The NHL All-Star Game jerseys are out, and despite the simple design, they have a classic feel to them with nods to the league’s centennial, as well as the Los Angeles Kings’ 50th anniversary.
Representing the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific divisions, the four different jerseys for each All-Star team — also inspired by previous All-Star games and Hollywood setting of the Jan. 29 game at the STAPLES Center in L.A. — include colors worn by the Kings throughout their history.
The Pacific Division will don the black jersey, the Atlantic Division will wear the gold, the Central Division the purple and the Metropolitan Division — with Capitals reps Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby — the white.
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The 10-star band near the bottom of each jersey represents a decade in the NHL’s 100-year history and is similar to the stars on the uniforms from the 1989-91 All-Star Games. And the font used for the players’ names and numbers was influenced by the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in L.A.
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WASHINGTON – The Capitals are sick and they are tired and they are injured and they are experimenting.
That’s the takeaway with six games left to go in the regular season after a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday at Capital One Arena. Todd Reirden mixed his defensive pairs routinely and did the same in the third period with his forward lines, which led to a goal for Jakub Vrana.
Washington extended its lead in the Metropolitan Division to three points over the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. But they have been forced to look at different options thanks to an injury to defenseman Michal Kempny and illness spreading through the forward ranks at a bad time.
And so that’s how John Carlson started the game on the right side of the top pairing as usual, but was soon on the left side of the ice, with Nick Jensen moving up to replace Christian Djoos. At various times, Brooks Orpik played with Jensen and Djoos on the third pair. Kempny is out indefinitely, so Reirden doesn’t have much time to configure his ideal pairings. And trying to win a division title while doing so is problematic.
“I feel perfectly comfortable playing with any of our D,” said Jensen, who was acquired just before the NHL trade deadline in late February. “I think they're all capable of playing great defense, and I think they're all really great D and we tend to all be on the same page a lot of the time. When we're switching up D-pairings there, it might be a little bit of an adjustment period, but we'll get used to it as it goes down the line as we keep playing with each other.”
They’d rather have Kempny, of course. Washington had turned the tide on shot attempts during the 10 games after Jensen was acquired and the lineup was stable. It was a good sign heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Unfortunately, Kempny is out indefinitely and no one is sure if or when he will return.
“We're looking for the right combinations that work for us that can set us up for future success,” Reirden said. “Just some guys that aren't 100-percent in terms of lets say sickness wise that are low on energy so you have to manage those minutes as well. So there's a lot of things in play that cause for that type of mix and match stuff both with up front and on our blue line.”
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With an assist from some puppies, Caps' significant others Katrina Connolly, Paige Dowd, Tasha Maltman and Taylor Pischke announced a $177,000 donation to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on the jumbotron during Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.
All of the proceeds came from the Caps' 2019 canine calendars and were donated on behalf of the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Since 2014, the foundation has donated over $400,000 to Homeward Trails through the Capitals' annual canine calendars.
The puppies featured on the jumbotron are all available for adoption.
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