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Second thoughts on Holtby, Ovi, Chorney, Nisky versus Chicago

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Second thoughts on Holtby, Ovi, Chorney, Nisky versus Chicago

Sudden thoughts and second thoughts as the Capitals enjoy an unexpected day off following their 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at Verizon Center:

Holt-beast: Braden Holtby stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn his second win of the season. He had to be at his best in the first two periods when the Blackhawks rebounded from a slow start (outshot 5-0) by firing 20 of the game’s next 30 shots.

“It’s the same thing every night from him,” Marcus Johansson said. “You can’t ask for a better goalie.”

Closing in on 900: Alex Ovechkin’s third-period goal was his second of the season and 477th of his career, leaving him two points short of 900 and 23 goals shy of 500.  Of course, if you count playoff scoring, he’s already got 513 goals and 968 points as a Capital.

Speaking of Ovi: Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen joked before the game, “Why couldn’t Ovi oversleep today? He’s going to be flying tonight.” With that in mind, here are three songs we would have liked to here last night:

“I’m Wide Awake” – Katy Perry

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham

Wake Up (Ovi ), I Think I’ve Got Something To Say To You” – Rod Stewart

I-Carly: Don’t look now but Caps defenseman John Carlson is tied for third among NHL defensemen with four points in his first three games. He’s trailing only Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (7 points in 5 games) and Colorado’s Francois Beauchemin (5 in 3). Carlson’s two-point night against the Hawks marked his 34th career multi-point game. He also led all skaters in ice time (25:01).

Master of champions: The Capitals have won five straight home games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, including the Hawks’ last visit to D.C. on Jan. 1 at Nats Park.

Staying invisible: Caps defenseman Taylor Chorney played a quietly effective game in his Caps debut alongside Dmitry Orlov. In 12:41 of ice time, all at even strength, Chorney was even on the polus-minus ledger, blocked two shots and recorded two hits and one takeaway.

“I thought he was real steady,” Trotz said. “That’s what you want in that pair. He made all the right plays. There’s wasn’t any time I said under my breath, ‘What are you doing?’ And that’s a good sign for that pair.”

Nisky business: Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen scored his second goal of the season Thursday night and now has three points in his first three games. Last season Niskanen didn’t score his second goal until Dec. 9 in his 27th game of the season. 

In fact, Niskanen already is halfway to his goal total of last season (4). His offensive numbers should continue to climb with his increased offensive role following the departure of Mike Green, who has one assist in his first three games with the Red Wings.

What's next: The Caps have a 10:15 morning skate on Saturday at Kettler, then face off against the 0-3-0 Carolina Hurricanes, who are in Detroit tonight to face the Red Wings.

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Capitals debut Nationals-themed name plates in advance of World Series

Capitals debut Nationals-themed name plates in advance of World Series

The Capitals took to Twitter to share their support for their D.C. family in a unique and fun way.

Prior to Game 1 of the World Series, the Capitals decided to debut Washington Nationals-themed nameplates in their locker room.

 

The red and white nameplates displayed both team's logos. 

The two teams are pretty close. This is not the first time they have shared support for one another.

As the Nationals find themselves on a similar journey to the 2018 Capitals, players like Adam Eaton have said they draw inspiration from their counterparts.

During the NLDS series against the Dodgers, Alexander Ovechkin was in attendance to throw out the first pitch, and a little later the Nationals returned the favor.

The Nationals were invited to Capital One Arena for the game against the New York Rangers on October 18th because they had a night off. Eaton read the starting lines and ace pitcher Max Scherzer was supposed to drop the first puck but instead, threw the Washington Capitals a curveball, dropping the first baseball.

Both teams are on the road. The Nationals will face off against the Astros in Houston, Tuesday night at 8:08 p.m. while the Capitals take on the Flames in Calgary.

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How to Watch: Capitals at Flames: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

How to Watch: Capitals at Flames: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Capitals continue their road trip up north, after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday 5-3.

So far this season, the Caps have dominated on the road with a 4-1-0 record away from home. However, in four games at the Saddledome this season, Calgary is 3-0-1. Their only loss came from the Los Angeles Kings, when Drew Doughty scored in overtime. In their three wins, the Flames have outscored opponents 11-2.

You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Washington with Caps FaceOff Live kicking things off at 8 p.m. before Caps Pregame Live begins at 8:30 p.m. to bring you up to the 9 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington afterward for Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here is everything you need to know about the Thursday nights game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 

CAPITALS at FLAMES HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames, Game 11 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

When: 9:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Flames game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Flames on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page. and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at FLAMES TV SCHEDULE

8:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

8:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

9:00 PM: Capitals at Flames

11:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

CAPITALS at FLAMES INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: 
RW, Richard Panik, Upper body, Week-to-Week

Penguins: 
RW, Sam Bennett, Lower body, Day-to-day
LW, Andrew Mangiapane, Undisclosed, Out until at least Oct. 22
D, Juuso Valimaki, Knee, Indefinitely 

CAPITALS at FLAMES PLAYERS TO WATCH

John Carlson, D, Capitals (3G, 15A, 18P): 

Carlson was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending Oct.20. 

In four games, Carlson produced one goal and seven assists to extend his point streak to seven straight games. Carlson leads the NHL among defensemen with 18 points and 15 assists through 10 contests. He is only two points away from becoming the fourth-best defenseman in NHL history to register 2- or more in a single month. 

Michal Kempny, D, Capitals (1G, 1A, 2P): 

Since returning to the Caps lineup, both the defense and offense have seen much more stability. Within four minutes of returning to the ice, Kempny scored, advancing the Caps lead 2-1 over the Blackhawks. 

To make things even better, Kempny is expected to return to his normal spot on the top defensive pairing alongside John Carlson in Tuesday nights matchup against the Flames.

Mikael Backlund, C, Flames (2G, 2A, 4P): 

Backlund has goals in back-to-back games, including the game-winner on Sunday in Anaheim. He was able to beat Johnathan Quick on a late-game penalty shot to record his first of the season. 

CAPITALS at FLAMES SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 97 

All-Time Series Record: Flames lead 45-37-15

Last Meeting: Caps win 4-3 shootout win (10/27/18)

Last 10: Capitals lead 7-3

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