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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (55) / 7/15/1962

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Despite losing the first two games of their series against the Blue Jackets in overtime, the Capitals have scored first in every game of the playoffs so far.
Scoring first does not guarantee a victory, but it does set the tone for the game. It will be interesting to see if the Caps can turn the trick a fifth time Saturday afternoon in Game 5, or if the Blue Jackets can figure out a way to curb Washington's fast starts. Apr 21 - 12:13 PM

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The Washington Capitals have signed GM Brian MacLellan to a contract extension.

MacLellan has been serving as the Capitals' general manager since May 26, 2014. The Capitals have made the playoffs in three straight seasons and they're expected to clinch again this year. However, Washington still hasn't managed to get past the second round in the Alex Ovechkin-era, and their lack of playoff success continues to be the major issue there. We'll see if this year proves to be different.
Mar 9 - 2:13 PM

Barry Trotz will coach in his 1500th NHL game Saturday night when the Capitals face off against the Blackhawks.

That ranks fifth all-time and third amongst active coaches, behind only Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville. Trotz's overall record is 746-559-60-134. Pretty impressive numbers given Trotz's first gig was a 16-year post with the expansion Nashville Predators long before they were an NHL power.
Feb 17 - 1:23 PM

The 2017 Prospect Tournament scheduled to be played in Estero, Florida has been canceled.

The tournament would have featured prospects from the Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. However, Hurricane Irma might hit Florida, which is what prompted the tournament to be canceled.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 11:26:00 AM

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan remains upbeat about the team's chances in 2017-18 despite all the players they've lost this summer.

Due in large part to salary cap issues, Washington will be going forward without Justin Williams, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Marcus Johansson. The Capitals still have an impressive core that includes Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom, but the squad's supporting staff looks decidedly thinner. "I think we’ve got good young guys coming up," MacLellan said. "If I look at our lineup, I think [Andre] Burakovsky is going to play a bigger role. I mean, I liked Burakovsky, Backstrom, Oshie last year near the end. They had a couple of good games and looked good together. Kuzy is going to get better as we go here. We’re going to give [prospect Jakub] Vrana a shot; he has a legitimate ability to play in a top-six level. I think Vrana on his first call-up played really well with Kuznetsov. And on his second, he kinda faded a little bit." We'll see how that shakes out for the Capitals. They definitely are still a competitive team, but it does fe
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 06:47:00 AM

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is going into the final season of his contract.

Trotz dismissed the idea that the fact that he doesn't have an extension yet has any impact on him. "No," Trotz said. It has "0.0 effect on me, actually. Not at all. I think it might have [had] an effect 10, 12 years ago for me. Not now. It has zero effect. I’m not worrying about that at all." The Capitals have a 156-63-27 regular season record under Trotz and have won the Presidents' Trophy in back-to-back seasons. However, the Capitals' inability to advance past the second round during the Alex Ovechkin era has persisted under Trotz's tenure.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 04:40:00 AM

The Washington Capitals are in the market for defensemen.

Washington lost Nate Schmidt to Vegas in the expansion draft and could watch Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk walk away as free agents. "We have a job opening," Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. "We don't have a plan. We're going to look at young guys, look at free agents, maybe the trade market. We'll pursue all avenues and see what we can come up with." Washington still has several restricted free agents to deal with, which limits its cap situation. That will make it difficult to make significant additions this summer, but we'll have to see what opportunities are out there for the Capitals.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 06:59:00 PM

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan says the team won't make any changes to their coaching staff.

The Capitals won't be firing anyone, but that doesn't mean they won't lose their assistants to other teams. Todd Reirden has reportedly interviewed with the Florida Panthers for their vacant head coaching position. He could also end up in Buffalo. Interestingly enough, head coach Barry Trotz has one year remaining on his deal and MacLellan admitted that they haven't spoken about an extension yet.
Tue, May 30, 2017 08:44:00 PM

Multiple sources have reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals will play an outdoor game at the Naval Academy on March 3, 2018.

The announcement will be made on Monday. The stadium holds 34,000 people and will be a rematch of the first round of the playoffs in which the Capitals won in six tough games, five of which went into overtime.
Sun, May 28, 2017 08:15:00 AM

After getting past the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, the Washington Capitals believe they came away from the series with a little more mental toughness.

"That's something mentally that you have to go through a little bit because other team is going, 'We've got nothing to lose' and we're on the other side going, 'We've got everything to lose,'" Trotz said. "So that hardened us, too. We've handled that a lot better this year versus last year. That's why I like where our team is going in terms of the growth and finding the next level of maturity." The Capitals are hoping the adversity they overcame in round one against the Maple Leafs will help build a foundation in their quest for their first ever Stanley Cup. They’re headed into a rematch of last year’s round two series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a series in which they lost in six games. If Washington gets past the Penguins this time around, it’ll be the first time they pass the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since they went to the final in 1998.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 08:11:00 PM

The gambling site Bovada is listing the Washington Capitals as having the second-best odds to win the Stanley Cup.

The Capitals have 9/2 odds, which puts them behind only the Chicago Blackhawks at 4/1. After that, the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins have 8/1 odds while the Columbus Blue Jackets round out the top-five at 10/1. Washington has a superb team and was dominant in the regular season, but of course the Capitals have been down this road before only to fall short in the playoffs. We'll have to see if this year proves to be different.
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 09:51:00 AM

The Captials' six-game winning streak was brought to a halt Friday night.

The fact that it was the Coyotes who routed the Caps 6-3 to bring the streak to an end, was mot unexpected. Not to worry Washington fans. The Caps are in fine form heading into the post-season.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 11:42:00 AM

Barry Trotz earned his 700th career win as a head coach on Tuesday.

Trotz is just the sixth coach to ever reach that milestone after Lindy Ruff, Ken Hitchcock, Al Arbour, Joel Quenneville, and Scotty Bowman. Most of Trotz's wins came during his time with Nashville, but he does have an outstanding 143-57-26 record with Washington. "I've been blessed to coach a lot of great players and been with two wonderful organizations and surround myself with really smart people," Trotz said. "The assistant coaches and the associate coaches over the years, they're a big part. They do a lot of the work and I've just been blessed to have been doing it for as long as I have and the players responding and playing as well as they have to get those wins."
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 07:56:00 AM

The Washington Capitals might make a trade before the deadline, but it will probably be a minor one.

"We’re not going to mess with lines or defense pairs. If we could upgrade on the fringes, we might do it," Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. In particular, the Capitals might end up acquiring a No. 3 goaltender for insurance purposes. Their current AHL netminders, Vitek Vanecek and Joe Cannata, have left something to be desired this season, so MacLellan has been interested in addressing that area for a while now.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 07:22:00 AM

The Washington Capitals are a scoring machine in the friendly confines of the MCI Center.

The Capitals have scored five or more goals in 11 consecutive games and are averaging 4.52 goals per game at home in their last 21 contests. They certainly give the home crowd plenty to cheer about as NHL scoring per game is barely above the five goal mark.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 05:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
7Travis Boyd
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley