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J.p. / Japers' Rink 2 hours ago

The Noon Number: Focus Shifts to Shifts

A look at the Caps' captain's time on ice 50.8 - Average length of a shift for Alex Ovechkin so far this season, the 49th-longest in the League... and shortest of his career. Some of that owes to shorter power-play shifts, but not all of it - Ovechkin's five-on-five shift length is also at a career-low 44 seconds (down from 46 last year, and, going backwards, 49, 50, 50, 55, 53 and 52; thanks, Muneeb). Now, that doesn't exactly line up with Nick Kypreos's math, cited here by SI.com: Kypreos pointed out what many analysts have noted: Ovechkin is cutting way back on his endless shifts....
Becca H / Japers' Rink 7 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips: Bonspiel Bonding

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The boys bond by throwing stones, Glenn Healy makes Mike Milbury sound reasonable and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Caps have scored plenty this season, and for the first time in a long while they're getting plenty of help from the blueline. [Rink] Glenn Healy calls Alex Ovechkin "uncoachable" and insults his mother, while Nick Kypreos calls Ovechkin dumb. So it's true - those who can, do. Those who can't... go on TV and say mean, moronic things. [Puck Daddy, WaPo, SI.com] After 15 years of working together, Barry Trotz and Mitch Korn...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 23, 2014

The Noon Number: Super Swede is Super

A closer look at Nicklas Backstrom's big milestone 500 - Number of points scored by Nicklas Backstrom in his career so far, with #500 picked up in Game #501 last night against the Oilers. Per Elias, only five active players have needed fewer games to reach 500 points: Sidney Crosby (369), Alex Ovechkin (373), Evgeni Malkin (413), Jaromir Jagr (419) and Dany Heatley (456), with Jason Spezza achieving his milestone in exactly the same number of games as Backstrom. Backstrom also becomes the first player from the 2006 NHL Draft to hit 500 points... a draft class that included Jonathan Toews,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 23, 2014

Blue Line Turning on the Red Light

A suddenly productive blueline, led by Mike Green and John Carlson, has the Caps off to a hot start to the season. The Caps have been making headlines for their much-improved team defense in recent weeks, with shots against down, shot blocks up and a stingy 2.00 goals-against per game rate, tied for seventh-lowest in the League. What has gotten a bit less fanfare is how the team's defensive corps has performed not just in their own zone, but in the offensive zone, as well. This was on display again last night, with both Caps' goals coming off the stick of defensemen - John Carlson picking...
Japers' Rink Oct 23, 2014

Thursday Caps Clips: Mistakes Were Made

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The roadie starts with a bagel, Backstrom bags point #500, Alzner skates game #300, the Captain gives good interview and more. Your savory breakfast links: Early-in-the-season optimism is optimistic, but the numbers might actually back up what our eyes are seeing. [Rink, RMNB] Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's regulation loss to the Oilers from us (Recap, QuickCap, GIFs), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Backstrom, Johansson)  NHL.com (and highlights), PHT, AP, WaPo, CSNW, Peerless, DSP (plus three stars), RMNB, GM on a...
Japers' Rink Oct 23, 2014

Capitals vs. Oilers Recap: Caps Slip Up Against Oilers in 3-2 Loss

Despite some strong play, the Capitals lost in regulation for the first time this season. [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] For the second consecutive game the Capitals had trouble with a less than spectacular opponent. Last Saturday the Panthers were able to hold the Capitals to a single goal through 65 minutes, but the Capitals were still able to come away with the win. They were not as fortunate last night. Despite some strong...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 23, 2014

Capitals vs. Oilers QuickCap: First Regulation Loss in the Books, Caps Fall 3-2

It took six games, but the Caps finally fall in regulation as they kick off their road trip with a loss. [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] After kicking off the season undefeated in regulation, the Caps hit the road for their annual end-of-October Western Conference swing, kicking things off with a visit to the speedy ice and speedier youngsters of Edmonton. And while the Caps dominated just about every facet of the game (save for...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014

Capitals vs. Oilers Third Period Thread

A couple of mistakes by the Caps end up in the back of their net and it's 3-2 Oilers after two. Third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014

Capitals vs. Oilers Second Period Thread

Nicklas Backstrom's 500th-career point helps set up John Carlson for the equalizer, and the Caps and Oilers are locked up at one after one. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014
Nicklas Backstrom Picks Up His 500th Point

