The Caps return to the barn where It All Happened, and that’s the only narrative we will be discussing in the comments below. Come hang out.
The Caps are playing an unimportant game in Las Vegas today. There are no milestones coming up for any star players. There are no big narratives, and nothing for us to watch with rapt attention and white knuckles. There is only the return of a team to the arena where they became immortal.
Puck drop at 6 PM. I’m Peter, and I’ll be your host for recap-y things.
We’re about to do the snapshot, but we’re gonna have to go a bit deeper than usual.
The typical data in this column includes the whole season to date. In that sample the Caps look great: top ten in controlling shot attempts, top-half in expected goals, a mortal lock for the playoffs. But since the all-star break, the picture is not so rosy: just 15th in controlling shot attempts, 23rd in expected goals, and the 25th best record in the league.
In today’s snapshot, we look around the room, make panicked eye contact with each other, and mouth the word yikes. This is not where the Caps want to be right now.
Thank goodness, the Capitals were not suck against the Colorado Avalanche the other night. Their western trip continues with a slightly less fearsome opponents for a late-night game. Here come the Coyotes, who have Taylor Hall for some reason. Maybe Ovi can score a goal?
Puck drop is at 10:00 PM. Chris has recap. Let’s get #rmnbafterdark weird.
The San Jose Sharks announced Saturday that defender Erik Karlsson will not play again this season. Karlsson broke his thumb in Winnipeg on Saturday and will require surgery.
TV Line’s Michael Ausiello got a big scoop this week: the hockey movie series The Mighty Ducks is being revived as a series on the Disney+ streaming platform. The new series will feature Emilio Estevez as Coach Gordon Bombay, plus a new character played by Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham.
The NHL department of player safety has reached a ruling on Zack Kassian‘s kick to the chest of Erik Cernak. Kassian, a repeat offender, will be suspended seven games.
Seven, you may note, is less than ten.
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