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|Stadium:||Capital One Arena|
|Colors:||Red, white & blue|
|Hall of Famers:||Dino Ciccarelli, Sergei Fedorov, Mike Gartner, Adam Oates, Phil Housley, Scott Stevens, Rod Langway & Larry Murphy|
|Hall of Fame Builders:||N/A|
|Rivals:||Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins & New York Rangers|
|Legends:||Dino Ciccarelli, Sergei Fedorov, Mike Gartner, Adam Oates, Phil Housley, Scott Stevens, Rod Langway & Larry Murphy|
|Retired Numbers:||5, 7, 11, 32 & 99|
|Stanley Cup Titles:||1: 2017-18|
The Washington Capitals were founded in 1974 and have one Stanley Cup trophy to their name but they have appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals. They have also won three President‘s Trophies which are given to the best team in the regular season in the National Hockey League, as well as 13 division championships.
They are certainly a franchise that has had a lot of regular season success but not much postseason success yet. One of their franchise legends, Alex Ovechkin, is one of the greatest hockey players of all time and is for sure going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
The first decade of existence wasn’t exactly the most successful as they had constant struggles throughout the 1970s. In fact it took eight years for them to reach their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance. They made their first playoff appearance in 1982-83 but lost in the first round to the New York Islanders in four games.
That first playoff appearance would kick off a string of 14 straight Stanley Cup playoff appearances as the Washington Capitals quickly improved after a rough start to their franchise history. It would also be the origin of the rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they would meet the Penguins in the playoffs almost every single season it felt like.
The Capitals faced off with the Penguins in the playoffs five times during that 14 year streak. The final two meetings between the two would be the final two years of that 14 year straight playoff appearance streak, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round twice in a row. Over the course of those five meetings, the Capitals only won one of those series while Pittsburgh won the other four.
Their playoff streak finally came to an end in 1997. However, they didn’t have to wait long to get back into the postseason, as they reached the Stanley Cup Finals the very next year but they lost to the Detroit Red Wings. They would end up missing the playoffs the year after in 1998.
In 1999-00 and 2000-01, a familiar opponent returned for the Capitals in the playoffs as they were knocked out two years in a row in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2001-02 they missed the playoffs and in 2002-03 they qualified but lost in the first round to Tampa Bay.
For the next three seasons they failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs but finally made their return during the 2007-08 season when they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games. They would qualify for the playoffs again the following year and even beat the New York Rangers in a series before losing once again to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Overall they’ve been a pretty consistent playoff team throughout the majority of the new millennium they have made several playoff appearances but up until the late 2010s they never really went anywhere. The 2017–18 season is where it finally all paid off as the Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Since bringing home the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals have consistently made the National Hockey League postseason but they have yet to return to the Finals and win another trophy. In fact they have now lost in the first round for the last four seasons in a row since winning it all in 2018.
However, they have been consistent in the regular season and have won two division titles and won at least 41 games each of the last three full years. In 2021-22 they finished in fourth place of the Metropolitan Division, which ended up being their worst finish since 2013-14 as they won 44 games. They went onto lose to the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs.
If you are a fan of the Washington Capitals, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Washington Capitals have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in 2023?
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Peter Laviolette is the head coach of the Washington Capitals, his overall career record in the National Hockey League regular season is 717-466-25-140. This upcoming season will be his third season as the head coach of the Washington Capitals. This head coaching job is his fifth head coaching job in the National Hockey League, he has previously coached the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Nashville Predators. During his tenure, the franchise has qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs twice.
His career overall Stanley Cup playoff record is currently sitting at 78-76 and he has one Stanley Cup to his name after winning it all with the Hurricanes in 2006. After going undrafted in 1986, he had a lengthy playing career that lasted over a decade as he had a short stint in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers in the 1980s. He has gone on to become a successful coach.
