Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 12/21/15-1/3/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 4-1-1 (9 pts)
Overall: 28-7-3 (59 pts)

After a splendid nine game winning streak, the Capitals have slowed down just a fraction, losing their last two.

Yet, they still hold a 10 point lead over the New York Islanders, for first place in the Metropolitan division.

Evgeny Kuznetsov continues to lead the Caps in Assists with 23 (ranked eleventh in the league) and Alex Ovechkin has 21 goals so far (good enough for fifth overall in the league).

Outside of Dallas, no team has been playing as well as the Caps on a consistent basis.

The Capitals next play at Boston on Tuesday, 1/5/16. The Bruins are on a mini-slump, losing four out of the last five games, so look for the Capitals to take advantage and start another winning streak.

The Caps have three road games before returning to DC this Sunday, 1/10/16 against Ottawa. Get tickets here.

Results

December 21, 2015: Capitals at Hurricanes – Win (2-1)

December 26, 2015: Canadiens at Capitals – Win (3-1)

December 28, 2015: Capitals at Sabres – Win (2-0)

December 30, 2015: Sabres at Capitals – Win (5-2)

December 31, 2015: Capitals at Hurricanes – Loss (2-4)

January 2, 2016: Capitals at Blue Jackets – Loss (4-5 SO)

December 21-January 3 Fortnightly Report Card: B

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 12/7-12/20/15

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 6-1 (12 pts)
Overall: 24-6-2 (50 pts)

Your Washington Capitals have made a statement. They are here and they will not be trifled with.

Their latest victim is their bitter rivals, the New York Rangers. After taking a 3-1 lead in the 1st Period of Sunday’s game (December 20), the Rangers were probably feeling pretty good about themselves. But then the Capitals decided to crush them. Mercilessly. They scored six straight goals to dominate the game, 7-3.

With that victory, the Caps have extended their first place lead in the Metropolitan Division to 8 points (over said Rangers). At 50 points on the season, they are tied with Dallas for the most points in the league. And they have played one less game than Dallas.

They also have a 5-game winning streak, and have won 12 of their last 15.

The Caps are firing on all cylinders. Tonight they play at Carolina and look to continue their recent brilliance. And dominance.

 

Results

December 8, 2015: Red Wings at Capitals – Win (3-2 SO)

December 10, 2015: Capitals at Panthers – Loss (1-4)

December 12, 2015: Capitals at Lightning – Win (2-1)

December 14, 2015: Capitals at Penguins – Win (4-1)

December 16, 2015: Senators at Capitals – Win (2-1)

December 18, 2015: Lightning at Capitals – Win (5-3)

December 20, 2015: Capitals at Rangers – Win (7-3)

 

December 7-December 20 Fortnightly Report Card: A+

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 11/23-12/6/15

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 5-0-1 (11 pts)
Overall: 18-5-2 (38 pts)

The Capitals are hot now, winning six straight games before finally succumbing to the Winnipeg Jets on the road in overtime.

But they have won five of six games over the last two weeks and sit only 1 point behind the New York Rangers for first place. The Rangers have also played three more games overall, so it should be easy for the Capitals to regain first place.

Alex Ovechkin is tied for 10th place in goals scored in the league (12), while Nicklas Backstrom (9) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (8) are close behind. Kuznetsov also leads the Capitals with 26 offensive points (8 goals/18 assists).

It is suddenly looking bright for DC sports. The Washington Football Team is in first place (pending tonight’s Monday Night Football game outcome vs. Dallas) and the Capitals are looking like the cream of the NHL so far.

They knocked off the powerhouse, Montreal Canadiens, on the road last Thursday. An impressive feat against the current #1 team in the Eastern Conference.

An exciting few months of hockey are in store.

 

Results

November 23, 2015: Oilers at Capitals – Win (1-0)

November 25, 2015: Jets at Capitals – Win (5-3)

November 27, 2015: Lightning at Capitals – Win (4-2)

November 28, 2015: Capitals at Maple Leafs – Win (4-2)

December 3, 2015: Capitals at Canadiens – Win (3-2)

December 5, 2015: Capitals at Jets – Loss (1-2 OT)

 

November 23-December 6 Fortnightly Report Card: A

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 11/9-11/22/15

Washington Capitals Report Card

 

Fortnightly Record: 3-3 (7 pts)
Overall: 13-5-1 (27 pts)

The Capitals have got into the habit of losing one, winning one. All of their losses the last couple weeks have been by a single goal, so at least they’re competitive.

