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Capitals breakdown: Dmitry Orlov

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Capitals breakdown: Dmitry Orlov

CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2011-12 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Dmitry Orlov
Dmitry Orlov
Position: Defense
Age: 20
HtWt: 6-0, 210
Games: 60
Goals: 3
Assists: 16
Points: 19
Penalty Minutes: 18
Plus-Minus: Plus-1
Average Ice Time: 16:52
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on 3-year, 2.07 million entry level contract 900,000 cap hit

Strengths: A coachable, hard-working defenseman, Orlov might have been the most pleasant surprise of the season for the Capitals. He quickly learned to balance stepping up for big hits without sacrificing sound positional hockey. Orlov also has a strong, accurate shot from the blue line and is an above average skater who can move the puck quickly out of his own zone.

Weaknesses: Orlov was the only regular on the Capitals roster who did not see any playing time in the playoffs, which seemed peculiar considering he was a healthy scratch in just four of the teams final 64 games and logged 19:44 in the regular season finale. There is still a language barrier that exists but a summer of English lessons would curb any real concerns.

Memorable Moment on the ice: On Jan. 15, Orlov made his first goal in the NHL a big one as he raced up the middle of the ice, took a pass from Jason Chimera and beat Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward with his own rebound for a third-period game-winner in a 2-1 win. I only have positive emotions, Orlov said through an interpreter after the game. I was a little worried about it, sort of anxious. I was waiting for this moment to come, and it finally came today. I'm just extremely happy that it happened today, that I finally scored my first NHL goal.

Memorable Moment off the ice: Orlovs indoctrination into the NHL came on the weekend of Feb. 4 and 5 when he was struck in the nose in back-to-back games. When he showed up at Kettler on that Monday, he sported a swollen nose and darkness under both eyes, but that did not dent his sense of humor. Bad karma, he said with a smile. Even coach Dale Hunter supplied a one-liner. I didn't want to tell him that usually it comes in threes, Hunter joked.

2012-13 Expectations: Orlov is already strong, but he could benefit from a few extra pounds of muscle over the summer. With a new coach, Orlov will need to prove himself all over again and that may be a good thing. If he can play a full season and take on some of Dennis Widemans ice time on the power play, Orlov could double his offensive totals and solidify a young and improving blue line.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday. 

These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.

“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone.  “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”

“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”

 

Some of the other improvement announced were:

  • Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
  • Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
  • Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
  • Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
  • A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games 
  • A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington

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