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Regardless of how this season ends for the Washington Capitals, this offseason is going to be a very interesting one. For the first time in several years, the Caps have a large number of their key, big name players becoming free agents of both the restricted and unrestricted variety.
Among those is winger Alexander Semin, who has spent his entire NHL career with the Capitals and will, barring a contract extension, become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Semin is a player who has faced a lot of criticism over the last three seasons, some of it undeserved, some of it not. He doesn’t score enough. He doesn’t play defense. He’s not versatile or consistent. He “doesn’t care.”
But the bottom line is that Semin is a player who does make the Capitals better. He has been steady, if unspectacular, for the last 40 games he has played this season in terms of point production. He has the second highest even-strength Corsi rating among Capitals forwards who have played more than ...
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Much has been said about why the Washington Capitals have had such an unexpectedly difficult season — most of the excuses focus around long-term injuries to all-star defenseman Mike Green and prolific center Nicklas Backstrom. Some have also opined that the Capitals have had difficulty learning the new system necessitated by the replacement of head coach Bruce Boudreau by Dale...
Nicklas Backstrom is back for the Washington Capitals.
The top-line center returned to the lineup Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, his first game since suffering a concussion nearly three months ago.
Backstrom was injured when he was elbowed in the head by Rene Bourque in a win over Calgary on Jan. 4.
Even though he missed 40 games, Backstrom came back in fifth place...
The Washington Capitals lost a goalie, a forward and a 2-0 lead.
And they still managed to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give Washington a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night and help the Capitals hold onto the eighth spot in the East.
Washington is tied with Buffalo with 86 points; the...
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider, While each team in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, nearly all of them have one thing in common – a go-to option in net.
But with five games remaining in the regular season and a trip to the postseason on the line, the Capitals don’t have the luxury of a clear-cut top goaltender...
The Washington Capitals welcomed back Nicklas Backstrom and took a big step toward the playoffs Saturday night, blowing a two-goal lead for the second game in a row before taking the shootout for a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
The result, coupled with Toronto's 4-3 win over Buffalo, moved the Capitals two points clear of the Sabres with three games to play. Washington...
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom expects to return to the ice for Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
After missing 40 games with a concussion, Backstrom took part during the team's morning skate, the Washington Post reported. The 24-year-old Swede skated on the top line with captain Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson."I'm very excited. It’s...
Caps Correspondent Brad Parker returns after a wild and crazy night.
1. Chimmer got ejected in the 1st period for a questionable hit.
2. While killing off the five-minute major, starting goalie Tomas Vokoun re-aggravated his lower body injury and left the game.
3. Michal Neuvirth entered the game and Braden Holtby left the press box and went to the locker room just in case.
Check out this hit by Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. Chimera was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for this hit. Don't expect any further discipline from the Vice President of Players Safety Brendan Shanahan because the hit happened to a Boston Bruins player Chimera doesn'...
The Washington Capitals did it all Thursday night, defeating the Boston Bruins in a shootout 3-2 at TD Garden to keep their playoff hopes alive. After an uneventful first 40 minutes left the game scoreless, the Capitals scored two goals, one each from Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson in the third period’s first 12 minutes. They only saw it slip away late in the third as...
Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the visiting Washington Capitals stayed in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Laich fooled Tim Thomas with a quick move to the backhand, firing the puck top corner, following a pad save from Michal Neuvirth on Rich Peverley.
Chimera received 5 for charging and a game, Mcquaid will not return.
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington, It is a subplot the Capitals would rather not explore.
When center Nicklas Backstrom hits the ice tonight against the Montreal Canadiens he’ll be lining up against the player who forced him to miss the previous 40 games with an elbow to the chin.
Canadiens forward Rene Bourque was suspended three games for the Jan. 3 hit that left Backstrom...
The Washington Capitals were on ice Friday for a practice following their heart-stopping 3-2 shootout win over the Bruins on Thursday night. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Only ten players were on ice for the optional skate: Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Cody Eakin, Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, Jeff Schultz, and John Erskine...
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins have strung together three straight victories, their longest win streak since a seven-game run all the way back in December. But extending that streak to four won't be easy when a desperate Washington Capitals club comes to the Garden on Thursday. Washington is battling for its playoff life, currently sitting in ninth place in the East. The Capitals are...