Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 3/28/16-4/10/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

 

Fortnightly Record: 3-2-3 (9 pts)
Overall: 56-18-9 (120 pts)

Finally. The Washington Capitals get to start their Stanley Cup run.

It couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Caps have been slogging along over the last couple weeks, after clinching the best record in the entire NHL. They lost three games in a row for the first time all year. They did give key players some rest in the last game, a 2-0 loss to the Ducks.

The Caps finished with the most wins in a single season in their history.

Alex Ovechkin just reached the 50 goal milestone (his seventh time!), with an incredible hat-trick against St. Louis on Saturday. He wanted it.

Now the playoffs. It’s time to ratchet the energy level back up to mid-season form when they couldn’t lose to anyone. You know expectations are at an all time high.

The Caps play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round.

Game #1 starts here in DC, at the Verizon Center, on Thursday, April 14. Then Game #2 is here on Saturday, April 16.

 

Get your tickets to the games here.

Go Caps!

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 3/14/16-3/27/16

 

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 4-2-0 (8 pts)
Overall: 53-16-5 (111 pts)

The Capitals had a couple bad losses over the last two weeks, yet four wins. They are putting together a strong finish.

There are eight games left in the NHL season, and the Caps have a 16 point lead in the Metropolitan Division and are 12 points better than any other team in the NHL.

Let’s celebrate that they clinched the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs!

Alex Ovechkin leads the league with 43 goals and has an outside shot at reaching the 50-goal plateau again (which would be his 7th time in his career and 3rd year in a row). Bring it on!

Evgeny Kuznetsov has slowed down in recent weeks, but has 53 assists, still good enough for 4th in the league.

There are four home games left, including tonight’s tilt against the Blue Jackets.

 

Get your tickets to tonight’s game here.

 

Results

March 15, 2016: Hurricanes at Capitals – Win (2-1 OT)

March 18, 2016: Predators at Capitals – Win (4-1)

March 20, 2016: Capitals at Penguins – Loss (2-6)

March 22, 2016: Capitals at Senators – Win (4-2)

March 25, 2016: Capitals at Devils – Win (1-0 OT)

March 26, 2016: Blues at Capitals – Loss (0-4)

 

March 14-27 Fortnightly Report Card: B-

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 2/29-3/13/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 4-2-1 (9 pts)
Overall: 49-14-5 (103 pts)

The Capitals lost two games in a row for the first time since February 2nd. They haven’t lost three games in a two week span since November!

Are they slowing down? Time to get worried?

No. It’s a long season and they still are playing better than most teams. Luckily both New York teams behind them in the standings have lost two in a row as well. The Caps remain 18 points clear of the Rangers in their division and still have the best record overall by a whopping 12 points.

Part of the problem could stem from the fact that Alex Ovechkin hasn’t scored in five games, three of which the Capitals lost. So, once Alex gets back to form things will turn around. Also, Evgeny Kuznetsov hasn’t scored in six games either. Hard to win if your two top players aren’t producing goals.

The Capitals next play at home against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, March 15 and then play Nashville on Friday, March 18.

Get your tickets to the games here.

 

Results

March 1, 2016: Penguins at Capitals – Win (3-2)

March 2, 2016: Maple Leafs at Capitals – Win (3-2)

March 4, 2016: Rangers at Capitals – Loss (2-3)

March 5, 2016: Capitals at Bruins – Win (2-1 OT)

March 7, 2016: Capitals at Ducks – Win (2-1 SO)

March 9, 2016: Capitals at Kings – Loss (3-4 OT)

March 12, 2016: Capitals at Sharks – Loss (2-5)

 

February 29-March 13 Fortnightly Report Card: C+

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 2/15-2/28/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 5-2 (10 pts)
Overall: 45-12-4 (94 pts)

Well, in the only game I managed to attend this season (February 24th against the Canadiens), the Capitals decided not to show up until the last ten minutes of the third period. Far too late to overcome a three goal deficit, but at least they kept it entertaining for those that stuck around.

With 21 games remaining, the Caps should have no problem qualifying for the playoffs. The only question is, can they finish the season as division winners, with the #1 seed AND have enough juice to make a run in the playoffs? We hope. We hope.

Alex Ovechkin brings his league leading goal scoring ability (40 goals) to the upcoming three game homestand. He looked flat and uninspired on the 24th, but rebounded for a goal in the game after. With 312 shots on goal so far this season (52 better than the next best), he is definitely getting his chances.

The Caps next play at home on Tuesday, March 1st against Pittsburgh. Then they play Toronto and New York Rangers to close out the homestand.

Get your tickets to the games here.

