They took the Rangers to seven games in the Eastern Conference Semis last year, and this season, the Washington Capitals are looking for improvement. First-year GM/coach combo Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz turned heads around the league with the Caps’ breakout season, as the team logged 101 points for a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division. Megastar Alex Ovechkin will lead Washington into battle once again this year, and with incoming difference-maker T.J. Oshie ready to hit the ground running, the East is surely in for some stiff competition. Washington Capitals tickets are on sale now! Secure your seats at the Verizon Center today and take in some of the finest hockey action in the world!
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Washington Capitals 2015-2016 News and Updates
9/18/15 - Although they enjoyed quite a successful regular season in 2015-16, the Washington Capitals ultimately came up shy of their goal. The Caps went down in the second round, falling to the NY Rangers in seven games of a hotly-contested series. With a 45-26-11 record last year and one of the game’s most talented players in Alex Ovechkin, it appeared the sky was the limit for Washington. They didn’t have the firepower sufficient to take home the crown, however, and Washington’s front office used the offseason to touch-up a team seemingly on the cusp of greatness. Did they tinker enough to find the winning formula? Find out in-person with NHL tickets, on sale now! Get preseason seating at the Verizon Center for Monday night’s match between the Hurricanes and Capitals—tickets start at just $2!
5/15/15 - Once owners of a commanding 3-1 lead in their second-round series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals now face a decisive Game 7 on the road against the Rangers. New York fought their way back into the series behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who helped propel his squad to dramatic 2-1 and 4-3 victories at home and on the road respectively. The Caps must now accomplish the somewhat rare feat of claiming a Game 7 on the opponent’s ice in order to advance to Round 3 and the Eastern Conference Finals. Tickets are on sale now so you can be a part of this much-anticipated showdown between two of the NHL’s best! Limited seats are available for Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden starting from $520.
5/6/15 - Having snatched home ice advantage in their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series with the Rangers, the Washington Capitals look to take a commanding 3-1 lead with a victory on Wednesday evening. The Caps took a hard-fought 1-0 win on Monday night behind Braden Holtby’s perfect 30-save game—and his second career playoff shutout, no less. Not typically known for his scoring, Jay Beagle put in the game’s lone goal to lift Washington to the 2-1 advantage entering Game 4 at the Verizon Center. Tickets are on sale now for this crucial game in the series, with seats starting at $94. Can the Caps remain in the driver’s seat, or will New York fight their way to a 2-2 tie? Come out and experience the excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in person!
4/29/15 - Despite a history of misfortune in deciding playoff games, the Washington Capitals were ready for the challenge on Monday night. The Caps claimed a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff series, advancing to the second round where they will face off with another dangerous New York team in the Rangers. The Caps will hope for more offense from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has scored three times thus far in the postseason including a dazzling goal late in the third period to close the door on the Islanders, lifting his squad into the second round. Tickets for Round 2 games at the Verizon Center are on sale now! Get yours starting at $102, but act quickly because supplies are limited!
4/24/15 - The Washington Capitals are one game down in the divisional semifinals against the Islanders. In the first match, the Islanders won 4-1, but the Capitals were able to come back on the 17th and win 4-3 after being behind for the first two periods. The third match off between the teams was on the 19th and was a close one. The Islanders got on the board first in the second period, but the Capitals were able to tie up the game with a goal by Nicklas Backstrom during the third period, taking the game into overtime. However, the Islanders were the ones to get the puck into the goal for the win. The teams play again on the 21st to see who will win this best of seven series and advance. Tickets remain available, with prices starting at $152.
4/17/15 - After winning two games in a row, the Washington Capitals ended their regular season with a 4-2 loss against the Rangers. The Rangers were the first to score, and were ahead 3-0 before the Capitals finally managed to get a puck in the net when Alex Ovechkin scored six minutes into the second period. The Rangers scored again, but Stanislav Galiev scored late in the third period to reduce the deficit. The goal was Galiev's first goal for the Capitals in his career. Despite the loss, the Capitals ended the season second in the Atlantic Division and secured home ice advantage for the playoffs. They play the Islanders in the divisional semifinals, with the first game in D.C. on April 15. Tickets remain on sale, starting at $36.
