A Few Coach’s Challenges Stats From Around The League So Far This Season

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NHL Public Relations released some stats on coach’s challenges from around the league this season through Thursday, December 12 on Saturday. The challenge has become effective as most have changed the determination of goals that were initially called. Continue reading

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Capitals at Lightning Pregame Notebook: Ilya Samsonov Starts In Fathers’ Trip Opener


Goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who is 7-2-1 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.42 goals-against average in 10 games this season, will get the nod for the Washington Capitals on Saturday night as they open their annual fathers and mentor’s trip at Amalie Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). This will mark the 22-year old’s first career start against the Lightning. Continue reading

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From Understudy to Lead Role: A Look At John Carlson’s Evolution Into a Norris Trophy Front-runner


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Capitals defenseman John Carlson is having himself a banner season, one that has garnered the attention of many outside Washington, and rightfully so. As the most productive defenseman in the league this season, and one of the top producing players league-wide, Washington’s top rearguard has placed himself squarely in a lead role on the stage that is a star-studded Caps team. However, the former first-round pick was not always in the spotlight in Washington and on the national stage. In this piece, NoVa Caps takes a look back on Carlson’s evolution from understudy to marquee performer. Continue reading

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Washington at Tampa Bay Preview: Capitals Take On Lightning In The Bay

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The Washington Capitals head south to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second time this season on Saturday night. The Capitals took the first meeting of the season in comeback style, 4-3 in overtime after trailing 3-1 in the third, on November 29. Action from Amalie Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET. Continue reading

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Capitals Kick-Off Annual Mentor’s Trip This Weekend

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It’s that time of year! The Washington Capitals have started their 12th annual Mentor’s Trip (AKA Dad’s Trip) this weekend. Continue reading

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Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway Hosts Arlington Fire Dept. And A Meet And Greet After Monday’s Game Against Columbus

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Earlier this week, the Washington Capitals fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 5-2 at Capital One Arena. However, it was not a total loss for firefighters from Station 1B of the Arlington Fire Department. Continue reading

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Alex Ovechkin Receives Wayne Gretzky International Award; Neal Henderson Enshrined In USA Hockey Hall Of Fame

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Alex Ovechkin was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Wayne Gretzky International Award as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Thursday at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The event also honored NHL alumni and Olympians Brian Gionta and Tim Thomas, Olympian Krissy Wendell, Fort Dupont Ice Arena Founder Neal Henderson and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman who were formally enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition, Jack Blatherwick, was awarded the Lester Patrick award. ESPN’s Steve Levy was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Continue reading

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Capitals Prospect Connor McMichael Selected To Continue For Canada’s National Junior Team

OAKVILLE, ONT. — Twenty-four players have been selected to continue with Canada’s National Junior Team on the road to the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship to be held in the Czech Republic later this month. Continue reading

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Standing Pat At 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Is The Best Option For The Capitals

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It has been no secret since the 2019-20 season began that the Washington Capitals are rolling. For the next two months, all 31 General Managers will be evaluating their respective clubs to determine what is needed as their teams load up for a push to win the Stanley Cup. And while it’s early to reach any firm conclusions, barring a drastic change in play, no change may be needed in Washington. Continue reading

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New Power-Play Wrinkle For Capitals Turns 5-on-4 Into 4-on-3 Advantage

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The Washington Capitals‘ power-play set-up has been somewhat predictable at times for  for the better part of a decade. But on Wednesday night, in their 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins, the Capitals set up a little bit differently on a man advantage opportunity late in the second period. Continue reading

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