Category Archives: Defense

Blueline Blueprint: Do the Capitals Have Optimal Defensive Pairings?

Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images Following the acquisition of Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks on February 18, Washington Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden has been tinkering with different combinations of defensive pairings. This is often a challenging undertaking, … Continue reading

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John Carlson Ties Calle Johansson For First in Franchise History in Points By a Defenseman

With the banner season that Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has had in 2019-20, it was a given that the 27th overall pick in 2008 would climb the franchise record books. During Saturday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the … Continue reading

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Grading the Capitals’ Trade Deadline Defensemen Under Brian MacLellan

Since he took over from longtime incumbent George McPhee in 2014, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan has overseen the return of the team to a perennial Stanley Cup contender. An interesting anecdote on MacLellan’s resume as General Manager has … Continue reading

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Capitals Acquire Brenden Dillon From Sharks In Exchange For 2020 Second-Round Pick, Conditional 2021 Third

Photo: Yahoo The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2021. Dillon can become an unrestricted … Continue reading

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Capitals’ John Carlson Records 70th Point In Loss To Golden Knights; Two Points Shy Of Passing Calle Johansson

It was another tough loss for the Washington Capitals on Monday as they fell 3-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. There is a positive though: defenseman John Carlson notched his 70th point of the season, tied a … Continue reading

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Back To Basics: The Capitals Must Play Tougher Hockey Down the Stretch

The Washington Capitals must play playoff-style hockey down the stretch. Continue reading

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Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov Plays 500th Career Game Against Penguins On Sunday

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov is playing in his 500th career game this afternoon as the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time this season. Today’s Super Bowl Sunday matinee also marks Orlov’s 399th consecutive game, which is … Continue reading

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Top Helper: John Carlson Becomes the Franchise Assist Leader Among Defensemen

Jana Chytoliva/Freestye Photography/Getty Images While Alex Ovechkin passing Mark Messier for eighth all-time in Goals Scored was the major storyline in the Capitals’ Friday night victory against the Ottawa Senators, defenseman John Carlson made history in his own right, becoming … Continue reading

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Capitals Recall Christian Djoos From AHL Hershey, Announce Michal Kempny, Radko Gudas Will Be Game-Time Decisions vs. Blue Jackets Due To Illness

Photo: NBCSW The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Christian Djoos from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Friday morning and announced that defensemen Radko Gudas and Michal Kempny will both be game-time decisions against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 PM ET, NBC … Continue reading

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Quarterly Check-In: How The Capitals Should Approach The 2020 Offseason

Photo: NHL.com The Washington Capitals have a big offseason up ahead. Center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby can both become unrestricted free agents on July 1 and forwards Alex Ovechkin and Jakub Vrana will both be eligible to sign … Continue reading

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