Capitals Rumors & News

  • Tom Wilson takes skate to back of the head vs. Predators

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Capitals right winger Tom Wilson had to get tended to by Washington's medical staff after taking a skate to the back of the head on Saturday against Nashville. While diving for the puck during the third period, the skate of Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson swung around and caught the back of..." February 26

  • Caps' Alex Ovechkin goes without a shot on goal for 3rd time this month

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Alex Ovechkin is one of the most prolific shooters in NHL history. This season, the Caps’ captain ranks third in shots on net with 223, an average of almost 3.7 per contest. But on Saturday evening in Nashville, something strange happened—again. Ovechkin finished without a shot on goal..." February 26

  • Rare wave of injuries for Capitals as Oshie, Orpik are also out

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals have been outright dominant this season, but there’s one opponent they haven’t faced very often: injuries. They’ve been healthier than everyone else to an almost spooky extent in 2016-17, yet it seems like they’re dealing with a rash of ailments for the first time in a..." February 25

  • Forsberg denied hat trick as Predators top Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Filip Forsberg couldn't quite make history Saturday, but he still did more than enough to help the Nashville Predators earn two big points in their playoff push. Forsberg, scoring his seventh goal in three games and adding two assists, paced Nashville to a 5-2 victory..." February 25

  • Capitals beat Oilers for 13th straight home win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Justin Williams found some quiet ice and then scored the loudest goal. Just what the Washington Capitals needed to keep rolling at home. Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night for their 13th consecutive home..." February 24

  • Kuznetsov tallies twice as Caps down Flyers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Two of the NHL's best passers showed they can also find the back of the net Thursday night as the Capitals snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Evgeny Kuznetsov enjoyed his second two-goal game of the season and Nicklas Backstrom..." February 23

  • Zuccarello, Lundqvist help Rangers edge Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers started hot. The Washington Capitals closed strong. But the 60-minute game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon boiled down to execution after a third-period faceoff. Mats Zuccarello's 12th goal of the season broke the tie and helped give the Rangers..." February 19

  • Red Wings end slide, Capitals' winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Tomas Tatar likes to say that the shootout is a coin flip, a 50-50 chance. So how does he explain what's going on with the Detroit Red Wings this season? "I think we are just catching up for the years before," Tatar said after Detroit's 3-2 shootout win over the Washington..." February 18

  • Capitals acquire Gilbert from Kings

    Sportsnet "The deep just got deeper. The Washington Capitals, who lead the NHL standings, acquired veteran defenceman Tom Gilbert from the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday in exchange for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2017. Gilbert will report to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey..." February 15

  • Lars Eller gets his shot on Capitals’ power play with Andre Burakovsky injured

    Washington Post "When the Washington Capitals practice their special teams, Lars Eller is typically in a white jersey, signifying a penalty killer. On Friday afternoon, he was wearing red, and he got an ovation from his teammates when he scored from the slot. “Already got the first one on the power play,” Eller..." February 14

  • Burakovsky gets free ride after mistaking car for Uber

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Let’s face it. We can never find our Uber drivers. It looks like the same goes for Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky. On Sunday, Burakovsky mistakenly hopped into the wrong car on his way to Top Golf in Alexandria, Va. Turns out the driver of the random car was not employed by Uber. " February 13

  • Capitals preparing to be without Burakovsky for ‘some time’ due to hand injury

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Andre Burakovsky is going to be sidelined with a hand injury, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said after Thursday’s 6-3 win over Detroit. Trotz said he’ll have more information on Burakovsky’s status on Friday. “He’s going to miss some time here,” Trotz said. “It’s a hand injury. I’ll probably..." February 10

  • Capitals motor past Red Wings for 11th straight home win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals have been nearly unstoppable as of late, but they were in danger of almost being humbled by one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference before stepping on the gas down the stretch. After steamrolling its opponents during its 10-game home winning..." February 09

  • Daniel Winnik Hopes Caps Don't Make Any Trades as Deadline Looms

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "When it comes to the trade deadline, there is perhaps no better authority than Daniel Winnik. The veteran forward has been traded four times in his career, three times at the trade deadline including in February 2016 when he was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Washington Capitals. As..." February 08

  • Caps blank Canes, set franchise record for shutouts in the process

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "With their 5-0 win over Carolina, the Capitals won their 10th straight game at Verizon Center. While that’s impressive, it might not have been their most significant accomplishment Tuesday night. That’s because Braden Holtby’s 23-save effort also gave the Caps their 10th shutout of the season,..." February 08

  • Capitals, Holtby hold Hurricanes scoreless in 5-0 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals continue to put up big numbers on offense. They are playing pretty well in the defensive zone as well. Braden Holtby picked up his seventh shutout of the season, five different players scored and the league-leading Capitals defeated the Carolina..." February 07

