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Washington Re-Capitals: Week Ten

Jakub Vrana has four points (2G/2A) this week after being held scoreless for three games straight to close out the month of November.

Vrana is four goals away from matching his career high of thirteen (2017-18) and five assists from his career high of fourteen assists (also during 2017-18). With nine more points this season, Vrana will also match his career high, all of which look easily within reach. He’s been a monster at even strength, with every one of his goals and all but one of his assists coming at even strength, and while his shooting percentage is hovering around 17%, he’s making the most of good linemates and scoring opportunities.

This increase in offense coming despite a two minute increase in average ice time for game means that Vrana, despite some minor slips here and there, is adjusting nicely to a scoring role on the Capitals. As his ELC (expiring in July 2019) comes to a close, making gains on career highs across the board is a very good sign for Vrana’s future earning opportunities and could secure himself a spot on the Capitals well past the Seattle Expansion Draft.

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Washington Re-Capitals: Week Nine

Nicklas Backstrom (who has more points and assists than Sidney Crosby) has cracked the top ten of league wide point scoring while Alex Ovechkin waits just outside, and as the All-Star Game approaches (in San Jose, no less!), Capitals fans are joyfully reckoning with the fact that we may see both selected this year. The foundation for a Nicklas Backstrom, Metropolitan Division Captain campaign is already being laid on Twitter.

The real question: will you honor the Goblin King’s claim to the throne or face his fury?

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The Kings Week In Review – 27/11/18

It’s that time again for the weekly review of the Kings with the notes and news going on about the Staples Center, where following the 2-0 win over the Blues the Kings would look to carry the momentum on during the week and the homestand.

The Week That Was

The start of the homestand would be seriously one to forget, where the Kings would take a 7-3 drubbing off the Colorado Avalanche in a hilariously one sided affair where the Avs would score six goals before the Kings would score two of their own towards the end of the game with goals from Clifford, Luff and Wagner altogether.

The start of the weekend wouldn’t bring much better luck either, as the visiting and struggling Vancouver Canucks would put up a win of their own by beating the Kings 4-2. Though despite the Kings tying the game 2-2 off Matt Luff, the rookie sensation and very likely Calder winner in Elias Pettersson would score the game winner and Tyler Motte would sink home the last goal to give the Canucks a much needed win after losing eight straight games.

The Kings would end the weekend on a high however, against the Edmonton Oilers in which it would see them winning 5-2 against them with notably a hat trick scored by Dustin Brown. Supporting goals would come from Matt Luff and Anze Kopitar but the game would swing in the Kings favour similar to Vancouver scoring the game winning goal in the previous game, except this time it would be Kopitar starting the goal scoring and Luff finishing it.

The Week That Will Be

The Kings finish the month on a three game road trip going through Vancouver (Tuesday), Edmonton (Friday) and Calgary (Saturday) before coming home on Sunday to start a four game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Standings and Stat Leaders

Record: 8-14-1 (Last in Division, Conference, NHL).

Goals: Kopitar (7)
Assists: Doughty (12)
Points: Kovalchuk, Doughty (14)
Plus-Minus: Luff (+4)

GAA: Campbell (2.33)
Sv%: Campbell (92.3%)
Wins: Campbell (5)
Shutouts: Campbell, Petersen (1)

PP: 15.3% (30th in NHL)
PK: 73.9% (29th in NHL)

Other Notes (As per Jon Rosen)

Adrian Kempe is listed as questionable and D2D. Jonathan Quick is likely to return during the road trip this week. Carl Hagelin has been listed on the IR as week to week with an MCL sprain.

Mike Futa spoke with Jon Rosen regarding up and coming prospects, speaking of Rasmus Kupari who has 26 total points in the Liiga and CHL so far this season, and Nikolai Prohorkin who may wind up being in black and silver once his contract expires currently has 16 points in 19 games in the KHL.

Washington Re-Capitals: Week Eight

The Capitals are on a five game winning streak, earning them first place in the extremely competitive Metropolitan Division, a coveted spot as the halfway mark of the season approaches — game forty-one will be played on the sixth of January in Detroit, and as November comes to a close, 2019 looks a lot closer than it has before. Thankfully, with Game 23 in the books, there are seventeen more games to play before the 2018-19 season is halfway over. Those of us in the States had plenty to give thanks for this long weekend, and those of us who aren’t got the fifth win in a steak the Capitals have kept alive since their game in Colorado on the sixteenth, the first winning (or losing) streak longer than two games that the Capitals have had all season.

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Washington Re-Capitals: Week Seven

Good: The Caps went 2-1-0 this week and stole a win from the Colorado Avalanche!

Bad: Kuznetsov (upper body) and Oshie (head) are out, with no definite timetable for return.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to find out what the ugly is.

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