Taylor Chorney Placed on Waivers

Following the news that the Washington Capitals traded a third round 2018 entry draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Defensman Mickal Kempny, it was reported that the new blueliner had landed in DC at midnight last night and was in attendance for an optional skate at Kettler this morning. A notable absence from this morning’s skate was fellow Defenseman Taylor Chorney.  Continue reading

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News and Notes from Tuesday’s Capitals Optional Skate at Kettler: There’s a New Defenseman in Town

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After a much-needed win over the Buffalo Sabres to wrap up the four game road trip, the Washington Capitals head back home for a brief stop. On Tuesday night at Capital One Arena, the Caps will take on Nikita Kucherov and the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the game, the team held an optional skate at Kettler Capitals IceplexContinue reading

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In a Groove: What’s Next for Philipp Grubauer?

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The Capitals, at times this season, have struggled in games and many fans or analysts tend to point at one thing or another as the source of the problem. Goaltending has been a relatively stable position all season for the Caps, but as of late, starter Braden Holtby has arguably, struggled somewhat. In this piece, Chris Laroche looks at the relative success of backup Philipp Grubauer and how it compares to Holtby’s numbers thus far into the season.  Continue reading

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Game Preview: Lightning @ Capitals

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After a tough 4-game road trip where the Capitals finished with a 2-1-1 record, the Capitals return home briefly on Tuesday evening for a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The Capitals are hoping to keep their winning streak alive after they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on President’s Day.  Puck drop is at 7 PM ET on NBC Sports Washington. Continue reading

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Victory is Sweet!: Hershey Bears Top Marlies 5-2, Win Fourth Straight

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Two days after shutting out the Belleville Senators for their third consecutive win, the Hershey Bears pounded the Toronto Marlies 5-2 to earn their fourth straight victory and sweep their weekend set. Continue reading

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Blackhawks Ban Fans Who Racially Taunted Devante Smith-Pelly

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Some action has consequences and so do words. On Saturday night in Chicago, Devante Smith-Pelly headed to the penalty box. While in the box, four fans yelled racial slurs at Smith-Pelly, chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball”. Those fans were quickly ejected from the game by arena security. On Monday afternoon, the Blackhawks contacted the fans and told them they were no longer welcome back. This news was reported first by Mark Lazerus, a Blackhawks beat writer for the Chicago Sun-TimesContinue reading

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Capitals Foil Sabres, 3-2; Alex Ovechkin Scores 35th Goal of the Season


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The Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a Presidents Day matinee matchup on the shores of Lake Erie, reclaiming the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. The game was a nice response to their dreadful 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Philipp Grubauer had 32 stops to pick up his sixth win of the season. The Caps and Sabres have a rematch on Saturday night at Capital One Arena.  Continue reading

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Capitals Acquire Defenseman Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks

kempy In need of some NHL-ready defensive depth with two rookies (Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos) playing in their top four, the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday afternoon.  Continue reading

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Tom Wilson is Having His Best Season in Washington

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Tom Wilson entered the season with more expectations placed on him. With the departure of Justin Williams and other key players to free agency, the fifth-year pro had some big shoes to fill. After spending his first four seasons as mostly an enforcer, Wilson’s offense has been on the upswing in his fifth season.  Continue reading

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Capitals Prospect Ilya Samsonov Participates in KHL Tournament During Olympic Break

While the KHL has taken a break for the Olympics, Ilya Samsonov and the Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey club did not take a break from hockey.  The team, sans its Olympians, participated in the Davos Hockey Summit, a tournament held at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland from February 15-18. The tournament included three other teams: Dynamo Riga from the KHL, Ocelari Trinec from the top Czech league, and HC Davos from the Swiss National League.  Continue reading

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