Nicklas Backstrom’s Offensive Production Through 21 Games Compared To First 21 Games In Previous Seasons

The Capitals’ stalwart center, Nicklas Backstrom, has been off to a blazing hot offensive start to the 2021 NHL regular season, posting 10 goals and 15 assists through 21 games, good for a 1.19 points per game average. At that rate, he’s on pace to score 66.67 points in this season’s shortened schedule of 56 games. Continue reading

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Washington at Boston Series Preview: Capitals And Bruins Chase First Place In The East

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The Washington Capitals head to New England for the first time this season to battle the Boston Bruins on Wednesday and Friday night. The teams split the first two games against each other in D.C. with the Capitals winning 4-3 in overtime on January 30 before the Bruins took a 5-3 decision two days later. The Capitals led 3-0 in both games. Action from TD Garden can be seen on NBCSN nationally on Wednesday and NBC Sports Washington locally and NHL Network nationally on Friday beginning at 7 PM ET both nights. Continue reading

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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser Approves Nationals’ Proposal To Start Season At Nationals Park Without Fans

According to News 4’s Mark Segraves, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser approved the MLB’s Washington Nationals proposal to start the season at Nationals Park without fans. Washington’s health director told the team that they could have fans in the stands later in April depending on local COVID-19 numbers. Continue reading

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Returns To Practice; A New Day Means New Lines: News From Capitals Practice

Following a day off for the team on Monday, The Washington Capitals returned to practice Tuesday afternoon at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston. The Capitals face the Bruins in the first of a two-game set Wednesday night at TD Garden, with puck drop set for 7:00 PM. Here’s the latest from Capitals practice this afternoon: Continue reading

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Assessing Player Performances For The Washington Capitals After 21 Games

The Capitals are in the midst of a rare two-day break before they begin a big two-game set against the Bruins in Bean Town on Wednesday. The break in play has provided the team a day of rest on Monday and a day for a rare practice session on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby Added To NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol

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According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and will not suit up in the team’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday (7 PM ET, NBCSN). Continue reading

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Washington Capitals First Trimester Review: 2020-21 Season

In a “typical” seasons, we’ve traditionally reviewed the Capitals performance for each quarter. With the 2020-21 season being an abbreviated 56-game season instead of the normal 82-game season, we will change our tack and review the team’s performance at each trimester. Continue reading

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Washington Capitals Prospect Report – February, 2021: Connor McMichael And Garrett Pilon Get Tricky, Alex Alexeyev And Aliaksei Protas Head To Playoffs And Zach Fucale Is A Wall

Welcome to the sixth installment of NoVa Caps’ Washington Capitals Monthly Prospects Report for the 2020-2021 season. This report summarizes activities for each of the Capitals’ prospects for the month of February, 2021.   Continue reading

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Zach Fucale Shining In Goal For Hershey Bears

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Back in 2013, Zach Fucale was the first goalie taken in the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Entry Draft. The Montreal Canadians selected him with the 36th overall pick in the second round. There were high hopes for his future, but unfortunately for Fucale, he never lived up to those expectations and his career seemed to be at a crossroads. Continue reading

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Back In Business: Ilya Samsonov Records First Victory Since January 14 in 3-2 Win Over the New Jersey Devils

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While the 2020-21 NHL season would be unlike any other, for second-year Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov, it has been one filled with challenges. After going 1-0-1 with a 3.36 Goals-Against Average and .868 Save Percentage in his first two games, the former first-round pick spent time on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list and undergoing conditioning before returning to post his first victory since January 14 against the New Jersey Devils on February 28. Continue reading

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