Latest Oilers and Senators Rumors – April 2, 2016

Will the Oilers shop for a puck-moving defenseman and a backup goalie? Will they trade Benoit Pouliot? What moves are in store this summer for the Senators? Read on for the latest.  EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will go shopping this summer for a puck-moving defenseman. Matheson’s choices would be St. […]

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 2, 2016

Duncan Keith suspended, stars of March & rookie of the month revealed & more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines,  The Playoff Chase. THE WASHINGTON POST:  Goaltender Braden Holtby collected his 47th win of the season and Alex Ovechkin tallied his 45th goal as the Washington Capitals downed the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 for their […]

Capitals establish franchise record with 55th win

More reason to believe that this iteration of the Washington Capitals is the best ever.

Washington became just the 10th team in NHL history to accumulate 55 wins in a season, triumphing 4-2 over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

With five games left on the schedule, which in addition to giving Braden Holtby multiple opportunities to match and likely surpass Martin Brodeur for the single-season wins record (he sits one back with 47), the Capitals could ascend to as high as a tie for second in wins across an 82-game campaign.

The 1995-95 Detroit Red Wings hold the record at 62 wins, while the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens hold down the second spot with 60. The 2009-10 Capitals, which piled up 121 points, won 54 games.

Washington will have another opportunity to dive deeper into the record books Saturday in Arizona.

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Predators clinch playoff spot with Avalanche loss

After the Nashville Predators, stuck on 91 points, wasted a trio of chances to punch their ticket into the Stanley Cup Playoffs this week, the Presidents' Trophy champions stepped up and did it for them.

Nashville has officially qualified for the playoffs for the second straight season and ninth time in franchise history as a result of the Washington Capitals' 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

The rest of the night's results will contribute to the Predators likely finishing where they currently stand, slotted in the Western Conference's first wild-card position. The Chicago Blackhawks won, tightening their grip on the third postseason seed in the Central while the Minnesota Wild lost in Detroit, keeping them four points back with just three games left.

The Predators have four games left on the schedule before likely opening second-season play against the Pacific Division winner.

Colorado remains alive, despite the loss, but missed its opportunity to close to within three points of the final wild-card spot.

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VIDEO: Tom Wilson knocks Nikita Zadorov out of game with crushing hit

Tom Wilson has taken another victim.

The Washington Capitals bruiser knocked defender Nikita Zadorov out of Friday's game with a crushing open-ice hit behind the Colorado Avalanche net. There's some debate as to whether or not the hit was clean, but while Wilson had speed, and the blow appeared somewhat predatory, he didn't pick up his feet or target the defender's head. In fact, he appeared to adjust his path, leaning down, to avoid such contact.

Zadorov stayed down for several moments, but was able to glide off the ice under his own power. The Avalanche later confirmed he suffered a head injury.

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