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End of season review: Justin Peters


End of season review: Justin Peters

Throughout the coming weeks, Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2014-15 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every day in alphabetical order. Today: Justin Peters

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

Age: 28 [turns 29 Aug. 30]

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 210

Games: 12

Record: 3-6-1

Goals-against Average: 3.25

Save Percentage: .881

Shutouts: 0

Playoff games: None

Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, $1.9 million contract [2015-16 salary: $950,000]

Strengths: Even though he played in just 12 games and twice was passed over for Philipp Grubauer, Peters said working with goaltending coach Mitch Korn was a positive experience and one he can use as a foundation for next season. “Having the opportunity to work with Mitch this year, I had a lot of opportunity in practice,” Peters said. “Obviously, I didn’t play as much as I wanted to and things didn’t go the way I hoped, but at that same time I had a chance to work on my game a lot and tighten things up. I felt right until the end if I was asked to get in there I was going to be ready to do the job.”

Room for improvement: The Capitals clearly wanted and expected more from Peters this season. After playing in six of the Caps’ first 17 games, Peters saw the net just six more times over the final 65 games of the regular season and none in the playoffs. In fact, of the 12 games Peters played this season, he started and finished only nine of them, going 3-5-1.  By early February it became clear that Barry Trotz’s confidence in Peters was waning. On Feb. 6, with the Caps wanting to give Braden Holtby a rest after he appeared in 33 of 35 games, Philipp Grubauer was summoned from the Hershey Bears to face the Anaheim Ducks, even though Peters was healthy. Grubauer responded with a 3-2 shootout victory. Peters suffered a similar fate on April 17 when Grubauer was recalled from the Bears to face the Islanders in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when Holtby fell ill. Again, Grubauer delivered with a 4-3 win to even the series and served as a backup for the remainder of the series.

Memorable Moment:  On Feb. 15, with the Caps playing the final game of a three-game California trip attended by players’ fathers, mentors and brothers, Peters was given a start against the Anaheim Ducks. The Caps were coming off a 3-1 loss the night before in Los Angeles and were hoping for a way to salvage the trip, which began with a 5-4 win in San Jose.  Peters stopped 30 of 33 shots and received a pair of goals from Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky to earn a 5-3 victory and high fives for his father.  It proved to be his last win of the season.

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Quotable: “As a competitor, you want to play. I was explained the situation. It is what it is, right? For me, I obviously didn’t agree with the situation, but it’s out of my control, so I come back to work today.” - Peters on being replaced by Grubauer on Feb. 6

2015-16 Expectations:  Now that Philipp Grubauer has agreed to a two-year, one-way contract worth $1.5 million Peters almost certainly will begin next season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, unless he is traded to another NHL team.  Peters said he talked with Mitch Korn about working on his range of motion during the summer and “taking my game to the next level.” In all likelihood, Peters will serve as a backup to goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley in Hershey while making an NHL salary of $950,000.


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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman loses bet, rocks Ovechkin jersey

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman loses bet, rocks Ovechkin jersey

Nearly two weeks have passed since the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to raise their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

With one team being a first-year expansion project that turned out beautifully and the other a franchise that had not appeared in a Stanley Cup Final since 1998, there was obviously a lot on the line.

Those away from the ice had 'a lot' on the line, too.

Prior to the start of the series, each city's mayor agreed on a bet that would force the losing team's member to wear an opposing jersey at the conclusion of the Cup.

Well, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman followed through on her end of the bargain.

Here is proof of her wearing the jersey of a man who led what was arguably the greatest post-championship celebration in sports history.


The Capitals announced Wednesday that the team's home opener and Stanley Cup banner unveiling will be played on October 3 against the Boston Bruins.

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Capitals don't get Penguins for home opener, but Penguins will host Capitals in theirs


Capitals don't get Penguins for home opener, but Penguins will host Capitals in theirs

The Capitals found out who their opponent will be for the home opener on Oct. 3 and it's not the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And you know what? That's OK. Winning the Stanley Cup was awesome and the banner raising will be an incredible scene regardless. 

Plus, the Penguins need that night off because they have to get ready for their own home opener on Oct. 4 against...the Caps?

Wait, what?

In 2016, the Capitals were in attendance as the Penguins raised their Stanley Cup banner. That had to sting considering Pittsburgh eliminated Washington in the playoffs.

It has not become a tradition to make rivals watch as teams raise banners and there's nothing that said the NHL had to schedule the Penguins for Washington's home opener. But it does seem odd that the NHL is going to make the defending Stanley Cup champions play a back-to-back right out of the gate with the second end coming against their archrivals in Pittsburgh.

Hey Caps, it's the NHL here. Congrats again. Vegas is a hell of a city, am I right? So, listen...we thought about it and decided you won't get to raise your banner against your rivals. Sorry about that. We tried and we couldn't get them for your first game. Good news though, we moved it all the way up to the second game, we just couldn't get it any sooner than that. You'll be playing them the second game of the season...the night after your home Pittsburgh...for their home opener. Anyway, good luck on the repeat.

Makes sense.

Look, if Washington can't have Pittsburgh for the home opener fine. It would have been nice, but it's really not a big deal. Raising the banner will be special regardless of who the opponent will be. But don't turn around and make the Caps play in the Penguins' home opener the very next day.

The schedule makers did the Caps no favors with this one.