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The Capitals Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Capitals beat reporter, Rob Carlin and highlights all members of our Capitals coverage team. Carlin will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape.

The Capitals Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Capitals beat reporter, Rob Carlin and highlights all members of our Capitals coverage team. Carlin will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape.
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The Capitals Talk podcast is anchored by NBC Sports Washington's Capitals beat reporter, Rob Carlin and highlights all members of our Capitals coverage team. Carlin will also reach out to a host of outside influencers both in the D.C. media and the national landscape.




Avalanche Net 4 on Holtby in the 1st Period

Caps get beat soundly at home 6-3 by Colorado on Monday as Rob, J.J., Brian, and Ben Raby react and wonder what answers can be learned from a loss like this, including the recent play by Braden Holtby. Is there an impending goalie controversy between Holtby and Ilya Samsonov? They conclude by looking at the evening by Andre Burakovsky in his return to Washington after being traded this summer.


Wheels Fall Apart in Nashville Late

Rob & Michael look back at the Caps loss in Nashville where Washington gave up the lead 4 separate times. They also discuss why the team has lost 3 straight ahead of a spot they always struggle.... Saturday night in Dallas.


Caps Spoil Banner Night in St. Louis

Rob, Jenks, and J.J. dissect the OT win in St. Louis to open up the season, including Alex Ovechkin starting off the year with a goal. They close by previewing Friday night's game at Barry Trotz and the Islanders (29:54).


Season Preview

Rob Carlin, Michael Jenkins, and J.J. Regan preview the Caps season that opens Wednesday night in St. Louis, including what the roster will look like, John Carlson getting the "A" on the sweater, goalie situation, and more.


Ovechkin & Backstrom Together

An absolute must listen as Rob Carlin sits down with the active legends for the Capitals as they discuss their incredible careers in tandem. Highlights include a young Alex Ovechkin announcing Nicklas Backstrom as a draft pick, memories of finally winning the Cup, and so much more.


Todd Reirden Interview

Big weekend for Rob as he made his NHL play by play debut while pinch-hitting for Joe B. In this episode, Rob also chats with the Caps Head Coach Todd Reirden (6:43) as he enters his 2nd season at the helm.


Get to Know Jensen, Orlov, and Siegenthaler

Rob, Brian, and J.J. start by telling you what happened in the 2nd preseason game vs. St. Louis before rounding out our interviews from Media Day. First, it's Nick Jensen (12:06), who the Caps recently signed to a 4 year deal. Then, Dmitry Orlov (19:52) tells Rob on how he plans to improve upon last season. Finally, 22 year old Jonas Siegenthaler (26:02).


Preseason Opens and Interviews with Vrana, Holtby, and Hagelin

Rob, J.J, and Brian recap the Preseason Opener vs. Chicago before continuing our series of player interviews. First, Jakub Vrana, where he definitively tells us the proper pronunciation of his first name (10:29). Then, Braden Holtby (20:11) , where of course the first question is regarding contract talks. Finally, Carl Hagelin (25:57), who signed a 4 year deal with Washington in the off-season.


Chats w/ Kempny, Panik & Gudas

On this latest edition, hear Rob's conversations with a trio of players, 2 of which are new to Washington. First up is Michal Kempny, who spent the off-season rehabbing from his torn hamstring. Then, winger Richard Panik (9:51) who signed a 4 year deal with the Caps in the offseason. Finally, its Radko Gudas (18:14), a defenceman the Capitals traded for from Philadelphia this summer.


Evgeny Kuznetsov Suspended

Rob Carlin, JJ Regan and Brian McNally give their complete reaction to Evgeny Kuznetsov being handed a 3 game suspension from the NHL and how the Capitals will fare without Kuzie for the first 3 games. Both Evgeny Kuznetsov and Todd Reirden's complete press conferences are also included.


Season is Back... Hear from Oshie & Wilson

At Capitals Media Day on the brink of Training Camp, Rob sits down with 2 important players for the 2019-2020 Caps, T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson. He talks to them about having a different sort of summer this year compared to 2018, thoughts on the new season, and their opinions on what the best goal of last season actually was.


The Ovi Injury Scare.... That Wasn’t

After a few nervous moments on Twitter, Alex Ovechkin is OK following an awkward fall during an informal skate. Rob is joined by Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic and Tom Gulitti from to look at what the Caps look like as Training Camp is around the corner.


Bernie Wolfe Interview on the Early Days of the Caps

Rob sits down with one of the original Capitals goalies who was there in the mid to late 70's when the franchise was in a much different place, Bernie Wolfe. Bernie talks about what it was like to play on such a bad team and also has to great stories about his post playing career that you must stick around for (39:03).


Red Wings & Senators Preview

The final leg of the Atlantic Division preview focuses on 2 teams that do not have high expectations entering this season. We start by speaking with Helene St. James from the Detroit Free Press on the Red Wings and what effect Steve Yzerman will have on his return to Hockeytown as GM. Then we wrap up with Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun on the rebuilding Senators (26:42).


Bruins & Sabres Preview

Rob, Brian, and J.J. move their Atlantic division preview to 2 of the Capitals northern neighbors. First, Fluto Shinzawa says what's next for Boston, who came just 1 step short winning The Cup and even adds his favorite D.C. spots to eat at. Then, Bill Hoppe who covers the Sabres for The Times Herald talks Jack Eichel and more (30:12).


NHLPA Rookie Showcase: Hear from Alexeyev + Hughes Brothers

As the NHLPA Rookie Showcase came to the DMV, Rob and others had a chance to speak with 2018 Capitals 1st rounder Alexander Alexeyev as he prepares for the upcoming season. Then it's the dynamic Hughes brothers, 1st overall pick Jack for the Devils (10:45), and Quinn for Vancouver (17:24), as the sibling rivalry takes center stage in the NHL.


North of the Border Preview: Get to Know the Maple Leafs & Canadiens

Rob, Brian, and J.J. move their Atlantic Division preview series up to Canada. First up, Kristen Shilton from TSN Sports talks about the Leafs and when will Mitch Marner sign. Then, we learn about the Canadiens from Arpon Basu from the Athletic (42:06).


Florida Preview: Get to Know the Lightning & Panthers

Rob, J.J., and Brian move their previews to the Atlantic Division for the 2019-2020 season as this episode features Tampa Bay & Florida. First up, Lightning Insider Erik Erlendsson on how they look to bounce back after last season's early playoff exit. Finally, George Richards from The Athletic discusses the new look Panthers after hiring Joel Quenneville as Head Coach (27:46).


Learning About Ovechkin's Trip to China

Rob, J.J., and Brian welcome on Taryn Bray, Digital Correspondent for the Capitals to discuss joining alongside Alex Ovechkin on his trip to China to serve as an NHL ambassador. What was the coolest part of the trip? How much did Ovi embrace the culture? All that and more on this edition of Capitals Talk.


Finishing the Metro Preview: Get to Know the Hurricanes & Blue Jackets

Rob & Brian round out the comprehensive division preview by examining the latest with Carolina & Columbus. First, Sara Civian from The Athletic, joins the podcast to talk Carolina and that includes an update on Justin Williams. Then for all things Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline from the Athletic says how they will move on without Artemi Panarin (29:01).