It’s Nicklas Backstrom’s Number Week, and the Washington Capitals celebrated their favorite soothsaying garden gnome by winning two of their three games. They did not celebrate Andre Burakovsky’s birthday, on which they lost by one goal in overtime to the sixth in the Atlantic Division Florida Panthers. When will this team learn what middle ground means?
In games three, four, and five of the season-record six game homestand, the Capitals faced Vancouver, Colorado, and Florida, and won somewhat predictably and lost as they usually do – after coming back two to three times in unpredictable and unexplainable ways and then falling flat on their faces at the last possible moments. While the Capitals in February are a lot easier to stomach than they were in early November, the last time they were five games into a homestand, there’s always room for improvement.
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Nineteen
Going into the All Star Break, the Capitals were losing, and losing badly. In the two games they’ve played since coming out of the All Star Break, the Capitals are 1-1 as they begin their longest homestand of the year. Better late than never?
We left our chaotically terrible boys in the midst of a seven game free fall that many worried that a week off could not shake. But after eight days off, the Washington Capitals returned rested and ready to shake off their past troubles, beating the Pacific Division leading Calgary Flames by one goal. Despite falling to the Boston Bruins in their second and final game of the week, the Caps are looking better than they did before the break.
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Eighteen
All Star Game weekend meant that I was proud of my hometown for a multitude of reasons, but mostly, I was proud of a former Norris winner and a current Norris candidate. And their last names both are (or sound like) Karlsson.
The Capitals have lost seven games in a row, but, when they return from a well-deserved break on February 1st, they should do it with a little more vim and vigor. After a few players only meetings failed to break the skid, hopefully a break will. Who knows? Everything’s made of chaos and we all have to eat garbage occasionally. That’s just the way life is.
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Seventeen
Four game losing streak! Four game losing streak! Four game losing streak! Four game losing streak!
While I freely admit that I’ve been busy with American football this week, the Capitals have helped me keep my attention on the pigskin by, well, sucking.
Tied in points with the Columbus Blue Jackets (fourth in the Eastern Conference), the Boston Bruins (sixth in the Eastern Conference), and the Montreal Canadiens (seventh in the Eastern Conference) at fifty-nine points, the Capitals have some serious ground to make up if they want to catch the New York Islanders (62 points) for first in the division or the Blue Jackets (59 points, +4 ROW) for second. Two games remain before the All Star Break — could the Capitals win either of them? Because both, given the team’s current state, seems like a little too big of an ask.
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Sixteen
Jakub Vrana, precious infant, is lighting up the NHL and we have no reason to believe he’ll stop any time soon. Everyone asked for consistency, and it was consistency that we got. While I love that Vrana’s basically a goal vending machine, a month and a half out from the February 25th trade deadline, Vrana’s success puts a lot of guillotine blades over a lot of heads (well, maybe just one very Swedish head). With Brian McLellan saying that he’s open to a player for player or salary for salary trade in the forward group before the trade deadline, it’s tough to imagine that the end of February might come and go without someone on the move.
Good thing January isn’t over yet, right?
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Fifteen
Brooks Orpik is back, and right on time, too — the Washington Capitals lost three of their four games this past week. The Curse Himself has had little impact beyond puzzling plays (usual), penalty minutes (expected), and general invisibility (par for the course), but we may see Siegenthaler returned from the Shadow Realm sooner than later. We are crossing all our crossables going into Week Fifteen — maybe the league known for needlessly sacrificing the careers of youngsters to prop up declining senior citizens will surprise us for once.
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Fourteen
A lot of people like to claim the number thirteen is unlucky. There’s even a name for being afraid of the number thirteen: triskadekaphobia. But the Capitals, who went 2-0 this week, proved those people wrong. Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but for others– oh, what’s that? Brooks Orpik is coming back?
I guess it’s time to be afraid of fourteen now instead.
Continue reading Washington Re-Capitals: Week Thirteen