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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 02/21/2011

Capitals pursue a perfect set of back-to-back games

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

The Capitals are in the midst of playing three consecutive sets of back-to-back contests and after finishing their current pair in Pittsburgh on Monday, the next two games will be 24 hours apart on the coming weekend against the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

Back-to-back games are interesting tests of will and endurance. Simply winning the night before can give a should-be-tired team enough of a boost to come away with game two. The Capitals have had mixed results on all of their sets of games on consecutive games this season and they've yet to win both contests of a back-to-back set.

Washington will have the opportunity to do just that against their most hated rival on Monday to go along with the chance to conclude this five-game road trip with a winning record, and that's what the Capitals wanted when they left home on Feb. 12 after the ugly loss to the Kings.

"Now we can salvage this road trip with a win in Pittsburgh and have a winning record on it," Matt Bradley said. "We're 2-2 and a win against Pittsburgh would just cap everything off and make it a successful trip."

Said Marcus Johansson: "It's always good to have a win with you going into a game like [Monday's] and if we keep playing like this, if we play like we can, we're a very good team."

The Capitals are 4-4-2 in the first portion of back-to-backs and 3-5-1 in the second so far this season.

--If you missed yesterday's matinee game, check out the recap of the Capitals' 2-1 win over the Sabres along with more on the power play and Mathieu Perreault's performance in Buffalo.

--Capitals defensive prospect Dmitry Orlov is in Hershey and the Bears' public relations director John Walton tweeted that he's expected to sign an official AHL contract Monday.

--NBC held its Hockey Day in America coverage on Sunday and the New York Times took an interesting look at where hockey is growing across the country, complete with a country-wide graphic.

By Katie Carrera  | February 21, 2011; 9:10 AM ET
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Comments

Fist. Still no word from the pens on Jordan Staal

Posted by: griz0615 | February 21, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

One guy not often listed in trade rumors is Florida's UFA Marty Reasoner. He is a + player on the woeful Panthers, and has only been in FLA since July, part of that odd Atlanta, Chicago, Florida swap. I imagine after stints in Atlanta and Florida, Reasoner wants at least a sniff at the playoffs. The Caps may be able to trade a prospect, pick, or UFA/RFA for Reasoner.

And no fisting please....

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 21, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Marty Reasoner's production this year is more of a suprise than anything. While he's a very good player, I don't think he's the game breaker that the Caps are looking for. That being said, any secondary scoring is more than welcomed though.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 21, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

When does the waiver period expire for Souray? I thought he was put on re-entry waivers Saturday? Wouldn't that be noon today?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 21, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

For those with Center Ice who can't view the game, did you know that your Center I ce package qualifies you for the free NHL Game Center online from nhl.com? You should be able to get a promo code from your cable company to use when registering for the online game viewing with Game Center. I am watching this game today online at nhl.com, even though it's not on tv/center ice inmy area. Hope this helps someone and if it does let others know as well.

Posted by: kgain73 | February 20, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to chime in, and if someone in the US already has, sorry to bring it up again. I have NHL Center Ice, and NHL Gamecenter Live On-line because I travel a lot for work. Canadian Center Ice customers are offered a discount, US customers are not. That was directly from an NHL Gamecenter On-line customer service rep. So I have both and paid for both.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 21, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Tell me our trade deadline pickups are NOT gonna be: Souray, Connolly, Kovalev (In that order)

Posted by: underpants2 | February 21, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I have high hopes for Orlov. I expect him to be on the Caps roster for 2012-13, and he might even get a quick look next year as an injury call-up. He is an offense-first guy, with a big shot from the point. He will see a lot of time on the PP in the future. He is prone to take risks, like a young MG, but I am sure he will learn when to pick his spots like anyone else. He will also hit people. He is not a huge guy, but he is strong. I saw somewhere that in pre-draft workouts he was near the top of all prospects in his draft class in the bench press and almost as high in cardio (I think Kuznetsov was pretty high in the cardio as well). I want to take a road trip to Hershey to see him play, hopefully while Souray is still there.

Posted by: zmega | February 21, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@Jimallcaps

Reasoner is not a great hockey player. He is a 3C at best on our roster. I know some Caps fans have speculated that he might be the guy. If thats who we end up with I'd expect fans to be very pissed off.

Posted by: ThePat | February 21, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Also the price for players out there is very high right now. So while GMGM is still actively talking, he is going to have to really have to ante up to make things happen.

Posted by: ThePat | February 21, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Tell me our trade deadline pickups are NOT gonna be: Souray, Connolly, Kovalev (In that order)

@ underpants2

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Souray and Connolly are about all that's left. Brad Richards is obviously the piece of the puzzle that would make the best fit and biggest impact. I don't see Arnott, Hemsky, Reasoner, etc. helping us alot. Souray is a big left handed shot from the PP point and he'll hit people. Connolly is about as enigmatic as Semin yet is a temporary upgrade at second line center. Antropov would be a nice "rental" but he's got two more years on his contract so that's a no-go. Maybe Weiss but he's also got two more years on his contract. I would hope that GMGM prefers not to get stuck with that commitment. A couple of dark horses are out there. What do you think of Gonchar? Phil Kessel? Both have contracts that don't fit for us but we're almost out of options for the trade deadline. It's looking more and more like GMGM is going to stand pat whether he likes it or not. Richards is the only real option and that's if his head isn't messed up too bad.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 21, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Tom:
Pretty sure it's noon today.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 21, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Just a couple of not so often mentioned items.............John-Michael Liles? D-man, left shot, one more year on contract @ about 4M. Jason Spezza? He has a contract through 2014-15. That's probably too much. But could be the 2nd line center we're looking for. I think it's a gamble but the guy can score 30+ goals a year. Everything else is deadhorse beating.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 21, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

@pat

Does not look like based on your note the roster will change before the friday rangers game. Also looks like stastny from col is on the trading block

Posted by: samb99 | February 21, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The CBA states that a player put on waivers Saturday the expiry day is Monday. So, we should hear something soon on Souray's status.
BTW, I just read that he cleared re-entry waivers.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 21, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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