4/7/15 - With two games left in their regular season slate, the Washington Capitals have positioned themselves for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, should the standings hold. They’re in fourth place at the moment, a point ahead of the New York Islanders, who have a game in hand on the Caps.
3/31/15 - It’s looking more and more as though the Washington Capitals will go into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the No. 7 team – and first wild card – in the Eastern Conference. If the current standings hold, this would pit the Caps against the New York Rangers in the first round; Washington has won just once in three meetings between the teams this season, with one game left between them.
3/24/15 - Fourth in the Metropolitan Division and seventh overall in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Capitals are jockeying for final position in the conference with Pittsburgh and Detroit, both above the Caps, and Ottawa, three points behind. With nine games to go, the Caps are unlikely to secure a top-four berth that would ensure home ice in the first round
3/18/15 - Back-to-back victories for the Washington Capitals have helped to solidify their hold on the top wild card in the Eastern Conference, as they hold a four-point advantage over the Boston Bruins and a nine-point edge over the first team outside of the postseason in the Ottawa Senators. The Capitals have gone 5-5-0 over their last 10 games, taking a crucial 2-0 victory over Boston on Sunday before prevailing 4-3 in Monday’s shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres. Washington will finish out this week with a pair of road games, beginning with the streaking Minnesota Wild on Thursday and ending with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday evening. Limited seats are still available for Caps vs. Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, and you can grab tickets starting at $100 if you act quickly!
3/10/15 - It’s a crowded field in the Eastern Conference, and it’s likely anyone’s guess where the Washington Capitals will end up once the Stanley Cup playoffs start next month. The Caps currently sit in seventh place in the East with 82 points, but a hot streak combined with anyone of the teams above them going cold, figuratively speaking – including Montreal and the New York Islanders, at the top of the conference – could put them with home ice advantage.
3/3/15 - The Washington Capitals snapped a three game losing streak last weekend with a 4-0 shutout of Toronto at home at the “Phone Booth” – the local name for the downtown Verizon Center. Goaltender Braden Holtby turned away 32 shots while the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4 on the night.
2/24/15 - Even though the Washington Capitals lost their last time out (breaking a five game winning streak), they’re still within striking distance of the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Caps, on 76 points, are just four points shy of the division-leading N.Y. Islanders, while two points back of the second-place N.Y. Rangers and a single point behind Pittsburgh.
2/18/15 - Winners of their last two, the Washington Capitals finished up a four game road trip with a physical 3-1 win over Metropolitan Division rival Pittsburgh earlier in the week. Goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 33 shots in the game and the Caps’ penalty kill shut down the Penguins on three occasions.
2/10/15 - With three wins and two losses, it’s been mostly a successful February for the Washington Capitals. Even though their last outing resulted in defeat, the Caps are right in the thick of the chase for the Metropolitan Division title, currently in third place just two points back of Pittsburgh, and three back of the New York Islanders.
2/3/15 - Since the league returned to action following the All-Star break in Columbus, the Washington Capitals have dropped their last two straight, and three out of their last four. The lone win for the Caps came on January 28 in a 4-0 shutout of Pittsburgh.
1/27/15 - As the second half of the NHL season kicks off, the Washington Capitals are barely in the playoff hunt. The Caps stand tied for seventh with Boston as play resumes on Tuesday. Alex Ovechkin had a busy time as the Caps’ representative at the All-Star Game, participating in the Skills competition as well as the main event.
1/13/15 - Since knocking off Chicago in the Winter Classic, the Washington Capitals have made a strong move towards the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Caps are in the thick of the chase, currently in third place but just three points behind the New York Islanders.
1/6/15 - It was a storybook ending to a textbook marquee event for the league on New Year’s Day. The Washington Capitals, hosting the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park, south of the U.S. Capitol, raced out to a quick two goal lead in the first period, but needed a gamewinner with just seconds left for a 3-2 win over Chicago.
