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Caps in Good Shape Despite What "Experts" Say

By Scott Lowe When you follow a team all your life and since its inception, it's hard at times to be objective. In the case of the Washington Capitals, after years of playoff disappointments, many of their followers - inlcuding me - tend to expect the worst this time of year. Lately, many in the national media - and now even Columbus Blue Jacket forward R.J. Umberger - have jumped on the anti-Caps bandwagon. Several NHL media types have labeled Washington "this year's Sharks," and Umberger last night said that the Caps wouldn't strike fear in any of the Western Confernece teams because "they don't play the right way." Let's address that ridiculous comment first. Based on his - an...

Caps vs. Blue Jackets In-Game Blog

We'll give this a try for tonight. Game just started and my Direc TV feed for the game has gone out. Just as the puck was dropped. Caps going for a club-record 51st win tonight and to drop their magic number to one point in the quest for the President's Trophy. Jason Chimera returns to Columbus after being traded to the Caps just after Christmas. He has 33 combined points for both teams this year. Okay. The video is back. Here we go ... First Period My feed is out again. It's a Comcast SportsNet techincal issue. Unbelievable. Ok we're back now. Matthieu Perreault sent back to Hershey and Chimera bumped up to third line again. Thedore huge save on Nash with about 14:45 left. ...

Caps vs. Thrashers - Will Laich's Return Provide a Spark?

The Washington Capitals hope to get a lift tonight against Atlanta (7 p.m. Verizon Center) when all-purpose forward Brooks Laich returns to the lineup after suffering a freak facial injury in practice last week. Washington has gone 1-1-2, including setbacks in three straight, with Laich out of the lineup and have struggled noticeably on special teams and in their own end in his absence. "There are so many situations in games when I need something and look to Brooks," head coach Bruce Boudreau said recently. "Lately when I've looked for him he hasn't been there. It really shows you how much it means to us to have him in the lineup." Laich most likely will step in for either recent Hers...

Caps Know What Needs to be Done

By Scott Lowe Over the past three seasons the Washington Capitals have developed into one of the rare professional teams that seems to really care just about every night out. Sure there have been times in which maybe they have become a bit too enamored with their talent – overpassing, trying to make the perfect play, making low-percentage choices in the neutral zone – but the effort always seems to be there. Some might point to their recent 0-2-1 “skid” and first-period struggles as evidence that the Caps are becoming complacent, having already locked up the top seed in the East and with a six-point edge over San Jose in the race for the President’s Trophy. But upon further r...

Last Minute Caps-Sens Lineup Notes

By Scott Lowe The Washington Capitals will get physical presence Shaone Morrisonn back on the blueline tonight when they take on Ottawa at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center, but they will still be without the services of forwards Brendan Morrison (lower body), Boyd Gordon (back), Brooks Laich (face) and Scott Walker (knee). Defensemen John Erskine and Tyler Sloan will be healthy scratches for the Caps, which means that recent Hershey call-up Matthieu Perreault, who had a goal Sunday vs. Calgary should be back in the mix again. Ottawa leads the season series 2-1 and has scored six and four goals, respectively in its victories against Washington. "They've turned it around and are playing as go...

Caps Review/Preview 3.29

By Scott Lowe To a man the Washington Capitals brushed aside their lackluster 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday, a game that Flames's superstar Jarome Iginla called a "game seven" before adding, "They're all game sevens now." Still, the performances of Jose Theodore - three goals allowed on nine shots - and defenseman Joe Corvo had to raise a few concerns. As usual, the good news for the Caps was their never-say-die approach. After trailing 5-1, Washington rallied for two goals and was one Mikka Kiprusoff acrobatic save on Eric Belanger away from making it 5-4 in the final four minutes. The Caps outshot Calgary 33-12 after Theodore was pulled 10 minutes into the game. A quick...

Jose We Can See

By Scott Lowe Even as the Washington Capitals have been the dominant team in the East this season and are in control of the race for the President's Trophy, one concern has always lingered: Do they have the goaltending to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup? Well, there's something to be said for having the ability to simply outscore your opponents on an almost nightly basis. The Caps consistently have shown an affinity for doing just that, easily leading the league with 289 goals and a plus-80 differential. The next closest in those categories are Vancouver at 244 and Chicago at plus-52. But, at the end of the day, history shows that defense and goaltending can overcome scoring come...

Steroid Allegations?

According to Jeremy Scriven at Hockey Independent, as well as multiple sources which include a Capitals Press Release from yesterday, federal and county investigators recently visited the Washington Capitals to follow up on steroid allegations stemming from the arrest of a Florida man nearly a year ago. The man, one Richard Thomas, was linked to Douglas Nagel, a Virginian chiropractor who claims to be involved with the team. While Capitals' management has denied any official association to Nagel, his practice is located in the same building as the Caps management offices, so some link is possible. While no Capitals player has been targeted by police as a user or buyer of steroids, pol...

Another Day, Another Ovechkin Incident

In case you hadn't heard, Alexander Ovechkin was thrown out of another game. Surprised? I'm not. Less than three and a half months since he was suspended for two games for a knee-on-knee hit on Tim Gleason, Ovechkin finds himself the talk of the league yet again, this time for checking Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell from behind (the video can be viewed on the right hand panel). Twelve minutes into the first period, Campbell was skating back behind the Blackhawks net to pick up a loose puck. Skating behind him was Ovechkin, who pushed Campbell hard into the boards, face first, from behind. As a result, neither Campbell or Ovechkin returned to the game. Campbell ...

Capitals Acquire Scott Walker

The Washington Capitals have acquired winger Scott Walker from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 7th Round Pick. Scott Walker who is 36 years old, has spent the last four seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in 33 games this season.