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07

  • NHL trade deadline 2017: Top 10 players who could be on the move

    USA Today "The most talked-about player in the NHL trade market isn’t the most likely to be dealt before the March 1 deadline. Several teams want Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but piecing together an in-season deal could be too complicated. Some Duchene suitors are playoff teams, and meeting the..." February 07

  • Trotz: Habs inking Radulov was ‘maybe the best signing of the year’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barry Trotz is certainly familiar with the development of Alexander Radulov. The two worked together in Nashville when Radulov was just starting out in the NHL, showing all the signs of a young, talented breakout player for the Predators. But there were rocky moments in the working..." February 06

  • Capitals blank Kings to maintain home success

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Kings came into Sunday's game playing some of their best hockey of the season, using suffocating defense and great goaltending to put together a five-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals made them look like cellar dwellers. Washington put on an..." February 05

  • Capitals stop Canadiens on Backstrom's goal

    The Sports Xchange "MONTREAL -- The Washington Capitals' depth helped them get started and their special teams kept them on top. Two goals from the bottom six combined with Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal helped the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at the Bell Centre. Jay..." February 04

  • Capitals end Bruins' winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- After watching his top line get outplayed in Tuesday night's loss to the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz issued a challenge and the results were impressive. Top line center Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, winger T.J. Oshie had a goal and..." February 02

  • NHL players called ‘puppets’ in major lawsuit

    Detroit News "Court documents unsealed in Minnesota reveal the NHL calling former players who filed a lawsuit over concussion claims “mere puppets” of a public-relations company when they provided statements to the media about the case, TSN reported Tuesday. In seeking access to correspondence between the..." February 01

  • Isles upend league-leading Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The longest homestand of the season for the New York Islanders began Jan. 19, when an interim head coach made his debut for the last-place team in the Eastern Conference and the mutual disdain between the Islanders and the Barclays Center was the type of open secret everyone knew about..." January 31

  • Capitals recall prospects Christian Djoos and Chandler Stephenson

    Washington Post "With the Washington Capitals returning from the all-star break today, the team has recalled defenseman Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson from its American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey. The moves give the team 13 forwards and eight defensemen. They were made as a precaution,..." January 30

  • 2017 All Star Game earns highest overnight rating since 2004

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL All Star Game is a constant source of debate. Some fans love it, others hate it – and yet more think it’s a dying source of entertainment. If the NBC overnight ratings hold any weight, though, it’s possible that the declining interest may not be as true as fans think: According to..." January 30

  • NHL Stars Support Going To Olympics In 2018

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alexander Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby all agree. The NHL should go to the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018. Now it’s just up to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and IOC President Rene Fasel to hammer out a deal. Toews told TSN’s Frank Seravalli “quite frankly, to..." January 30

  • Bettman argues that Olympic participation hurts NHL product

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gary Bettman reiterated his criticism of the International Olympic Committee today, as prospects of a deal to send NHLers to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remain in doubt. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean, the commissioner also said that the NHL owes it to the fans to..." January 30

  • Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby were ‘best friends’ at the All-Star Game

    Washington Post "During Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin played on the same line as Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. The rivals, who have been compared to one another since they entered the league in 2005, displayed remarkable chemistry for two guys who are supposed to hate each..." January 30

  • NHL appears unlikely to participate in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s looking increasingly unlikely that the NHL will participate in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the topic was discussed for “about 10 seconds” at the Board of Governors meeting Saturday, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters, “As of..." January 29

  • NHL All-Star Skills competition breakdown: Who’s competing in each event

    Sportsnet "The NHL has announced the all-star assignments for Saturday’s 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ in Los Angeles. The all-stars from the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions will compete against the Pacific and Central Divisions throughout the night for points in the overall..." January 28

  • In support of Mr. 101, who just missed the NHL’s all-time list

    Sportsnet "The 101st greatest NHL player to ever live got shafted Friday night in Los Angeles. Not only did he miss out on an opportunity to swap war stories with Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr and Red Kelly, mingle with Jaromir Jagr in a black-tie setting, and consume what we can only assume was some epic..." January 28

  • Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agree that Gordie Howe was the best NHL player ever

    Fox Sports "On Friday night in Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr and Mario Lemieux sat on a platform just prior to the NHL100 presentation at All-Star Weekend — an event aiming to identify the best 100 players in the league’s 100-year history. While some may try to argue that any one of the three..." January 28

  • NHL brings hockey world together with top 100 players of all-time

    TSN "Jonathan Toews struggled to find the words. His search, moments after being named to the NHL’s list of 100 greatest players, was a genuine aw-shucks moment - not the humble hockey player shtick where he does anything to avoid talking about himself. Toews could not believe he was minted as..." January 28

