The Washington Capitals have been around since 1974 when they were formed as part of
the NHL expansion in that area. The team have played in the Southeast division and the
Eastern Conference ever since. Washington Capitals tickets holders have seen their team get
plenty of success in the division, yet they have yet to turn it into a Stanley Cup title. The
team has seven division titles in the past 25 years and one conference title. There has also
been a solitary Presidents' trophy success for Washington Capitals tickets holders to enjoy,
The past five years have been very up and down for Washington Capitals tickets holders and
fans alike. The team lost in the QFs in 2007-08 and the semis in 2008-09. Fans thought a
Stanley Cup was on the way, yet the team regressed and failed to get past the QFs in 2009-
10. There were two semi-final losses in 2010-11 and 2011-12 as well. The good thing for
Washington Capitals tickets buyers is that the team seems to always do well in their division
and make the playoffs. There were division wins in the four seasons from 2007-2011.
Over the years, some great players have played in front of Washington Capitals fans. The
likes of Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Larry Murphy, Adam Oates, and Scott Stevens have all
been in the Capitals hall of fame for all they have given to the team in their playing days.
Peter Bondra and Michal Pivonka are franchise leaders in points/scoring and assists
In 1997 the Washington Capitals moved to the Verizon Center and they have played all their
home games there ever since. The arena can hold 18,506 hockey fans at one time. While
stadium capacity has been reduced slightly over the past 10 years, ticket demand is as high
as ever. Washington Capitals tickets are sold out for most home games with the playoffs
bringing even more attention. It is hard to get Washington Capitals tickets for games against
their rivals or when they make it to the Stanley Cup semi-finals.
Fans of the Washington Capitals have gotten used to a team that always has a good regular
season. However, Washington Capitals tickets holders have been disappointed that the
team could not turn this into a Stanley Cup title. The four division title wins over the past 5
years were thought of as precursors to greater success, but the team has not even won the
Conference in those years.
The team's fans have always remained loyal to the team. There was a period from 1999 to
2007 when success was not forthcoming at all. Even playoff appearances were rare, yet the
fans kept coming back. Washington Capitals tickets sales were as good as ever. These fans
will be hoping the past few division titles can be molded into even more success in the
coming years. Four new players have come to the team this off season, so fans will hope
that this will push the team on to greater things. Mike Ribeiro has been given the no.9 shirt
and much will be expected of him.
12-2-13: The Capitals won two of the three games it played this past week, but things are still not 100 percent in Washington. The Caps allowed 39, 37 and 40 shots respectively in their three games this past week. Thanks to Braden Holtby, or the Caps wouldn’t have won any games at all. Washington currently sits second in the horrible Metropolitan Division only seven points behind the Penguins. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Washington could still end up winning the division crown, if the Pens falter.
11-25-13: If it wasn’t for how bad the Metropolitan Division is this year, then the Caps would have no chance at making the playoffs. Nevertheless, Washington had a tough week losing games in regulation to Pittsburgh and Montreal, and dropping a shootout contest to Toronto. Alex Ovechkin’s 20 goals lead the NHL. The Caps power play is third in the league clicking at 23.4 percent and penalty kill ranks in the top 10 as well running at an efficient 85 percent rate.
11-18-13: The Capitals had a good week winning all three games they played. Alexander Ovechkin continues to play like the star forward he is. The Russian dynamo scored four goals in three games this week and is tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead with Alex Steen. Both players have scored 17 times this season. However, Ovechkin has fired 110 shots to Steen's 67. The Caps have overtaken the Penguins for the Metropolitan Division lead. Washington has an impressive 8-3-0 record at the Verizon Center.
11-12-13: The Capitals secured five of a possible six points this week in three games played. Brooks Laich has been struggling this year. He has just three points through 18 games. If the playoffs started today, Washington would be in despite their so-so record. When will Mike Green score a goal? He does have 10 assists in 18 games, but he’s called upon to light the red lamp for Washington. The Capitals do have the league’s best powerplay clicking at 26.7%.
11-5-13: The Capitals managed to go 2-0 in games without Alex Ovechkin. The highlight of the week for the Caps was their 7-0 beatdown of the Flyers Friday night. The Caps 90.7% rating on the penalty kill is good for second in the NHL. The Capitals have a .966 save percentage when on the penalty kill. The Metropolitan Division is so bad that Washington is currently in a playoff spot even with a .500 record. Yikes!
10-29-13: Alex Ovechkin has been flat out awesome for the Capitals this season. His 10 goals and 15 points lead the team. He has also taken an astounding 72 shots on net. The rest of the Capitals forwards combine have only registered 156 shots. Braden Holtby was solid in the Caps wins over Winnipeg and Edmonton. However, they got pounded by the Flames in Calgary. Is this the real Capitals team we see right now? Or will the Capitals turn it around in the second half?
The Capitals continue to struggle early on. Their 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets was a step in the right direction for a team that has had problems with secondary scoring. They need to be better overall in all three zones and goalie Braden Holtby must be better or he’ll lose his job. Coach Adam Oates finally decided to utilize Martin Erat and he delivered with three assists versus Columbus. This team must get it together quickly or GM George McPhee may lose his job.
10-14-13: A team like Washington, with so much offensive firepower and talent, should not be struggling. Their lone victory was a shootout win over Calgary back on Oct. 3rd. The Caps can’t buy a goal 5-on-5 and their goaltending has been subpar at best early on. The one bright spot for the Caps has been Alex Ovechkin who seems to have regained his form from his 50-goal seasons. The Caps are primed for a breakout and I would not be surprised if this happens soon.
10-7-13: The Capitals can score with anyone in the league, but they’ve had trouble keeping the puck out of their own net. Alex Oveckin leads the NHL in goals and points early on. Newcomer Mikhail Grabovski has fit in nicely registering five points in his first three games. If Braden Holtby continues to struggle, do not be shocked to see the Capitals trade for a goalie.
8-22-13: The Washington Capitals will get a clean slate when the 2013-14 regular season opens on Oct. 1 versus the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Goaltender Braden Holtby needs to prove to head coach Adam Oates that he’s the number one guy or it could be a long season in our nation’s capital. The Capitals longest road trips are from Oct. 22-Nov. 1 and Jan. 24-31 both are five games long. Former head coach Bruce Boudreau makes his first in person appearance on Dec. 23 at the Verizon Center since 2011.
Capitals 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #23: Andre Burakovsky, LW
Pick #53: Madison Bowey, D
Pick #61: Zachary Sanford, LW
Pick #144: Blake Heinrich, D
Pick #174: Brian Pinho, C
Pick #204: Tyler Lewington, D