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J.p. / Japers' Rink 7 hours ago

The Noon Number: Double Trouble

A look at a couple of rare occurences in the Caps' loss to Minnesota 2 - Number of times the Capitals have lost in regulation when scoring first and the number of times they've lost in regulation when leading after two periods... both of which happened for the second time last night. Washington is now 30-2-4 when scoring first (with the other regulation loss to Vancouver back in October) and 28-2-3 when leading after forty minutes (with the other regulation loss to Detroit in the very next game). And because the title made me think of this, here you go...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 12 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips: Novechkin

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wrapping up last night's late-game loss, Alex Ovechkin misses his first game of the year and more. Your savory breakfast links: The last month has been a very good one for blueliner Brooks Orpik (last night notwithstanding). [Rink] Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Niskanen, Alzner, Orpik, Holtby), NHL.com, AP, WaPo, CSNW, Stars and Sticks, RMNB, DSP (recap, three stars), and from the land of a thousand lakes, Examiner, TwinCities.com, Star Tribune, and Hockey Wilderness....
Hockey Wilderness 20 hours ago

Jason Pominville and Devan Dubnyk defeat the Washington Capitals 2-1

The Wild just don't win very many games in the Nation's capital city. Even more, the Capitals just don't lose when they score first. Out of the five games they've lost after scoring first, only once have they lost in regulation. Well, after Thursday, turn that 1 in the loss column into a crooked number. Minnesota rallied behind two third period goals by Jason Pominville to defeat Capitals in D.C. The Capitals were without their star Alexander Ovechkin for a lower body injury and the Wild got word after warm-ups that they'd be without Nino Niederreiter. Yeo said after the game that Nino...
Japers' Rink 21 hours ago

Recap: Third Period Not Kind to Caps, Wild win, 2-1

The Washington Capitals let one get away as the Minnesota Wild scored twice in the third period, courtesy of Jason Pominville, to best the Caps. 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 The Washington Capitals lost just their second game in regulation when scoring first and second game in regulation when leading after two periods this season as the Minnesota Wild escaped snowy Washington with a 2-1 win. Come back for the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 5, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Ovechkin a Game-Time Decision, Latta Out

Alex Ovechkin missed this morning's skate and is a maybe for tonight's game against the Wild... but we're betting he plays because... well, you know, that other blog's name. (If Ovechkin can't go, Andre Burakovsky will take his place). So here's a look at what the lines and defensive pairings might look like against the Wild, with Braden Holtby between the pipes: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson Curtis Glencross - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Brooks Laich - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson Brooks Orpik - John Carlson ...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 5, 2015

Capitals vs. Wild: Game 66 of 82

On a snowy Thursday night, the Capitals look to warm up the phone booth while extending their undefeated March campaign. 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.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 5, 2015

The Noon Number: Wild... and Rare

A look at tonight's uncommon match-up 14 - Number of times the Caps have faced tonight's opponent, the Minnesota Wild, by far the fewest head-to-head match-ups they've had against any team. Here's the list, via Hockey-Reference: Franchise GP W L T OL PTS PTS% GF GA GF/G GA/G Pittsburgh Penguins 208 91 95 16 6 204 0.490 734 753 3.53 3.62 Philadelphia Flyers 203 76 101 19 7 178 0.438 610 704 3.00 3.47 New York Rangers 202 94 84 18 6 212 0.525 690 686 3.42 3.40 New York Islanders 201 99 84 13 5 216 0.537 635 663 3.16 3.30 New Jersey...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 5, 2015

Brooks Orpik's Big Month

A look at a solid stretch for the much-maligned rearguard Few free agent deals signed last summer were as scrutinized or as criticized as the Caps' pact with blueliner Brooks Orpik. And it's probably safe to say that three-quarters of the way through his first season in D.C., Orpik has largely been as expected, but better than feared - he's played tough minutes and hasn't drowned in them (though he's been on the ice for a ton of goals-against), provided strong leadership and even has managed the third-highest per-game point total of his career. Over the past month, however, Orpik has...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Mar 5, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips: Wild @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's visit from the Wild, why Alex Ovechkin is really, really good and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's visit from the Wild from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless and the Star Tribune, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Hockey Wilderness for the other side of tonight's matchup. Acquired by the Wild a few weeks ago, goaltender Devan Dubnyk knows how dangerous the Caps can be - and the last time he faced them, it turned his season around. [Star Tribune] There's a traffic jam among the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 4, 2015

