Welcome to the 16th installment of our Washington Capitals weekly trends report. The regular feature provides a very brief snapshot of the most relevant statistical trends for the Capitals over the past seven, and in this case, 10 days.
With the the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline four days away at 3 PM ET on Friday, NoVa Caps provides a round-up for all of the latest rumors surrounding the Washington Capitals and the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline.
Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images The day after the Capitals dealt Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway to the Boston Bruins, NHL insider Darren Dreger reported that the Capitals had entered the Jakob Chychrun sweepstakes.
Two teams competing for an Eastern Conference wild-card spot will meet when the Washington Capitals visit the Buffalo Sabres for a Sunday matinee. The Sabres are looking to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season, while the Capitals look to make their 15th postseason appearance in 16 seasons.
Screen cap: AHL TV The Hershey Bears downed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 4-3 (SO) Saturday night at the Giant Center in Hershey. Riley Sutter scored his fourth goal of the season and Garrett Pilon potted his seventh in the victory.
The departures of forward Garnet Hathaway and defenseman Dmitry Orlov in a trade to the Boston Bruins on February 23 was a reality check to not only the Washington Capitals’ current position in the standings, but also a reminder of the business side of the NHL.
Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie, who played in his 500th game as a member of the team, recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick in the team’s Saturday matinee against the New York Rangers, in a spirited contest that saw the tenacious forward pick up two goals.
The Washington Capitals are celebrating Black History during the month of February. The month-long celebration culminated on Saturday with a day of events for the Capitals-Rangers game at Capital One Arena.
The trade market has already been heating up as there have been three significant trades around the league and more depth deals. The Calgary Flames are a team that is in the market to add a player or two by the 2023 Trade Deadline and we continue to look around the league at teams that could potentially be sellers.
The Washington Capitals announced Saturday morning that forward Marcus Johansson will not play against the Rangers due to a non-Covid illness. Capitals bench boss Peter Laviolette met with the media when he arrived at the arena this morning.
The Washington Capitals haven’t been active all season, making no trades up until a few days ago when they moved out Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway while bringing in Craig Smith and a few draft picks.
The Washington Capitals made their first big move of 2023 on Thursday (Feb. 23), sending Dmitry Orlov and Garnet Hathaway to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Craig Smith, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick, and a 2024 third-round pick.