Category Archives: Defense

John Carlson Must Be An X-Factor for the Capitals Next Season

The Capitals are entering the most important offseason in franchise history after yet another collapse in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and it has been known for months now that it will bring massive changes to the roster. Among the many … Continue reading

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As it Currently Stands, Karl Alzner Has Likely Played His Last Game as A Capital

Since making the Capitals’ Opening Night lineup in training camp prior to the 2010-11 season, defenseman Karl Alzner has been in the Caps’ Opening Night lineup for over 500 consecutive games and become one of the most beloved and respected … Continue reading

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Solving the Brooks Orpik Puzzle

When Brooks Orpik was signed to his five-year, $27.5 million┬ádeal in the summer of 2014 it was received with mixed reviews. The Capitals were in desperate need of defensive help, which Orpik brought, but he was 33-years old and some … Continue reading

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Righting the Ship: Kevin Shattenkirk Turning Around His Game at the Right Time

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images When the Capitals acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk at the end of February, they did so with the hope he could bolster their already-loaded blueline for a Stanley Cup run. But through the first few games of the … Continue reading

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Nate Schmidt is Proving Himself Worthy of A Bigger Role Next Season with Strong Playoff Showing

When the 2016-17 season began, Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt was seen as nothing more than a bottom-pairing defenseman on a Capitals team stacked with talent on the blueline. But as the regular season progressed, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs arrived, … Continue reading

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History Behind A Number: No. 55

Getty Images Throughout the Capitals’ 42 years in existence, they’ve issued a total of 87 different jersey numbers to the hundreds of players that have suited up in the District. In NoVa Caps’ feature, History Behind A Number, NoVa Caps’ … Continue reading

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Karl Alzner Sits With Injury in Capitals’ 4-3 Loss

Karl Alzner is one of the Capitals’ most valuable defenseman and penalty killers, and at times in the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss, the team could have used their Iron Man, who sat out of his first game (regular season and … Continue reading

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How Can the Capitals Change the Series Around in Games 3 and 4?

How Can the Washington Capitals Change the Series around in Games 3 and 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs? Continue reading

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History Behind A Number: No. 7

Throughout the Capitals’ 42 years in existence, they’ve issued a total of 87 different jersey numbers to the hundreds of players that have suited up in the District. In NoVa Caps’ brand new feature, History Behind A Number, NoVa Caps’ … Continue reading

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John Carlson A Late Scratch, Nate Schmidt Returns to the Lineup

When the puck dropped at Air Canada Centre at the beginning of the Capitals’ contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs, defenseman John Carlson was not on the Washington bench. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that the veteran blueliner was sidelined … Continue reading

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