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Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (54) / 7/15/1962
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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. Oct 29 - 10:12 AM

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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."
Oct 17 - 9:51 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."
Oct 6 - 10:24 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.
Oct 2 - 11:04 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."
Sep 4 - 11:14 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.
Aug 29 - 2:42 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.
Jun 22 - 8:37 PM

Brian MacLellan is a finalist for the GM of the Year Award.

Since taking over as the Capitals' general manager, MacLellan has overseen Washington making the playoffs in back-to-back campaigns. In 2015-16, they posted an incredible 56-18-8 record. MacLellan's decision to stick with goalie Braden Holtby after his rocky 2013-14 campaign has paid dividends and the squad has enjoyed the rise of Evgeny Kuznetsov and acquisitions of Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie to complement the existing Alex Ovechkin-led core.
May 18 - 7:38 PM

Barry Trotz has been selected as one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy.

The trophy is given to the coach who contributed most to his team's success. Trotz led the Capitals to a first place finish in the entire NHL with a 56-18-8 record in 2015-16. Washington was the second-best team when it came to goals-per-game at 3.02 and they were second in goals allowed at 2.33 goals-per-game.
Source: NHL.com
May 5 - 7:57 PM

Washington's five power-play goals in Game 3 against Philadelphia on Monday is a new franchise record for a playoff game.

Of course it helped greatly that the Capitals were handed nine power-play opportunities, but that conversion rate is unquestionably impressive. Those five power-play markers are also the most any road team has scored in the playoffs since the 1991 Minnesota North Stars.
Apr 19 - 9:37 AM

The Washington Capitals have extended their affiliation with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays through 2017-18.

South Carolina has been affiliated with Washington for 10 seasons and is in its 23rd campaign as a squad within the ECHL. The Stingrays gotten to the playoffs for eight straight seasons and won their third Kelly Cup in 2009. "The Stingrays are a first class organization and have been a great partner," Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. "We look forward to our prospects continuing to develop in one of the best hockey markets in the ECHL."
Mar 22 - 10:26 AM

The Washington Capitals lost back-to-back games for just the third time this season.

The Capitals dropped a 5-2 decision in San Jose on Saturday after losing 4-3 to the Kings earlier in the week. They completed their four-game road trip (Boston, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose) with a 2-1-1 record. "We’d like to play with the lead," Coach Barry Trotz said. "I think we’re a better team with a lead. We haven’t had it for a while, so we’ve been chasing the game the whole time. To be 2-2-1 against the quality of opponents that we’ve played in the last five games, that’s not bad."
Mar 13 - 11:41 AM

The 2015-16 campaign is turning into a historic one for the Washington Capitals.

Through 58 games, the Washington Capitals have more wins (44) than any other team in NHL history possessed at this point. Washington is also on pace to finish the campaign with 130 points, which is just shy of the 132-point record set by Montreal back in 1976-77. We'll have to see if Washington maintains this pace, but if nothing else it would be hard to take the Presidents' Trophy away from Washington at this point.
Feb 23 - 9:27 AM

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."
Source: NHL.com
Jan 31 - 9:40 PM

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

Depth Charts

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