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.
Published 03/03/21
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.
Published 02/24/21
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...
Published 02/20/21
What the Caps can learn from the Wizards COVID-19 pause, why Caps games have been postponed now and not before plus what Pittsburgh' new front office means for Washington.
Published 02/11/21
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...
Published 02/08/21
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.
Published 02/03/21
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.
Published 01/27/21
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.
Published 01/22/21
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.
Published 01/20/21
Roundtable discussion breaking down the biggest storylines around the East division heading into the 2021 season.
Published 01/12/21
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!
Published 12/31/20
Breaking down the 2020-2021 Caps schedule plus conversations about Conor Sheary and a potential move for a veteran netminder.
Published 12/23/20
Hockey is back (!!) and we break down all the details on this episode of the Capitals Talk podcast with Alexa Shaw, Nick Ashooh and Alexa Shaw.
Published 12/20/20
Henrik Lundqvist will not play in 2021 so the Capitals Talk podcast looks at what the options are to back up Ilya Samsonov in net.
Published 12/17/20
An interview with former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.
Published 12/15/20
An interview with legendary hockey play-by-play voice Doc Emrick on Ovechkin's career, why the 2021 Capitals are in a good place to compete for the Stanley Cup and Doc's new memoir "Off Mike."
Published 12/07/20
Hershey Bears video coach Emily Engel-Natzke discusses her new job and what it means to break through the glass ceiling as the first female coach in the history of the Washington Capitals organization.
Published 12/01/20
Olie Kolzig and Byron Dafoe reminisce about their part in a November 22, 1998 brawl, hit on what to expect from Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes this season and much more.
Published 11/25/20
Nick and JJ discuss the latest around the NHL's plans to start the season, the return of the Screaming Eagle jerseys and the Holtbys' delayed entry to Canada due to their two pet tortoises.
Published 11/20/20
Nick and JJ discuss all the latest news surrounding Alex Ovechkin's desire to end his career in Russia plus why Daniel Sprong should be in the opening day lineup.
Published 11/11/20
Voice of the Hershey Bears Zack Fisch joins the podcast to break down all the prospects in the Capitals pipeline.
Published 11/06/20
Dan Rosen joins the pod to talk about Henrik Lundqvist's mindset in coming to Washington plus where the Caps stack up in the Metro and the latest news on the season.
Published 10/28/20
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan got together to discuss the Caps free agency period so far and give their thoughts on the worst kept secret coming to fruition with Henrik Lundqvist signing with the team. After the discussion you will hear from Henrik as he talks about what made him pick Washington as his next team. The guys finish up the podcast discussing how else the Caps can increase their title chances for next year as well as take a look around the league to see what other teams have been up to...
Published 10/16/20
On a special edition of the Caps Talk Podcast Alexa Shaw, Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan first got to sit down with Washington Captials 1st round draft pick Hendrix LaPierre to talk about being selected by the Caps, his Twitter exchange with Alex Ovechkin and how he sees himself fitting into this group of guys. The crew also sat down with Samantha Pell from The Washington Post and Ben Raby from Caps Radio to discuss some of the teams key needs in free agency and to see if their is any truth to the...
Published 10/09/20
Nick Ashooh and JJ Regan are back again for another podcast, this time the NHL season is officially over and we have crowned a champion, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the series to take home the Stanley Cup. The guys discuss what they saw from this Lightning team that lead them to a cup, how similar it was to what the Caps went through before finally breaking through in 2018 and what next season might look like now that we have gotten through the bubble...
Published 09/29/20