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Japers' Rink 19 hours ago

Capitals vs Devils Second Period Thread

Despite a power play opportunity for either side in the first ten minutes of the game, Cory Schneider and Braden Holtby both kept the scoreboard at goose eggs, and the teams will look to open up the scoring in the next frame. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
In Lou We Trust 21 hours ago

New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals: Gamethread #35

This is gamethread number thirty five of the New Jersey Devils season, in which they will face the Washington Capitals. Users are free to discuss the game as it happens here.
Becca H / Japers' Rink 22 hours ago

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Switching Up the D?

Per Mike Vogel, with just 12 forwards on the roster right now the Caps will likely stick with the same lineup up front that took two points in Columbus... but might be shaking up the defense a bit. What that means exactly isn't known, but for now here's what the forward lines and defensive pairs may look like in front of Braden Holtby: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Troy Brouwer Brooks Laich - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Jason Chimera - Michael Latta - Jay Beagle Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 22 hours ago

Capitals vs. Devils: Game 32 of 82

Washington looks to stay hot in Jersey 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.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 20, 2014

Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Devils Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Caps-Devils, Burakovsky debuts with the Bears, holiday photos new and old and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's tussle with the Devils from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at In Lou We Trust for the other side of tonight's matchup. News and notes from yesterday's pre-flight skate: In general. [Monumental video (Trotz, Rinkside Update/Holtby)] As expected, Andre Burakovsky was sent down to Hershey yesterday and made his Bears' debut in their 2-0 loss to Lehigh Valley......
In Lou We Trust Dec 20, 2014

New Jersey Devils vs. Washington Capitals: Game Preview #35

The Devils will take on the Washington Capitals tonight for their third game of a four game homestand. This preview will look at the potential goaltending match up, Washington's offensive threats, and what the Devils need to do to be successful.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Dec 19, 2014

The Play that Doomed Andre Burakovsky

Barry Trotz gave his young center a test. He failed. So what? Okay, so maybe that title is a bit dramatic, but hear me out. Back on November 27, Andre Burakovsky was fairly well-entrenched as the Caps' second-line center. He'd started nine-straight games there, and, despite a bit of a drop in production for the trio after a hot start to the season, things (for he and his linemates) were going pretty well. Here's how those nine games looked in terms of usage: But following an ugly loss to the Islanders, Burakovsky was demoted to the fourth line for the second game of the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Dec 19, 2014

The Noon Number: First Things First

A look at how important - and unimportant - getting that first goal is in a Caps game .824 - Capitals' winning percentage (via a 14-1-2 record) when scoring first so far this season, fourth-highest in the League (the same rank they hold in score-first wins with those 14). Interestingly enough, however, of those 17 games, the Caps relinquished that initial lead 14 times (including last night's win over Columbus). On the flip side of the coin, the Caps' one win when not scoring first is the fewest in the League (as is their .071 win percentage thanks to a 1-9-4 record in those games)......
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 19, 2014

Friday Caps Clips: Last Goal Wins

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's OT thriller in 'Lumbus, good and bad news about John Carlson and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's OT win over the Jackets from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Alzner, Green, Holtby, Brouwer, Fehr, Latta, highlights), NHL.com, AP, The Score, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW, Frankovic, DSP, Stars and Sticks, RMNB, BrooksLaichyear, Union Blue and The Cannon. John Carlson might be getting a phone call from the League after this little shot to the head of...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Recap: Caps Outlast Jackets in 5-4 OT Win

Aaaaaand.... breathe. [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 The Caps and Blue Jackets have been Metropolitan Division rivals for a little over a year now, but it's probably safe to say that the intensity between the two hasn't quite reached the same level as that shared by some of the other Metro inhabitants. ...that may not be the case any longer. After a crazy, physical, back-and-forth game - and the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

Capitals vs. Jackets Third Period Thread

All hell broke loose in the second, but things are all knotted up at two after two. Third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Second Period Thread

The power play falters, but Joel Ward and Jason Chimera have the Caps on top 2-0 after twenty. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: A Lot More Latta

Per Mike Vogel, Barry Trotz is shaking things up up the middle, with Michael Latta getting a promotion of sorts to center Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. That moves Evgeny Kuznetsov back to the fourth line, and keeps Andre Burakovsky in the pressbox... although that might be short-lived. With that in mind, here's a look at what the lines and defensive pairings should look like in front of Braden Holtby: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson Brooks Laich - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Michael Latta - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Evgeny Kuznetsov -...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

Capitals vs. Blue Jackets: Game 31 of 82

Washington visits Columbus looking to get back in the win column 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 Dec 18, 2014

Backwards Slapshot: The Good, The Bad and The Holtby

The Caps' starting netminder copes with losing to the Panthers in the longest shootout in NHL history...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

The Noon Number: Metro Magic

A look at Washington's record within the Division and the road ahead .778 - The Capitals' points percentage against Metro Division opponents so far this season, via a 6-1-2 record. Washington is one of five teams with just one intra-divisional regulation loss on the season (Tampa Bay, Florida, Minnesota and Los Angeles are the others), and have outscored their division rivals 29-18 in those nine games. These numbers may bode well, with five of the team's next six games coming within the Division... but here it is mid-December and the Caps have yet to face any of their biggest Metro rivals,...
Japers' Rink Dec 18, 2014

Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Blue Jackets Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps pay a visit to Columbus, same old song for the second line, Winter Classic updates and more. Your savory breakfast links: Stop us if you've heard this before - the team needs more scoring and puck possession from its second li...oh, right.  [Rink] Previews of tonight's joust with the Jackets from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, and Peerless, and check out bluejackets.nhl.com and our SB Nation pals over at The Cannon for the other side of tonight's match-up. Updates from yesterday's non-practice in Columbus, and a few leftovers from...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Dec 17, 2014

Second to None: What Happened to the Capitals' Other Scoring Line?

A look at a dramatic drop-off for half of the Caps' top-six Conventional wisdom holds that if you can stop Alex Ovechkin, you can stop the Washington Capitals. And there's obviously a good bit of truth to that - more than two-thirds of his career points have come in Caps wins, despite a close 360-349 split between victories and defeats over his career game log. But "as Ovechkin goes, so go the Caps" might be more a thing of the past than of the present, and the current key to Washington's success might well lie a tick or two down the white board, in what could nominally be called the second...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Dec 17, 2014

The Noon Number: When Holtby Went Storen

A look at Braden Holtby's inability to close out a win last night 0.3 - Percentage likelihood that Braden Holtby would allow a goal to each of the five shooters he faced last night with a lead in the shootout, based on his career shootout save percentage of 67.9% prior to last night. Put another way, there was roughly a 1-in-291 chance that Holtby would surrender a goal on each of those attempts (which included the first career shootout goals for Derek MacKenzie, Sean Bergenheim and Dylan Olsen). Needless to say, had Holtby stopped any of those five, the Caps would have won... and spared...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Dec 17, 2014

Wednesday Caps Clips: Shooting for History

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's epic shootout, recaps of last night's Epix debut, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Takeaways from an examination of giveaways and takeaways by the Caps over the course of the season. [Rink] Those giveaways? Not so noticeable when the guy between the pipes is doing the kind of work Braden Holtby is doing these days. [Rink] Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shootout loss from us (QuickCap, Recap), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Fehr, Brouwer, Holtby, Niskanen, highlights), NHL.com, AP, WaPo...

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