Alexander Ovechkin is the top guy on this Washington Capitals roster heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. This upcoming season will be his 18th season in the National Hockey League and the former number one overall pick in the 2004 National Hockey League entry draft has put together a Hall Of Fame career. Last season he put up some impressive numbers as he found the net 50 times over the course of last year’s National Hockey League season.
He also had no problem passing off the puck and setting up his teammates to find the net as well, as he added 40 assists to his total. Overall, he finished with a total of 90 points in 77 games played. He is considered to be one of the greatest players of his generation and one of the greatest players of all time as well. He will surely be a first ballot Hall Of Famer when he steps off the ice for the final time.
Nick Backstrom is yet another solid guy on this Washington Capitals roster heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. This upcoming season will be his 16th season in the National Hockey League and the former 4th overall pick in the 2006 National Hockey League entry draft has put together a solid career thus far. Last season he found the net 6 times over the course of last year’s National Hockey League season.
He also had no problem passing off the puck and setting up his teammates to find the net as well, as he added 25 assists to his total. Overall, he finished with a total of 31 points in 47 games played. He is the perfect guy to pair with Alexander Ovechkin as his elite puck handling skills make him one of the greatest passers of all time. However, the most important thing for him this season will be to remain healthy and on the ice for the Capitals.
The Washington Capitals’ campaign during the 2021-22 National Hockey League season went about as you would’ve expected. They finished the year with a record of 44-26-12 and in 4th place of the Metropolitan Division.
There is a lot of optimism surrounding the franchise heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. If they want to improve or keep up their current level of play they will certainly need a ton of production from their stars over the course of the 2022-23 National Hockey League season. The most important thing in any season is how a team starts out of the gate, and then how they look when the all-star break approaches.
In the National Hockey League, a lot can change over a single off-season. It will be interesting to see how their offseason moves translate onto the ice over the course of the 2022-23 National Hockey League season.
They are set to play a full 82-game schedule for only the second time in the last four seasons thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on their odds to win some hardware headed into the season it is clear how the oddsmakers in Las Vegas feel about them heading into the year.
Their odds to bring home the Metropolitan Division championship this season currently sit at +1000 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, which puts them 5th in the Metropolitan Division out of eight teams.
While their odds to win the Eastern Conference currently sit at +1800 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, which puts them 9th in the Eastern Conference out of 16 teams.
Their overall odds to bring home the Stanley Cup trophy are currently sitting at +4000 heading into the 2022-23 National Hockey League season, as they rank 17th out of all 32 teams in the National Hockey League.
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Where do the Washington Capitals play?
The Washington Capitals play their home games at the Capital One Arena.
Who owns the Washington Capitals?
The Washington Capitals are owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
Have the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup?
The Washington Capitals have won one Stanley Cup in the 2017-18 season.
Who is the Washington Capitals general manager?
Brian MacLellan is the manager of the Washington Capitals.
Do the Washington Capitals play tonight?
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What is the Washington Capitals record?
The Washington Capitals had a 44-26-12 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2021-22 NHL season.
Did the Washington Capitals win last night?
Fans of the Washington Capitals are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much are the Washington Capitals worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Washington Capitals are worth $930 million.
Who do the Washington Capitals play tonight?
Like a lot of things in the NHL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Washington Capitals play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the Washington Capitals?
You can watch the Washington Capitals games on TV channels like NBC Sports Washington and WRC.
Will the Washington Capitals make the playoffs this year?
For the 2021-22 season, the Washington Capitals did make the playoffs, as they finished 4th in their division with a record of 44-26-12.
Will the Washington Capitals get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?
The order of the draft will be finalized at the end of the 2021-22 season, and it is confirmed that the Washington Capitals did not have the first overall pick.
When do the Washington Capitals play?
Washington Capitals fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the puck drop, location of the game and the all important NHL odds.
Where did the Washington Capitals finish the season?
The Washington Capitals finished the 2021-22 NHL season in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division and in 17th place in the NHL overall.
How many games did the Washington Capitals win?
The Washington Capitals won 44 games during the 2021-22 NHL season.
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