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Becca H / Japers' Rink 14 hours ago

The Noon Countdown: Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

A look at how the Caps fared on short turnarounds last season 15 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also... ...the number of sets of back-to-back games played by the Caps last year (including a rare home-home set, part of a winter weather-induced three games in four nights at Verizon Center). They compiled a 22-7-1 record in those games, a franchise-best .750 points percentage when playing two in two. The Caps will face 16 sets of back-to-back games in the upcoming season. (via Caps' Playoff Guide)
Japers' Rink 16 hours ago

Japers' Rink Radio Episode 25: Pass Prevention and Tactalytics

Ryan Stimson, writer for both Hockey Graphs and All About The Jersey, joined Adam Stringham to discuss his latest article on passing stats and to recap the RIT hockey analytics conference Ryan Stimson's latest article, Tactalytics: Defending the Pass, focuses on evaluating defensive play through the use of passing metrics. In 2015-16, the Capitals ranked 14th in the League inshot attempts allowed per sixty minutes of five-on-five play (CA/60), but were sixth in terms five-on-five goals against per sixty (GA/60). Is Braden Holtby the primary reason for that discrepancy, or is there...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 19 hours ago

Wednesday Caps Clips: Shaw Shanked

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps fall in Montreal, a test for Alzner, Olympic updates and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's preseason loss in Montreal. [Monumental video (Reirden, locker room), EOTP, HI/O, Gazette, NoVa Caps] The Habs got rid of a guy who spent his spare time cheering up sick kids and brought in this charmer. Good plan. [NoVa Caps, RMNB, The Score, PHT] Aside from some unnecessary histrionics, last night's game also featured the return of Karl Alzner after offseason surgery - his first test on the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 27, 2016

The Noon Countdown: Gru Up

A look at the workload for the Caps' backup goalie 16 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also... ...the number of games started by Philipp Grubauer last season, topping his previous career high of 14 set back in the 2013-14 season. Grubauer appeared in 22 games overall, spelling starter Braden Holtby six times, and finished the season with a record of 8-9-1, a GAA of 2.32 and a save percentage of .918.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 27, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips: Eye of the Hurricanes; Caps @ Habs Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps kick off preseason with a loss, early injury updates and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's overtime loss to the Hurricanes. [Monumental video, Canes Country, NoVa Caps] The preseason opener also marked the NHL debut for goaltender Vitek Vanecek and 2016 first-round pick Lucas Johansen. [WaPo, CSNMA] It also featured a power-play goal by Madison Bowey, the only offense the Caps managed to muster against the 'Canes. [WaPo] One game in and already one man down, as Tom Wilson left last...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 26, 2016

The Noon Countdown: Andre the Giant

A look at Andre Burakovsky's scoring touch last year 17 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also... ...the number of goals scored by Andre Burakovsky in the 2015-16 season, almost twice as many as he scored in his rookie year (9). Given his slow start to the season, the fact that Burakovsky ended up just shy of 20 goals was something of a surprise and largely due to a second-half surge; less of a surprise was the fact that it coincided with him getting two shiny new linemates in Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov. 13 of his goals (and 30 of his 38 points...
Japers' Rink Sep 26, 2016

Monday Caps Clips: ‘Canes @ Caps Preseason Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Sweden is done in the World Cup as the Caps prepare to take on Carolina in their first preseason game. Your savory breakfast links: In World Cup action, Sweden’s Cup run is over as they fell to Europe 3-2 in overtime. [Dump-n-Chase, WCH2016, ESPN] Tre Kronor leading scorer Nicklas Backstrom got his team on the board first with this tally... Backstrom goal pic.twitter.com/UjXuakv99J— Stephanie (@myregularface) September 25, 2016 ... but questions remain about Sweden’s approach to this tournament. [Sportsnet], Puck Daddy] Say, we know...
Japers' Rink Sep 25, 2016

Sunday Caps Clips: Same Old Song

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps training camp continues as Russia falls to Canada and Sweden prepares to take on Europe in the World Cup semis. Your savory breakfast links: Russia is finished in the World Cup tournament as they fell to Canada 5-3. [WCH2016, ESPN, TLN, Sportsnet] Another elimination match, another sad-Alex-Ovechkin-shakes-hands-with-Sidney-Crosby picture. Sigh. [Puck Daddy, ESPN, WCH2016, CBC, TVA Sports, At least Evgeny Kuznetsov has another goal and sweet celly. [RMNB, NVC] Three keys for Sweden in their semifinal match todau against Team Europe: a strong...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 24, 2016

Saturday Caps Clips: Meet the Press

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps face cameras and skating tests, Russia and Canada prepare to throw down and more. Your savory breakfast links: Continuing our look at the best of the Metro, as we shift focus to the right wings. [Rink] The Caps got their drills underway - and their conditioning tests out of the way - as training camp moved to the ice sheets at Kettler: Sights and sounds from the first day of on-ice work. [Monumental video (MacLellan, Reirden, Beagle, Burakovsky, Alzner, Barber, Johansen, Eller, Williams, ) FiCP, NoVa Caps (and again)] Camp is...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 23, 2016

The Noon Countdown: What's Your Twenty?

A look at some double-digit production from the Caps last year 20 - Number of goals scored by Evgeny Kuznetsov last season, his first 20-goal season in the NHL. Kuznetsov was one of six different Caps to pick up at least 20 goals last year, joining Alex Ovechkin (50), T.J. Oshie (26), Justin Williams (22), Nicklas Backstrom (20) and Jason Chimera (20). 105 different NHLers hit the 20-goal mark last season, but no other team in the League had more of them than the Caps.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 23, 2016

The Metropolitan Division's Top 10 Right Wings: 2016-17

Continuing our countdown of the Division's best with a look at the right wing Goaltenders? Check. Defensemen? Check. Rolling right along, it's time to look at the Metropolitan's top 10 right wings... Honorable mention: Ryan Strome, Lee Stempniak 10. Kevin HayesLast year's rank: Not ranked GP G A P +/- PIM ESG PPG GWG SOG PCT 2015-16 (Rangers) 79 14 22 36 4 30 11 3 3 133 10.5 In just his second season as a pro, Hayes didn't have quite the offensive punch he had in his rookie outing (but then neither did his team). That said, he still had a perfectly respectable...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 23, 2016

Friday Caps Clips: Happy Campers

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin and company advance to face Canada, training camp officially gets underway and more. Your savory breakfast links: Alex Ovechkin picked up an assist as Russia downed Finland... [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (Ovechkin, Orlov), WCH, AFP, NoVa Caps, ESPN] ...and advanced to the World Cup semifinal match against Team Canada. Buckle up. [WCH (and again, more), Puck Daddy, ESPN] Alas, 'twas not to be for the Americans, who limped off into the sunset with an embarrassing 0-3 record and an early trip home. [WCH (and again)] Time for...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 22, 2016

The Noon Countdown: A Kinder, Gentler Caps Team

A look at how often the Caps threw down last season 21 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also... ...the number of fighting majors picked up by the Caps last year (19 in the regular season, two in the playoffs), their lowest since the 2012-13 season (16). It's probably not a coincidence that the number of fights jumped up once Tom Wilson joined the team in 2013-14, but even Wilson held back last year, dropping the gloves just seven times in the regular season - a career low. Wilson was joined by Michael Latta (8), Nate Schmidt (2), Taylor Chorney and Mike Weber...
Japers' Rink Sep 22, 2016

