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Japers' Rink May 17, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. Next up, Nicklas Backstrom. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Backstrom's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Backstrom's WARRIOR Chart (via Own The...
Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Power vs. Power and Crosby vs. Backstrom

Crosby versus Ovechkin? Nah, it's more like the Capitals versus the Penguins. But if we absolutely have to go with a narrative within the storyline, it's more like Crosby versus Backstrom. In the opening game in the Eastern Conference semi-final series between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the narrative that has subjugated the matchup actually played out before the hockey world's eager eyes. When Sidney Crosby's line went out on the ice, Alex Ovechkin's line was there to stare him down. In total, Crosby faced off against Nicklas Backstrom 16 times at the face off dot....

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