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Braden Holtby's poor December has fans and seemingly the staff quickly turning on him. (Caps.com)
That’s the number of men who have started a game in nets for the Capitals since franchise icon Olie Kolzig left the team five and a half seasons ago. Their names: Brent Johnson, Jose Theodore, Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, Tomas Vokoun, Braden Holtby, and now Phillipp Grubauer. Six of those goalies, the exception being Grubauer, have started 40 or more games in that time frame. And in those five and a half seasons, the Capitals have not had a true number one goaltender.
Braden Holtby is struggling right now. He has followed up a November in which he posted a sterling 2.35 GAA and .933 save percentage with a horrid December. He has only recorded a GAA below 3 for one game this month, posting an ugly 4.92 GAA and .863 save percentage overall to bring his numbers up to a 3.00 GAA and .915 save perce...
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Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau returns to the Verizon Center tonight for the first time since being fired by the Washington Capitals in late 2011. “I don’t want to anticipate anything, quite frankly,” Boudreau said, via NHL.com. “It’s going to be nerve-racking going on the bench for the first [time]. It’s going to be really exciting to see all the red again. I used...
It’s been nearly a month since he went public with his trade request, but Martin Erat remains a Washington Capital. And now that the NHL’s holiday roster freeze is in effect, the veteran winger is guaranteed to stay through 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 28 at least.
Nothing has changed for Erat over these past few weeks. He still wants to be traded but knows there’s little he can do...
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN… The Washington Capitals killed a late John Carlson penalty. Carlson went to the sin bin with a little over four minutes remaining in the game with a one goal lead. Sure, the ‘Canes had opportunities after the penalty was over, but that penalty kill was huge and gave the Caps momentum in the final two minutes.
OUR GAME MVP… Easy. His name is Nicklas...
Alexander Ovechkin’s name was once again written into the history books on Friday night when the Washington Capitals’ sniper scored his 400th career goal.
The Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night and career goal number 400 for Ovechkin was the empty netter.
“I had a couple of chances to score, and they were good ones, but maybe I tried to make more moves...
Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber has been named Team USA’s captain for the World Junior Championship. Matt Grzelcyk and Andrew Copp are alternates. Barber, a sophomore at the U20 stage, had three goals and three assists to help lead the Americans to the gold medal. He was also a member of the Under-18 World Championships that won the gold back in [...]
RALEIGH, N.C. -- On a night when nothing seemed to come easy for the Carolina Hurricanes, it seemed somehow appropriate that the Washington game-sealing goal was an empty-netter. Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th NHL goal against an empty net to make it 4-2 at the 19:35 mark of the third.
It was a tale of two very different power plays coming into the game, but not so much during...
The Washington Capitals don’t want to rely exclusively on their power play for offense, but every once in a while it’s not such a bad thing.
The Capitals recorded three power-play goals in the second period Friday night to surge past Carolina for a 4-2 win at PNC Arena, a victory made even more special when Alex Ovechkin sealed it with an empty-net tally for his 400th goal with...
After missing nearly a month of action, Brooks Laich will return to the Washington Capitals lineup against the Anaheim Ducks, head coach Adam Oates confirmed Monday morning.
Laich last played on Nov. 27 against the Ottawa Senators and missed 11 games due to a groin injury. Unfortunately, this has been a reoccurring issue for Laich as he missed all but nine games last season to groin...
Joel Rechlicz's bobblefist night spoiled by second period antics.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal, and the Washington
Capitals posted three power-play goals in the second period of a
4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are major reasons why the Washington Capitals' power play has been surging.
Neither has mustered much the last three times they have seen Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur will likely start Saturday night for the New Jersey Devils when they try to end the Capitals' three-game home win streak.
Washington (19-13-3) has seen its power play go 9 for...
Since Olie Kolzig stopped minding the net for the Capitals at the end of the 2007-2008 season, there has been no stability at the goalie position in Washington.
Each new AHL goalie prospect gets rushed from their development in Hershey to save the Caps season or fill in for injury. Whoever that goalie is becomes the next big thing in net for the Caps. Once the league has had time...
The Washington Capitals let one get away on Saturday night at Verizon Center, falling to the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in overtime. After falling behind 1-0 late in the first period, the Caps got three goals in a row in the second period to take a two-goal lead in to the final period. But the Devils fought back, getting a goal to make it 3-2 and then 4-3 after Alex...
Match-up - New Jersey Devils (14-15-7) @ Washington Capitals (19-13-3)
Road/Home records - 7-10-3 -------------- 12-7-0
TV - MSG Plus, CSN-DC
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - 0-0
Last 10: Devils 4-4-2 / Capitals 7-2-1
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur vs Braden Holtby
Projected lines for the Capitals:
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin...
The Capitals may have lost Saturday night, but they had a couple of guests rooting them on, including the most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps. Here is is with Alex Ovechkin, and below, Tom Wilson.