Category Archives: Opinion

Emotions Running High as Do or Die Time Nears

Photo credit – Justin Aller, Getty Images  29 years of emotions – I will come right out and say it—I’m going to cry at the end of the playoffs, however long they may go. I’m not afraid who knows it … Continue reading

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Barry Trotz Makes Request of Caps Fans

 CSN’s Capitals pregame show, which aired before Sunday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, aired a clip of an interview by Jill Sorensen with Head Coach Barry Trotz.  In it, Trotz made a direct appeal to Caps fans: Don’t be nervous, … Continue reading

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I want my 3rd line back! Suggestions?

Photo: Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire All in all, it’s been a great year for Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky and Brett Connolly, and they’ve contributed in ways that don’t always include scoring.  But I would still like to see their production back closer … Continue reading

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Capitals’ Magic Numbers

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images After Friday night’s results, the Capitals essentially need three regulation or overtime wins (a.k.a. ROW) out of the final five games to virtually guarantee home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The following provides … Continue reading

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The Capitals’ Two other Prolific “Lend a Hand” Guys

Nick Wass/Expressen.se Although he doesn’t go by this name, Mr. Assist for the Washington Capitals is Nicklas Backstrom; the Swedish-born center has done it more than any other Capital and at a rate that’s 15th best in NHL history, specifically … Continue reading

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Playing “Big” in Big Moments: I’m Orlovin’ it

As one would expect, game outcomes are becoming more hotly contested around the NHL as the regular season grows older. Numerous players on all 30 teams are stepping up at the right moments. The Capitals’ impactful player has been left-handed defenseman Dmitry Orlov. … Continue reading

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These Jackets are Tailor-Made for a Long Playoff Run: A Look At the Columbus Blue Jackets

Nick Wass/Associated Press To hell with the bye week blues. If NHL teams are supposed to incur a post bye week letdown, someone forgot to tell the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is the fourth article on potential postseason opponents of the … Continue reading

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What to Expect From the Capitals For the Rest of Their Regular Season

Alex Gallardo/Associated Press As winter haphazardly turns to spring, many Caps fans, myself included, have been known to get the jitters brought on by the team’s average results beginning in late February, much like the 6-6-2 record the Capitals have most recently … Continue reading

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No Matter How Burdensome His Contract is, Brooks Orpik is an Asset on the Blueline

Nick Wass/Associated Press  When the Capitals signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a five-year, $27.5 million contract in the summer of 2014, the deal was met with a mixture of reactions. Now in his third season in a Caps sweater, Orpik … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye is Hard – Saying Hello is Nerve Wracking

Saying goodbye to a player who was traded is never easy, even if that player has only spent part of the season with an organization. But, as Tom Gilbert reminded me in a post-game interview Saturday night – that’s hockey. 

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