The Caps' postseason came to a sudden end and now face an uncertain future. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan look back at what went wrong against the Bruins but then turn the page to the questions that need to be answered this offseason, starting with the expiring contract of Alex Ovechkin, the expansion draft and how the Caps try to retool their roster into a contender.
After 2 thrilling overtime games to start Round 1 of the playoffs, the series heads back to Boston even at 1-1... Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan discuss the play of Craig Anderson, how significant the injury to Lars Eller may be, and then welcome in Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com to discuss the series from Boston's side of things. Find out why Tom Wilson and Brad Marchand aren't that dissimilar and why no one in Boston is ever happy with Tuukka Rask.
The Caps are shipping off to Boston... well, at least for games 3&4. But first, the 1st round series with the Bruins opens in DC Saturday night, and JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh have many questions about how this series will play out and what the Caps need to happen to make a long playoff run. Starting with the latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov, and a deep dive into Vitek Vanacek as the #1 goalie, and whose style of play will dictate the outcome.
It's been a wild week for the Caps, and it all culminated Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Karl Alzner joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan to discuss the fight night, TJ Oshie's remarkable performance after the death of his father and the media frenzy surrounding Tom Wilson after Monday night's incident with Artemi Panarin. Plus, the guys dive into the latest with the playoff push and the goalie situation with the postseason a week away.
No rest for the 1st-place Caps, who move on from their emphatic 3-game sweep of the Islanders to another marquee matchup with the Penguins... JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh look ahead to the last 7 games of the season and also bring back the Mailbag to answer some of your questions. But stick around for their interview with ESPN's Randy Scott, a die-hard Caps fan whose personal remembrance of the 2018 Stanley Cup run is something every Caps fan can relate and will enjoy listening to.
Short break for the Caps with a huge 3-game series with the Islanders ahead, but plenty to discuss for JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh on this week's episode. The guys discuss the recent ups and downs, including the recent injuries to Zdeno Chara and Justin Schultz, plus the immediate impact Anthony Mantha has made and what that means for Washington's postseason prospects. Nicklas Backstrom's 1000 games in a Caps sweater gets their much-deserved appreciation as well, and a look ahead to that pivotal series with the Isles.
Trade Deadline 2021 has come and gone, and Caps GM made the biggest move of the day, sending Stanley Cup champion Jakub Vrana, Richard Panik and a pair of significant draft picks to Detroit for Anthony Mantha. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan break down the trade and what it means for the playoffs and beyond, plus hear from Brian MacLellan himself on the moves he did and didn't make today.
Don't look now, but Alex Ovechkin is scoring goals at a torrid pace again, and JJ Regan and Nick Ashooh discuss how Ovi keeps doing it in his 16th season. Plus, the recent "discipline" for Connor McDavid pales in comparison to anything Tom Wilson would receive, and why do the Rangers seem to have the Caps' number? Also, don't miss Alexa Shaw's interview with Nick Jensen about his journey to the NHL and what Zdeno Chara has meant to him this season.
Cobra Kai is one of the hottest shows in television, and when Peter Laviolette brought the show into his dojo, or, the Caps locker room, the Karate Kid himself took notice. Before the last meeting against the Islanders Alexa Shaw, Alan May and Nick Ashooh got a chance to speak with Ralph Macchio about the new connection to the Caps, his love of hockey and his Islanders, and what it's been like to bring the Karate Kid franchise to a new generation of fans. Plus, Nick takes a quick look ahead to the Caps' future coming out of the mini-break in the season as the Caps look to stay hot in the 2nd half.
The Caps dominated their toughest test of the season to date against the Islanders, and Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are here to debate just how meaningful that win was, plus looking ahead to what moves might be made (or not made) by the Caps at the NHL trade deadline. Plus a preview of an interview with Tom Wilson for the upcoming NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo - to find out more head to nbcswexpo.com.
Tom Wilson has once again divided the hockey world - well at least the rest of the hockey world and Caps fans - and in this edition of Capitals Talk Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan give their takes on why the suspension was over the top. Also, hear our interview (16:28) with the Olympic gold medalists Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux about their recent retirement, the experiences of playing with Team USA and winning the gold, and their new book "Dare to Make History". Plus, an interesting discussion on how Dmitry Orlov has turned his season around (25:00), and JJ's adventures in doing radio with a young child around.
As the Caps continue a long road trip, the games get tougher as they head to Boston and Philadelphia. Jackie Redmond of NHL Network joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan for some national perspective on the Caps so far this season and which division rival will be left out of the playoffs. Plus, the guys examine the roller-coaster that has been the first 20-plus games of the season, and look ahead to this stretch of games that should tell us where this team stacks up in the East Division.
