Capitals’ Prospect Connor McMichael: “It Was Good To Get Out With The Team Again”

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Washington Capitals center prospect Connor McMichael said on Thursday that “It was good to get out with the team again” after getting out of a seven-day quarantine. He participated in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships, which ended on January 5.

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Better than Expected: How the Capitals’ Actual ‘Goals For’ Outpace Expected ‘Goals For’

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Over the past five seasons and through the first four games of the 2021 NHL regular season, the Capitals’ actual goal scoring has routinely outperformed the expected ‘goals for’ metric. This can be explained by a multitude of factors, some of which we’ll be identifying in this piece. Continue reading

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Buffalo at Washington Series Preview: Capitals Begin Six-Game Home Stand With Clash Against Sabres

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The Washington Capitals begin a six-game home stand at Capital One Arena, hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (7:00 PM ET,  NBC Sports Washington) and Sunday (3:00 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). The Capitals defeated the Sabres 6-4 on January 14 and 2-1 the following night at KeyBank Center.  Continue reading

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Ilya Samsonov Has Tested Positive For COVID-19


The Washington Post is reporting that Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov has tested positive for COVID-19. Samantha Pell broke the news early Thursday afternoon. Continue reading

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T.J. Oshie’s Message to Capitals Fans: “We Miss You As Much As You Miss Us”

On Thursday, Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie spoke to the media on a Zoom call following today’s practice prior to Friday’s home opener against the Buffalo Sabres. He discussed the recent news of four Capitals players on the NHL’s COVID-19-related absences list and how different tomorrow’s first game at Capital One Arena will be with no fans. Continue reading

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Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin And Dmitry Orlov Both Have COVID-19 Antibodies, Nastya Ovechkin Says

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Dmitry Orlov both have COVID-19 antibodies, according to Ovechkin’s wife Nastya. Both, along with goaltender Ilya Samsonov and center Evgeny Kuznetsov were placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday following a team fine of $100,000. Continue reading

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No Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov Or Samsonov at Thursday’s Capitals Practice; Connor McMichael, Martin Fehervary and Brian Pinho Skate With Team


The Washington Capitals returned to practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Thursday following a day off on Wednesday. The Capitals play their home opener on Friday when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:07 PM. Continue reading

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Connor McMichael Joins Capitals Taxi Squad; Craig Anderson Added To Roster


Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael officially completed his mandatory seven-day quarantine this past weekend. As a result he was able to join the team on Thursday, the Capitals first home practice since returning from their four-game road trip. Continue reading

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Report: Sports Betting To Launch In Virginia On Thursday

Virginia sports betting is launching on Thursday, according to information released on Wednesday by FanDuel. The announcement was later amended to say the product launch would be made “soon”. Continue reading

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A Look At The Capitals’ Defensemen’s Stats Through Four Games

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After allowing an average of 3.44 goals-per-game in the final 32 games of the 2019-20 regular season and signing four defensemen in the offseason, the Washington Capitals have allowed at least three goals in three of their four games so far this season (and an average of 3.25 goals-against per game overall, tied for the 10th-most in the NHL). It is early but perhaps it is time to make some changes ahead of this weekend’s series vs. the Buffalo Sabres as the Capitals have eight defensemen on the NHL roster. NoVa Caps evaluates the Capitals’ defensemen through four games. Continue reading

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