Weekly Record: 2-1 (4 pts)
Overall: 30-17-10 (70 pts)
+10 pt advantage for playoff spot
Alex Ovechkin has been a force of nature this season. He now leads the league in goals scored (36) after scoring two against the not-so-mighty Ducks on Sunday and another one against the Kings on Saturday.
The Capitals continue to play well enough to win. Their only loss this week was a road game against the Kings. No shame in that.
February 11, 2015: Sharks at Capitals – WIN (5-4 OT)
February 14, 2015: Capitals at Kings – LOSS (1-3)
February 15, 2015: Capitals at Ducks – WIN (5-3)
Feb. 9-15 Weekly Report Card: B
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Weekly Record: 3-1 (6 pts)
Overall: 28-16-10 (66 pts)
+9 pt advantage for playoff spot
The Caps beat the defending champs, the Kings, 4-0! That’s one way to get their mojo back.
Then they beat the Senators. That’s an A+ for winning against Canada.
But after a three game winning streak, they slipped against the Flyers to close out the week.
Still a good effort.
February 3, 2015: Kings at Capitals – WIN (4-0)
February 5, 2015: Capitals at Senators – WIN (2-1)
February 6, 2015: Ducks at Capitals – WIN (3-2 OT)
February 8, 2015: Flyers at Capitals – LOSS (1-3)
Feb. 2-8 Weekly Report Card: B+
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The Washington Wizards are in the midst of a fine season, but I loathe the NBA, so you will find nothing more about them here.
I do like the Washington Capitals. Consider them one of three DC sports teams I’ve adopted since moving here in 2004. The other two are the Nationals and DC United.
I will attempt to give out a weekly report card on the Capitals progress for the rest of the season as they vie to get back into the playoffs after missing out last year for the first time in seven seasons.
The Capitals have tantalized us with good teams in the regular season over the past few years, but can never put it all together when it matters.
The NHL’s All-Star Game is Sunday, January 25 at 5pm. The league has five days off as they prepare for the All-Star festivities.
The Capitals only have one player in the All-Star Game this year, Alex Ovechkin (LW).
They currently sit in 4th place (24-13-9, 57 pts) in the Metropolitan Division, and WOULD qualify for a playoff berth if the season ended today. It doesn’t. More work to do.
Midterm Report Card = B-
The 1st Winter Classic hosted by Buffalo in 2008
DC is the home of the National Hockey League’s 2015 Winter Classic.
The Washington Capitals host the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park on January 1st.
Yes, that means outdoors. Yes, it will be cold.
This annual hockey game (the 7th one) is one of the highlights of the NHL regular season.
This will be the first time that the Capitals have hosted the Winter Classic and the second time they have played in it (2012 in Philadelphia).
Not only is it outdoors, where fans are as cold as the players, but the teams usually sport throwback jerseys from far gone eras, which they are happy to sell to you.
Hockey fans in DC, this is the game to see.
College football fans, you can still TiVo the New Year’s Day bowl games and go instead to Nationals Park and have a classic good time.
Tickets are available via your least favorite resale site.
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals
Nationals Park (Outdoors)
Thursday, January 1, 2015