  • Kuznetsov leads Capitals' rout of Devils

    The Sports Xchange "NEWARK, N.J. -- If there is one team in the NHL that is not eager for the All-Star break this weekend, it is the Washington Capitals. Washington continued its torrid pace with a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at the Prudential Center. The league-leading..." January 27

  • The Capitals will be without T.J. Oshie tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Washington Capitals wrap up the first half of their season on Thursday night in New Jersey they will be without one of their top forwards. T.J. Oshie will not be in the lineup against the Devils after leaving the team to fly home to attend to an undisclosed family matter. Veteran..." January 26

  • Clarification Please: The NHL's offsides review still a work in progress

    Yardbarker "Welcome to Clarification Please, an ongoing series in which Yardbarker will take a look at rulings that have players, coaches and fans a bit puzzled. Whether it is regarding old "unwritten rules" or a new subsection IV schedule, these are some rules in which we would like to get more..." January 26

  • Condon masterful as Senators snap Caps' point streak

    The Sports Xchange "OTTAWA -- No team is putting the puck in the net as often as the Washington Capitals of late, as they arrived at Canadian Tire Centre with 24 goals in their previous four games. Cooling them off on Tuesday was Mike Condon and the Ottawa Senators' defensive system and its best. Condon..." January 24

  • Capitals control Hurricanes in 6-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- When their top lines are producing, the Washington Capitals are dangerous. Lately they've been getting production across the lineup. Dmitry Orlov scored twice, Braden Holtby made 25 saves and the Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Monday night at Verizon..." January 23

  • Sheary, Greiss, Oshie honored as NHL's 3 stars of the week "Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary , New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 22. FIRST STAR - CONOR SHEARY, LW, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Sheary led the NHL with six goals..." January 23

  • Beagle's OT goal caps Capitals' rally vs. Stars

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Jay Beagle's goal early in overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Capitals won the opening faceoff in overtime and Beagle drove hard to the net to finish a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov just 19..." January 22

  • For Wayne Gretzky, history is hockey's cornerstone "Wayne Gretzky is keenly aware there will be considerable debate Friday, and presumably for much longer, when the League unveils the rest of the 100 Greatest NHL Players. Given that pitched arguments break out whenever people compare hockey dynasties and eras, it is also a given that emotions..." January 22

  • Strange omissions reveal NHL’s real motive for Greatest 100 list

    New York Post "It is a marketing function, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you should bear that in mind when the NHL unveils the post-Original Six Era portion of its Greatest 100 Players on Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the league’s All-Star weekend. And as such, I would expect current..." January 22

  • Some NHL stars are packing less punch this season; why?

    USA Today "Jamie Benn, a scoring champion in 2014-15 and 41-goal scorer last season, has 11 goals in 43 games this season. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, averaging 28 goals per season in his career, has seven this season. Future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton has scored only three goals and each..." January 21

  • Capitals score seven again, rout Blues

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- T.J. Oshie knows a team doesn't score seven goals and lose a game very often in the NHL. Having witnessed that first-hand in the Washington Capitals' previous game on Monday night in Pittsburgh, however, Oshie and his teammates made certain it didn't happen again Thursday night..." January 20

  • NHL announces details of the 2017 All-Star Skills Competition

    Sportsnet "The NHL All-Star skills competition is coming up in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET and on Thursday, the league announced details of the event. The following events will be part of this year’s skills competition: · Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ · Honda NHL Four Line..." January 19

  • A statistical look at the 2016-17 Selke candidates

    Fanrag Sports "Halfway through the NHL season, it’s pretty obvious who some of the awards favorites are. Unless Auston Matthews falls off the face of the earth, he’s likely to be taking home the Calder Trophy in June. The same can be said of Brent Burns and the Norris Trophy, as he’s on pace to top Erik..." January 18

  • Capitals, Penguins Combine For Nine Goals In Absolutely Insane Period

    NESN "The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins played the most entertaining NHL game in a while Monday night at PPG Paints Arena. And we’re just talking about the second period. The Capitals took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, then scored the opening goal of the second period to take..." January 17

  • Malkin logs hat trick as Penguins top Caps in OT

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The entertainment factor in a 15-goal overtime game can be considerably high, depending on your perspective. "It was maybe a little bit of a fun game -- fun for forwards, but not the goalies," Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin said with a wry smile Monday after he recorded a hat..." January 16

  • Backstrom, Marchand, McGinn recognized as NHL's 3 stars "Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Brock McGinn have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 15. FIRST STAR - NICKLAS BACKSTROM, C, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Backstrom led the League in..." January 16