Gearing up for the Caps Season

We made it Caps fans. The regular season for the Capitals starts tonight, October 5th, when our team faces off against the Ottawa Senators. Its been a rough offseason. Aside from that bitter, yet familiar taste of losing in the playoffs to the Penguins, this offseason was full of turnover and let downs.

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Roster turnovers and Replacements: The Capitals this offseason needed to replace two of their top six forwards, and oh yeah, two of their top six defensemen. We knew that Karl Alzner wasn’t going to stick around (signed with Montreal Canadiens –dumbest name ever) and we also lost Kevin Shattenkirk (signed to the NY Rangers). The stinger was Vegas taking Nate Schmidt.

So where does that leave us? The young guns on ice needing to step up. Bowey, Ness, Djoos stuck around after roster cuts. The hope here is some youth and speed will help shore up a defense that at times looked a bit tired.

Holtby, you’re the goalie. It’s supposed to hit you: (Shout out to the Mighty Ducks) Holtby was a stud last year. Heck for the past 3 years he’s had 40-win seasons. Side note: Grubauer showed he was a solid backup.  However with the roster changes on defense and the number and quality of shots that Holtby may face this year, our goalie knows it’s gonna take a little bit more:

“What we needed the last couple years was just consistency and not letting in goals that changed the momentum of the game, staying that steady, calming influence,” Holtby said. “Who knows? We might still have that again. If we don’t, sometimes you need the big saves. You need to make a lot of them at different times in the game, and it’s a different mentality sometimes.”

Ovenchicken new and improved? Too many times last year, the guys on the DTC podcast would constantly ask me why we still have Ovechkin and if he was our biggest liability in the playoffs. Yes last season he went from consecutive 50-goal seasons to almost career low 33. The reason? The Capitals had scoring depth. Sadly with Justin Williams gone and Marcus Johansson being traded, Ovechkin will need to step back up. I personally think he’s up to the task.

In addition to Ovechkin picking up the slack, the scoring opportunities for Burakovsly, Connolly, Lars Eller and Tom Wilson will be increased. The bigger roles hopefully will translate into more goals.

October Sucks: When the season schedule comes out for the NFL, analysts and fans are quick to break down the opponents and take a guess at their teams record. With baseball, basketball and hockey, its not that big of a deal. There are so many games, you focus on the key match-ups, the rivalries and biggies. This year however, the start of the Capitals season is rough. 8 of their first 12 games will be on the road.  3 of the 4 remaining home games, will be against teams that made it to the playoffs (Penguins, Maple Leafs, Canadiens).

If the Caps can get through October, and more importantly our new guys can step up and play some solid hockey, it should be enough to calm everyone down after such a sad looking pre-season.

 

Nationals 2017 Playoff Preview

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The 2017 MLB Postseason has arrived and the Nationals are locked and loaded for a run towards the World Series! Mat, Anthony, Stevie, and Joe talk about expectations for the Nationals vs Cubs series to start on Friday in DC and get into detail about potential pitching rotations, batting order changes, and identify a few unlikely candidates for the title of hero should the Nationals pull off the series win! The DTC crew will be at every Nationals home game throughout the series and will provide analysis and thoughts after every game as well! The Nationals have work to do, and the entire city of DC is collectively, cautiously, awaiting the start to what should be a great series! Do that Nationals have what it take to beat the Cubs… the four of sure think so. Let’s go N-A-T-S Nats, Nats, Nats!

Be Encouraged Redskins Fans; 2-2 is O.K.

*side note; Marcus Peters should be immediately fined suspended by the NFL for kneeling sitting in protest during the National Anthem on Monday Night a day after the deadliest shooting in America took place in Las Vegas. What exactly are protesting you idiot? The police saved lives by running into harms way in Vegas, and Peters can’t be bothered to stand or at least kneel? The NFL is in trouble finished if they don’t stop this nonsense from continuing. Shame on YOU Marcus Peters, you sir, are a disgrace.

Now, the Redskins…

The Redskins fell to the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Monday Night Football but several Redskins fans found themselves asking a confusing question… what is a catch? The NFL for several years now has struggled to explain why a runner crossing the end zone line with the ball is deemed “in” for a touchdown regardless of what happens the split second after while a receiver who catches a ball and lands inbounds isn’t afford the same courtesy.

Last night, on a 3rd and 2 late in the game the Redskins opted to take a shot at the end zone. Josh Doctson ran an excellent route, turned to find the ball, caught it with two hands, twisted, landed, but was considered to not have completed the catch. But he caught it, with two hands, tucked it, had a knee and arm down BEFORE the ball came out? Doesn’t matter. The NFL has no idea why it isn’t a catch except for the refs say so. If the refs had called it a catch it probably wouldn’t have been overturned on account that the ground can’t cause a fumble, but in the end, the refs said no-catch, and that was it. Game decided by a referee enforcing a subjective rule that nobody understands.


Ultimately, the Redskins lost this game for more reasons than one, and for not making more plays than just this one. The defense couldn’t get off the field in the second half and eventually fatigue set in and the Chiefs were able to run effectively. The Redskins dominated the first 25 minutes of the game but were dominated and beat soundly the rest of the way.

The Redskins are clearly missing the production lost from offensive players that have moved on to different teams but this core group can still play and score and run an effective game plan as installed by the coaches. The defense played extremely well until the final frame but suffered at least six injuries including Josh Norman with a fractured rib. If Norman misses extended time, the secondary will struggle without an extra body to help out which means one less body to rush the opposing QB’s.

Most Redskins fans would have accepted an offer to guarantee the Skins would be 2-2 headed in to their bye week and that is exactly where the team is now. Before the season started several of us here at DTC and in DC feared this team wouldn’t be able to compete and would end up winning five games or less… today, after a tough loss, the playoffs are definitely within reach and the Redskins have proven they have the defense to slow down any offense and they will be in the mix to win EVERY game this season without exception. Be encouraged ‘skins fans!

Hail to the Redskins!

Redskins Can’t Close; Lose in KC

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The Redskins were in position to win, but with a minute on the clock and the defense on the field they couldn’t keep the Chiefs from pulling ahead on the final possession. These two teams mirror each other in several ways but with poor clock management and a big shot to win that slipped through our hands the Redskins head into the bye week with a 2-2 record. FP, LP, Stevie, and Joe wrap up the LIVE viewing party from Glory Days and look ahead to the 49ers in two weeks time. This one stings deep… we could have won! But all ‘Skins fans should be encouraged… the Redskins proved they can hang with and beat anyone in the league! (PhotoCredit:KC.com)