12/23/14 - As Pittsburgh and the New york Islanders establish some separation at the top of the Metropolitan Division, the Washington Capitals are standing still while the other New York squad, the Rangwers, claw their way back into the race. The Caps are one of just two Eastern teams with 10 or more road victories.
12/9/14 - After dropping three of four to end November, and falling once more to start the month of December, the Washington Capitals have gotten back on a winning path. That path has led to wins over New Jersey and Carolina before heading to Florida to take on Tampa Bay.
12/2/14 - In the stretch of a week, the Washington Capitals lost three of their four games, with the sole win coming at home against the surging New York Islanders. However, on a positive note, the Caps converted a power-play opportunity in each of the four games, converting two of two opportunities alone in an overtime loss to the Isles on Long Island.
11/11/14 - After a tough spell which saw the Washington Capitals lose five straight, the Caps got back on the winning track, taking back to back games from Chicago and Carolina. The Caps find themselves in the middle of the Metropolitan Division standings, six points behind Pittsburgh.
11/4/14 - So far this season, all four divisions feature most of their teams in tightly clustered packs, with just a handful of points separating division leaders from teams in the bottom of their division. One of these teams, the Washington Capitals, is in the Metropolitan Division’s cluster; while in sixth place (out of eight teams), the Caps are just five points behind division-leading Pittsburgh.
10/28/14 - While Alex Ovechkin has been leading the Washington Capitals in goal-scoring (five goals so far), it’s been Mike Green who has been quietly having a solid all-around season so far. Green leads the Caps not only in assists, but plus-minus as well.
After the Washington Capitals missed last year’s postseason, the franchise kept their talented core, but moved the staff surrounding them. With a new GM, coaches and some additions on the roster, the Capitals look primed for a run in this year's playoff chase. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Braden Holtby return for the 2014-2015 season, and welcome new additions Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen (former Pittsburgh defensemen). Washington narrowly missed the postseason last year, short by just three points, and this renewed squad isn't keen on letting that happen again. Their bulked-up blue line, with “the guy” Holtby in goal, have generated a strong defensive core that will ensure strong chances at making it back into contention.
Welcome your new head coach Barry Trotz to the rink at the Verizon Center. Trotz will kick off his first year alongside rookie GM Brian McLellan on Oct. 9 against the Montreal Candiens. The highlight of the 2014-2015 season is the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, to be hosted in Washington against the Chicago Blackhawks. Trotz will face his former team, the Predators, when the Caps travel to Nashville on Jan. 16. With their all new operations, and offseason signings, Washington is in win-now mode and looks stellar on paper. Can they power through their 82-game slate unscathed? Score Washington Capitals tickets for the upcoming season and see if this team can take it back to the top!
4/7/14 – With four games remaining on the Capitals schedule and four points behind Columbus who holds the second wild card spot, Washington’s playoff hopes stay faint. They did however manage to snap a five-game losing streak over the weekend with a 4-3 shutout win over the Islanders. High scoring outings aren’t the problem for the Capitals; it’s the 0-25-6 record when scoring two or fewer goals this season that has fans on edge. The previous night in New Jersey, Washington dropped a 2-1 match to the Devils. Tuesday night’s game in St. Louis is a crucial one for the Caps – if they lose to the Blues, Detroit earns at least one point in its games against Buffalo, and Columbus wins versus Phoenix, Washington would miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
4/1/14 – After three straight losses, the Washington Capitals playoffs hopes took a backhand. With just seven games left in the regular-season, the DC-based squad will try to squeeze past Detroit and Columbus who remain the first and second wild-card spots respectively. Keep in mind, that the Red Wings and the Blue Jackets own the first tiebreaker of more combined regulation and overtime wins. Following tonight’s meeting at home against the Dallas Stars, the Capitals have just two regular-season games remaining at Verizon Center–DC.
