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.
More details under the jump.
Photos: Amanda Bowen
The Washington Capitals came home after a weekend on the road to face the New York Islanders on Tuesday. As one of the last three home games before the end of the regular season, the final score was not what the Caps hopeful expected after gaining a 3-1 lead midway through the third period. Even with an unfortunate overtime loss, fans at Verizon Center at least got to experience a little bit of everything in the game. The Caps notched a few goals with sirens blaring, and Michael Latta put on a show in his fist fight with Scott Mayfield early in the game.
In a season full of record-shattering hockey, the Caps have shattered another record. With their 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, the Caps have set a new franchise record for wins with 55. The Caps, whose record is 55-16-6, still have five games remaining in the season. They have 116 points. That is ridiculous.
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Photo: Drew Hallowell
The Washington Capitals have won the Presidents’ Trophy. That’s the one you get when you get more regular-season standings points than any other team. The regular season still has two weeks left, but nobody can catch the Capitals at this point. The Caps will have have home ice during the entirety of the playoffs.
It’s totally bonkers.
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