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5 Reasons Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie Are Perfect for the Washington Capitals

July 3rd, 2015
For fans of the Washington Capitals, this has to be one of the most exciting free-agency periods in franchise history. And that’s no disrespect to valued rearguards Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen (both signed in July of 2014), but the acquisitions of three-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams and U.S. Olympian ...

Breaking Down How the Washington Capitals Close out the Rangers

May 8th, 2015
For the Washington Capitals, this is not unfamiliar territory.  Two-game series leads have been disastrous for this franchise in the past, and one needs to look no further than Washington's postseason exits at the hands of the Penguins and Canadiens in 2009 and 2010, respectively, as proof of this.  But with three ...

5 Reasons the Washington Capitals Can Beat the New York Rangers in Round 2

May 1st, 2015
Heading into the second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, Alain Vigneault's team was deservedly the favorite. But as it did down the stretch during Round 1 against the Islanders, head coach Barry Trotz's team took Game 1 in New York on Thursday by persevering and coming ...

5 Things the Caps Must Do to Get Back into the Series

April 21st, 2015
After three games of Washington's Eastern Conference quarterfinal clash with the New York Islanders, it's tough to know what to make of this Capitals team.  On paper, the Caps appeared to be the favorites over Jack Capuano's team, but following New York's overtime victory in Game 3, Alex Ovechkin and company ...

5 Unsung Heroes Key to the Washington Capitals’ Playoff Run

April 14th, 2015
As the Washington Capitals head into their first postseason appearance under head coach Barry Trotz, there's a lot to like about the team's chances of making some noise in the Eastern Conference.   After the franchise's first playoff-free campaign in seven years, few expected this group to capture home-ice advantage, but this may ...

5 Reasons to Believe This Is the Year for the Washington Capitals

April 2nd, 2015
With only five regular-season games remaining, first-year bench boss Barry Trotz looks primed to lead the Washington Capitals to the franchise's seventh Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance in eight years.  But while the postseason berths are nice, the Caps' lack of success beyond April has been a major storyline for this team ...

5 Moves the Washington Capitals Should Have Made at the Trade Deadline

March 4th, 2015
Brian MacLellan's first NHL trade deadline at the helm in Washington has come and gone, and as was the case during free agency, the first-year general manager made a splash.  While he didn't land a star by any means, MacLellan did manage to get one of the better two-way wingers on ...

The Biggest Areas of Concern for the Capitals the Rest of the 2014-15 Season

February 17th, 2015
With 25 games remaining on the schedule for 2014-15, the Washington Capitals are in familiar territory.  As has been the case during each of the previous three seasons, Alex Ovechkin and company are in a dogfight for a postseason berth, even if they sit 10 points above ninth-place Florida as of ...

Predicting the Best Player at Each Position for Washington Capitals in 5 Years

February 14th, 2015
Say what you will about the Washington Capitals and the team's lack of postseason success over the last decade, as it's certainly deserved. However, this franchise has done a remarkable job of continuously churning out top-flight talent since selecting Alex Ovechkin at No. 1 overall in 2004, and that's had a ...

The Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Washington Capitals

December 30th, 2014
After 35 games, the Washington Capitals are clinging to the final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, so starting the 2015 calendar year strong will go a long ways toward deciding whether head coach Barry Trotz and company see the postseason.  The team has played well as of late, going 7-1-2 ...