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J.p. / Japers' Rink 28 mins ago

The Noon Number: Pump Down the (Shot) Volume

A look at how important shot suppression is 45.6 - Shot attempts the Caps are allowing per sixty minutes of five-on-five ice time so far this season, lowest in the League (the Caps are also tops in Fenwick-Against and second in shots-on-goal-against). The 45.6 attempts (a.k.a. Corsi, which includes shots on goal as well as those that are blocked or miss the net) represents a 20 percent reduction from last year (when they ranked 23rd at 56.9), and it's the reason the Caps have been able to drop their five-on-five goals-against rate by 15% (2.34 to 1.99 per sixty), despite actually...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 5 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips: Trick or Treat!

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Worrying (or not worrying) about Ovi's slump, Caps in costumes and more. Your savory breakfast links: News and notes as the Caps get back to work: In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Rinkside Update/O'Brien) Poorly-timed penalties are making the Caps' bench boss a little cranky. [CSNW] He's not worried about that little scoring drought his captain is going through, though - because all it takes is one goal. [WaPo] He also knows (or at least we all know) that the underlying numbers look good, so that slump is bound to turn around eventually....
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 30, 2014

The Noon Number: A Mixed Bag

A look at the good - getting leads - and the bad - blowing 'em 4 - Number of games the Capitals have lost this season in which they had a lead at some point, including last night, which marked the first time since the 2012-13 season the team lost a game in regulation when leading after two periods. (Their only loss in which they never held an advantage came in a shootout to San Jose.) A quick look at the four: Date Opponent Latest Caps Lead Result October 9 Montreal 50:30 SOL October 22 Edmonton 25:09 L October 26 Vancouver 33:59 L October 29 Detroit 44:03 L
Japers' Rink Oct 30, 2014
Thursday Caps Clips: Rocked on Rivalry Night

Thursday Caps Clips: Rocked on Rivalry Night

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Rivalry recap roundup, the national media descends, Troy Mann joins Team America and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's regulation loss to the Wings from us (recap, QuickCap), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Ward, Niskanen, Brouwer),  NHL.com, PHT, AP, SBNation, WaPo, CSNW, Frankovic, DSP (plus three stars), RMNB, BrooksLaichyear, Talk the Red, Kukla's Korner, and Winging It In Motown. Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net this night. [theScore, RMNB, Monumental, Capitals...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 30, 2014

Capitals vs. Red Wings Recap: Skid Hits Two, Caps Fall 4-2

A couple of mistakes end up in the back of the Caps' net as they drop their second-straight game. [GameCenter - Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick] The Caps wrapped up their three-game swing through Western Canada with a lackluster 4-2 loss to Vancouver, a game in which they were badly outshot and outplayed. Their return home might have started out a bit better, and the overall performance was improved, but the result was the same - a 4-2 loss and...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014

Capitals vs. Red Wings QuickCap: Washington Gives Away a Point or Two

Washington blows a third period lead... and Detroit didn't even have to work all that hard for it. [GameCenter - Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice After a 1-2-0 swing through Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, the Caps returned home on Wednesday night to host Conference "rival" (apparently) Detroit. After yielding the game's first goal, the Caps took a 2-1 lead into the third period before almost literally giving away...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014

Capitals vs. Red Wings Third Period Thread

Detroit breaks the ice, but the Caps answer with Evgeny Kuznetsov's first and Troy Brouwer's second goals of the season. Here's Kuznetsov's: Two-one Caps after two. Third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014

Capitals vs. Red Wings Second Period Thread

A tight-checking and physical first period ends without a score... thanks to the Caps getting a little help from a phantom interference call: Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Forward Shake-Up, Wilson to Debut (?) and Hockey Fights Cancer

Per reports out of Kettler, tonight's lineup is going to look an awful lot like yesterday's lines (which could include Tom Wilson's season debut), so expect the following lines and pairs in front of Braden Holtby in net as the Caps host Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night (donate here): Alex Ovechkin - Andre Burakovsky - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jay Beagle Liam O`Brien - Michael Latta - Tom Wilson Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen Nate Schmidt - Mike Green ...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014
Capitals vs. Red Wings: Game 9 of 82

Capitals vs. Red Wings: Game 9 of 82

The Caps return home from an up-and-down road trip to play host to the Red Wings. Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters Look for updates in this story stream throughout the evening, including tonight's lines, new open threads for each period, and more. And of course... have at it, people.
Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014

Backwards Slapshot: Repeating Reporters

One question launched at Barry Trotz has reached an impressive milestone
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014

The Noon Number: Even Less Special

A look at Detroit's goal-stifling special teams 3 - Number of special teams goals scored in Red Wings games so far this season, fewest in the League. Detroit has scored just two power-play goals on the campaign (in 30 opportunities) and has been even more anti-scoring when shorthanded, allowing just one power-play goal in just 26 times short. (Minnesota has given up two power-play goals and hasn't yet scored with a man-advantage, but has both tallied and surrendered a shorty, so they stand at four total special teams goals for and against.) The Caps, for their part, have the 11th-fewest...
Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014
Work In Progress: Optimus Lines

Work In Progress: Optimus Lines

Barry Trotz shook up his lines at practice yesterday, but did he come up with the right combinations? Through the first eight games of the season the Capitals have, to the surprise of many, been a fantastic puck possession hockey team. Nevertheless, coming off a 1-2-0 road trip and a four-game span in which his forwards (including the captain) have struggled to put the puck in the net, Barry Trotz made some pretty significant changes to each of his four lines yesterday, and looks to be sticking with something similar today. But were they the right changes? Heck, were they even needed? If...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 29, 2014
Wednesday Caps Clips: Shuffling the Deck

Wednesday Caps Clips: Shuffling the Deck

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's matchup with the Red Wings, which will feature Tom Wilson's debut plus some new-look lines, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's battle with the Red Wings from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless, and Caps Outsider, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Winging it in Motown for the other side of tonight's matchup. Check out who's up, who's down and who's en fuego (or not) as we break down the week that was. [Rink] News and notes from Kettler as the road-weary Caps returned home: In...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 28, 2014

Today's 8-Bit Lines Special Edition: Big-Time Juggling at Practice

Barry Trotz rearranges his forward lines as the Caps return to practice Coming off a 1-2-0 western swing and a four-game stretch in which his forwards have only managed five even-strength goals (and none from his captain), Barry Trotz has mixed up his forwards at practice today, per reports out of Kettler. Here's how the lines shook out at this morning's practice: Alex Ovechkin - Andre Burakovsky - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer - (Aaron Volpatti) Jason Chimera - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Eric Fehr / Jay Beagle Liam O'Brien - Michael Latta - Tom...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 28, 2014

The Noon Number: Captain Quiet?

A look at a rare shooting slump for the captain 7 - Number of shots on goal for Alex Ovechkin over his last four games, the second-fewest of any four-game span in his career, and only the second time he's had two or fewer shots on goal in each of four consecutive outings. Here are all of the times Ovechkin has failed to hit his jersey number in shots on goal over a four-game span during his NHL career (playoffs included): Date Shots on Goal Goals Assists Points 11/9/2010 - 11/14/2010 7 (3, 2, 1, 1) 2 5 7 1/18/2012 - 2/4/2012 6 (1, 2, 2, 1) 2 2 4 10/18/2014 - 10/26/2014 7 (2, 2, 1,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 28, 2014

Capitals Ups and Downs: Week 3

The latest edition of our weekly look at individual Washington Capitals ups and downs. Your weekly look at individual Washington Capitals' ups and downs: Goalies Trend Notes Braden Holtby With the Caps' new-found stingy defense, a goalie can post a sparkling goals against average despite a somewhat unsightly save percentage (as we've harped on before, it's all about shot volume, kids). That was the case for Holtby this week, who allowed four goals on 41 shots (three in the Edmonton loss and one in the Calgary win). But Holtby performed better than his overall numbers would suggest...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 28, 2014

Capitals Recall Tom Wilson, Re-Assign Chris Brown

The sophomore forward is apparently ready for his season debut Per the team: ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled right wing Tom Wilson from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned right wing Chris Brown to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Wilson, who missed the Capitals’ first five games this season with a lower-body injury, appeared in two games with Hershey. The 6’4", 207-pound right wing registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 151 penalty minutes in 82 games with the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 28, 2014

Tuesday Caps Clips: Ranks and Files

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Last looks back at the road trip that was and looks ahead to what comes next. Your savory breakfast links: Leftovers from Sunday night's loss in Vansterdam. [WaPo and again, CSNW] Goal #1 for Liam O'Brien. [Caps Overtime, WaPo] Looking back and ahead. [WaPo, Stars and Sticks, Pressbox DC] Are the Caps ready to get Tom Wilson back in the lineup? Is Wilson ready? [CSNW] The Caps' D runs deep, but will it mean a deep run? [CSNW] Rank me like one of your French girls. [WaPo, ESPN, The Score, THN, DSP] Plays. Of. The week! [CSNW] Get hurt, get...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 27, 2014

The Noon Number: Stumbling out of the Gates

A look at how sleepy firsts haven't burned the Caps... yet 46.3 - Capitals' first period all-situations shots-on-goal percentage since opening night (when they fired 15 of 17 of the opening stanza's shots). Over that same span, the Caps have been credited with 57.4% of the games' non-first-period shots on goal. (And the Corsi data is even uglier - 45.8% Corsi-For in the first periods, 53.2% for the rest of the games.) The Caps have been fortunate that, outside of the San Jose game (in which the Caps actually had as many shots on goal as the Sharks, but trailed 3-0 ten minutes in), the...

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