Results

February 16, 2016: Kings at Capitals – Win (3-1)

February 18, 2016: Capitals at Islanders – Win (3-2 OT)

February 20, 2016: Devils at Capitals – Win (4-3)

February 22, 2016: Coyotes at Capitals – Win (3-2)

February 24, 2016: Canadiens at Capitals – Loss (3-4) (Attended)

February 26, 2016: Wild at Capitals – Win (3-2)

February 28, 2016: Capitals at Blackhawks – Loss (2-3)

 

February 15-February 28 Fortnightly Report Card: B

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 2/1-2/14/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 5-2-0 (10 pts)
Overall: 40-10-4 (84 pts)

After a gritty 5-game winning streak, the Capitals went ice cold last Saturday (no pun intended) against Dallas in the second quarter, giving up four goals. But they powered back for three goals in the third period, not quite enough to earn any points.

The Caps continue to lead the Metropolitan Division by a wide margin (14 pts) and continue to have the most points in the league overall (7 pts better than Dallas and Chicago, even having played fewer games).

Alex Ovechkin continues to shine and should be in every conversation about winning this year’s MVP (Hart Memorial Trophy), which would be his fourth if it happens. Case in point, he is only playing better; he recorded a hat-trick against the Wild and has 35 goals on the season, good enough for best in the league.

The Caps next play at home on Tuesday, February 16th against the LA Kings.

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Results

February 2, 2016: Panthers at Capitals – Loss (2-5)

February 4, 2016: Islanders at Capitals – Win (3-2)

February 6, 2016: Capitals at Devils – Win (3-2 SO)

February 7, 2016: Flyers at Capitals – Win (3-2)

February 9, 2016: Capitals at Predators – Win (5-3)

February 11, 2016: Capitals at Wild – Win (4-3)

February 13, 2016: Capitals at Stars – Loss (3-4)

 

February 1-February 14 Fortnightly Report Card: B+

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card (Snowzilla Edition) — 1/18-1/31/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

Fortnightly Record: 1-0-1 (3 pts)
Overall: 35-8-4 (74 pts)

Well not much happened on the Capitals hockey front over the last two weeks. You can thank Snowzilla for that.

The Capitals had to postpone two of their home games, while the rest of DC was busy digging themselves out from under the roughly 20 inches of snow.

It was also the NHL’s All-Star break, so no games were scheduled over the weekend.

The All-Star Game itself took place on Sunday, January 31st, with a new format this year.

The format is a 3-on-3 knock-out Tournament (20 minutes per game), with a team of All-Star players for each of the four Divisions. The winning team receives $1 million to split amongst its players! Nice incentive.

The Capitals’ team, the Metropolitan Division, lost to the Atlantic Division, 4-3 in the first round. The winning team was the Pacific Division, winning 1-0 over the Atlantic Division.

The Caps All-Stars this year were:

1. Nicklas Backstrom
2. Braden Holtby
3. Evgeny Kuznetsov (replaced Alex Ovechkin, since he sat it out to recover from some lingering injuries.)

The Capitals next home game is Tuesday, February 2nd against Florida.

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Results

January 19, 2016: Capitals at Blue Jackets – Win (6-3)

January 22, 2016: Ducks at Capitals – PPD

January 24, 2016: Penguins at Capitals – PPD

January 27, 2016: Flyers at Capitals – Loss (3-4 OT)

 

January 18-January 31 Fortnightly Report Card: No grade given for a Snow Day!

 

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Sports Park: Capitals Fortnightly Report Card — 1/4-1/17/16

Washington Capitals Report Card

 

Fortnightly Record: 6-1 (12 pts)
Overall: 34-8-3 (71 pts)

Justin Williams punctuated the Capitals 5-2 victory over the hated Rangers on Sunday, with a hat trick. Only his second hat trick of his career. Williams has been a great pick-up for the Caps this year, second only to Alex Ovechkin in goals scored (16) and 4th on the team in total points (31).

Braden Holtby (Goalie) also left the game with dehydration, but seems like he’ll back and just fine.

The Capitals own a jaw-dropping 17 point lead over the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. The lead just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

They had another 5-game winning streak, snapped in Buffalo, and managed to win six out of the last seven.

The Capitals are playing lights out. Almost no one can beat them. The only thing left to wonder, at just over halfway through the season, is if they can sustain this pace into the post-season. They have been notorious at not meeting expectations in recent years.

But…rather than dwell on that too much now, let’s enjoy the ride, because it will be fast and furious.

The Capitals next play Tuesday, January 19 at Columbus. Then they have the perfect remedy for the cold in DC, a 5-game home stand. Among the teams they play include Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and the Islanders.

 

Get your tickets to the five games here.

 

Results

January 5, 2016: Capitals at Bruins – Win (3-2)

January 7, 2016: Capitals at Islanders – Win (4-1)

January 9, 2016: Capitals at Rangers – Win (4-3 OT)

January 10, 2016: Senators at Capitals – Win (7-1)

January 14, 2016: Canucks at Capitals – Win (4-1)

January 16, 2016: Capitals at Sabres – Loss (1-4)

January 17, 2016: Rangers at Capitals – Win (5-2)

 

January 4-January 17 Fortnightly Report Card: A-

 

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