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Perreault feels he's earned more ice time


Perreault feels he's earned more ice time

Before negotiating his two-year contract extension with the Capitals, center Mathieu Perreault made it known he wanted more ice time than he received in his first full NHL season.

It was a reasonable request when you consider no Capitals forward who played in 50 or more games averaged less ice time than Perreaults 12:01 a night.

Once he had that assurance, Perreault and his agent went to work on negotiating a two-year, one-way deal worth slightly more than 2 million.

They told me I was part of their elite forwards on the team and they see me on the top lines and they think I can do good things for them, Perreault, 24, said after signing the first one-way contract of his career. Hopefully, with a new coach Adam Oates coming in Ill get more ice time than last year.

Say this for Perreault: He did more with less than any other Capital last season, leading the team in shooting percentage 26.7 while scoring 16 goals in 64 games. Over the course of an 82-game season, that averages out to 21 goals.

Perreault played his way onto the Capitals roster by leading the team in preseason scoring and was used in a variety of ways by both Bruce Boudreau and Dale Hunter. He filled in for Nicklas Backstrom on the top line and on the power play, chipping in a pair of goals on the man-advantage.

He also won 50.8 percent of his faceoffs. But when the playoffs rolled around, Hunter used him in just four of the Capitals 14 games, leaving Perreault wondering about his future in Washington.

That future became even more clouded when the Caps acquired center Mike Ribeiro at the NHL draft last month. With Backstrom, Ribeiro, Brooks Laich, Jay Beagle and Matt Hendricks, the Capitals are overloaded with centers and that could force Perreault to play on the wing, assuming the Caps dont move one of their centers to acquire a right wing like Anaheims Bobby Ryan.

I told them last year if they put me at wing I can do that, Perreault said. I have enough speed to play on the wing. If it means more ice time I would do it.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Capitals in 2006 177th overall, Perreault split the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons between AHL Hershey and the Caps. He said the biggest lesson he learned last year was the importance of being consistent.

My first few years I would play really good a few games and then I wouldnt be as good for 10 or 15 games, Perreault said. Last year I did a good job of being good all year long. When Nicky got his concussion I got a little more ice and I feel I stepped in and did a good job. I felt I could be good every night and every day.

A native of Drummondville, Quebec, Perreault was the only French-speaking player on the Caps last season and he said hes looking forward to playing with Ribeiro, who is from Montreal.

Im excited, he said. Hes a good player and hes going to fit real well in the system in Washington. I wont be the only French guy next year. It will be nice to talk French with him and Im sure Ill have a few things to learn from him.

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been declared day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, the Caps announced Saturday afternoon.

He will not play Sunday against the Flyers, marking the first time in four seasons that the durable 25-year-old center will have missed a game.

Kuznetsov, the Caps’ assists leader and first line pivot over the past week, was injured in the second period of Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. On the play, he slashed on the arm by New York defenseman Thomas Hickey before he tumbled awkwardly into the end boards.


Kuznetsov did not return to the contest.

The Caps did not practice on Saturday as they made their way to Philadelphia, where they'll look to extend their winning streak to five games.  

The team, per usual, did not elaborate about the extent or nature of Kuznetsov’s injury. But it does seem to be a good sign that he was not listed as week-to-week—the designation the Caps typically reserve for more severe injuries. And with a two point lead on Pittsburgh in the Metro Division standings—and a game in hand—they can actually afford to be cautious with one of their most important players.


The injury does, however, come at a time when Kuznetsov appeared to be hitting his stride. Including the two assists he had racked up prior to leaving Friday’s game, Kuzy has amassed five goals and 11 assists in 10 games.    

Without Kuznetsov on Sunday, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle will be the team’s most experienced centers. Travis Boyd and/or Chandler Stephenson figure to be deployed as the fourth pivot.

Coach Barry Trotz is expected to meet with reporters prior to Sunday’s game. It’s possible he’ll shed some more light on Kuznetsov’s outlook at that time.

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