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Barry Trotz Would Like Some Experienced Forwards

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

... Coach Barry Trotz wasn’t shy about proclaiming his desire to add veteran forwards for the postseason push. When asked whether he believed the Capitals were a “playoff team that can win,” he said yes, then added, “We still need a piece or two, I think.”

“We have some guys that are at this level pretty good contributing players, but the playoffs are another level, and I don’t know if some of our guys are ready for that,” Trotz continued. “We’ll see. We’ve still got another 40 games to go, but some guys that looked like they weren’t going to be ready for the first part and they got it turned around. I think we have enough pieces to be a real good threat, but we still, our depth hasn’t been really tested to the point that we need to do that.”

Indeed, the Capitals’ forwards corps has enjoyed relative stability and health, particularly through their recent torrid stretch.


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Alex Ovechkin Is Winning

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Alex Ovechkin has 25 goals, in case you haven’t paid attention–nine in his last 10 games.

The stat that jumps out at you, though, is plus 12. That’s a better plus/minus than Sidney Crosby (plus 8) or Ryan Getzlaf (plus 9). Last year the Washington Capitals’ captain scored 51 but was a frosty -35 (third worst in the NHL) which used to be a normal weather day in Edmonton before global warming. Only Steve Ott (minus 38 and Alex Edler minus 39 were worse.

Ovie’s changed defensive posture this season has a lot to do with new coach Barry Trotz who believes in people, even supernovas, back-checking. So did his predecessor Adam Oates, but in team video sessions, the head knock Oates, so the story goes, didn’t always point it out when Ovechkin wasn’t as industrious as he should have been. That undoubtedly was noticed by other players on the team even if they knew it wasn’t a total meritocracy.

Ovechkin likes scoring, but now 29, he likes winning more.


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Video- Thank You Barry Trotz

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Predators fans stand up and cheer on their former coach, Barry Trotz, as he returns to Nashville for the first time coaching the opposing team.


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Barry Trotz In Washington

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Here’s something you don’t hear often from a fired coach: Barry Trotz, now with the Washington Capitals, ex- of the Nashville Predators, is glad that his boss, David Poile, issued him a pink slip last summer.

The dismissal, as the first and only coach in Predators’ history, gave Trotz a chance to seek out a new opportunity and the Nashville players a chance to hear a fresh voice. Trotz is succeeding with his new team – points in 17 of the last 18 games to move into a playoff spot – and Peter Laviolette is succeeding with his old team, leading them to first overall in the NHL, on a percentage basis.

So what’s not to like about the shuffle?

Trotz, who returns to Nashville for time Friday after spending 15 years behind the Predators’ bench, admitted as much this week: That the upheaval caused by losing his first NHL job this past summer has turned into a win-win for both franchises.


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The Washington Capitals Keep Winning

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Just like the Rangers, the Washington Capitals remain hot as well, racking up yet another victory with a 6-2 decision in Toronto on Wednesday night.

Since a 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Dec. 2, the Caps have gone 11-1-3. No wonder the equally hot Columbus Blue Jackets can't gain any ground in the Metropolitan Division with the Rangers and Caps refusing to lose games.

Speaking of the Metro, we were hard on the division earlier in the season because it appeared to be a weak outfit aside from Pittsburgh and the Islanders, but not so much anymore. The Rangers and Caps both sit in playoff spots now, giving the division four teams sitting pretty.

read on for Custance on the Bruins, Strang on the Rangers and Burnside on Ilya Brygalov...

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Video- When Stars Collide, Ovechkin/Luongo

via Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel,

Gallant felt that Ovechkin was a bit too physical when he slammed into Luongo as both converged on a loose puck in the Panthers' zone.

"Definitely thought so. I don't think he meant to hit Roberto, but … [Luongo] played the puck first and a second later he gets hit. I mean, they always say you've got to avoid the goaltender at all costs," Gallant said. "I said it's not intentional, but I think it's got to be a penalty."

Luongo said: "It was close. We kind of got there almost at the same time. I'm sure it was tough for him to get out of the way there. Maybe I hesitated a little bit coming out of the net at first, and that's why I got there at the last second."

Luongo was pulled later in the game as an upper-body precaution, here is the collision...


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Video- The Story Of Ted Leonsis

via Sportsnet,

Ted Leonsis is a self-made man who’s reached virtually every goal he’s set out to accomplish. While he remains focused on bringing a championship to the US capital, his main goal is to finish something he started over three decades ago after a life-changing experience.


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Open Post- 2015 Winter Classic, Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals

Watching the game?  Feel free to leave a comment on it or anything hockey related.

The latest reports say the game will start on time, which is probably around 1:15pm ET.

In case you are looking for the game on you TV guide, the game is on NBC in the US and CBC and TVA in Canada.

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A Different Feel To The Outdoor Games

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

For all the unfamiliar blanketing the Capitals – the pregame bus ride to a home game, the scores of family members in town during the regular season, even the relative hype surrounding a matchup with a Western Conference opponent – the players must also handle the unique experience of playing outdoors.

Rather than pressed against the boards, slamming them after every hit, fans sit hundreds of feet away. The distance causes their sound to travel in ways foreign to the skaters. Score a goal, wait a second, then hear the roar.

“It’s almost like a wave coming in,” said the Rangers’ Carl Hagelin, who’s played in five outdoor games since he was 18 – two in college and three in the NHL.

“Out in the middle of nowhere,” is how the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Matt Carle described it, because even inside a stadium stuffed with far more people than Verizon Center can hold, the ice is often silent. The glass blocks out any sound the wind didn’t already carry away.


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Be Like The Blackhawks

from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,

When the Chicago Blackhawks were ascending to the top of the NHL, they had a franchise to measure themselves against, to model their progress after.

That franchise was the Detroit Red Wings, which was the elite organization in the League for a long time. Whether it was on-ice success or a wealth of intangible measures, the Blackhawks wanted what the Red Wings had.

It wasn't really until Chicago beat Detroit in the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and won a second title that the little brother-big brother dynamic disappeared from that rivalry.

After two championships and four trips to the Western Conference Final in six seasons, the Blackhawks, along with the Los Angeles Kings, have become a franchise others measure themselves against. The Blackhawks will meet one of those teams Thursday in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park.

"I think the Blackhawks are probably the gold standard right now in the National Hockey League with success on the ice and success off the ice, having a strong following," Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.


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