The Noon Number: Holtbreakout

A look at the Caps' number one netminder's magnificent season so far 31 - Number of wins for Braden Holtby on the season, tied for seventh-most by a Caps netminder in a single season. Here's the top-10: Rank Goalie Season Wins 1. Olaf Kolzig 1999-00 41 2. Olaf Kolzig 2000-01 37 3. Jim Carey 1995-96 35 4. Olaf Kolzig 1997-98 33 Olaf Kolzig 2002-03 33 6. Jose Theodore 2008-09 32 7. Olaf Kolzig 2001-02 31 Braden Holtby 2014-15 31 9. Jose Theodore 2009-10 30 10. Don Beaupre 1991-92 29 Holtby's breakout season (so far) also includes the second-most shutouts in team...
Japers' Rink Mar 4, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips: Chaotic Win in Columbus

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps and Blue Jackets played two periods of hockey and one of Ultimate Warrior, Joel Ward got an assist and a win on his 500th NHL game, post-trade deadline analysis and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps of a victory from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Chimera, Glencross, Backstrom, Ovechkin), NHL.com, AP, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW, Peerless, Frankovic, DSP (plus three stars), Caps Outsider, Stars and Sticks, RMNB and from the Jax end of the ice, Columbus Dispatch and The Cannon. Get well soonest,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Recap: Feisty Affair Ends in 5-3 Victory for Caps

The Caps grit out a couple of points in the fifth and final battle against the Blue Jackets 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 With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the Caps took the ice at Nationwide Arena with their official stretch-run roster in place, ready to face off against Columbus for the fifth and final time this season. And while the new guys are still getting to know their Caps' teammates, no...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Third Period Thread

A rough (literally and figuratively) second stanza for the Caps featured a Tom Wilson tally sandwiched between a pair of Blue Jacket goals to cut the lead to 3-2 after forty. Third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Second Period Thread

A dominant opening stanza featuring goals from Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr has the Caps up 2-0 after twenty minutes. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Glencross to Debut, Laich to Sit?

With no morning skate today it's anyone's guess as to what tonight's lines might look like, but newcomer Curtis Glencross is expected to make his Caps debut, while Brooks Laich could be watching the game from the press box, per Mike Vogel. If that happens, here's a look at what the lines and defensive pairings might look like against the Jackets, with Braden Holtby (presumably) between the pipes: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Marcus Johansson Curtis Glencross - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Jay Beagle - Michael Latta - Tom...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets: Game 65 of 82

The Capitals head to Columbus and look to continue the Jackets losing ways as of late 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.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

The Noon Number: Adding Some Gray to the Blue

A look at experience on the Washington defense 3,380 - Regular season games played by the Caps' current top-six defensemen (with another 290 playoff games to boot) with the recent addition of Tim Gleason. Over the last year or so, the Caps have gone from having one of the most inexperienced bluelines in hockey to one of the most experienced, and will fall just short of the 3,564 career games that the 1998 squad had by season's end. Last June, we identified the defense as Brian MacLellan's biggest challenge as Caps GM. And while experience doesn't necessarily equate to success, of course,...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Capital Ups and Downs, Week 21: Reinforcements Arrive... and None Too Soon

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 Wasn't at his best against Pittsburgh, but did his part in the loss to Carolina and then picked up his seventh shutout and 30th win of the season against Toronto to snap a modest three-game losing streak. All-in-all, it was a 1-2-0/2.06/.937 week for the Caps' number one netminder, who just keeps on keepin' on. Justin Peters Chaired the Tim Gleason Welcoming Committee, but otherwise had a quiet...
Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Curtis Glencross, By the Numbers

What do advanced stats have to say about the newest forward in the organization? With the trade deadline having come and gone, the Capitals have their final roster (call-up- and injury-related changes aside). Yesterday, we took a look at Tim Gleason; today, let's examine new addition Curtis Glencross. At this stage in his career, Glencross looks like he can contribute middle-six-level offense, with 20-25 goals (while shooting for a high percentage) and about 40-45 points if he gets a regular shift on the power play. At 5-on-5, his rate stats have been declining, and he's never been much...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Mar 3, 2015

Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blue Jackets Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing tonight's Metro matchup, the Caps stand pat at the deadline, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's visit to Columbus from Vogs, NHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of tonight's matchup. Another exciting trade deadline has come and gone, folks! Recapping a semi-busy day of trade deadline wheeling and dealing. Who got better? Who got worse? Who got robbed blind? [NHL.com, The Score, THW, CSNW] The Caps were quiet yesterday, having made...

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