Thursday Caps Clips: Morlov

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Swedes advance, Orlov signs, the training camp schedule drops and more. Your savory breakfast links: The team announced the welcome news that Dmitry Orlov has re-signed with the Caps, for one year and $2.57M. Huzzah. [Rink, Caps, WaPo, CSNMA, Monumental (audio), NVC, RMNB] For the Top Three of the Top 25 players under 25, the future is now. [Rink] Oh hai there hockey - the Caps released their training camp schedule and roster. [Caps Today, Rink] Crystal ballin’ the 2016-17 season for Evgeny Kuznetsov... [Peerless] ... and the Metropolitan...
Japers' Rink Sep 21, 2016

Capitals Re-sign Dmitry Orlov

Orlov gets a one-year deal to prove he's capable of more The Capitals have re-signed Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million deal, the team announced Wednesday. Earlier reports indicated that Orlov was likely to sign a new deal soon. It's around a $300,000 raise from his deal last year, and the team will have just shy of $900,000 to work with this season. Fellow defensemen Karl Alzner and Nate Schmidt will also be free agents next July (Alzner will be unrestricted, Schmidt will be restricted like Orlov). Orlov pic.twitter.com/dDy0p5o1su — Muneeb Alam (@muneebalamcu) September 21,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 21, 2016

Capitals Release 2016-17 Training Camp Roster and Schedule

Preparations for the upcoming season officially begin tomorrow, September 22 Tomorrow officially marks the start of fall. It also, fittingly enough, marks the official start of the Caps' 2016 Training Camp, as (most of) the players will gather at Kettler for their annual physicals and other preliminary testing before finally hitting the ice on Friday. All told, 65 Capitals, prospects and hopefuls will attend this year's camp (38 forwards, 19 defensemen and 8 goalies), with participants initially divided into three teams: Red, White and Blue. Here's how they shake out: WHITE...
Japers' Rink Sep 21, 2016

Report: Dmitry Orlov to Sign New Contract

The 25-year-old defenseman will likely remain in Washington this year. According to The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan, the Capitals are prepared to offer restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov a one-year deal worth a cap hit of around $2.6 million. Orlov made $2.25 million last season, scoring 8 goals and 29 points as a third-pair blueliner. If Orlov signs the deal, he would join Karl Alzner, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, and Justin Williams, among others, as a free agent next summer - but the one-year deal may be a strategic move to give Orlov an opportunity to prove he's...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 21, 2016

The Noon Countdown: Comeback Kids

A look at the Caps' ability to shake off the first goal last season 22 - Number of days remaining until the 2016-17 season. But it's also... ...the number of wins for the 2015-16 Capitals when giving up the first goal, tops in the League. They gave up the first goal in 44 of their 82 games overall, a win percentage of exactly 50%, and picked up points in 28 of those 44 games - both of which also led the NHL.
Japers' Rink Sep 21, 2016

The Capitals' Top 25 Under 25, 2016-17: Part V

A look at the top 25 players in the Capitals organization under the age of 25, continuing on with numbers 3 through 1. Welcome to the final installment of the Capitals' Top 25 Under 25 series, where we here at Japers' Rink count down Washington's...well... top 25 players under the age of 25. Is this the first section of this series you've seen? Well, then you're way behind. Here's Part I, II, III, and IV so you can catch up. Without further ado, here are numbers three through one. 3. Jakub Vrana, LW/RW (20.6, drafted 13th-overall in 2014 draft, previously ranked 3rd in Top 25 list) The...
Japers' Rink Sep 21, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips: Sweden Wins; USA Eliminated

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Team Sweden beat Finland, Canada beat USA, Caps Nation chips in to beat bigotry and more. Your savory breakfast links: Sweden shut out Finland 2-0 to claim the top spot in Group B. They play Team North America at 3pm today; a win or overtime/shootout loss will secure a berth in the playoffs. [WCH2016, CBS Sports, ESPN (and again)] The Caps’ #1 centerman was held pointless, but: Nicklas Backstrom hits the crossbar with a sneaky wrist shot. He needs to shoot more. He has a really good shot. Should use it. #WCH2016— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl)...