Nov 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27), goalie Braden Holtby (70) and defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrate win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The Capitals defeated the Flyers, 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals Become Weekend Warriors!

Karl Alzner (27)- Braden Holtby (70)- John Carlson (74)
Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

November has started off with a bang, back to back wins have pushed the Washington Capitals into 3rd place in the Metropolitan division!

The Capitals played two games already in the month of November, and as I am sure you all know by now, it started with the Capitals crushing the Flyers on Friday night in Philadelphia – winning by a score of 7-0.

Washington then made the short trip home to face the Panthers on Saturday night – the first of four back to back games scheduled this month. Florida came into Washington with the 4th worst record in the league and a recent loss to the St. Louis Blues. The Capitals ended up triumphant when all said and done – the game ended in a shootout, with Nicklas Backstrom netting the final goal to earn Washington 2 points in the standings.

John Carlson (74) Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

John Carlson (74)
Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

After brawling on Broad Street with the Flyers, the game against the Panthers seemed like a 6 & under soccer game (physically, not skill wise) – and there was even one fight and plenty of scrums. The Capitals only scored 2 goals in regulation against the Panthers, 3.5 times less than they did against the Flyers. Overall, in two games this weekend, Washington put up some impressive stats…

  • 9 regulation goals
  • 55 shots on net
  • 25 takeaways
  • 38 blocked shots

In October the Capitals played 4 games on Saturday nights, and only won one of those weekend games. This month the Capitals have turned it around and have already won more games on the weekend than in October. Washington has to continue to be weekend warriors throughout the month of November, as they will play 8 more games on either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

The Capitals next game is against the New York Islanders on Tuesday the 5th – the Islanders currently sit in 2nd in the Metropolitan division and are only 1 point ahead of the Capitals. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM at the Verizon Center – this will be the second game of the three game home stand. 

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