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Where do the Caps most need to improve in the second half of the season?

<i>The bye week is a good opportunity to evaluate what happened over the course of the first half of the season and start to look forward. Capitals</i> …

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Mailbag: Green return to Capitals; draft options for Senators

<b>Can Alex Ovechkin have another 50-goal season? And do you think maybe the Washington Capitals can get Mike Green back as a rental? -- @MeierGilles</b><p>Yes …

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Beware the Bye

<i>“Idle hands are the devil’s playthings.”</i><p>-- Benjamin Franklin<p>The Washington Capitals are on their league-mandated bye week for the 2017-2018 season. …

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Bye-week roundtable: Reflecting on the Caps’ first half and looking ahead

The Capitals are in the midst of their five-day bye week, with most players vacationing somewhere more tropical than Washington. The team has sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division with 59 points, perhaps exceeding even their own expectations. The Vegas Golden Knights sniped …

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#CapsCanes Postgame Notebook: Late Thunder

T.J. Oshie tenaciously hounded Canes defenseman Noah Hanifin behind the Carolina cage, forcing a soft pass to a dangerous area of the ice, the slot …

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From a gut punch to a bloodied lip, 5 takeaways from the Canes’ 4-3 loss to the Caps

Here are five takeaways from the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4-3 loss Friday to the Washington Capitals.<p>▪ Canes coach Bill Peters said all regulation losses …

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Beagle scores in final seconds to cap Caps' comeback

EditorsNote: adds tag line; other minor edits<p>Jay Beagle scored with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.<p>Beagle, who snapped a 14-game scoring drought, skated down the right side of the ice and …

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Streak ended: numbers for the morning after

The Washington Capitals went into Thursday night’s home fixture with the Carolina Hurricanes winners of their last ten games at Capital One Arena. …

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Lock Down

During Trotz's tenure, the Capitals are 99-6-8 when leading after the first period, which is the highest winning percentage in the NHL (.876 …

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#CapsCanes Skate Shavings: Home And Home

"It's a little bit different," admits Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen. "I think ideally, you like playing different teams every night. It's just more …

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#CapsNucks Postgame Notebook: Feeling Grubi

The only shot to get through Grubauer was a deflection while the Canucks enjoyed a two-man advantage. Daniel Sedin's five-on-three power-play goal …

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Post Game Notes and Audio: WSH vs. VAN, 1/9/18 | Capital's Today

<b>Washington Capitals vs. Vancouver Canucks</b><p><b>Postgame Notes and Audio</b><p>Capital One Arena | January 9, 2018<p><b>1st</b><p><b>2nd</b><p><b>3rd</b><p><b>FINAL</b><p><b>Vancouver Canucks</b><p>1<p>0<p>0<p>1<p><b>Washington</b> …

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SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate | Dump N' Chase

<b>Busy Week –</b> The Capitals played just one game last week, and they had a four-day break between their Jan. 2 win over the Hurricanes in Carolina and …

Barry Trotz

Canucks at Capitals preview

The Capitals have won nine consecutive home games, the longest streak in the NHL this season.<p>Washington captain Alex Ovechkin has 12 points (six …

Brock Boeser

Capitals beat reeling Canucks, run home win streak to 10

John Carlson and Lars Eller set the tone with first-period goals and the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.<p>The Capitals (27-13-3) have also won 10 consecutive home games, …

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The Silent Assassin

"I was just going because I knew the pass was coming," Backstrom said. "I saw those two guys coming and didn't want to deke, I just wanted to shoot …

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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2018

<b>Game recaps plus updates on Sebastian Aho, Jake Muzzin, Jimmy Howard and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.</b><p><b>NHL.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored</b> …

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Backstrom, Ovechkin power Capitals past Blues, 4-3 in OT

Washington coach Barry Trotz wasn't surprised his squad started the season slow. Pain from another playoff flameout lingered. Trotz and the coaching …

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Sunday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Blues Game Day

Fanposts<p>Fanshots<p>Sections<p>Caps Clips<br>• Japers’ Rink Media Hits<br>• The Narrative<br>• The Noon Number<br>• Game Recaps<br>• Full Archive<p>Library<p>Washington Capitals Hockey …

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James Tanner - Niskanen and Burakovsky Back Today

Scratching Andre Burakovsky is one of the stranger moves I've seen a coach make this year. The Capitals are a winning team, but they seem to do it …

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Caps Host St. Louis on Sunday

<b>St. Louis Blues 26-16-2</b><p>After a four-day break at midseason, the Capitals get back to work on Sunday afternoon against the St. Louis Blues in the …

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#CapsBlues Skate Shavings: Break It Up

But for the Caps, there is even more. The Caps just finished off a four-day break in schedule in the first week of the New Year, and they've got a …

Carter Hutton

Capitals Look to Be 'Sharper,' Niskanen & Burakovsky Expected to Return

Following somewhat of a skid that came with the holidays, the Washington Capitals have shown a lot of improvement of late; they are riding a …

Barry Trotz

After early season rebound, Barry Trotz to coach Metropolitan Division at All-Star Game

Barry Trotz is headed to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, too.<p>The Capitals’ head coach will be the Metropolitan Division’s bench boss for the 63rd edition …

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Red White & Blueliners

Growing up in Virginia, Minn., Matt Niskanen was attracted to the offensive side of the game and wanted to be a forward. Unfortunately for him, he …

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Rink Roundtable: At the Halfway Point (Part II)

<b>Q3. Give us one player who has exceeded expectations and one who has disappointed.</b><p><b>JP</b>: Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky, respectively. Wilson has …

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Rink Roundtable: At the Halfway Point (Part I)

<i>41 games done, 41 games to go, and against all</i> <i>odds</i> <i>the Caps once again find themselves in the mix for the Division lead. Let’s chat about where the</i> …

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Capitals Casino Night Raises More Than $302,000 for Charity

Casino Night featured the entire team along with coaches and alumni participating in casino games with fans. There also was a raffle and silent …

Alex Ovechkin

Friday Caps Clips: Is It Sunday Yet?

• At the halfway mark of the season, here’s five things we’ve learned about this Caps squad. [WaPo]<br>• How does this year’s team stack up to last year’s at …

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Madison Bowey’s learning curve could determine Capitals’ trade deadline plans

Just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, with last night’s mixed-bag performance still fresh in his mind, Madison Bowey entered the Capitals’ near-empty practice facility and skated onto unscratched ice.<p>The 22-year-old rookie was the first player on, some 30 minutes before practice, and glided from end to end …

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