Category Archives: playoff hockey

The Club That’s Needed Has Been Built

The sort of Capitals club I’d want to see contest an NHL postseason would be able to roll four lines almost interchangeably, impact achieved rather uniformly among them, and cumulatively, deliver an impact that wears down a quality opponent the … Continue reading


Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dennis Wideman, Jeff Halpern, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Old Time Hockey, playoff hockey, Tomas Vokoun, Troy Brouwer, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 7 Comments

The Quest for Lord Stanley Begins in the Weight Room

“To get through four rounds in the Stanley Cup, playing for the Cup, becomes a matter of survival, and who deteriorates the least.” That’s the outlook of Capitals’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, who is preparing his team for … Continue reading

Posted in Brooks Laich, John Carlson, Mark Nemish, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, playoff hockey, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Local Hockey Media Crystal Ball the Postseason

We asked some of our favorite local voices covering the Caps to share with us a big-picture overview of this Capitals’ playoff club; specifically, we wanted them to address the team’s goaltending situation, its health, and its relative standing in … Continue reading

Posted in 106.7 the Fan, AM 1500, Angie Lewis, Eastern Conference, Ed Frankovic, Federal News Radio, Hockey blogging, Jonathan Warner, Kings of Leonsis, Leslie Silvey, Media, National Hockey League, New media, playoff hockey, Radio, Sky Kerstein, Ted Starkey, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Unlocking a Standings Deadlock

This morning the Capitals and Flyers are basically in a standings deadlock: 46-22-11, tied at 103 points apiece. Three games remaining for both clubs in this regular season concluding week.  It’s a much different perch for the Flyers relative to … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Conference, National Hockey League, New media, Philadelphia Flyers, playoff hockey, Ted Starkey, Washington Capitals | 10 Comments

We’re Going Ugly (Cause We Have to)

Beauty is becoming a beast.

Once we wooed only the pretty girls; now we’re chasing heifers.

We’re going ugly, gang, ’cause it’s the best bet for next spring. Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau, Hershey Bears, Jay Beagle, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, playoff hockey, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011 | Tagged , , , | 29 Comments

Out with More Soft, in with More Grit

In mane and meanness, defenseman Scott Hannan — acquired by the Caps today from Colorado for Tomas Fleischmann — bears decent resemblance to former Caps’ rearguard Brendan Witt. No few observers in hockey the past couple of years have believed … Continue reading

Posted in Colorado Avalanche, George McPhee, National Hockey League, NHL Trades, playoff hockey, Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals | 17 Comments

A Classic Playoff Preview, Perhaps

Having already decided I want none of the Bs in round one next spring I made my way down to Verizon Center late Sunday afternoon imagining that I was taking in game one between the Flyers and Capitals in a … Continue reading

Posted in Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers, playoff hockey, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments