2015 Washington Capitals Season Preview
The Washington Capitals rode a new coach, and a new philosophy to an incredible season a year ago, reaching the 2nd round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. While this result exceeded many people’s expectations for the team, the Capitals blew a 3-1 series lead, and lost a tough game 7 in overtime. The 2015 Washington Capitals look to avoid a letdown after such a tough season exit. As always, the Capitals will be led by superstar Alex Ovechkin, but the Caps brought in veterans T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams to try and bolster their scoring attack. Netminder Braden Holtby looks to continue his evolution into one of the premier goaltenders in the NHL and should be fantastic in front of the net for the Capitals in 2015. Ovechkin has kept the Capitals as contenders for years, but with the new talent around him, 2015 might be the year the Washington Capitals finally break through to the Stanley Cup.
2014 Washington Capitals Season Preview
The 2013-2014 season saw the Washington Capitals fall painfully short of a playoff berth. Washington finished the season 38-30, and just 3 points shy of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Missing the playoffs a year after finishing 3rd in the Eastern Conference led the Captials to bring in new leadership and the team comes into 2014 with new head coach Barry Trotz and a new general manager in Brian MacLellan. Notable players who departed the Caps after last season are Mikhail Grabovski and Jaroslav Halak. Replacing them will be solid defensive veterans Matt Niskanen, and Brooks Orpik. This focus on shirring up the defense comes as Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has been under fire for his defensive woes. It is hard to imagine a player being criticized after a season that saw him score 51 goals, but these are the expectations around the once in a generation talent like Ovechkin. The defensive improvements for the Washington Capitals when combined that with Ovechkin’s scoring ability give the Caps a very legitimate shot at the 2015 NHL playoffs.
2013 Washington Capitals Season Preview
The Caps lost in 7 games to the New York Rangers last season, but now that head coach Adam Oates has had a full season to implement his tactics, will they get over the hump? Mikhail Grabovski joined the club from Toronto in a one-year deal, replacing Mike Ribeiro who went off to the Coyotes. Matt Hendricks and Joey Crabb also made way, but the roster is pretty much intact from last season other than those few players. Alex Ovechkin was back in his world-class form at the end of last season, and got his third Hart Trophy after leading the league in goals. Marcus Johansson will also be key in putting together a full season of success. The Capitals will host the Flyers on Dec. 15, then the Devils and Rangers later on the in the month. January will be a strenuous month for the team from our capital, as the Caps play the Maple Leafs, Sharks, and Senators at home as well as the Penguins, Rangers, Devils and Canadiens on the road.
2010 Washington Capitals Season Preview
After cruising to the best record in the NHL last season, the Washington Capitals were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the the Montreal Canadiens. The team returns many of the players that contributed to an outstanding regular season, and will be looking to move past recent playoff failures and onto the Stanley Cup Finals. The Capitals will once again be anchored by one of the best forwards in the league, Alex Ovechkin, who had 50 goals and 59 assists last season. However, Ovechkin is not the only weapon on this team. Youngsters Mike Knuble, Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann will provide stability on the second line, and Nicklas Backstrom will be back after notching an impressive 68 assists last year. Mike Green and Jeff Schultz offer veteran stability on the defense, and will be joined by a pair of newcomers in John Carlson and Karl Alzner. The defense should be solid in front of the netminding duo of Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth. The two will split time, replacing last year's goaltender Jose Theodore, who was not resigned.
2009 Washington Capitals Season Preview
The Washington Capitals enter the 2009-2010 hockey season with high hopes. The Caps will once again be led by star player Alexander Ovechkin, who will combine with Alexander Semin to get their team into the 2010 NHL playoffs. Washington will be a team few want to face in the playoffs as they almost unseated the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2009 NHL playoffs. Watch out for the Capitals this year!