Go See the Caps!!

February 20, 2008 | Ed Frankovic

Go See the Caps

For those of you who have read my blogs this season you know that I have pointed out on a few occasions that the Washington Capitals should reach out to the Baltimore area hockey fan base for support. Well the Caps have stepped up BIG TIME and are offering a special promo via the WNST web site right now and it is a very good one. You buy one seat to either the February 24th game against New Jersey or the March 16th game against Boston at $37.50 (plus service charges) and you get a 2nd seat free. As Nestor chronicled in one of his recent blogs, he and I along with his wife Jen, Hockey Meg, and her husband Ken took a trip down to the Verizon Center two Sundays ago to watch the Caps play the Rangers. We each shelled out $50 of our own money for tickets and had an absolute blast. We took the Metro that day, primarily because of the Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown, but it is still pretty easy to drive down and park in a garage around the Verizon Center or you can take the Metro as we did that day. At $37.50 for two tickets you can’t beat the price and you can buy up to a total of 12 tickets for each game so you can go in a group and root on the most exciting hockey player in the NHL, Alexander Ovechkin.

The New Jersey game should be a good one as the Devils are arguably playing the best hockey of any team in the league and future hall of fame goalie Martin Brodeur continues to show no signs of slowing down. The Devils are a machine of a franchise. GM Lou Lamoriello and his draft guru, David Conte, continue to develop one quality player after another despite the fact that they continue to lose some players in free agency. They, along with the Detroit Red Wings, are model hockey franchises when it comes to drafting and developing players. It is no wonder they are among the best teams in the NHL each season. I expect the Caps-Devils game to be a low scoring one simply because of Brodeur and the tight defensive posture New Jersey plays under first year coach Brent Sutter.

As for the Bruins game, this should be a higher scoring affair although Boston has been bolstered by a very solid year in net from Tim Thomas. Boston is physical so there will be lots of hits and likely a few bouts for those who like physical play.

Alexander Ovechkin is never one to shy away from throwing his body around so if you can make one of these two games you can get a bargain price to see the Great #8 attempt to carry the Caps into the playoffs. When Bruce Boudreau was hired as coach back in November he changed the Caps style to an aggressive fore checking and puck position system that is exciting to watch so if you haven’t been to a game in awhile now is the time to check the team out. Boudreau has done an absolutely incredible job with this hockey team posting a 22-12-5 record since taking over as coach. Also, if you can’t make the two “Baltimore Area Special” games there are plenty of other good ones on the schedule to include:

Wednesday, February 20th at 7pm vs. the NY Islanders

Tuesday, February 26th at 7pm vs. the Minnesota Wild (1st place in Northwest Division)

Saturday, March 1st at 7pm vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs

Monday, March 3rd at 7pm vs. the Boston Bruins

Sunday, March 9th at 3pm vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins (Sydney Crosby should be back)

Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm vs. the Calgary Flames (see Jarome Iginla/Dion Phaneuf)

Friday, March 14th at 7pm vs. the Atlanta Thrashers

Tuesday, April 1st at 7pm vs. the Carolina Hurricanes

Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning

Saturday, April 5th at 7pm vs. the Florida Panthers

With Washington fighting for the Southeast Division lead every game is essentially a playoff game these days so the intensity level is high. Former NHL GM Craig Button recently commented on the NHL network that with Alexander Ovechkin a fan definitely gets his money’s worth. Hockey has always been a game best viewed in person, so if you get the chance, take a trip down to DC and check out the Caps and Ovechkin.