NHL Power Rankings 2017-18

NHL Power Rankings (Updated 10/9)

Taking you through the ups and downs of the NHL season. Which teams are hitting their stride and which teams are struggling? Find out where all the teams stand in the NHL Power Rankings.

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Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Penalties are a problem, and the Caps know it
The Caps' penchant for taking penalties is 'hurting us a lot,' according to Lars Eller.
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Undisciplined Caps lose to Panthers
Christian Djoos scored his second goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Caps fell, 4-1, to the Panthers. 
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The Washington Capitals
Can the Caps keep up their strong defensive play?
It’s a busy weekend. After a win in Detroit Friday, the Caps return to DC for a quick turnaround against the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Let's get bold and make some predictions.
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Grubauer on why the Caps are taking so many penalties
After a 4-1 loss, Philipp Grubauer talked about why the Capitals take so many penalties.
Christian Djoos scores Caps only goal of the night
Christian Djoos scores the Caps'only goal of the night
Burakovsky on gaining confidence early in the season
André Burakovsky talked about what it takes to gain confidence by scoring his first goal of the year.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Breaking down how the Caps got Ovi open for OT winner
How does Alex Ovechkin get that wide open in overtime? Because the Capitals worked the cycle to perfection.
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Capitals vs. Panthers game preview
The Caps are down 3-1 heading into the final period. Can they mount another comeback win? Watch here. 
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Ovechkin scores game-winner in OT
With about three minutes to go in OT, Ovechkin managed to find the space to score on a power play to give the Caps the 4-3 win over the Red Wings.
Burakovsky responds to demotion with his first goal of the season
Andre Burakovsky needed a spark. It looks like he got one.
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The Washington Capitals
Andre Burakovsky rises to Barry Trotz's challenge
Andre Burakovsky scored his first of the season and assisted on the game-tying goal to lead the Caps to the 4-3 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings.
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Andre Burakovsky gets his first goal of the season
Andre Burakovsky was in a slump so Barry Trotz moved him to the third line and it worked. Burakovsky scored his first goal of the season against the Detroit Red Wings.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Will Tom Wilson have a big night after his promotion?
The Caps get their first look at Little Caesars Arena as they face the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Washington Plus), but the real matchup is JJ Regan aginst the fans.
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In just one week, Bowey already looks much improved
After a rough first game, Caps defensemen Madison Bowey is starting to get into the groove of things.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik
Captials at Red Wings Leafs game preview
The Caps kick the weekend off with a visit to the Detroit Red Wings. Here's how you can watch.
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Can the Capitals spark Andre Burakovsky and fix their defense?
Andre Burakovsky is struggling and so are the Caps.  JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about whether a move to the third line will help Burakovsky and just how the team can fix its defense.
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Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov
No, the Capitals should not trade Ilya Samsonov to fix the defense
The Capitals need help on defense, but trading away the team's best prospect is not the way to fix it.
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Will Burakovsky's demotion spark the Caps' third line?
Barry Trotz has a simple message for a struggling Andre Burakovsky who has only two assists and no goals in the team's first seven games:  ‘Don’t think too much.'  
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What does Graovac's injury mean for the Caps?
Caps Coach Barry Trotz provided an update on the versatile Tyler Graovac, who left Tuesday's game with an injury.
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The Capitals at the FBI Academy
Caps work on team building by fighting each other in FBI training
How much better would your work environment be if you had a chance to pin a coworker or get them in a chokehold? The Caps found out at FBI training Wednesday.
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Caps see a defensive effort they can build on in Tuesday's loss
The Caps' biggest weakness is their defense, a defense that held the top offense in the NHL to only one goal on Tuesday.
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Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Caps vs. Leafs a defensive battle nobody saw coming
The fans expected goals. JJ Regan expected goals. What did we get? Defense.
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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
How Kuznetsov could have changed Tuesday's game
Evgeny Kuznetsov is one of the most talented players in the NHL. So why won't he shoot the puck?
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Caps Maple Leafs
Caps vs. Maple Leafs: Three stars
Everyone expected an offensive slugfest between the Capitals and Maple Leafs on Tuesday, but  surprisingly it was the defense that was the story as Toronto shutout the Caps 2-0.
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Tyler Graovac appears to hurt shoulder after taking 2 hits
Tyler Graovac took two hits from Matt Martin and appeared to hurt his shoulder, knocking him out of Tuesday's game.
Already without Eller and Niskanen, Caps lose Graovac in first period
Tyler Graovac's night ended early on Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Offense should be easy to come by on Tuesday
JJ Regan takes on the fans with their bold predictions. What should you expect as the Caps host Toronto (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington)? Offense. Lots of offense.
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Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Fixing 'Swiss cheese' defense now a top priority for Caps
In the wake of an 8-2 loss, the Caps need some work in their defensive zone.
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Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Captials vs. Maple Leafs game preview
The Caps return home looking to shake off Saturday's ugly loss as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). Here's how you can watch.
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Jay Beagle warns players not to mess with Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson made his comeback after being suspended four games with a good ol' fashioned fight. Caps center Jay Beagle warned players not to mess with Willy.
Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller
Trotz playing with D-pairs for Leafs
The D-pairs got shuffled, but coach Barry Trotz says you shouldn't read too much into the new alignment.
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Backstrom's standout week recognized by NHL
The Caps' center put up crazy good numbers in last week's four games. 
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Capitals Rewind: Caps flop in Philly
The Capitals we're looking for back-to-back road wins for the first time this season. What they got instead, was a complete shellacking at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Trotz not pleased with Caps' attention to detail vs. Flyers
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, with undertones of frustration, discussed how the Capitals' lack of structure or detail played a big part in their six-goal loss to the Flyers.
Bowey acknowledges his 'Welcome to the NHL' moment
Madison Bowey made his NHL debut for the Capitals on Saturday, and it did not go as well as planned, thanks to a dazzling series of dekes executed by Flyers veteran Jakub Voracek.
Grubauer's spectacular save goes unnoticed
Philipp Grubauer was bombarded by the Flyers all night. Despite standing on his head during a third-period rush.
Caps can't hang with fresh Flyers
The Capitals were blitzed and pressure for three full periods on Saturday, and Madison Bowey's NHL debut did not go as well as expected.
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Vrana's hot start continues with goal vs. the Flyers
The 2017-18 Capitals season is an important one for Jakub Vrana, and on Saturday night against the Flyers, he continued his hot start, scoring for the second time in as many days.
With Niskanen injured, Caps recall Bowey
With Matt Niskanen headed to LTIR, the Capitals will give one of their top prospects a long look.
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Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Capsitals vs. Flyers Game Preview
With the puck dropped against the Flyers, Caps looking to win back-to-back road games. Wanna watch the game? We got all the info you need.
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T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom
Caps' big guns hand Devils their first loss
Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie all turned in monster performances on Friday as the Caps handed the New Jersey Devils their first loss of the season.
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Tom Wilson fights Coleman in return to ice after suspension
Returning from a suspension Friday against New Jersey, Tom Wilson dropped the gloves.
Niskanen gets injured on only slash not given a penalty
Slashes are all the rage this year in the NHL, but Matt Niskanen was injured on one Friday night that surprisingly wasn't called.
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Andre Burakovsky drops gloves for 1st career fight
Andre Burakovsky came to the defense of Orlov on Friday night in his first career fight vs. New Jersey.
Niskanen injured on slash that wasn't called
Matt Niskanen was injured vs. the Devils on Friday on a slash that surprisingly wasn't called.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Caps get Friday the 13th scare from Backstrom
Friday the 13th is always good for a scare and boy did it deliver one to Caps fans before Friday's game.
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20 things to make D.C. sports fans happy
The life of a D.C. sports fan is filled with adversity and tears (rarely of joy). But there are things D.C. fans should be thrilled about. Here's 20.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Expect offense, not fights from Wilson in season debut
Tom Wilson returns to the lineup on Friday. What can we expect from him in his season debut?
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Burakovsky and Vrana's slow start could be a problem
While players like Ovechkin and Kuznetsov have kicked off the Caps season on high gear, Burakovsky and Vrana have had a quiet start to their 2017-18 campaign.
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Jay Beagle: Speed game Caps' identity early into season
Caps center Jay Beagle joined the Junkies Friday morning to discuss if the team has figured out what their identity in the league will be this early into the season.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Caps at Devils Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread
The Caps will look to hand the Devils their first loss of the season. Click here for game info and how to stream it live.
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The debut of Djoos and the return of Wilson
Christian Djoos had a successful debut, Tom Wilson is ready to return and was Sidney Crosby's hit on Braden Holtby dirty? JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir discuss on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Wilson ready to prove he's more than just a goon
Most people don't think of Tom Wilson as anything more than a goon on the ice. He's ready to prove he has more to offer as he returns from a four-game suspension.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos
Djoos clearly left an impression on his teammates and coach
Through three games, all the Capitals were getting out of their third defensive pair was penalties and goals for the opposition. On Wednesday, they got a lot more with the insertion of Christian Djoos.
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby was not happy about Crosby's hit
Braden Holtby took a hit from Sidney Crosby in the first period and he was pretty clear about what he thought about it after the game.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos
Djoos has a big night in debut, but Caps fall to Pens
Rookie Christian Djoos recorded a goal and a primary assist in his debut on Wednesday. But it wasn’t enough for the Caps, who dropped one vs. the Penguins largely because of penalties.
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Christian Djoos nets first career goal in debut with Caps
Wednesday night's Caps-Pens game is one Christian Djoos won't soon forget, as it was the game in which he scored his first NHL goal.
Crosby knocks Holtby over, does not get a penalty
Braden Holtby took a hit from Sidney Crosby during a Capitals penalty kill. Crosby was not given a penalty on the play.
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Sidney Crosby hits Braden Holtby behind the net
Sidney Crosby collided with Braden Holtby behind the net in Washington.
Crosby does 'Crosby things,' hits Braden Holtby
Sidney Crosby has a history of questionable behavior. On Wednesday against the Capitals, he made yet another question hit, this time on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
3 bold predictions: Expect a feisty night in Washington
The Caps and Penguins don't like each other and that will show in Wednesday's game (7:30 p.m., NBCSN).
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Washington Capitals defenseman Aaron Ness
Barry Trotz moves Aaron Ness...to the right
Aaron Ness struggled in the first three games, but Barry Trotz is keeping him in the lineup and moving him to the right.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
After a hot start, Alex Ovechkin signs with CCM
Alex Ovechkin has been using a CCM stick since training camp. Now with seven goals, he's signed an endorsement deal with the company.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos
Djoos to make NHL debut, replaces Chorney for Penguins game
Christian Djoos is set to make his NHL debut Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins as he will play in place of Taylor Chorney.
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How Barry Trotz will utilize Tom Wilson when he returns
Caps right winger Tom Wilson was suspended for the first four games of the season, and with a a long week ahead for the team, HC Barry Trotz is looking forward to having him back soon.
Capitals' new first line look, explained
Capitals HC Barry Trotz joined the Junkies Wednesday morning to explain his team's additions to the first line with Ovi.
The Washington Capitals
Caps vs. Penguins Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread
The rivalry is renewed Wednesday as the Caps and Penguins meet for the first time since the playoffs. Tune in to NBCSN or watch it with our live stream.
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Donald Trump wonders if Caps are tough during Penguins visit
President Donald Trump welcomed the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House on Tuesday ahead of their game against the Capitals, and the President took some time to ask the Penguins just how tough the...
President Trump talks Caps during Penguins' visit
The PIttsburgh Penguins visited the White House this afternoon, and President Trump took a moment to weigh-in on their rivalry with the Caps. 
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Washington Capitals defenseman Aaron Ness
Let's talk about the Capitals' 3rd defensive pair
The third defensive pair was a question mark for the Capitals coming into the season. On Monday, we all saw why.
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Capitals Rewind: Grubauer's heroics not enough in Tampa
There was no third straight hat trick for Alex Ovechkin. The Caps dropped their first game of the season, losing to the Lightning 4-3 in OT despite Philipp Grubauer's huge performance.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauere
Prediction recap: Caps struggle against Lightning offense
The Caps struggled on Monday, but JJ Regan didn't with his predictions.
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Episode 42 -- Grubauer gets an undeserved loss in Tampa
Philipp Grubauer was fantastic in net, but his team was not as the Capitals suffered their first loss of the season. Rob Carlin, Alan May and Tarik El-Bashir break down what went wrong.
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Trotz talks about the Caps OT loss to Lightning
Barry Trotz praises his team's play despite disappointing loss to the Lightning in OT on Monday night.
Caps-Lightning features bizarre faceoff penalty
Remember all the preseason commotion about faceoff penalties? Well, it happened to the Capitals, this time in the regular season and it was as silly as you would expect.
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Grubauer's heroics not enough in Tampa
Philipp Grubauer did everything he could on Monday, but ultimately the Caps gave up a 3-1 lead to the Lightning in Tampa and fell in overtime for their first loss of the season.
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Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
The NHL's most underrated player keeps climbing the Caps' record books
Nicklas Backstrom's first period goal on against Tampa meant more than just a 1-0 lead for Washington.
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Backstrom scores in first period to give Caps a 1-0 lead
Backstrom finds space down the right to score against the Lightning in the first period. His goal gives the Capitals a 1-0 lead against the Lightning.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauere
Bold Predictions: How will the Capitals handle Tampa's offense?
The Caps face one of the most dangerous offenses in the NHL as they face the Lightning (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Washington). How will their defense fare?
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Ovechkin named NHL's top star after standout week
The Washington Capitals' captain earned the league honor by posting three hat tricks in the team's first two games.
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Caps at Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread
Another fast start for the Caps, who lead the Lightning 2-0 after the first period. Click here for game info and how to stream it live.
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The Washington Capitals
NHL Power Rankings: Defense optional
Alex Ovechkin is lighting up the scoreboard, but he's not the only one as offenses have been lighting up the scoreboards across the NHL.
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Re-live Alex Ovechkin's second hat trick of the season
Alex Ovechkin started the 2017-18 season with bat-to-back hat tricks, becoming the first player to do so in 100 years. Check out the three goals he scored vs. the Canadiens.
Practice Report: In praise of the Caps PK
“It’s attention to detail.” – Devante Smith-Pelly on the Caps’ perfect penalty kill. After two games, the Capitals' special teams is looking good.
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Capitals Rewind: Ovi shines, Caps blast Habs in home-opener
History was made on Saturday night in the Washington Capitals' 2017-18 home-opener. Nathan Walker made NHL history (and tallied a goal too!). Alex Ovechkin scored again. And again. And again.
Caps' Nathan Walker details his historic NHL debut
Nathan Walker became the first Australian native to play in a NHL regular-season game. He then became the first Aussie ever to score. Here is what he had to say following the Capitals' 6-1 win over the...
Caps season-opener both historic and memorable
The Capitals were simply sensational on Saturday night, disptaching the Canadiens 6-1 in the home-opener at the newly minted Capital One Arena.
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Aussie Walker scores in historic debut
Nathan Walker is checking off the firsts in the NHL record books.
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Nathan Walker skates with the puck as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete defends.
Nathan Walker scores first NHL goal in history-making debut
A shot from Devante Smith-Pelly caromed off Nathan Walker, giving the Australian - who made NHL history on Saturday night — his first career NHL goal.
Ovi breaks 100-year drought with hat trick
Alex Ovechkin is on another level through two games and the NHL better watch out.
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Caps score three in 1st three minutes
Not one, not two, but THREE goals in the opening three minutes of regular season play at Capital One Arena.
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Ovechkin's PP goal notches another first for 'Great 8'
Alex Ovechkin's first-period power play goal against the Canadiens was his second of the game and fifth of the season. It's the first time in his career he's begun a season with back-to-back multi-goal...
Ovechkin, Oshie score two in under 50 seconds
Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie needed less than 50 seconds to score twice on Montreal's Carey Price in the 2017-18 home-opener.
Nathan Walker's family excited for history-making night
Nathan Walker is making NHL history on Saturday night for the Capitals and his family flew in from the other side of the world to see him play. here's what they had to say to our Tarik El-Bashir
Aussie Walker finally makes NHL history
When Nathan Walker  finally stepped on the ice, NHL history was made. Re-live the moment.
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Caps vs. Canadiens date, time, how to watch, game thread
The Caps welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the Capital One Arena for the 2017-2018 home opener. Here's all the info you need. 
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Walker set to make history
“I could cry at any minute,” Ceri Walker said of watching his son make his NHL debut.
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Ovechkin offered Alzner advice ahead of clash
Alzner will make his return to F Street on Saturday night as a member of the Canadiens.
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Nathan Walker set to make history Saturday
Nathan Walker didn't suit up for the Caps' preseason opener, but when he does in their home opener, he'll also make some history.
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PODCAST: Ovi goes off in the season opener
We finally have some hockey to talk about! The Capitals played their first game of the season Thursday night against the Senators, and it was a doozy.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Prediction recap: Ovechkin to the rescue
Alex Ovechkins' late-game heroics saved more than just the Caps on Thursday.
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Capitals Rewind: Ovi goes off in season opener
The Capitals played their first game of the season Thursday night against the Senators, and it was a doozy. Relive the excitement in Capitals Rewind presented by GMC.
Trotz on the Caps' 5-4 overtime win
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz discusses how the Caps were able to come out of Ottawa with a 5-4 overtime win.
Ovechkin reflects on his Opening Night hat trick
Coming off a monster three-goal performance, Alex Ovechkin talked about how he was able to score a hat trick on Thursday Night.
Ovechkin scores 3 goals in 3rd period to tie Senators late
Alex Ovechkin scores three goals in a third-period flurry to complete 18th career hat-trick.
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Alex Ovechkin nets 3rd goal to complete hat trick in Ottawa
Alex Ovechkin scores his 3rd goal of the 3rd period to complete the hat trick, and tie the game at 4-4, in the Capitals season opener in Ottawa.
Ovechkin saves Caps as Washington earns shootout win
Alex Ovechkin scored three goals in the third period to lead the rally for the Caps. Washington battled back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime and came away with the 5-4 shootout win.
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Senators Pay Tribute to Bryan Murray
Former Capitals head coach Bryan Murray, the winningest coach in team history, passed away over the summer, and he was honored by the Ottawa Senators with a pregame tribute before the season opener.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
3 Bold Capitals Predictions: Breaking through in Ottawa
The Caps had trouble scoring against the Senators last season. They break that trend in Thursday's opener.
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Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Nicklas Backstrom, Sergei Bobrovsky
Eastern Conference predictions: Are the Caps still contenders?
Are the Capitals still Stanley Cup contenders? A playoff team? Our experts give their Eastern Conference predictions and picks for the Stanley Cup.
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Offseason Timeline: A look back at the Capitals' summer
How did we get here? A look back at what the Capitals have done since their postseason run came to an end last year.
Six bold predictions for Caps' season
The Capitals start their regular season and the quest for the Stanley Cup Thursday night. Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan have a few bold predictions for this season.
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Caps at Senators date, time, how to watch, game thread
The Caps are locked in a close one in Ottawa. Can they mount a comeback in the first game of the season? Tune in to NBC Sports Washington or watch it on our live stream.
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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Making sense of the Caps' roster and of Tom Wilson's suspension
At long last we have the Caps' 23-man roster! The podcast crew breaks it down and talks about Tom Wilson's four-game suspension.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Wilson acknowledges he must adapt after second suspension
“I have to be better at making the decision on when to hit and when not to," Tom Wilson said. His latest hit will cost him four regular season games to start the season.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Chiasson
After a strong camp, Chiasson signs with the Caps
On Tuesday, the Capitals’ 23-man roster did not include forward Alex Chiasson. On Thursday it will.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik
Orpik hopes to adapt to an evolving NHL game
Brooks Orpik is slated to start the season in the top four playing next to John Carlon. Can he still be a top-four defenseman in today's NHL?
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Barry Trotz explains Caps' new power play look
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz talked with the Junkies Wednesday about their upcoming season and changes that have been made.
Barry Trotz: Expectations for Caps has been 'tempered' a bit
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz joined the Junkies one day before opening their regular season and said because the team lost a lot of key players in the offseason, expectations have been tempered a bit.
Ovi on getting ready for the season to start
Alex Ovechkin talks to Tarik El-Bashir and Rob Carlin about what the Capitals have been doing to prepare for the start of the NHL season.
Regular season not yet here but Tom Wilson suspended again
Tom Wilson had no suspension history coming into the preseason. Just seven games later, he has received his second suspension for a hit he delivered to St. Louis forward Sammy Blais.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey
Bowey, Chiasson left off roster as Caps' cut down to 23
NHL teams had to cut their rosters to 23 players by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Madison Bowey and Alex Chiasson were not on the Caps' submitted roster, but they could be back for Thursday's opener.
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Media can be tough, but Niskanen always speaks up
Capitals' defenseman Matt Niskanen always speaks to the media following Caps games, whether the team won or got blown out. It's a refreshing quality in a pro athlete even if it's not always easy for him to...
Bubble hasn't popped yet for Capitals' 'fringe' players
The Capitals elected against putting any players on waivers Tuesday, meaning the players vying for the final spot are still on the bubble.
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Playing Capitals 'True or False' with NBC's Keith Jones
We play "True of False" with Keith Jones. Where will the Capitals finish this year?
West Predictions: Who's on the Rise?
The NHL season starts Wednesday. Tarik El-Bashir and J.J. Regan take a look at what you can expect this year from the Western Conference. 
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What are Jay Beagle's expectations for himself this season?
Capitals center Jay Beagle talked with the Junkies Tuesday about some of his personal goals for this season.
Jay Beagle excited about young talent on the Caps
Caps center Jay Beagle joined the Junkies Tuesday morning to discuss how their team will look different this year and the talent that is coming into the system.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Wilson to have second hearing of the preseason
Tom Wilson is getting called to the principal's office. The Caps forward will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for the second time this preseason after his hit Sunday on Sammy Blais.
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T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom
NHL Power Rankings: Let the games begin
Another NHL season is upon us and this time it's hard to tell how good the Caps roster is.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Blues coach calls Tom Wilson's hit 'predatory'
Wilson was suspended earlier this preseason for a late hit, also involving a St. Louis player.  
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The Washington Capitals
What we learned from the preseason
The preseason is over and the Capitals managed only two wins out of seven games. That's no reason to be concerned, but the defense is another story.
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Rinkside Report: A slow preseason for the Caps
CSN's Tarik El-Bashir gives an update from the Capitals' practice facility.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz looking for final touches
Barry Trotz had strong words for his team after another disappointing preseason performance.  On Saturday, he tweaked his forward lines and D pairs in search of the right mix for the start of the regular sea
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin the favorite to win the Rocket Richard?
Alex Ovechkin scored 33 goals last season, but the oddsmakers seem to think he will rebound.
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Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Smith-Pelly, Vrana impress in critical preseason game
Devante Smith-Pelly played like a player who knew what was at stake on Friday, putting on his best game of the preseason in a 3-1 loss to Carolina.
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TJ Oshie
After injury scare, T.J. Oshie felt good Friday
The star winger won't play Friday but hopes to suit up in St. Louis.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos
Friday night's Caps lineup and what it tells us
"It is very important for a number of players," Coach Barry Trotz on Friday's preseason game at Carolina. Here's what to expect.
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Ovi on 2016-17: "We lose, we didn't get success as a team"
The Capitals fell to the Penguins once again in the playoffs and left wing Alex Ovechkin reflected on a hard year and changes he's making in the upcoming season.
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Alex Ovechkin reflects on a "hard year"
The Capitals fell short in the playoffs to the Penguins and their star left wing Alex Ovechkin reflected on that loss and improving his game in the upcoming season.
Does Alex Ovechkin really like Sidney Crosby?
Ovechkin and Crosby have gotten to know each other very well over the years on the ice but does he actually like him? He told the Junkies how he really feels about the fellow hockey star.
Ovechkin: It's time to forget about it and move forward
Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin joined the Junkies Friday morning and told the guys he's ready to move forward from their playoff loss.
Preseason Game 6: Capitals at Hurricanes how to watch
The Caps look to turn things around this preseason with a game in Carolina against the Hurricanes. Watch it on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
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Former Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward
Former Cap on why he won't take a knee
Former Capital Joel Ward has elected not to kneel for the national anthem and rexplained his thoughts on the movement on Twitter.
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Washington Capitals goalie Pheonix Copley
After four cuts Thursday, the Caps' roster is down to 26
The opening night roster must be set by Tuesday at 5 p.m. and the Caps came one step closer with more cuts on Thursday.
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The Iron Throne
Every NHL team's Game of Thrones character
There's only one show that can match the drama of an NHL season: Game of Thrones.
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Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Is it time to worry about the Caps?
The Capitals know they have work to do after losing their fourth preseason game out of five on Wednesday.
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The Washington Capitals
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Defense fails Caps early
The New Jersey Devils scored all four of their goals in the first period en route to a 4-1 win over the Capitals on Wednesday in Washington's last home game of the preseason.
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Military dad's heart-warming surprise at Capitals game
The Capitals' final home preseason game was interrupted on Wednesday night by a surprise military family reunion that we just cannot stop watching.
Caps' military surprise will melt your heart
At the Capitals' preseason game on Wednesday, there was a surprise military family reunion, and words just cannot do it justice. 
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Ovechkin sinks 30-yard field goal
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin stepped onto the gridiron yesterday, where he managed to sink a 30-yard field goal at a local high school.  
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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson
Carlson is trying not to think about his contract...but he is
There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding John Carlson who has no contract past this year and no steady defensive partner in camp.
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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
What Wednesday's lineup could mean for the Caps' opening night roster
“It could be the last audition for some guys.” – Caps Coach Barry Trotz.
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Trotz weighs in on Caps' plan for anthem protest
If any of the Caps choose to protest during the anthem before Wednesday's preseason game, they will have Barry Trotz's blessing.
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The player battle is on. Who will earn a spot with the Caps?
There are a handful of players competing for just a few spots on the Caps' roster. Who will earn a spot in the opening lineup?
Former Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich
Worlds collide: Brooks Laich scores OT winner off of Nate Schmidt turnover
A preseason game in Las Vegas on Tuesday had a very Washington feel to it.
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Preseason Game 5: Capitals vs. Devils how to watch
The Capitals close out their home slate for the preseason as they host the New Jersey Devils. Watch it on CSN or via CSN's live stream.
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TJ Oshie's playoff hangover will last until next year
Capitals right wing TJ Oshie joined the Junkies Wednesday and told the guys the playoffs lit a fire under him.
Oshie: Caps still have pieces to have very competitive team
The Capitals lost a lot of key players in the offseason but right wing TJ Oshie feels his team is still a contender for the playoffs.
TJ Oshie on why he re-signed with the Capitals
Capitals TJ Oshie joined the Junkies Wednesday morning and discussed his 8-year deal with the team.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Who makes the roster after another round of cuts?
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the roster competition and discuss Tom Wilson's preseason suspension.
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Joel Ward may kneel during the National Anthem this season
The guys at SportsTalk Live discuss ex-Capital Joel Ward's plan to kneel during the National Anthem this season and discuss the bigger trend of athletes taking a stance
Ward may take a knee during anthem
The San Jose Sharks' Joel Ward, who once played for the Capitals, has said he might take a knee during the National Anthem this season. 
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NHL defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka
Caps trim roster down to 30
The Capitals made another round of cuts Tuesday with about a week remaining in training camp. With only 30 players left on the roster, the Caps' lineup is coming into focus.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin
Caps unveil their special teams units
With the regular season set to start next week, the Caps worked on special teams on Tuesday.
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CSN Insider's Take: Tarik El-Bashir on why Tom Wilson's suspension matters
The NHL regular season hasn't started yet, so why should Caps fans care about Tom Wilson's two-game suspension?
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Despite suspension, Caps' Tom Wilson isn't changing anything
Think Tom Wilson will dial back on the physical play after his suspension? Think again. “I’m not going to change too much about my game,” he said to reporters Monday.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins with President Obama at the White House
Trump applauds Penguins for accepting invite
The Pittsburgh Penguins will visit the White House as the defending Stanley Cup champions when many other teams won't and President Donald Trump was very happy with the team's decision.
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Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Was the Caps' practice lineup on Monday an opening night preview?
The battle for wing spots on the fourth line is heating up.
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Portrait of Alex Ovechkin
NHL 100 portrait of Ovechkin revealed
Another honor for the Great 8.
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Caps cut roster to 36
On Monday, training camp opens in Hershey and the position battles will intensify in Washington after the latest round of cuts on Sunday. Those players remaining know an NHL roster spot is within reach.
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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Did Barry Trotz show his fourth line?
Barry Trotz shuffled his lines during Saturday's game and in doing so, may have tipped his hand.
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Washington Capitals
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Chiasson, Walker make their case
With the start of the season drawing ever closer, Alex Chiasson and Nathan Walker turned in tremendous performances to show the Caps why they should stick around.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson suspended 2 preseason games
Tom WIlson will get the next two preseason games off thanks to the Department of Player Safety. He was suspended on Saturday after a hit to St.
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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov
Ovechkin, Kuznetsov highlight the Caps' Saturday night lineup
Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov return to the ice for Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Wilson to have hearing for hit on Blues prospect
Tom Wilson laid out St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas and that will earn him a little chat with the Department of Player Safety.