As the Caps continue to wait for the return of goalie Ilya Samsonov, Ben Raby of the Capitals Radio Network joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan to discuss the up-and-down play the team has produced since returning from their COVID hiatus. Plus, more talk about the impending goalie battle between Samsonov and Vitek Vanacek, celebrating Nicklas Backstrom's imminent 700 assist milestone, and the guys discuss Ben's cover story in The Hockey News about the ageless Zdeno Chara.
After 4 straight losses sandwiched around Covid cancellations, the Caps bounced back this week with back-to-back stellar performances against Pittsburgh and Buffalo. Karl Alzner joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan to discuss the recent turnaround and the upcoming goaltender dilemma the Caps will face when Ilya Samsonov returns. Plus, an appearance by JJ's son, a quick interlude for some Sabres bashing, and some discussion about pond hockey and the upcoming games in Lake Tahoe (complete with a well-placed Godfather reference).
This week's Capitals Talk podcast comes during the midst of the team's 3-game postponement pause. We figured what better time than now to talk to longtime NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Insider Chris Miller to see what we lessons the Caps can learn from how the Wizards handled their COVID-19 pause earlier this year. Before we talk to Chris, we go through why the Caps games were paused now and not when they lost the Russian quartet a few weeks back, what the Penguins new management team of GM Ron Hextall and President of Hockey Ops Brian Burke mean for Washington moving forward and why the Caps' odds (powered by our partners at PointsBet) to win the East Division are still somehow behind the Penguins.
As we celebrate Black History Month, this special Capitals Talk episode features the work of DC Mamba, a non-profit program that is aiming to introduce hockey in all neighborhoods at a low cost to the community, and now is partnering with the Capitals in a program called "Breaking the Ice". Nick Ashooh talks to Rock Ba'th, the founder of DC Mamba, about the program's philosophy of translating the game of hockey to kids, making it accessible and cost-friendly, and having a lot of fun in the process. Presented by Comcast Business.
If you predicted this start for the Washington Capitals, then give yourself a pat on the back... "What if I told you..." is the theme of this episode with Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan, as well as the 3 questions facing the team going forward, including what should we expect from surprise stars Zdeno Chara and Vitek Vanacek. Plus, why the Caps may be in the best position to survive this wildly unpredictable season.
Despite missing Ovi, Kuzy and Tom Wilson just to name a few, the Caps are back in 1st place thanks to some unsung heroes and gutsy performances. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan discuss the upcoming goalie competition between Ilya Samsonov and the surprising Vitek Vanacek, plus who needs else needs to step up once they return. And in case you missed it our Players Only segment, two great Bruce Boudreau stories, and we'll take a look at the East Division through the early stages of the season.
In this special "Headstrong" edition of Capitals Talk, Ted Leonsis joins Chris Miller for an in-depth interview about the issues of mental health and suicide awareness in light of the current environment we're all living in, particularly with today's athletes and those who play for his teams. For more of NBC Sports Washington's series on men's and mental health, "Headstrong", go to nbcsportswashington.com/headstrong.
The Caps got 6 of a possible 8 points on their season-opening road trip, but how should they be judged after 4 games? Karl Alzner joins Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan after his first game on the other side, as an analyst on Caps Pregame and Postgame Live, to discuss Tuesday night's OT loss to the Penguins plus: Tom Wilson's emergence into a legit star, Bruce Boudreau's unique approach to "analytics", and the problems we're all facing with technology these days.
A jam-packed episode of the Capitals Talk podcast coming your way this week ahead of Thursday's opener in Buffalo. Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are joined by senior NHL.com writer Dan Rosen, host of the Flyers Talk podcast Jordan Hall from NBC Sports Philadelphia, DJ Bean from on NBC Sports Boston and Seth Rorabaugh who covers the Penguins for the . The group hits on all the biggest stories around the East Division leading into the season including: __ __
The Caps closed out 2020 with the stunning signing of former Norris Trophy defenseman Zdeno Chara. JJ Regan is joined by Joe Haggerty of BostonHockeyNow.com, one of the foremost experts on the Bruins and Chara, to break down just what the Caps are getting from the soon-to-be 44-year-old defenseman - as well as what this means for the Bruins, a team that the Caps have dominated over the years and will face 8! times this season!
On this edition of the Capitals Talk podcast, we dig into the Capitals 2020-2021 schedule which opens January 14 in Buffalo. Alexa Shaw leads Alan May, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan in breaking down how the schedule will play out for Washington and the importance of gelling quickly under new head coach Peter Laviolette. After that, the gang talks about what Conor Sheary can bring to the middle-six forwards and if there will be any more moves before the season starts to bolster the situation between the pipes.