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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).

Chandler Stephenson Appears to Have Earned Himself A Permanent Spot on the Capitals

Photo: NHL Since being recalled by the Capitals after an injury to fellow forward Andre Burakovsky, forward Chandler Stephenson has played impressively, and it appears his hard work ethic and productive start to the season (with the Caps) has earned … Continue reading

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Why Protecting Nate Schmidt in the Expansion Draft Over Dmitry Orlov May Not Have Been As Risky A Move As it Seems

Photo: Patrick Smith With the Capitals facing an upcoming Expansion Draft and a multitude of pending free agents potentially and likely hitting the open market, the Capitals had decisions to make. Among the key defensemen lost over the summer was … Continue reading

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After Unwanted, Rough Start to the Season, Tom Wilson Making Up for Lost Time

Richard A. Whittaker/Getty Images When Capitals right wing Tom Wilson was handed a four-game suspension before the start of this season, one that he was/is expected to take on a more offensive role than he had played in his first … Continue reading

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One Month into the Season, How Are the Capitals’ Offseason Additions Faring?

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images With little salary cap space to work with heading into the summer, the Capitals were forced to say goodbye to top-six wingers Justin Williams and Marcus Johansson, as well as bottom-six forward Daniel Winnik via free … Continue reading

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Records by the Dozen: Looking At Past 12-Game Starts by the Capitals

Bleacher Report Through the first 12 games of the 2017-18 season, the Capitals have played their way to a 5-6-1 record, despite a plethora of injuries to key players such as defenseman Matt Niskanen and right wing Brett Connolly. While … Continue reading

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Capitals Recall Chandler Stephenson from Hershey

Photo: Washington Capitals In the wake of an injury to forward Andre Burkovsky in the team’s 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, and a scare to captain Alex Ovechkin in practice this morning, the Capitals have recalled forward … Continue reading

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The Great Eight Out of the Gate: Looking At Alex Ovechkin’s Start Through the First Nine Games

While the Capitals are the owners of a 4-4-1 record through the first nine games of the 2017-18 season (their worst start since the infamous 2013-14 season), team captain Alex Ovechkin has played outstandingly, scoring 10 goals (including two consecutive … Continue reading

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Why the Capitals’ Current Defensive Predicament Will Be A True Test of Their Season

NBC Sports Washington While it was widely expected that the Capitals’ defensive corps would face some challenges in the 2017-18 season after the losses of multiple key defensemen this past offseason, the situation the unit is currently facing is somewhat … Continue reading

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Looking at the Capitals’ Individual Performances Against the Devils

Nick Wass/Associated Press With the Capitals set to take on the New Jersey Devils in the two teams’ first meeting since their preseason matchup on September 27, NoVa Caps is taking a look at several of the Capitals’ players’ individual … Continue reading

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Silent Swede: Nicklas Backstrom Continues to Quietly Climb the Capitals’ Record Books

While Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and rookie Nathan Walker have been generating most of the hockey headlines in the DMV in the last few days, star center Nicklas Backstrom is once again flying under the radar, as he has done … Continue reading

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