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Dorsey’s Dugout – Durant to DC and Capitals Potential Forward Lines

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Durant to DC and Capitals Potential Forward Lines

Posted on 01 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

Durant to DC Talks Must Settle

With LeBron James going back to his hometown team, discussions around the country have escalated regarding another NBA star heading back to his hometown in the near future. Kevin Durant, arguably the leagues best player behind James, is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and already talks have begun on the possibility of the Thunder star coming back home.

There is a legitimate shot that the 2014 NBA MVP could wind up in a Washington uniform for the start of the 2016-17 regular season, but the chatter must settle for now.

The former Longhorn standout still has two more seasons in Oklahoma City and his deal is not similar to what LeBron James had in Miami. When Durant signed a five year contract extension in 2010, his deal did not include an opt out clause after the fourth season. So unfortunately for Wizards fans, he cannot opt out after the upcoming season.

The coming back home hype for Cleveland fans was warranted after the conclusion of the 2012-13 season because there was a chance that James would opt out of his final year in Miami. The city of Cleveland remained patient for a whole season and the Akron native did what they had hoped.

Wizards’ nation is now feeling what Cavs fans did over a year ago, but it is a different situation. Washington must be patient due to the fact Durant cannot opt out of his final year and hit free agency.

As enticing as it may sound to land one of the biggest stars in the game, Wizards fans must play the waiting game. The game will not be too difficult because of the potential this team has for the upcoming season. With all the pieces added to the puzzle from the off-season, there are high expectations. So for now, Washington fans should just live in the moment because this season has a chance to be something special.

Washington Capitals Potential Forward Lines

With training camp on the horizon, everyone will await to see how new head coach Barry Trotz tinkers with the Capitals forward lines. Since Washington did not address the hole left at second line center by Mikhail Grabovski, there is uncertainty how the top six will shake up.

Trotz recently dropped hints regarding potential replacements for Grabovski, who signed a deal with the New York Islanders in free agency. The former Predator head coach mentioned the possibility that players like Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky could fill that center void.

With Brooks Laich back in the swing of things assuming he stays healthy, the top six can get tricky. Even the top nine becomes crowded with some of the younger prospects trying to climb their way into the lineup. With that being said, it is time to sort out the four forward lines and evaluate the possbilities.

1: Brooks Laich, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2: Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Troy Brouwer
3: Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward
4: Tom Wilson, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle

As of now, the above line up could set up to be the top four forward lines for the Washington Capitals. It is possible, but there are several different ways these lines could change and it begins at the top.

Brooks Laich has seen his time on the wing playing along side Ovi and Backstrom in his career, but he was given a contract extension years ago based on his ability to be a quality two-way center. So if Laich can stay on the ice, he could find himself filling the void at second line center.

The third line should remain in tact because that combination above was consistently the most productive line throughout the season. Ward and Chimera had career years and their chemistry on the ice would be tough to separate.

The biggest problem that arises from this current lineup is Tom Wilson playing on the fourth line. Wilson is a young promising player and it is now his time to see increased minutes. Remaining on the fourth line will not help Wilson get those minutes, so he could find his way into the top three lines.

The wildcard of all this could be last years first round selection Andre Burakovsky. The 2013 first rounder had a tremendous season for the Erie Otters in the OHL, so there is temptation to bring him up to the big league. If he shows flashes of promise in training camp, Burakovsky could find himself on the big roster.

With all that being said, here is another look at how the lineups could unfold for the upcoming season:

1. Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
2. Tom Wilson, Brooks Laich, Troy Brouwer
3. Jason Chimera, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Joel Ward
4. Eric Fehr, Michael Latta, Jay Beagle

The first line does not see much change except for the swap of MoJo and Laich. This second line is assuming that Trotz hopes for Laich to hold onto the second line center position. This top six seems ideal for a couple of reasons.

Tom Wilson gets a lot more experience cracking the top six, which will be imperative for his growth. The second line has the make up of a Trotz style in which accountability is a priority. Laich is a very good two-way center while Wilson brings another dimension of physicality. Troy Brouwer got hot scoring toward the tail end of the season and this line would depend on him to continue providing points.

The third line had a minor change in dropping Fehr to the fourth line. Kuznetsov did not play a lot of center last season and with this lineup, he would get the much-needed experience at playing that role. Ward and Chimera were the constant point producers from the third line last season with the center position being interchangeable between Grabovski and Fehr. Kuzy could find his way to become the second line center if Laich re-aggravates past injuries.

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Capitals sign league’s first ever Australian pick to three year deal

Posted on 27 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker to a three-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Walker, 20, became the first Australian drafted to the NHL on June 28 after Washington selected him in the third round, 89th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. Walker registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14.

During the 2012-13 season, Walker recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. The 5’9”, 185-pound left wing represented Australia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament and at the 2012 World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament. Walker registered six points (four goals, two assists) and four penalty minutes in four games at the 2011 tournament and was named Australia’s best player by the tournament’s coaches.

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Capitals to make 12 appearances on NBC/NBCSN during 2014-2015 season

Posted on 22 July 2014 by WNST Staff

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO AIR 103 NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES IN 2014-15

NBCSN Opens Season on Oct. 8 with Philadelphia Flyers-Boston Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET

NHL Winter Classic Features Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals from Washington, D.C. on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

NBCSN Presents Coverage of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Including 60th NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25

31 Games Across NBC and NBCSN Feature Rematches from 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Including Both Conference Finals and Kings-Rangers on March 24

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 103 Regular-Season Games

STAMFORD, Conn. — July 22, 2013 – Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years,NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:

 

  • The season kicks off with an Opening Night doubleheader on Oct. 8 on NBCSN, starting withWednesday Night Rivalry coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Boston Bruins.

 

  • NBCSN’s Opening Night coverage continues with a 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff rematch between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings from STAPLES Center at 10 p.m. ET in Los Angeles, as the Kings raise their 2014 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the rafters.

 

  • NBC will present the 2015 NHL Winter Classic from Washington, D.C., between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals on January 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

 

  • Making its return for the first time since 2012, NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

 

  • The 2014-15 regular season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus 10 Wednesday nightcaps that will showcase Western Conference teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche.

 

  • The Bruins, Flyers, Capitals, Kings and Sharks will each make 12 appearances across NBC and NBCSN, followed by seven teams that will appear 11.

 

  • This year’s regular-season coverage features 31 games spanning 14 of the 15 series from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including back-to-back rematches of the 2014 Western and Eastern Conference Finals on NBCSN (Blackhawks-Kings on Jan. 28, Canadiens-Rangers on Jan. 29), and a rematch of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and Kings on March 24.

 

  • Bruins-Red Wings, Blackhawks-Blues, Penguins-Flyers and Kings-Sharks are the most featured matchups, each appearing four times on NBC and NBCSN.

 

  • 56 of NBC and NBCSN’s 103 telecasts feature at least one Western Conference team.

 

NBCSN will offer most games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights throughout the season. Beginning in January, a Sunday game will be added most weeks. NBCSN drops the puck on its coverage on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Flyers-Bruins with the banner-raising ceremony for the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, before face off against San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s NHL lead broadcast team will be comprised of two-time Emmy award-winning play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick, as well as analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy-award winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire.

 

NHL ON NBC

NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 28 at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, marking the first of 14 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 18, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons. NBC will also present the Flyers and Rangers in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Last year, NBC posted its most-watched NHL regular season since its most-recent agreement with the league in the 2005-06 season, including last year’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks, which averaged 2.8 million viewers and was the most-watched NHL regular-season game, excluding Winter Classics and regional coverage, since the advent of People Meters (1987).

 

NHL WINTER CLASSIC

The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2015 in Washington, D.C., and will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals. The 2014 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET.

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades (2.5 HH rtg), and became the second-most watched such game in 39 years (4.4 million avg. viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers).

 

MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES SINCE 1975

4.525 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
4.404 million Jan. 1, 2014 NBC Maple Leafs-Red Wings
4.401 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.751 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
3.733 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a third season and feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Philadelphia-New York Rangers, Chicago-St. Louis, and Boston-Detroit. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 8 with Opening Night coverage between the Flyers and Bruins.

During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. This past season, Wednesday Night Rivalry’s 23 exclusive telecasts averaged 559,000 viewers, up 26% compared to the exclusive time period average of the last full regular season in 2011-12 (443,000). Since the debut of Wednesday Night Rivalry last season, NBCSN has recorded nine regular-season games with more than 700,000 viewers vs. four over the previous two seasons.

 

NBCSN 2014-15 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home Time (ET)
October 8 Philadelphia Boston 7:30 p.m.
October 15 Boston Detroit 8 p.m.
October 22 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
October 29 Detroit Washington 7:30 p.m.
November 5 Detroit N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
November 12 Boston Toronto 8 p.m.
November 19 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
December 3 St. Louis Chicago 8 p.m.
December 10 Toronto Detroit 8 p.m.
December 17 Boston Minnesota 8 p.m.
January 7 Boston Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
January 14 Philadelphia Washington 8 p.m.
January 21 Chicago Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
January 28 Pittsburgh Washington 8 p.m.
February 4 Boston N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
February 11 Detroit Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
February 18 Detroit Chicago 7:30 p.m.
February 25 Pittsburgh Washington 8 p.m.
March 4 N.Y. Rangers Detroit 8 p.m.
March 11 N.Y. Rangers Washington 8 p.m.
March 18 Chicago N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
March 25 Chicago Philadelphia 8 p.m.
April 1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
April 8 Boston Washington 8 p.m.

 

In addition, NBCSN will present 10 games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow  Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when San Jose visits Los Angeles following Flyers-Bruins Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the 10 Wednesday nightcap games:

 

Date Away Home Time (ET)
October 8 San Jose Los Angeles 10 p.m.
November 12 Los Angeles Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
January 7 New York Rangers Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
January 21 Los Angeles San Jose 10:30 p.m.
January 28 Chicago Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
February 11 Washington San Jose 10:30 p.m.
February 18 Los Angeles Colorado 10 p.m.
March 18 Los Angeles Anaheim 10:30 p.m.
April 1 Colorado San Jose 10:30 p.m.
April 8 Dallas Anaheim 10:30 p.m.

 

 

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND – JAN. 24-25 – NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OHIO

 

NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Nationwide Arena on Columbus, Ohio, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. All-Star weekend will take place Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S STATE-OF-THE ART STUDIOS

NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2014-15 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while a 30-minute post-game show will air immediately following the game.

On most days, the NHL Live team will consist of Liam McHugh (host), Mike Milbury (analyst), andKeith Jones (analyst). Coverage will also include host Kathryn Tappen, new to NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage this season, as well as analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.

 

FLEX SCHEDULING ON NBC

For the eighth consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC Sports will announce which game will air.

 

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014-15 NHL regular season games televised on NBC and NBCSN. All NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

 

NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home Network Time (ET)
Wed., Oct. 8 Philadelphia Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 8 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 9 Colorado Minnesota NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 14 Buffalo Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 15 Boston Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 21 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 22 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 28 Minnesota Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 29 Detroit Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 4 St. Louis New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 5 Detroit N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 11 Buffalo St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 Boston Toronto NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 18 San Jose Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 19 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 26 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 28 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 1 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 2 Tampa Bay Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 2 Philadelphia San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 3 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 9 Los Angeles Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 10 Toronto Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 15 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 17 Boston Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 23 St. Louis Colorado NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 29 Detroit Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 1* Chicago Washington NBC 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 4 Dallas Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 6 San Jose Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 7 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 7 N.Y. Rangers Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 11 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 13 Minnesota Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 14 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 18 NY Rangers Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 18 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 19 Colorado St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 20 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21 Chicago Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 27 Tampa Bay Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 Chicago Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29 Montreal N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29 Anaheim San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 1 St. Louis Washington NBCSN 1 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 3 Chicago Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 4 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 5 Detroit Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8 Chicago St. Louis NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8 Montreal Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 9 Arizona Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 11 Detroit Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 11 Washington San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 15 Pittsburgh Chicago NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 15 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 17 Buffalo New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18 Detroit Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 19 Columbus Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Washington Philadelphia NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Boston Chicago NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Dallas Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 24 Philadelphia Carolina NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 25 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 26 Minnesota Nashville NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., March 1 Anaheim Dallas NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., March 3 Buffalo Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 4 N.Y. Rangers Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 8 Detroit Boston NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 8 N.Y. Rangers Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 9 Pittsburgh San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., March 10 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Wed., March 11 N.Y. Rangers Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 15 Detroit Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 15 Boston Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 16 Washington Buffalo NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tues., March 17 Buffalo Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 18 Chicago N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., March 18 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., March 22 St. Louis Detroit NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 22 Anaheim N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 24 Los Angeles N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., March 25 Chicago Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 29 San Jose Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 30 Los Angeles Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., April 1 Colorado San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 2 Boston Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 7 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 8 Boston Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., April 8 Dallas Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., April 11 Minnesota St. Louis NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 11 San Jose Los Angeles NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 11 Boston Tampa Bay NBCSN TBD

*Denotes NHL Winter Classic

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Capitals sign first round pick Vrana to three year deal

Posted on 15 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Jakub Vrana to a three-year, entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Vrana, 18, was drafted by Washington in the first round, 13th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Prague, Czech Republic, native spent the 2013-14 season with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and split the season between the senior team and junior team. Vrana registered three points (two goals, one assists) and two penalty minutes in 24 games with the senior team and collected 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 24 games with Linkoping’s junior club. Vrana was ranked fourth overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Vrana has represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship twice (2013, 2014) and at the Under-18 World Championships three times (2012, 2013, 2014). He led the Czech Republic in scoring at the 2012 and 2014 Under-18 World Championships and ranked first in goals (8) and third in points (10) among all skaters at 2014 tournament, including the overtime winner in the quarterfinal as the Czech Republic captured a silver medal. At the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, Vrana earned four points (three goals, one assist), including a goal and an assist in the bronze-medal game to lead the Czech Republic to victory. It was the country’s first top-three finish at the tournament, which they co-host, since 2005.

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Capitals sign forwards Kennedy, Newbury

Posted on 04 July 2014 by WNST Staff

CAPITALS SIGN TIM KENNEDY AND KRIS NEWBURY

Posted on July 04, 2014 by Caps PR

 

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed forwards Tim Kennedy and Kris Newbury to one-year, two-way contracts, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Kennedy, 28, registered eight points (two goals, six assists) and four penalty minutes in 37 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2013-14. The Buffalo, N.Y., native has played in 162 NHL games with Arizona, San Jose, Florida and Buffalo, earning 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) and 60 penalty minutes. Kennedy was selected by the Capitals in the sixth round, 181st overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft.

The 5’10”, 176-pound left wing tallied 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Portland Pirates (AHL) last season. He has played in 260 AHL games with the Portland, Hartford/Connecticut, Rochester, San Antonio and Worcester, earning 208 points (60 goals, 148 assists). Kennedy finished in the league’s top 20 in scoring his rookie year (2008-09) with 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists) and was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.

Newbury, 32, collected one assist in four games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14. The Brampton, Ont., native has played in 76 career NHL games with Philadelphia, the NY Rangers, Detroit and Toronto, registering 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 139 penalty minutes. Newbury was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round, 139th overall, in the 2002 NHL Draft.

Newbury played in the final 17 regular-season games of the 2013-14 season with the Hershey Bears (AHL), earning 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and 25 penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 205-pound center has played in 662 AHL games with Hershey, Adirondack, Hartford/Connecticut, Grand Rapids, Toronto and St. John’s, recording 488 points (160 goals, 328 assists). Newbury appeared in his 600th AHL game on Oct. 25, 2013, against the Norfolk Admirals and played his 700th professional game on Dec. 21, 2013, against Norfolk.

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Capitals select five players on day two of NHL Entry Draft

Posted on 29 June 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals selected goaltender Vitek Vanecek (39th overall), left wing Nathan Walker (89th overall), forward Shane Gersich (134th overall), right wing Steven Spinner (159th overall), and right wing Kevin Elgestal (194th overall) on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft, held Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Vanecek, 18, posted two shutouts, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 38 games with Billi Tygri Liberec of the Czech Republic’s under-20 league during the 2013-14 season. The 6’0”, 180-pound goaltender represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship, posting a 4-2-0 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage to help lead the Czech Republic to a silver medal. Vanecek also represented the Czech Republic at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Canada and the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial at the World Junior A Challenge and posted a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage to help the Czech Republic win a bronze medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. The Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic, native was ranked eighth overall among European goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.

Walker, 20, registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14.  The 5’9”, 185-pound left wing represented Australia at the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II tournament and at the 2012 World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament. Walker registered six points (four goals, two assists) and four penalty minutes in four games at the 2011 tournament and was named Australia’s best player by the tournament’s coaches. During the 2012-13 season, Walker recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

Gersich, 17, recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and four penalty minutes in 26 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team of the USHL in 2013-14. The Chaska, Minn., ranked sixth on the team in goals and eighth in points last season. In 2012-13, Gersich scored one goal in six games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. The 5’10”, 165-pound forward has committed to play at the University of North Dakota in 2015-16.

Spinner, 18, earned 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 25 games with Eden Prarie High School in Minnesota during the 2013-14 season. The 5’11”, 192-pound right wing was ranked 96th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Spinner has committed to play at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2015-16.

Elgestal, 18, registered 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and 34 penalty minutes in 44 games with Frolunda of the J20 SuperElit in 2013-14. The 6’0”, 172-pound right wing represented Sweden at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship and 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, recording three points (one goal, two assists) and 27 penalty minutes in seven games at the U18 World Championship and two goals in four games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Elgestal was ranked 51st overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

The Capitals also acquired goaltender Edward Pasquale and the 159th selection in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange from the Winnipeg Jets for the 164th and 192nd pick in the 2014 NHL draft and a seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. Pasquale, 23, posted a 17-13-1 record with one shutout, a 2.43 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage for the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL in 2013-14. In 136 career AHL games, Pasquale has registered a 66-59-7 record with 10 shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.


NHL.COM PROSPECT PAGES

Vrana: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=72641

Vitek: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=86201

Walker: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=11093

Gersich: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=85823

Spinner: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=84759

Elgestal: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?dpid=86196

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Capitals select Vrana in first round of NHL Entry Draft

Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals selected forward Jakub Vrana with the 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft on Friday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Vrana, 18, was ranked fourth overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. The Prague, Czech Republic, native spent the 2013-14 season with Linkoping of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and split the season between the senior team and junior team. Vrana registered three points (two goals, one assists) and two penalty minutes in 24 games with the senior team and collected 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 24 games with Linkoping’s junior club.

Vrana has represented the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championship twice (2013, 2014) and at the Under-18 World Championships three times (2012, 2013, 2014). He led the Czech Republic in scoring at the 2012 and 2014 Under-18 World Championships and ranked first in goals (8) and third in points (10) among all skaters at 2014 tournament, including the overtime winner in the quarterfinal as the Czech Republic captured a silver medal. At the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, Vrana earned four points (three goals, one assist), including a goal and assist in the bronze-medal game to lead the Czech Republic to victory. It was the country’s first top-three finish at the tournament, which they co-host, since 2005.

 

NHL.COM PROSPECT PAGE

Vrana: http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospectdetail.htm?cat=2&dpid=72641&sort=finalRank&year=2014

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Lambert rejoins Trotz as assistant coach for Capitals

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 27, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have named Lane Lambert assistant coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Lambert, 49, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. Lambert was responsible for the team’s forwards and penalty kill. In his first season with the Predators in 2011-12, Lambert helped guide Nashville to the NHL’s fifth-best record during the regular season and finish among the top 10 in goals, goals against and penalty kill efficiency.

Prior to joining the Predator’s coaching staff, Lambert served as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2007-11. Lambert led the club to a 178-103-39 record, the sixth-most wins in the AHL in that span, while giving up the second-fewest goals (821) in the league. Milwaukee posted 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points all four seasons under Lambert, making them the first team in AHL history to reach those marks in eight consecutive campaigns. In addition to four straight Calder Cup playoff berths, Lambert helped the Admirals capture a pair of West Division titles and post the Western Conference’s highest point total in 2010-11 (102 pts, 44-22-14 record). He also captured a division title in 2008-09 when he led the team to a 49-22-9 record, tying for the most points (107) in the AHL. The win total tied a club record since the team joined the AHL for the 2001-02 campaign.

Prior to joining the Admirals as an assistant coach in 2006-07, the Melfort, Saskatchewan, native spent one season as an assistant for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate. Lambert started his coaching career in the Western Hockey League, spending parts of two seasons as head coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05) and parts of two campaigns as an assistant for the Moose Jaw Warriors (2002-04).

Lambert was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 25th overall, in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He finished his NHL career with 125 points (58 goals, 67 assists) and 521 penalty minutes in 283 games with Detroit, the New York Rangers and Quebec from 1983-89. Lambert enjoyed his most successful NHL campaign with the Nordiques in 1987-88, recording career-highs in points (41) and assists (28) in 61 contests. Lambert won an AHL Calder Cup title with Adirondack in 1986 and helped the Houston Aeros claim the IHL’s Turner Cup championship in 1999.

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This #WNSTSweet16 is “streaking” toward the heat of summer

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This #WNSTSweet16 is “streaking” toward the heat of summer

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Luke Jones

This week’s #WNSTSweet16 deals with the all-time greatest streaks in local sports history, ranging from personal accomplishments to team-wide feats at the professional and amateur levels.

More than a few readers and listeners suggested the Orioles’ astonishing 21-game losing streak to begin the 1988 season and the Washington Capitals’ NHL record 17 straight losses in their inaugural season of 1974-75, but this list will focus on the positive — even if both of the aforementioned losing slides are quite historic. Some streaks included in the list played out over only a couple days while others lasted decades, providing plenty of room for discussion and heated debate.

Some streaks are better known than others among the 16 anointed spots, but a greater emphasis was generally placed on individual accomplishments, which explains why the top six streaks come from a single athlete rather than team accolades.

Continue to next page for No. 16

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Capitals announce 2014-2015 regular season schedule

Posted on 22 June 2014 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 and open the season against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, the National Hockey League and Washington Capitals announced today. The game will mark the NHL’s seventh Winter Classic and Washington’s second appearance in the outdoor game. The Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.

Washington is 24-15-5-1 all-time at home against Chicago, including a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on April 11 at Verizon Center. Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic including venue, ticketing information and uniform design for each team will be released in the coming months. Every Washington Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket holders when they become available.

The NHL also announced the 2014-15 regular season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The NHL will pause for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Capitals will host the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on Feb. 1, marking the eighth time in the last nine seasons and the seventh consecutive season the Capitals will host a game on Super Bowl Sunday.

Washington has four homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from March 5-15. The Capitals have eight stretches of at least three consecutive road games and a season-high four-game road trip from Feb. 11-17. In addition, the Capitals will have 16 sets of back-to-back games.

Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes four games on Friday, nine on Saturday and six on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 vs. NY Islanders), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1 vs. Chicago) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1 vs. St. Louis).

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network (flagship stations FAN 106.7 and 1500 AM), WashingtonCaps.com and on Washington Caps mobile app.

 

HOME DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • OCT. 9 – Season opener at Verizon Center versus the Montreal Canadiens.
  • OCT. 29 – The Detroit Red Wings make their first of two visits to Verizon Center in 2014-15.
  • JAN1 – Washington hosts the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone Winter Classic.
  • JAN. 28 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit of the season to Verizon Center.
  • FEB. 1 – On Super Bowl Sunday, the St. Louis Blues make their way to D.C.
  • FEB. 3 – Washington welcomes the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
  • MARCH 11 – The defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers visit D.C. for the first time.
  • MARCH 28 – The Capitals face head coach Barry Trotz’s former team, the Nashville Predators.
  • APRIL 11 – Washington concludes the regular-season at Verizon Center against the New York Rangers.

 

OCTOBER

THU, OCT. 9           MONTREAL              7 P.M.

Sat, Oct. 11            at Boston               7 p.m.

TUE, OCT. 14         SAN JOSE               7 P.M.

THU, OCT. 16         NEW JERSEY          7 P.M.

SAT, OCT. 18          FLORIDA                  7 P.M.

Wed, Oct. 22         at Edmonton          9:30 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 25            at Calgary              10 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 26           at Vancouver          10 p.m.

WED. OCT. 29        DETROIT                  7:30 P.M.


NOVEMBER

Sat, Nov. 1             at Tampa Bay        7 p.m.

SUN, NOV. 2           PHOENIX                7 P.M.

TUE, NOV. 4           CALGARY                7 P.M.

Fri, Nov. 7             at Chicago              8:30 p.m.

SAT, NOV. 8            CAROLINA              8 P.M.

TUE, NOV. 11         COLUMBUS            7 P.M.

FRI, NOV. 14           NEW JERSEY          7 P.M.

Sat, Nov. 15           at St. Louis             8 p.m.

Tue, Nov. 18         at Phoenix             9 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 20         at Colorado            9 p.m.

SAT, NOV. 22          BUFFALO                 7 P.M.

Wed, Nov. 26        at NY Islanders      7 p.m.

FRI, NOV. 28           NY ISLANDERS        5 P.M.

Sat, Nov. 29           at Toronto             7 p.m.

 

DECEMBER

TUE, DEC. 2           VANCOUVER            7 P.M.

Thu, Dec. 4            at Carolina             7 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 6             at New Jersey         7 p.m.

Tue, Dec. 9            at Tampa Bay        7:30 p.m.

THU, DEC. 11         COLUMBUS            7 P.M.

SAT, DEC. 13          TAMPA BAY           7 P.M.

Tue, Dec. 16          at Florida               7:30 p.m.

Thu, Dec. 18          at Columbus           7 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 20           at New Jersey         7 p.m.

MON, DEC. 22        OTTAWA                 7 P.M.

Tue, Dec. 23          at NY Rangers        7 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 27           at Pittsburgh          7 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 29         at NY Islanders      7 p.m.

 

JANUARY

THU, JAN. 1           CHICAGO                1 P.M.

SUN, JAN. 4           FLORIDA                  3 P.M.

Wed, Jan. 7            at Toronto             7 p.m.

Thu, Jan. 8             at Philadelphia       7 p.m.

SAT, JAN. 10          DETROIT                  7 P.M.

MON, JAN. 12        COLORADO              7 P.M.

WED, JAN. 14        PHILADELPHIA        8 P.M.

Fri, Jan. 16             at Nashville            8 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 17            at Dallas                 8 p.m.

TUE, JAN. 20         EDMONTON             7 P.M.

Tue, Jan. 27           at Columbus           7 p.m.

WED, JAN. 28        PITTSBURGH            8 P.M.

Sat, Jan. 31            at Montreal            1 p.m.

 

FEBRUARY

SUN, FEB. 1           ST. LOUIS               1 P.M.

TUE, FEB. 3            LOS ANGELES         7 P.M.

Thu, Feb. 5            at Ottawa               7:30 p.m.

FRI, FEB. 6             ANAHEIM              7 P.M.

SUN, FEB. 8           PHILADELPHIA        3 P.M.

Wed, Feb. 11          at San Jose             10:30 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 14            at Los Angeles       10:30 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 15           at Anaheim            8 p.m.

Tue, Feb. 17           at Pittsburgh          7 p.m.

THU, FEB. 19         WINNIPEG             7 P.M.

SAT, FEB. 21          NY ISLANDERS        12:30 P.M.

Sun, Feb. 22           at Philadelphia       3 p.m.

WED, FEB. 25        PITTSBURGH            8 P.M.

Fri, Feb. 27            at Carolina             7 p.m.

 

MARCH

SUN, MARCH 1       TORONTO                 7 P.M.

Tue, March 3         at Columbus           7 p.m.

THU, MARCH 5       MINNESOTA            7 P.M.

SAT, MARCH 7        BUFFALO                 7 P.M.

WED, MARCH 11    NY RANGERS         8 P.M.

FRI, MARCH 13       DALLAS                   7 P.M.

SUN, MARCH 15     BOSTON                  TBD

Mon, March 16      at Buffalo               7 p.m.

Thu, March 19       at Minnesota          8 p.m.

Sat, March 21        at Winnipeg           7 p.m.

THU, MARCH 26     NEW JERSEY          7 P.M.

SAT, MARCH 28      NASHVILLE              12:30 P.M.

Sun, March 29        at NY Rangers        3 p.m.

TUE, MARCH 31      CAROLINA              7 P.M.


APRIL

Thu, April 2           at Montreal            7:30 p.m.

Sat, April 4            at Ottawa               7 p.m.

Sun, April 5            at Detroit               5 p.m.

WED, APRIL 8        BOSTON                  8 P.M.

SAT, APRIL 11        NY RANGERS         3 P.M.

 

All Times Eastern

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