey. Our affiliation makes sense both geographically and on the ice, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Bears to develop our prospects into quality NHL players.”
With the World Cup over and the preseason winding down, it’s time to climb the crow’s nest and survey the lay of the land in the Caps’ division.
First things first, the Caps should repeat as Metropolitan Division Champions this year. With Barry Trotz’ steady hand at the helm, the Capitals found nearly unbridled success last season, finishing with 56 wins – the most in franchise history. They did this by having the second-rated penalty kill, the fifth-rated power play, and exceptional goaltending. Over the summer, the Caps improved their depth and are a good bet to finish atop the division yet again.
Predicting the rest of the standings is always a bit futile in a game like hockey, but it’s more fun that way so here are is a crack at how the Metro teams are doing and where they are likely to finish up.
The Washington Capitals just announced eight new cuts to their training camp roster, which includes top prospect Jakub Vrana. Vrana dazzled in Hershey last season, putting up 34 points in 36 games. He also helped lead the Bears to the Calder Cup Finals, scoring eight goals in 21 playoff games.
The Caps’ top defense prospect Madison Bowey was also optioned to Hershey along with six others.
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