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Capitals Insider: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Capitals defeat Predators, 2-1

This game had a completely different tenor than the preseason opener three nights prior. As Coach Bruce Boudreau said afterward: "It felt like a hockey game." There were fewer mistakes, it was more physical and although offensive opportunities weren't especially easy for the Capitals to come by, Washington defeated Nashville,...

By Katie Carrera  | September 25, 2010; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Nashville Predators  
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Morning roundup: Caps stick to the D they know

Instead of overhauling their defense this summer, the Capitals chose to bolster it from within the organization. Up-and-comers John Carlson and Karl Alzner will get the chance to step up and help this group prove it's got lasting power. "I think our defense is obviously underrated," veteran Tom Poti said....

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 25, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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Friday practice update

Bob Woods and the coaches are probably the only ones who liked all of today's Capitals practice at KCI, which featured plenty of drills down low in the zone and was capped off by a timed mountain-skate. The players had to skate blue line back, red line back, far blue...

By Katie Carrera  | September 24, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Tags:  Capitals Predators, washington capitals  
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Who ya got?: Capitals' open roster spots

As the Capitals prepare to head into their second preseason game Saturday against Nashville (which will be broadcast on AM 1500, I'm told) the fight for likely two open forward spots continues at a breakneck pace. With 12 players under one-way contracts (not counting Michael Nylander) and the Capitals intending...

By Katie Carrera  | September 24, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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John Carlson's preseason debut impresses Boudreau

Although the Capitals' 6-2, preseason-opening victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets was not a display of defensive fortitude, the performance of one of the team's rising young blue liners particularly pleased Coach Bruce Boudreau. John Carlson saw more than 21 minutes of ice time, blocked two shots, made minimal errors...

By Katie Carrera  | September 23, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  D.J. King, John Carlson  
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Caps' Brooks Laich: Pressure comes from within

The frustration and anger and despair of Caps fans last April, when Washington lost in the first round of the playoffs to Montreal, pales in comparison to the frustration and anger and despair the Caps are feeling themselves, writes Tracee Hamilton. The money quote, via -- who else? -- Brooks...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 23, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Brooks Laich  
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George McPhee on Caps-Pens HBO series: 'Let's do this'

If you haven't done so already, head over to the D.C. Sports Bog and check out what the Capitals players had to say about having four weeks of their season chronicled by HBO for a four-part "24/7" series leading up to the Winter Classic. Dan Steinberg also answers some basic...

By Katie Carrera  | September 23, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  George McPhee, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Capitals assign seven players to Hershey

The Capitals have assigned the following players to the Hershey Bears: forwards Trevor Bruess, Boyd Kane and Joel Rechlicz and defensemen Josh Godfrey, Johann Kroll, Dustin Stevenson and Dylan Yeo. George McPhee's take on HBO's 24/7 series will be coming up soon, so keep an eye out for that....

By Katie Carrera  | September 23, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Capitals and Penguins to be featured in HBO's "24/7"

As many of you may know by now, HBO's "24/7" will air a four-episode all-access series on the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins leading up to this year's Winter Classic on New Year's Day. The show will debut on Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. (EST), while the ensuing episodes will air...

By Katie Carrera  | September 23, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Matt Hendricks's hat trick leads Capitals to 6-2 win over Columbus in preseason opener

Matt Hendricks's hat trick leads Capitals to 6-2 win over Columbus in preseason opener

By Katie Carrera  | September 22, 2010; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  Andrew Gordon, Columbus Blue Jackets, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  | Tags:  Capitals preseason  
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Lineup vs. Blue Jackets

The Washington Capitals open the preseason at Nationwide Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets

By Katie Carrera  | September 22, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Columbus Blue Jackets, Lineups  | Tags:  Capitals preseason  
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Dustin Stevenson enjoying his extended stay at Caps training camp

After practice Tuesday, the Capitals' coaching staff posted three lists of players on the wall at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The first group was the lineup for tonight's game in Columbus, the second group was the players who would be practicing today but not playing, and the third group was the...

By Greg Schimmel  | September 22, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Lineups for preseason opener in Columbus

As promised, here are the lines from the morning skate at KCI that you should see in the Capitals preseason opener tonight against the Blue Jackets. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will start the contest, but he and Braden Holtby will each play half of the game. Forwards Brooks Laich - Tomas...

