The NHL All-Star Game jerseys are out, and despite the simple design, they have a classic feel to them with nods to the league’s centennial, as well as the Los Angeles Kings’ 50th anniversary.
Representing the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific divisions, the four different jerseys for each All-Star team — also inspired by previous All-Star games and Hollywood setting of the Jan. 29 game at the STAPLES Center in L.A. — include colors worn by the Kings throughout their history.
The Pacific Division will don the black jersey, the Atlantic Division will wear the gold, the Central Division the purple and the Metropolitan Division — with Capitals reps Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby — the white.
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The 10-star band near the bottom of each jersey represents a decade in the NHL’s 100-year history and is similar to the stars on the uniforms from the 1989-91 All-Star Games. And the font used for the players’ names and numbers was influenced by the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in L.A.
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Regardless of what you thought of the officiating on Monday, the Caps’ nine-game win streak is over and now the team needs to move on. But for a team coming off a lengthy win streak, however, that can be easier said than done.
Teams that put together long streaks as the Caps have tend to struggle after the streak is finally broken. Take for example the Columbus Blue Jackets who came just one win shy of tying the NHL record for the longest streak with 16-straight wins. Since then, however, the Blue Jackets have lost four of their last six.
The fall has been even harder for Philadelphia who have managed a record of only 3-8-3 since winning 10 straight over the course of November and December.
That is a trend Washington will now look to avoid, though Barry Trotz doesn’t sound too concerned.
“There’s bounce back in our game,” Trotz said on Monday after the loss. “I have a lot of trust in this group. We’re a veteran group.”
That was evident on Monday. Washington had to battle back from a two-goal deficit twice just to force overtime and salvage a point against Pittsburgh and that was seeing a 3-0 lead evaporate in the wake of five-straight Penguins goals.
Now Trotz hopes the same resiliency and leadership he saw late against Pittsburgh will help the team avoid a letdown.
“I have a lot of faith in the group that they are good enough to respond after a little bit of adversity,” he said. “We’ve got lots of good leaders on the team.”
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The Capitals have re-assigned forward Chandler Stephenson to AHL Hershey after a brief call-up to the NHL, the team announced Tuesday.
Stephenson, 22, was recalled on Saturday as a precaution and was a healthy scratch for the team's games on Sunday and Monday.
Washington has been playing with the minimum of 12 forwards at home. With the Caps facing a quick turnaround with a game in Washington on Sunday and in Pittsburgh on Monday, the team needed a spare forward in case of an emergency to ensure the team had someone to plug into the lineup if there was an injury.
The Caps returned home after Monday's game in Pittsburgh and have Tuesday off making carrying Stephenson unnecessary. He may be back very soon, however, as the team will almost certainly call up another player prior to leaving for Thursday's game in St. Louis.
In Hershey, Stephenson has scored 23 points this season in 36 games. He played in nine games with the Caps in 2015-16.
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