Washington Capitals 2014-2015 News and Updates
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.
Washington Capitals 2014-2015 Season
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!