Washington Capitals Clicks: Stingrays, Kids, Caps Trolling

Mar 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) and left wing Andre Burakovsky (middle) and right wing Daniel Winnik (26) celebrate a goal by Burakovsky against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Washington Capitals fans, and happy game day!

We’re going to get a really good look tonight at how the Caps respond to their annihilation at hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. It is going to be very interesting to see the line combinations that Barry Trotz rolls out tonight – if he decides to shake things up.

The Senators do not seem poised for a miracle run this season, sitting at 34-31-8 and seven points out of the final Eastern Conference wild card spot. However, as we have seen over the past several weeks, the Washington Capitals will likely see the Sens’ A-game since there is that lingering shred of hope that they can still make the playoffs.

One would hope that we will see a very strong effort from the Caps in this one, as they look to prove they didn’t peak too early in the season.

There are a lot of concerns at the moment surrounding the Washington Capitals. Where are Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom? Why has Braden Holtby’s play hit a brick wall?

If those questions aren’t answered soon, there may be trouble ahead. However, we are witnessing one of the most historic seasons in NHL history, so let’s hold off on too much negativity until it gets really bleak.

Here are the biggest storylines surrounding the Washington Capitals today.

  • The Washington Capitals extended their affiliate agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays earlier today (Monumental Sports)
    • Speaking of the Rays, goaltending prospect Vitek Vanecek is killing it in his first season in North America. posting a 2.04 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. The future is bright between the pipes for the Washington Capitals.
    • Here’s a weekly recap for South Carolina as well (Caps Outsider)
      • And the Hershey Bears as well (hint: it wasn’t a week to celebrate) (Outsider)
  • The Washington Capitals have officially upped their social media game (RMNB)
  • How did the Caps grade out following the thrashing in Pittsburgh? Shocker: Not well (Japers Rink)
    • An in-depth analysis of each and every goal the Caps surrendered in that one (RMNB)
    • Did Mike Weber quickly become a liability for the Washington Capitals? (NoVa Caps)
      • Weber will not face supplemental discipline for his boarding penalty that resulted in a game misconduct vs. the Penguins, much to the surprise of anyone (Wash Post)
  • There are several Washington Capitals who must step up if the team wants to make a Stanley Cup run (Stars and Sticks)
  • And finally, one of the hottest topics in sports: Do kids belong in the locker room? Barry Trotz says yes (WaPo)

Rock the Red!