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The Washington Capitals are back at Capital One Arena on Saturday for Game Five, and the rally towels are making their return as well.
Just like Game One, the Capitals have used the towels to spell out “ALL CAPS” on one side of the arena. But Game Five has a minor addition to the rally towel presentation, with “ALL RED” on the opposite side of the seating.
When one man goes down, another must step up.
After the Capitals likely lost TJ Oshie for the rest of the postseason, the team called up one of their heroes from last season’s Stanley Cup triumph, Devante Smith-Pelly, from Hershey.
DSP’s reception back home has been powerful. After missing the team’s skate Friday, Smith-Pelly took the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and got a loud ovation from fans.
Creative Caps’ fan Miranda is perhaps best known for her hair-larious Carl Hagelin sign. While she made that sign to welcome Hagelin to his new hockey team, her latest sign is welcoming a player back home.
Devante Smith-Pelly returns to the line-up for Game Five on Easter weekend. Of course Miranda had to let him know that she and the Capitals’ fanbase as a whole are happy that he’s risen all the way from Hershey back to DC with an Easter-themed poster.
“He could have gone anywhere after the Cup,” Miranda said, “but he chose to stay here. He knew how important it was for kids in the area to see someone that looks like them playing in their city in the NHL. I think it says a lot about him that that factored into his decision to stay.
“But also,” she added, “he really seems to have fun.” And this poster is nothing if not fun.
We’re back home for a new best-of-three series. The Hurricanes really owned the last two games on their own ice, so let’s see what happens now that the Capitals get last change again.
Puck drop is at 8 PM, and you can stream the game using the My Teams app. Pete here on the ones and twos for your recap and in-game fun stuff.
We decided to hold a contest earlier in the week after Vivid Seats was kind enough to offer RMNB a pair of two free tickets for Game Five. The challenge for RMNB readers was to post a photo wearing an RMNB t-shirt or hold up one of our Not Suck Back 2 Back signs and tag us on our Instagram page.
Friday, we picked and notified our two winners, Kim and Tucker.
TJ Oshie is likely out for the rest of the postseason but had a message for Capitals fans on Twitter heading into Game Five.
Last Monday, during the Capitals’ loss to the Canes in Game Three, Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov got into a brutal fight. The 19-year-old Svechnikov went to the hospital and recently returned to practice sporting a full-face mask.
Now well enough to speak with reporters, Svechnkikov shared his own account of the fight, which differs from Ovechkin’s.
“He did ask me first for fight,” Svechnikov said. “I’m not a superhero, ask first for fight.”
Ovechkin had previously said it was Svechnikov who asked to fight. Ovechkin responded to the request with “let’s go,” and the two proceeded to throw punches.
TJ Oshie was one of the Capitals’ best players during their Stanley Cup run in 2018, scoring 21 points in 24 games. This year, if the Caps are to repeat, they’ll likely have to do it without him.
On Saturday, Caps head coach Todd Reirden announced that Oshie will miss Game Five and is out “indefinitely.”
The Washington Capitals have again changed their lines for Game Five against the Carolina Hurricanes, tonight at 8 PM in DC. Devante Smith-Pelly will make his return on the fourth line, and Carl Hagelin will try to fill the hole left by TJ Oshie’s injury.
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