3/24/14 – The Caps won in San Jose for the first time since 1993 and will look to keep up momentum from their California trip (won 2 of 3) heading into the final stretch before the postseason. Washington became the second team this season to earn five out of six possible points from consecutive road games against San Jose, Los Angeles, and Anaheim, all whom rank in the top eight in the league in points. Just one point behind Toronto and Detroit in the Eastern Conference wild-card standings, the Capitals have their eye on securing a seventh straight playoff berth. The Kings visit Verizon Center-DC Tuesday (avg. $87) for a rematch of Thursday’s 1-2 SO loss in Los Angeles.
3/18/14 – With NHL playoff hopes on the line, the Washington Capitals head off on a difficult West Coast road trip to face three of the league’s top eight teams – Anaheim (Tues), Los Angeles (Thurs), and San Jose (Sat). With 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Caps sit two points out of the final wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will have to keep winning to earn a seventh consecutive postseason berth. Longtime Capitals forward, Brooks Laich, underwent a procedure to release a tight adductor in the thigh and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
3/10/14 – Evgeny Kuznetsoc signed with the Caps Saturday but did not play in the home game against Phoenix that night. Instead, the 26th overall pick in the 2010 Draft is expected to make his NHL debut tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington will continue their fight for a playoff spot, currently just one point out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington Capitals tickets for the Ovi vs. Sid rivalry game are averaging $124, the second most expensive game remaining in the regular-season at Verizon Center-DC.
3/3/14 – The Caps are inching toward a playoff spot at fourth in the Division and just one point behind third place New York. Playing back-to-back games against Philadelphia, Washington has a chance at redemption Wednesday night on the road. Sunday’s matchup finished with a 5-4 overtime win for the Flyers, their 11th third-period comeback of the season. The previous night, however, Washington engineered a 4-2 win over the East’s second best team, Boston. Alex Ovechkin reached 800 career points, becoming the second player in franchise history to hit the mark.
2/25/14 - One of six teams within three points of the last wild-card spot in the East, the Capitals must finish the regular season on top of their game. Seven weeks remain to the NHL Playoffs and a berth for Washington would give the Capitals their seventh straight. Mike Green (concussion) and Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) are expected back in the Washington Capitals lineup Thursday in Florida and they’ll be leaned on as Washington still has to play the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh twice, second place Boston three times, and on-the-bubble Philadelphia and Los Angeles two times as well.
2/19/14 – Can the 2014 Olympic Games spark a surge in the Capitals as they return to NHL-play Feb 27? Washington will play two road games before returning to the Verizon Center-DC Mar 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers. If we translated a recent tweet from Evgeny Kuznetsov correctly, the 26th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft will be joining the squad shortly (after the KHL season is over). With an expected arrival in late March, it’s time to grab your Washington Capitals tickets now for remaining home games. The most in-demand game in DC will be played Mar 29 against the Boston Bruins.
2/3/14 – The Caps sure know how to put on a show for their fans! Jason Chimera opened the scoring in Sunday’s 11-goal game in Washington and Alex Ovechkin finished it off with the final goal in OT to secure a 6-5 victory at the Verizon Center. Three of the last four games that the Capitals have played in, have gone to a shootout or overtime. Will tomorrow’s game against the New York Islanders be another nail biter? Washington Capitals tickets are just $15 to get in the door, so why not be there to catch all the action? Don’t miss out on Caps hockey before the Olympic break! Washington will play all three remaining games before the 2.5-week hiatus at the Verizon Center and Capitals tickets are as low as $5 (Devils).
1/29/14 – Just before the Olympic break, the Capitals have the league's third-best power-play unit with a success rate of nearly 23 percent. Forward Alexander Ovechkin is leading the NHL in goals scored by ten; the Caps captain has a total 38 goals and 17 assists in 49 games and is dominating his competitors. Like most teams in the league, Washington Capitals tickets are down in price since the start of the season (-20%). Currently averaging $114 for games at Verizon-DC, Caps fans can get in the building for $10 or less to half of the Washington Capitals remaining home games.