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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (53) / 7/15/1962

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Former Predators head coach Barry Trotz got an ovation from the fans during the All-Star game and he responded by blowing them a kiss.
"When you've lived in this community and you know the people, the type of people that live in this community, former players, coaches, the whole city … I've always felt the support in Nashville," said Trotz. "Last year, (coming back) was very emotional and awkward. This year, to come back and see how the Predators have come along as an organization from the first days in '97 … we had a phone and a cord hanging from the roof, and that's how we started. To see it now, it's fantastic. Obviously I've had a history here. One of the things I know about Nashville, Tennessee is that they know how to put on events, major events, and they do it right." Jan 31 - 9:40 PM

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Coach Lane Lambert has been in charge of the penalty kill all season.

The Capitals are seventh overall in the NHL at killing penalties at 86.1% after finishing at 80.5% last season. "The penalty kill is his baby," said Brooks Laich, who leads Capitals forwards in shorthanded minutes. "He’s in control, and you can feel it on the bench when the penalty comes. He sort of takes charge. ... As soon as there’s a penalty, he kind of triggers on and brings a lot of passion and emotion on the bench. It feeds into our players and what they do and the result on the ice."
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 11:44:00 AM

The Washington Capitals are 8-2 to start the NHL season.

That equals their best start ever. The Capitals are firing on all cylinders and only their fourth line players and Andre Burakovsky are minus-players. It's a good year to own Washington players in fantasy pools.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 10:59:00 AM

The Washington Capitals have extended their affiliation agreement with AHL Hershey.

Washington and Hershey have been affiliated for the last 10 seasons. The new deal will run through the 2015-16 campaign. The Bears have led the AHL in attendance for nine straight seasons.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 01:51:00 PM

The Washington Capitals and their fans played and rooted for more than just their pride during the 2015 playoffs.

They played, and grew their playoff beards out together in an effort to raise funds for the American Special Hockey Association. One fan named Jeff Taft brought in $10K by himself, "Growing a beard and raising money for a local charity where everyone can see the actual results have an impact is a great motivation." The Capitals and their fans went on to generate more than $33,700 for ASHA through two rounds and 14 games this postseason.
Thu, May 21, 2015 11:10:00 PM

Coach Barry Trotz liked his team's effort in Game 7's loss against the New York Rangers.

"We're learning from our history and we're looking it right in the eye," Trotz said. "We went after this game. There was no nervousness in our part. We went after the New York Rangers in their own barn and almost pulled it off. I said to them all year, defeat is not your undertaker, it should be your teacher. And I'll tell you what, we learned a lot. . . . You're going to see the Washington Capitals back here again." In his first season behind the bench, Trotz led the Caps to a 45-26-11 record.
Thu, May 14, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Washington has scored three power-play goals on 25 chances during the playoffs.

"We've got to score," coach Barry Trotz said. "We've got to get it set up in zone and score. Our goals will come off the rush for the most part on the power play, we're going to have to execute. We're going to have to get a greasy one. We're going to have to get more shots through, we're going to have to get traffic, we're going to have to execute." The Capitals rank 14th in the postseason in power play efficiency after they were the best in the league during the regular season.
Mon, May 11, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz knows the Capitals have to be better if they want to win their second-round series with the Rangers.

Washington lost 3-2 in Game 2, so the series is now tied up. "We didn’t play our best game for 60 minutes. You can’t get away with that. You can’t get around that. You’ve got to go through those things so full credit to them," said Trotz. "We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game. The Rangers deserved to win the hockey game. To me, it was our start, it was our degree of desperation level… it was higher on their side than it was on ours. They capitalized on that."
Sat, May 2, 2015 09:57:00 PM

The Washington Capitals have only scored first in one of their six playoff games in the first round.

Getting off to a strong start will be one of the keys for Washington in Game 7 against the New York Islanders on Monday. It certainly was a big factor for the Capitals in the regular season as they had a .205 winning percentage when trailing first and .860 winning percentage when scoring the opening goal.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 07:31:00 AM

Barry Trotz earned his 600th career win as a head coach on Thursday.

Trotz is just the 13th bench boss to ever reach that milestone. He earned 557 of those wins with the Nashville Predators, but after they fired him over the summer, he's done a fine job with Washington. The Capitals have a 43-25-10 record in 2014-15. "I don't really think about the individual stuff," Trotz said. "It will probably mean a lot more when I'm not in the game or coaching. I'll probably look back and realize I was privileged to work for great people for a long time and a lot of great players who allowed us to win hockey games. I'm blessed to be with a second organization and the amount of time I've been in the league."
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Barry Trotz is not at all happy with the effort of the Washington Capitals in their last two games.

The Caps take on Boston Sunday after a couple of poor performances this week against the Rangers and Dallas. "Right now we have too many passengers," Trotz said. "You can’t carry a guy on your back. This league is way too good. If there’s a guy next to you not pulling his weight you can’t carry him. You either get rid of him or give him a shake and tell him to get on the bus and start traveling in the right direction. That’s probably why they had a closed-door meeting, because I told them to fix it."
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz considers Tuesday's game against Edmonton to be a big one.

That's because after Washington plays on Tuesday, it'll take a week long break due to the All-Star Game. "Oh, it's huge," Trotz said. "It's huge. We're trying to stay with the few teams. We're trying to stay above teams, so to me, we had a good push today. We didn't want to lose today, so it's imperative that we get Tuesday. We have to be hungry. We have to get that game. To me, it's almost like a must game." Washington currently has a six-point cushion in the battle for a Wild Card spot.
Mon, Jan 19, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Barry Trotz will coach against the Nashville Predators for the first time on Friday.

Trotz was behind the bench for 1,196 games with Nashville. Until the 2014-15 campaign, he was the only man to ever serve as the Predators' head coach, but he got let go over the summer and subsequently joined the Washington Capitals. Both Nashville and Washington have found success so far this season and each squad has been particularly effective lately.
Source: NBC Sports
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz wants his players to take the time to soak in the experience of playing in the Winter Classic.

Washington will play Chicago at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday in Nationals Park. "Really, the message is enjoy this experience," Trotz said. "Let's face it, this is pretty unique and it's something that you don't always get to do. So you want to share it with your family." Trotz went on to predict that the game would have a playoff atmosphere to it. In addition to that, this is an important two points for Washington as the Capitals only have a one-point edge in the Wild Card race.
Thu, Jan 1, 2015 09:38:00 AM

Barry Trotz served in his first game as the Capitals' bench boss on Thursday.

Trotz participated in his first 1,196 games as a head coach as a member of the Nashville Predators. "I got chills down my back," Trotz admitted. "I was like, man, this is happening." Washington ended up suffering a 2-1 shootout loss to Montreal. Trotz felt the Capitals lost the game in the first period when they failed to take advantage of back-to-back-to-back power plays.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 11:34:00 AM

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