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How To Prepare For The Rest Of The Caps Season

Being a half-decent sports fan is about moderating expectations.

You don't want to be that guy or girl who goes into every season saying "this year is ours because reasons" because if you do, you'll wind up crying in the corner clutching your jersey and listening to sad Radiohead. You don't want that.

A 4-3 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh saw the Capitals slide to third in the Metropolitan division, their third loss in a row. It was a good effort by the visiting Caps but, like always, almost every Capitals goal saw a Penguins equalizer shortly after.

And on cue with 1:54 to go, the Penguins scored a gut-punch goal from rookie defenseman Olli...

Blackhawks head to Nashville for first of back-to-back games

 

The reunions keep rolling for the Blackhawks as they head to Nashville to play against former Hawks Viktor Stalberg and goalie Carter Hutton just two days after re-acquiring Kris Versteeg.  Versteeg will lace up against the very player who sent him away from the Hawks in a trade to Toronto, Stalberg, who signed as a free agent in Nashville this past summer.

This is the first of back to back games for the Hawks, as they’ll return to the United Center to face off against the San Jose Sharks, their last ho...

First preseason game in DC and what I know about the season

Tonight is the first preseason game in D.C. for the Capitals. Their preseason roster is playing the preseason roster of the Chicago Blackhawks, the champs themselves. If Washington Redskins fans can tell you anything about preseason results, it’s that preseason game results are beyond all of lies, damn lies and statistics. Don’t stress the score. This is still part of the buildup to a real season of hockey and the score is not important.  What’s important is that there is hockey in D.C. again. This I know. (There will be an outdoors game in D.C. in 2015 too. The temperature during the week will undoubtedly hover around 45 degrees and the game will be pla...

Two Habs Showdowns to reveal Caps ability, for better or worse

The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Canadiens twice in the span of 11 days in April. Both of the games are in Montreal.

This is the kind of thing that happens when your season schedule gets thrown together. Like they'd say in Montreal, c'est la vie.

But, if anything, the games should be a good measure of how far the Caps have come this season.

Any time the team goes 8-1-1 is good, but check those last 10 games out. There aren't many playoff teams in that stretch. 

That begs the question--how good are these Caps, really?

It's fair to say they're neither the team that started 2-8-1, nor are they a team that could maintai...

Game Preview: Blackhawks vs. Predators

CHI v. NSH- Game Preview

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The Chicago Blackhawks head home to Madison Street as they face off against the Nashville Predators. This will be one of three meetings the teams will have this week.

The Blackhawks are coming off of a 7-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. The strength of the minor league system was on full display. Jeremy Morin and Brandon Saad made key contributions in yesterday’s win.

The Predators are led by defensemen Shea Weber, Roman Josi and forward Martin Erat. The Blackhawks continue to get strong play from Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Saad.

The Blackhawks continue to be among the league leaders in goals for and ...

Game Preview: Kings Vs Nashville Predators

       

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Fresh off a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets the Kings (3-3-2; 8 points) continue their road trip in Nashville against the Predators (4-2-3; 11 points) tonight at 5. The Predators are coming off a dominating 6-1 performance against the Blues and are on a three game winning streak. Nashville's lineup is consistent from top to bottom, which will force the Kings to play a patient and smart game.

The Predators have a balanced offensive attack led - but not dominated - by Martin Erat and Brandon Yip. Nashville jumped to a 3-0 first period lead against the Blues with goals by Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune, and Nick Spaling. ...

Wings ride momentum into Nashville

Friday's game against the Los Angeles Kings was a breath of fresh air for Wings fans.

After the third period heroics of Darren Helm and Joey MacDonald, the Wings were able to comeback after trailing the Kings. With no signs of Niklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson or Todd Bertuzzi, it was quite the relief.

What type of contest will the Wings have on their hands tonight in Nashville? Not an easy one.

It can't be said enough that the Wings road performance has left much to be desired this season. So upon looking at who tonight's possible impact player might be, Henrik Zetterberg should be acknowledged first. With Datsyuk out, he has de...

Islanders Look To Avoid Capital Punishment - Isles/Caps Pre-Game

Somebody had a case of the Mondays.

The New York Islanders, at least, will have a quick turnaround after one of their worst performance’s of the season. After a dismal 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, the
Islanders travel to the nation’s capital to play the red hot Washington Capitals.

Washington, winners of seven straight at the Verizon Center, come into the contest off a 2-1 home victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They haven’t trailed in a game at home since December 13th. In 22 games since Bruce Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter, the Capitals have gone 12-9-1 playing themselves into a 1st place tie with the Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division.

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Nashville Predators

In what will be their last game before the much-awaited home opener against the Winnipeg Jets, the Phoenix Coyotes will first look to rebound from a 2-1 shootout loss in Dallas that saw them open the scoring in the third period before Loui Eriksson tied things up with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation.  Despite this, the Coyotes looked much stronger than their first outing against San Jose and managed to outshoot their opponents 41-25.

Nashville won't be an easy opponent, as the young but feisty Predators remain undefeated thanks to their goaltender, Pekka Rinne, who has allowed but four goals in both his team's wins.  Their p...