The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 at Verizon Center on Sunday. Not only did the victory vault the Capitals into first place of the Metro and NHL (again), it also marked the franchise’s 1,500th win.
The Washington Capitals won their eighth-straight game Friday night. Not only did the 6-0 victory vault Braden Holtby to the top of the shutouts leaderboard, it also pushed the Caps to first place in the Metropolitan Divsion and the entire NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup twice over the last four seasons (2012-13 and 2014-15). They are always at the top of the league. And they feature three of the best players in the league: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith. That’s why when you beat the Hawks, it’s a big deal.
That’s why Friday’s result was such a surprise. The Caps, using their blistering team speed in the neutral zone, put up a touchdown against the Central Division’s best team.
Let’s review all the goals.
Some inclement weather which is about to bear down on the Kansas City area has led the NFL to change the starting time for the divisional-round playoff game between the Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. The game at Arrowhead Stadium was supposed to begin at 1:05 pm on Sunday, but now it will air at 8:20 pm. ET.
Because of this change, NBC needed something to fill the time slot. So the start of the Caps-Flyers game will move from 12:30pm to 1pm and it will be broadcast on national TV. This will be the second time in three games the Caps will have a national audience. Wednesday night, the Caps-Pens game was featured on NBCSN as part of Rivalry Night.
The Washington Capitals have participated in two outdoor games since 2011, including their very own event at Nationals Park in 2015.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is now reporting that the Caps may be on the verge of hosting another one in his latest edition of 30 Thoughts.
Annapolis’s Naval Academy is one of the NHL’s potential targets and it could potentially happen as soon as next season.
The Washington Capitals are currently on a four-game win streak and have a record of 17-7-3. You might expect them to be jumping out to a mondo Metropolitan Division lead just like they did last year. But as NHL.com reported Monday morning, the Metro division cumulatively went 17-1-0 last week, and the Caps gained no ground despite their win streak. They sit in fifth place in the division despite their solid record, although they have games in hand on everyone other than the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Philadelphia Flyers are on a nine-game win streak. The Penguins are 7-3-0 in their last ten and feature the league’s current leading goal-scorer in Sidney Crosby (20 goals in 22 games). The New York Rangers have a plus-35 goal differential, and the Blue Jackets are somehow plus-31. This is not last year’s Metro division.
Following their 4-3 overtime win, the Caps held a closed-door, players-only meeting. While the Caps ultimately came away with two points, the game was far more lopsided than the score suggested. According to Isabelle Khurshudyan, the meeting lasted about fifteen minutes, but what did the players talk about?
Forbes came out with their annual valuation of every NHL franchise on Wednesday. According to the business magazine, the Capitals are the tenth most valuable team in hockey, coming in at $575 million.
For all their gaudy banners and no cup jokes, the Pittsburgh Penguins are a less valuable franchise than the Capitals, by approximately five million.
On Thanksgiving Eve at Verizon Center, the Capitals played host to the St. Louis Blues and the organization went all out to celebrate the impeding holiday. Alex Ovechkin got out his figurative carving knife and feasted on the average goaltending in net. And all-throughout the night, the Caps transformed their intermission activities into a celebration of America’s second favorite bird.
Baltimore Orioles legend and greatest baseball player that ever lived, Cal Ripken Jr., attended Caps practice Tuesday. The news was first reported by CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Jill Sorenson.
According to the Capitals, the Iron Man was at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to give a speech to the team after practice. The team also plugged Ripken Baseball, Cal’s baseball camp that he runs with younger brother Billy.
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