Get the latest NHL hockey news, scores, stats, standings, fantasy games, and more from ESPN. The Washington Capitals (often shortened to Caps) are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stanley Cups : 0. One of the D.C. area's best kept hockey secrets is that there are high-level games going on that don't cost $50 a ticket. And I'm not talking about.