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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (54) / 7/15/1962
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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. Apr 11 - 9:51 AM

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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.
Apr 1 - 11:42 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."
Mar 1 - 7:56 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.
Feb 24 - 7:22 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.
Feb 12 - 5:22 AM

The Washington Capitals beat the Stars 4-3 in overtime for their first win over Dallas since 2008.

The franchise really has trouble with the Stars as they have not won in regulation in Dallas since October 17, 1995. That's a long stretch!
Jan 22 - 9:33 AM

Washington's defense corps has been active offensively this season.

Capitals defensemen have earned a point in 39 of the team's 45 games this season and the group has racked up 100 points (16 goal and 84 assists). Washington's defense ranks second in the NHL 84 assists, which is just behind the New York Rangers' total of 85. John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov all have over 20 points so far this year.
Jan 21 - 10:11 AM

The Washington Capitals are dedicating more practice time to shootouts.

Washington has a 1-3 record so far in the skills competition and with the Metropolitan Division so close, success in the shootout could be what ends up separating these teams. "It’s part of the game," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "If it wasn’t part of the game, we wouldn’t work on it. But it is; they’re valuable points. We've got some dynamic shooters and good goaltending, we just haven’t been on the right side enough. You never know when those two or three or four points during the year could make a big difference."
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 05:41:00 AM

Washington wants to get their penalty kill back on track.

The Capitals had the second best PK in the league last year, but they currently rank 27th overall six games into 2016-17. "We've got to get some of those blocks," coach Barry Trotz said. "We got to be in the lanes a little bit better. And we have to get the timely save, too. All that is not really there right now." Washington also needs to work on faceoffs to help out their penalty killers.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 10:12:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have yet to score in eight power play chances this season.

The Capitals have been the best team in the NHL with the man-advantage over the last five seasons so there is no need to panic at this time. "They're capable of getting three one night and we'll be back on track," coach Barry Trotz said. "I'm not worried about them. The power play's in good hands with the personnel that we have on both groups and the people handling it. They'll get going."
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 09:51:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have extended their affiliation with AHL Hershey.

The Capitals and Bears' affiliation agreement will now run through 2019-20. The two franchises have already been linked for 11 seasons. Over that span, Hershey has made the playoffs 10 times and have won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009, and 2010. "We are excited to extend our long-running affiliation with the Hershey Bears for four more years," said Capitals GM Brian MacLellan. "The success of our organization over the last decade speaks volumes about the strength of our relationship with Hershey. Our affiliation makes sense both geographically and on the ice, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Bears to develop our prospects into quality NHL players."
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 10:24:00 AM

Barry Trotz thinks he is a better coach as he returns to the Capitals following his stint as an assistant coach with Canada at the World Cup.

Trotz learned plenty from head coach Mike Babcock and is better for the experience."From an organizational standpoint, I think Mike is exceptional," Trotz said. "Especially for a tournament situation, his preparation, his knowledge, all of those things, he’s one of the best I’ve ever encountered." Trotz was already one of the top coaches in the NHL so the thought that he will be better has to be encouraging for the Capitals.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Barry Trotz admits he's happy to have his coaching staff back in 2016-17.

The Capitals nearly lost both of their assistants during the off-season. Todd Reirden was a finalist for the Flames job, while Lane Lambert was in the mix for the Avalanche job. "You never like to lose high-quality people and coaches, but at the same time these are guys that if they’re not replacing me, they’re replacing someone else in the league," Trotz said. "That’s what we want. We want to develop people."
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 11:14:00 AM

The Capitals have promoted Todd Reirden to associate coach.

Reirden will take control of the team while Barry Trotz is off attending the World Cup with Canada. Reirden had previously been serving as one of Washington's assistant coaches. This off-season, he was one of the finalists for the Calgary Flames' head coaching opening.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz won the 2016 Jack Adams Award.

This is the first time that Trotz has claimed the Jack Adams Award. He led the Capitals to an incredible 56-18-8 record in his second season behind the bench in Washington. Of course Trotz had a long tenure with Nashville before he ever came to the Capitals and has a 658-523-60-119 career record.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 08:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Matt Niskanen
4Karl Alzner
5Brooks Orpik
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer