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Nicklas Backstrom Returns as Washington Capitals Host Montreal Canadiens
March 31st, 2012 at 4:08 PM
Gametime: 7:00 EST TV: Comcast SportsNet Records: Washington Capitals (39-31-8) 86 points, 2nd in Southeast Division (8th in Eastern Conference)                   Montreal Canadiens (29-35-14) 72 points, 5th in Northeast Division (15th in Eastern Conference) ***PHOTO1*** It was said perfectly by George McPhee at the trade deadline: “We can make the playoffs with this team, and...

Washington Capitals’ Season May Hinge on Two Absent Players: Nicklas Backstrom and Tomas Vokoun
March 28th, 2012 at 4:01 PM
***PHOTO1*** Last night's loss still stings. But as a player, you take what you want from it and move on. There's no time to sulk, no time to come up with excuses. The only thing to do is to prepare to play these final five games with relentless will. Dale Hunter appeared to think...

Washington Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom Cleared for Practice
March 24th, 2012 at 3:24 PM
***PHOTO1*** Instead of a casual day of reflecting on two consecutive overtime losses, it was an upbeat and optimistic Saturday at Kettler Iceplex in Arlington. The main reason for that is the Washington Capitals have announced that Nicklas Backstrom is cleared to participate fully in practice, contact and all. This is a gigantic...

Washington Capitals Update: Nicklas Backstrom Skates, Alex Ovechkin Delivers in Clutch
March 14th, 2012 at 1:26 PM
***PHOTO1*** This week just gets better and better by the day. While it was an off day for the Washington Capitals Wednesday after completing a fourth consecutive victory in a 5-4 shootout victory Tuesday night over the New York Islanders, a few players decided to get on the ice at Kettler Iceplex...

Washington Capitals Dale Hunter’s Powerless Power Play, Nicklas Backstrom in Sweden
March 5th, 2012 at 7:53 PM
***PHOTO1*** The pool of Washington Capitals playoff optimists seems to be shrinking by the day (or shutout), but Capitals 101 is still here standing by the Caps with 17 games to play. May not be the smartest decision, but hey, most of the good things in life come when you least expect...

Washington Capitals Mike Green to Return Tonight
February 18th, 2012 at 6:53 PM
The Washington Capitals have announced that Mike Green will be in the lineup tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (As Capitals 101 predicted back on Thursday) Green hasn't played since Jan. 7, and the Caps have a record of 9-1-0 when number 52 is on the ice. He has three goals and...

Washington Capitals Finish Final Preparations Before Critical Road Trip
February 16th, 2012 at 7:21 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was an overall successful day at the Kettler Ice Complex today in northern Virginia for the Washington Capitals before the team boarded a plane for Sunrise, Florida to play the division leading Panthers tomorrow. There weren't any complaints to the media, there was good news regarding the return of...

Washington Capitals Mike Green Nearing Return
February 14th, 2012 at 1:31 PM
***PHOTO1*** An unlikely piece of good news circulated yesterday regarding the Washington Capitals as Mike Green was reported to have skated for an hour Monday morning at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, according to Capitals insider Chuck Gormley. It is also being reported that Green went through another workout this morning, proving...

Washington Capitals’ Brooks Laich Participates in Morning Skate, Gametime Decision Tonight
February 7th, 2012 at 1:06 PM
***PHOTO1*** Brooks Laich really is indestructible. A day after Laich was hobbling around in crutches due to a sprained knee, he was in full equipment for the Capitals morning skate this morning hopeful of playing tonight. Brooksy was hit into the boards by the Boston Bruins Dennis Seidenburg in Sunday's contest, and...

Washington Capitals’ Mike Green Sidelined 4-6 Weeks with Abdominal Surgery
January 16th, 2012 at 9:09 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Washington Capitals announced that Mike Green will have surgery on his abdominal muscles to repair his injured groin and will be out 4-6 weeks. The decision comes after Green missed six straight games after re-aggravating his groin on Jan. 7 against the San Jose Sharks. Green, a 2011 NHL all-star,...

Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom Day-to-day with Head Injury, Calgary Flames Rene Bourque Suspended for Hit
January 5th, 2012 at 2:47 PM
One day after delivering an elbow to the head of Nicklas Backstrom, Calgary Flames Rene Bourque has been suspended by the NHL for five games without pay. It appears that the NHL wasted no time in disciplining the repeat offender, who talked to the media after the game as if...

Washington Capitals Norris Trophy Finalist Mike Green Getting Close to Return
December 22nd, 2011 at 3:23 PM
With all the recent media attention surrounding newly annointed Coach Dale Hunter and the Washington Capitals recent struggles, Capitals All-Star defenseman Mike Green has become almost an afterthought to most Caps fans. It seems like it was an eternity ago when Green was helping launch the Caps to a franchise...