Player News - Capitals

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Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots in a 3-2 victory versus the Buffalo Sabres on Monday afternoon.

Grubauer picked up his sixth win (6-7-3) in 21 appearances this season and finished with a .941 save percentage despite allowing a goal to Evander Kane in the final seconds of the third period. He has a 2.62 goals-against average and .916 save percentage this year. Braden Holtby will probably be in goal Tuesday night versus Tampa Bay.
Feb 19 - 5:59 PM

John Carlson had one goal and one assist in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Monday.

Carlson recorded his 11th goal and 36th assist during the second period to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead. He ranks third among NHL rearguards in scoring with 47 points in 59 games. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov (empty net) had the other goals in Washington's victory.
Feb 19 - 5:53 PM

Philipp Grubauer will be in goal Monday afternoon against Buffalo.

Grubauer will get the first half of Washington's back-to-back situation. He has posted a 5-7-3 record this season with a 2.65 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 1:46 PM

Michal Kempny has been traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a conditional 2018 third-round draft pick.

Kempney played in 81 games for the Blackhawks, including 31 contests this season. He has seven points and a plus-13 rating in 2017-18. Chicago will receive the higher of Washington's own third round draft choice or Toronto's third round pick.
Feb 19 - 12:58 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly was forced to listen to racial slurs while in the penalty box Saturday against the Blackhawks in Chicago.

The so-called fans were thrown out of the arena but they should be banned for life and forced to face criminal charges. "There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. ...It just shows ignorance." Smith-Pelly will comment on the situation Sunday. He has seven goals and 16 points in 54 games this season.
Feb 18 - 10:38 AM

Tom Wilson scored Washington's only goal in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Wilson also had 12 penalty minutes in the match to give him 145 on the season. He has accounted for three goals and five points in the last three games. He has registered 10 markers and 27 points in 54 games this season.
Feb 18 - 12:07 AM

Braden Holtby allowed six goals on 33 shots in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Holtby has now lost three straight for the Capitals, going 0-1-2 in these last three games. Holtby's record falls to 28-11-4 with a 2.92 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
Feb 18 - 12:07 AM

Jakub Vrana will be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

This will be the second time in three games that he'll watch from the press box. He has 10 goals and 18 points in 53 games this season. Taylor Chorney will also be a healthy scratch in this one.
Feb 17 - 8:21 PM

Braden Holtby is expected to get the start in Saturday's game against Chicago.

Holtby has a 28-10-4 record with a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season.
Feb 17 - 1:40 PM

Barry Trotz will coach in his 1500th NHL game Saturday night when the Capitals face off against the Blackhawks.

That ranks fifth all-time and third amongst active coaches, behind only Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville. Trotz's overall record is 746-559-60-134. Pretty impressive numbers given Trotz's first gig was a 16-year post with the expansion Nashville Predators long before they were an NHL power.
Feb 17 - 1:23 PM

Braden Holtby is the Capitals' probable starting goalie Saturday night against Chicago.

He is coming off a 40-save, 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets and has allowed nine goals in his last two starts. That said, Holtby still has a very fine 28-10-4 record with a 2.82 GAA and a .913 SP for the season.
Feb 17 - 1:06 PM

As expected, Jay Beagle (upper body) was OK to play on Thursday night.

Beagle was slashed in the ribs by Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien on Tuesday night. He logged 12:32 of ice time Thursday versus Minnesota.
Feb 16 - 2:52 AM

Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 of 34 shots in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Grubauer blanked the Wild in the first two periods before allowing two goals in the third frame, but the Caps managed to win anyway. The victory was Grubauer's first since Jan. 12. He now has a 5-7-3 record with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage this season.
Feb 16 - 12:09 AM

Alex Ovechkin scored one goal and three assists in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Ovechkin had two points in the second and two more in the third period. His goal gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead in the middle frame and he helped set up both of Tom Wilson's goals and Nicklas Backstrom's tally. Ovechkin finished the night with a plus-4 rating and seven shots on goal in 17:48 of ice time. The Caps captain 12 points in his last seven games. He's up to 34 goals and 65 points in 57 games this season. He's on pace to hit 94 points in 2017-18.
Feb 16 - 12:01 AM

Madison Bowey will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

It's the first time Bowey serves as a healthy scratch since Dec. 30. The Caps blue liner has no goals and 12 assists in 48 games this season. Alex Chiasson will also watch the game from the press box.
Feb 15 - 7:50 PM


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