Category Archives: Defense

Matt Niskanen Makes His Return Tonight

After injuring his left thumb on Friday the 13th against the Devils just over a month ago, Matt Niskanen will make his return tonight against the Nashville Predators. Niskanen missed a total of 13 games. Barry Trotz hinted last week … 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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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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After a 2-Game Losing Skid, How Can the Capitals Adjust Their Game and Get Back on the Winning Track?

How can the Washington Capitals get back on the winning track after a bad week? Continue reading

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Capitals Defense Faces Challenge in High-Flying Maple Leafs

The Capitals blue line met their doom on Friday the 13th when Matt Niskanen suffered an injury in their game against the Devils. The next night, the Caps ¬†surrendered a snowman in an 8-2 beat down by the Flyers. It … Continue reading

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Capitals Recall Madison Bowey, Place Matt Niskanen on Long-Term Injured Reserve

Early Saturday morning, the Capitals recalled Madison Bowey from Hershey after the team announced that Matt Niskanen is week-to-week with an upper-body injury he sustained in the Capitals’ 5-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. He got placed … Continue reading

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Christian Djoos Plays His First NHL Game, Makes an Immediate Impact

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images Wednesday night’s 3-2 Capitals loss to the Penguins saw the much anticipated NHL debut of Christian Djoos. He impressed coaches during training camp and after being a healthy scratch for the team’s first … Continue reading

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Welcome Back Iron Man! A Tribute to Karl Alzner

For nine seasons, defenseman Karl Alzner provided the Capitals with a steady presence on the blueline, consistently shutting down the opposition’s best players. When the 2017-18 Capitals took the ice for their home opener tonight, they did so without the … Continue reading

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Three Capitals Prospects Battle it Out at Kettler for Two Remaining Roster Spots

Christian Djoos, Madison Bowey, and Aaron Ness have each had plenty of success with the Hershey Bears and two of these guys will get their chance to shine in the big leagues. But one of them will just have to … Continue reading

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Capitals defeat Blues 4-3, End Preseason on High Note

The Capitals’ preseason wrapped up this afternoon with a 4-3 win against the Blues at Scottrade Arena in St. Louis this afternoon.¬†

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