The Washington Capitals are still all kinds of banged up for their Saturday afternoon match against the Vancouver Canucks.
Puck drop at 12:30 PM. Here’s the bloody list.
The Washington Capitals are still kind of a mess — what with their bazillion injuries and Garnet Hathaway’s loogiecrime. Nonetheless, they must play host the Vancouver Canucks for a matinee game at Capital One Arena.
The game starts 12:30 PM. Join me after for the recap.
Wracked by injury and smarting from a bad game in New York, the Washington Capitals announced defensive roster changes on Friday morning. The team has assigned defender Tyler Lewington back to Hershey and recalled Christian Djoos.
The Djoos… is loose.
The Washington Capitals, riddled with injuries, lost Wednesday’s game in New York. Though a bunch of players missed the game due to injury, the most important guy was there.
Alex Ovechkin played in his 1,108th regular-season hockey game. His career has become special for reasons beyond his demented smile and his absurd goal totals. He is, simply put, the most durable hockey player in the world.
(There really should be a better way to say that. I’ll brainstorm some ideas.)
On Monday night, Garnet Hathaway spat his spit at an opponent. This was, we can all agree, naughty. Outraged, wandering defenseman Erik Gudbranson called the spitting incident “about as low as you can get.”
Here now is the Official and Final ranking of Low Things You Should Not Do in Hockey Games.
On October 14, Braden Holtby played one of the worst games in NHL history, allowing three goals on three shots before getting pulled. It was a crummy start to the season for Holtby, and I’d certainly understand why it has led some people to think he’s over the hill. Holtby won the Vezina in 2015-16, but his last two seasons have been pretty spottty. Still, I’d urge caution before concluding that he’s on an irreversible downturn.
In a big, complicated system with lots of inputs, Holtby is just one player. And I think he’s a very good one.
The Washington Capitals walloped the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, but the only thing folks are gonna talk about tomorrow is how a Caps player spat on a Ducks players. Still, let’s go through the motions with the hockey part of the hockey game before we can talk about the sideshow.
Richard Panik finally got his first goal as a Cap after a blazing fast start by the home team. Alex Ovechkin added a power-play marker in the second period, and then the universe exploded as Chandler Stephenson scored and fights broke out. The Caps killed a long penalty in the third period, then Jakub Vrana exploited a turnover to make it 4-0.
The Ducks cracked Holtby’s shutout during a supersized power play in the third and Deslauriers added another with a couple minutes left, but they ran out of runway. Tom Wilson got an empty-netter.
Caps win 5-2!
I’ve been taking a different approach to the Twenty Games In series this time around. Instead of checking off the same old boxes (goaltending, special teams, 5v5, etc.), I’ve been analyzing only the qualities of the 2019-20 Washington Capitals that I find most interesting.
Today, I think it’s important that we zoom out as much as possible and see how the team has evolved over the last few seasons. I promise you will like where we have ended up.
Don Cherry was fired this week following his troubling anti-immigrant comments. This Saturday night, Cherry’s former co-host Ron MacLean addressed the event.
MacLean’s comments, apparently unscripted, are personal, not political. He discusses his friendship with Cherry and his disappointment in his own initial reaction to Cherry’s remarks. He closes the segment with a loving tribute to Cherry — and a sideways announcement that Coach’s Corner is now over.
The Caps are still struggling with some big injuries among their forwards. Worse, they’re playing a darn good Bruins team on the road without any rest tonight.
The game is at 7 PM. Here is your injury report.
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