By Katie Carrera  | September 22, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Lineups  
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Neuvirth: 'I have the best chance to win the Stanley Cup here'

About to enter the final year of his entry-level contract, Michal Neuvirth said he is glad to have an extension that will keep him in Washington for two more years beginning in 2011-12 already in place. He will earn $1.15 million each year of the new deal. "When I found...

By Katie Carrera  | September 22, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Morning Roundup  
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Michal Neuvirth signs two-year extension

The Capitals have confirmed that they've signed Michal Neuvirth to a two-year extension worth $2.3 million, as was first reported by CapGeek. The 22-year-old goaltender will earn $1.15 million per year beginning in 2011-12 under his new deal. Neuvirth was set to become a restricted free agent at the end...

By Katie Carrera  | September 22, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth  
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Capitals make cuts; 'Team A' captures Duchesne Cup

In addition to signing defenseman Tom Poti to a two-year contract extension the Capitals inked a three-year entry-level deal with goaltender Brandon Anderson, who was returned to the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes earlier this week. The team also made their first round of training camp cuts. Nine players were reassigned to...

By Katie Carrera  | September 21, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Lineups for Caps-Blue Jackets preseason opener

Former Capitals captain Chris Clark will be among the Blue Jackets suiting up for tomorrow's preseason opener in Columbus. Via Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, here's the the Blue Jackets' lineup, which features veterans such as Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger, a player who made some comments the Caps...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 21, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Lineups  
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Tom Poti signs two-year extension with Capitals

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) The Capitals have signed defenseman Tom Poti to a two-year extension, worth $3 million next season and $2.75 million in 2012-13. Poti, 33, is the oldest member of the team's regular blue line corps and recorded 24 points in 70 regular season games last season....

By Katie Carrera  | September 21, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Tom Poti  
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Va. chiropractor pleads guilty to steroid charges

A Virginia chiropractor who treated members of the Washington Capitals hockey team has pleaded guilty to steroids charges in a Florida court. A spokesman for the state attorney in Polk County, Fla., says Douglas Nagel was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty Tuesday to attempted possession of...

By Associated Press  | September 21, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Get reacquainted with Matt Hendricks

It was in his time with the Hershey Bears in 2006-07 that Matt Hendricks learned to be versatile. He played 65 games with that year's AHL Eastern Conference Champions, soaking up the advice of then-Bears coaches Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods. The natural center can play every forward position and...

By Katie Carrera  | September 21, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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'Team A' takes charge in Duchesne Cup race

Here are some notes and quotes from Day 4 of training camp and Monday's scrimmage: -- Team A (1-0) defeated Team C (1-1) 6-3 on Monday and can clinch the Duchesne Cup Tuesday with a win over Team B (0-1). It was a much faster-paced contest than the first scrimmage...

By Katie Carrera  | September 20, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Statistical analysis: The future is now for Carlzner

Editor's note: Welcome to a new feature that will appear here every week. Our Insider² series is intended to give readers a deeper look at the numbers of Washington's sports teams. As the Caps stats blogger, Neil Greenberg will crunch some numbers in a way that answers questions about the...

By Neil Greenberg  | September 20, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Statistical analysis  
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Jason Chimera showcases his speed in opening days of Capitals camp

If there was anyone who stood out the most during the first scrimmage of this still-young Capitals training camp on Sunday, it was wily veteran Jason Chimera. With uncanny and nearly unrivaled speed, he took advantage of some of the younger defensmen who may have never faced someone quite like...

By Katie Carrera  | September 20, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Jason Chimera, Morning Roundup  
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Early chemistry for 'Team C'

Team C won the first scrimmage in the battle for the Duchesne Cup, defeating Team B, 5-0. While it was a decidedly lopsided contest, keep in mind that Team B lifted prior to taking the ice. All that considered though, Team C's forwards showed a level of chemistry and perhaps...

By Katie Carrera  | September 19, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault  
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John Carlson wants the Capitals to rely on him

One of the big questions in last year's training camp was whether John Carlson would be ready for the NHL immediately. He wasn't at that precise moment, but after a 2009-10 season that saw him star for the Hershey Bears, become a hero for the United States' World Junior Championship...

By Katie Carrera  | September 19, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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