Nicklas Backstrom Picks Up His 500th Point

An assist on a masterful power-play sequence gets the Caps' top center his 500th career point. Nicklas Backstrom has long been a model of consistency and elite offensive talent. Now in his 8th NHL season - and his 8th with the Capitals - Backstrom has operated at just about a point-per-game pace. So it's no surprise that in Game #501, he would pick up point #500. Check out the beauty below: Backstrom's slick passing ability has made the Caps' power play one of the most feared in the NHL in recent years, and tonight's milestone point was just one more example of that skill. Over the course...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Laich Out, Beagle In as Western Trip Begins

Per Mike Vogel, Jay Beagle will make his season debut taking Brooks Laich's spot on the second/third/whatever line (with Laich having been placed on IR), and Michael Latta draws in for Chris Brown on the fourth line. Otherwise, it's status quo (at least to start), so expect the Caps to look something like this: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Andre Burakovsky - Jay Beagle Liam O`Brien - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Michael Latta Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen Nate Schmidt -...
The Copper & Blue Oct 22, 2014

Game Thread: Capitals vs Oilers - Keeping It Rolling

One win in the books, now it's time for another.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014

Capitals vs. Oilers: Game 6 of 82

Washington begins a three-game road-swing through Western Canada in Edmonton 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 Oct 22, 2014

The Noon Number: Spreading the Wealth

A look at how nearly everyone is contributing to the Caps' quick start 17 - Number of Capitals skaters with at least one point through five games, a mark which took the team 11 games to reach a season ago. Of note, only Nate Schmidt has dressed for more than two games and been held scoreless, as the Caps have scored at least two even-strength goals with each of their four lines on the ice and at least two power-play goals from each extra-man unit. That's some impressive early-season balance.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014

Early Returns: Taking Stock of the Capitals First Five Games

The beginning of the Barry Trotz Era has given the Caps a handful of points and something even more important: hope At 3-0-2, the Washington Capitals are one of three teams in the NHL (along with Chicago and Nashville) without a regulation loss and are pretty much off to as good a start as could have been reasonably hoped for (especially as compared to 1-4-0 and 0-3-1 starts under Adam Oates the last two seasons). They've beaten a couple of good teams, lost in the shootout to a couple more and beaten Florida in that same post-hockey skills competition. It hasn't been perfect, of course. The...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 22, 2014
Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Oilers Game Day

Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Oilers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their road trip with a visit to Edmonton, Wilson heads to Chocolatetown and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's duel with the Oilers from Vogs, NHL.com, AP and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at The Copper & Blue for more from the other side of tonight's match-up. Three straight Western Conference games? Start resetting that internal clock now, kids! [Rink] A number of Caps will be making a return home on this road trip, starting with Edmonton's native son Jason Chimera....
Japers' Rink Oct 21, 2014

Backwards Slapshot: Go West Young Man

Fans prep for the team's trip out west
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 21, 2014
The Noon Number: Iron Men on the Blueline

The Noon Number: Iron Men on the Blueline

A look at a pair of durable defenders 300 - Number of consecutive games Karl Alzner will have suited up for when he plays tomorrow night in Edmonton, trailing frequent defensive partner John Carlson by just two games. More from CapsToday: Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner is scheduled to play in his 300th consecutive game on Wednesday at Edmonton. Alzner ranks sixth on the Capitals’ franchise consecutive games played list, two games behind teammate John Carlson, who played in his 300th consecutive game on Oct. 16 vs. New Jersey. During the last four seasons, Alzner and Carlson are two of...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 21, 2014
Tuesday Caps Clips: Roster-Move Monday

Tuesday Caps Clips: Roster-Move Monday

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Brooks Laich, Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson are doin' the roster shuffle as the team readies to head west and much more. Your savory breakfast links: Looking back at the week that was for individual Caps... [Rink, DSP] ... and where the Caps rank in terms of power. [WaPo, ESPN, The Score, THN] News and notes from yesterday out at Kettler as the Caps get ready to head out on a three-game Western swing: In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Ovechkin, Green, Ward, Fehr), Dump n' Chase] Brooks Laich's most recent...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 20, 2014

The Noon Number: Taking it One Period at a Time

A look at how the Capitals have fared in the twenty-minute games within the games 2 - Number of teams that have a positive goal differential for each of the three periods of regulation so far this season - Washington and Tampa Bay. The Caps have outscored opponents 6-5 in the first periods, 5-1 in the seconds and 6-3 in the thirds en route to a 3-0-2 record in the early going, and have only been outscored in three of the 15 regulation periods they've played so far (1-0 in the third periods against Montreal and Florida and 3-0 in the first against San Jose), while outscoring their...

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