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Slapshot as Pennywise
Slapshot dressed up as Pennywise the Clown and it was horrifying
Slapshot tried out a new costume in Friday's preseason home opener.
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Preseason Game 4: Capitals vs. Hurricanes how to watch
The Caps will look to rebound from Friday's loss with a quick turnaround against the Carolina Hurricanes. Watch it on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
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Washington Capitals goalie Pheonix Copley
Barry Trotz has some tough words for the Caps' defensive prospects
Several players are competing for a spot on the Caps' blue line, but seemingly none have separated themselves from the pack in Barry Trotz's eyes.
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Washington Capitals forward Tyler Graovac
Graovac is the silver lining in an ugly loss to the Blues
Tyler Graovac had been loitering around the edges of the Caps' position battle up front. Now he's in it.
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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson drops the gloves after laying out Blues prospect
Tom Wilson dropped St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas with a monster hit, but was forced to answer for it in a fight soon after.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Caps defense overmatched by young Blues squad
The Caps dressed a young defense for their preseason opener and the St. Louis Blues took advantage.
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oviAHSAkids
Ovechkin makes kids' day with surprise
Kids part of the American Special Hockey Association were surprised when their Friday street hockey game picked up an NHL star.
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Ovechkin surprises ASHA kids during hockey tournament
On Friday, Alex Ovechkin showed up and joined an ASHA street hockey tournament and made everyone's day a little better
Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Jakub Vrana gets another top-six audition
The Caps' lineup for their home preseason opener features Jakub Vrana playing on the other top-six line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.
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Capitals make first round of camp cuts
http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/washington-capitals/projecting-caps-roster-after-first-week-training-camp Capitals begin the process of finalizing their roster with release of 11 players from training camp on
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Preseason Game 3: Capitals vs. Blues how to watch
The Capitals play their first preseason game at Capital One Arena as they host the St. Louis Blues  Watch it on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
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The Washington Capitals
Projecting the Caps' roster after the first week of training camp
The Capitals are one week into training camp and the roster battles are coming into focus. What young prospects have earned a spot? What surprise players will stick around?
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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The roster is taking shape
How is the Caps' roster shaping up, who will play in the top-six and what the heck is the deal with all those penalties?
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Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Vrana looks every bit the NHLer
Jakub Vrana had a chance to impress and he did just that on Wednesday in a 4-2 win over Montreal.
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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Kuzy puts Caps on the board in preseason vs. Habs
Evgeny Kuznetsov will have a big role in the Caps offense this season. He got started right away with a preseason goal against the Canadiens.
Is Ovi switching gear brands again?
Alex Ovechkin has been experimenting with new sticks, gloves and other gear in recent practices. Does that mean he's made the full switch?
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Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Vrana is really trying to ignore the pressure
Jakub Vrana knows the pressure is on him to make the Caps' roster. He's trying to tune it out.
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Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin, Kuznetsov team up for preseason game in Montreal
Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will headline Wednesday's preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m., CSN).
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Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Beagle sees method to the madness of NHL's faceoff emphasis
Jay Beagle, the Caps' top faceoff man, sees the benefits of the NHL's stricter enforcement of faceoff rules.
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Preseason Game 2: Capitals at Canadiens how to watch
The Caps continue their preseason with a trip to Montreal. Watch if on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
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Caps jerseys
Caps release 2017-18 promo calendar
The Caps have another season full of unique giveways and theme nights for fans.
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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov
Ovechkin, Kuznetsov set to start the season on a line together
The Caps' top six is almost set with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov poised to start the season on a line together.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Madison Bowey
There's a spot on the blue line waiting for Bowey. Will he seize it?
Madison Bowey dropped 12 pounds this summer in an effort to get lighter on his skates.
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What Tarik El-Bashir loved and hated in Caps-Devils
Tarik El-Bashir joined STL to review the Capitals preseason opener against the Devils, and things jumped out to him for both great and not so great reasons
Nathan Walker on the penatlies: 'We slowly got the memo'
After a penalty-filled start to their preseason opener, the Capitals slowly began to adjust to the referees as the game went on
Washington Capitals forward Nathan Walker
Thumbs up, thumbs down: Walker impresses in preseason opener
Nathan Walker made the most of his opportunity in the Capitals' first game of the preseason. Here are the players who stood out, both good and bad, for the Caps on Monday in New Jersey.
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