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  • Before training camp began, during those veteran-run, no-coaches-allowed morning skates, Karl Alzner noticed Nicklas Backstrom trying something new. It was a simple toe drag maneuver, nothing fancy, reflective of the muted way Backstrom carried himself on the ice. The Capitals center and alternate captain brought the move into several intrasquad scrimmages, to the point ... read more...
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  • GAME PREVIEW: FLYERS @ PENGUINS Concluding a three-game road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers (1-3-2) are in western Pennsylvania tonight to take on their cross-state archrivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1-0). Game time is 7:30 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. This is the first of four meetings between the teams this seas... read more...
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  • Some last-minute, quick-hitting notes before Washington hosts New Jersey, the second of a three-game homestand before its annual western Canada trip. Check back later for the discussion thread. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby left the ice Thursday morning before his backup Justin Peters, a decent indication the 25-year-old will start vs. unbeaten New Jersey, looking to... read more...
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  • The revamped Washington Capitals defense, buttressed by four offseason signings – two players, two coaches – has offered immediate returns. Through five games, they have allowed 11 goals and the penalty kill has snuffed out 18 of 20 opposing power plays. Save three early scores over 10 minutes against San Jose, netminders Braden Holtby and […]... read more...
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  • The Dallas Stars may have won a big game on the scoreboard, but the underlying facts of the win over Vancouver are concerning in the long run. After Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, it's interesting to thi... read more...
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  • As much as I'd love to see Nino Niederreiter skating with Vanek and Koivu, I'm much more concerned about his low ice time. It took until after Game 4, but the #FreeNino movement has officially been renewed by Hockey Wilderness... read more...
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  • EDMONTON, Canada — Greetings from Edmonton, or more specifically Edmonton International Airport, where the Washington Capitals will soon arrive, bus to practice — 2 p.m. local time — in nearby LeDuc and officially begin their annual western Canada road trip. Forward Tom Wilson has been turfed to Hershey for a rehabilitation stint, forward Jay Beagle [&#... read more...
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  • The Oilers finally put their first win away last sunday. It wasn’t a greasy win. It wasn’t a lucky win. It was a well deserved, hard fought win. The team played with the best assets they have in the organization and the fourth line was again really solid. Ben Scrivens looked ready and settled and […] ... read more...
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  • His first start in Washington had advanced to the shootouts that always seemed fun, so Justin Peters wiped ice from the crease, stretched and readied for some one-on-one hockey. “I was just enjoying it,” Peters said later, after his shootout save boosted the Capitals to a 2-1 win over Florida, an exhalation after the tense Saturday […]... read more...
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  • The folks/computers in charge of creating the NHL schedule have done it again. Last season the Blues always seemed to have a ton of games in hand while the rest of the league played a busy schedule. It’s more of the same in 2014-15 as the Blues skate in just their third game of the year while others (like Boston) participate in their sixth. As you might imagine, t... read more...
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  • Good morning from the Toyota Sports Center, where the Kings are practicing in advance of Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Per the color coded jerseys at today’s practice, it is possible that we could see some adjusted lines during tomorrow’s game. More on those lines below. First, Slava Voynov’s lawyer, Craig Renetzky, spoke with Ken Campbell... read more...
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  • Paul Stastny's out, so the Blues' fourth-liner is being asked to take on a larger role. To be fair, the situations between Steve Ott's usage right now and Vladimir Sobotka's last season are different. Sobotka was utilized as a spa... read more...
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  • Entering this season, the new coaching regime placed an emphasis on unshackling the Capitals, stressing a total team presence into the offensive zone and putting pressure on the opposition. “I think, for me, just the visual of, no matter what zone you’re in the ice, there’s five guys you see with red jerseys. To me, […]... read more...
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