They are still in second place, five points behind the Rangers.

After a 4-game drought, Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in each of the last two games to up his total to 10 goals. He’s played in three fewer games than the league leader, Jamie Benn (14), so plenty of opportunity to catch up.

Braden Holtby continues to play extremely well, racking up a league leading 11 wins in only 896:15 total minutes on the ice.

Next up the Capitals finish off their 5-game homestand with three games at Verizon Center this week!

So check them out tonight (11/23), Wednesday (11/25) and Friday (11/27).

 

Results

November 10, 2015: Capitals at Red Wings – Loss (0-1)

November 12, 2015: Capitals at Flyers – Win (5-2)

November 13, 2015: Flames at Capitals – Loss (2-3 OT)

November 18, 2015: Capitals at Red Wings – Win (2-1 OT)

November 19, 2015: Stars at Capitals – Loss (2-3)

November 21, 2015: Avalanche at Capitals – Win (7-3)

 

November 9-November 22 Fortnightly Report Card: C+

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 10/26-11/8/15

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 4-2 (8 pts)
Overall: 10-3 (20 pts)

The Capitals are still playing well after one full month of NHL hockey. After the thrilling last second goal by Nicklas Backstrom to tie the game against Toronto, and the subsequent win in the shoot-out, a glow of optimism pervades DC.

They sit in second place, only two points behind the also red-hot New York Rangers. In fact, the Capitals last loss came to the Rangers on the road. Granted, they have played more home games so far (8), but they have found ways to win both on the road and at home.

Alex Ovechkin is 7th in goals scored so far, but hasn’t played quite to his full potential yet as the best player in hockey, but when he does, look out.

The Capitals play three of their next four games on the road, including two in Detroit. Next up is Tuesday, November 10, against those same Red Wings.

 

Results

October 28, 2015: Pittsburgh at Capitals – Loss (1-3)

October 30, 2015: Columbus at Capitals – Win (2-1)

October 31, 2015: Capitals at Panthers – Win (2-1 OT)

November 3, 2015: Capitals at Rangers – Loss (2-5)

November 5, 2015: Bruins at Capitals – Win (4-1)

November 7, 2015: Maple Leafs at Capitals – Win (3-2 SO)

 

October 26-November 8 Fortnightly Report Card: B

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 10/10-10/25/15

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 6-1 (12 pts)
Overall: 6-1 (12 pts)

And we’re off! The 2015-16 NHL season is underway, and the Capitals have started quickly out of the gate.

Save for one bad game, the Caps have been impressive in their six victories so far, outscoring their opponents 29-13.

Alex Ovechkin has made a strong statement, scoring 5 goals, with 4 assists, already. Well on pace to reach the 50 goal plateau once again.

Evgeny Kuznetsoz (8 assists) and Nicklas Backstrom (4 goals) have also made huge offensive contributions.

The defense has also been solid, and Bradon Holtby (5 wins, 2.03 Goals Against) is looking like an elite goaltender once again.

This season should be fun.

We do need to get rid of the bad taste of last year’s ridiculous playoff collapse to the Rangers! (Things are looking up for DC sports overall: DC United made the playoffs and the Washington Football Team put together a last-ditch comeback to save their season. For now.)

(Note: Last season we did a Weekly Report Card. Depending on interest, we may consider that format again after the holidays.)

 

Results

October 10, 2015: Devils at Capitals – Win (5-3)

October 13, 2015: Sharks at Capitals – Loss (0-5)

October 15, 2015: Blackhawks at Capitals – Win (4-1)

October 17, 2015: Hurricanes at Capitals – Win (4-1)

October 20, 2015: Capitals at Flames – Win (6-2)

October 22, 2015: Capitals at Canucks – Win (3-2)

October 23, 2015: Capitals at Oilers – Win (7-4)

 

October 10-October 25 Fortnightly Report Card: A