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Becca H / Japers' Rink 10 hours ago
The Noon Number: Silencing the Guns

The Noon Number: Silencing the Guns

A look at a rare low-scoring weekend for the Caps 3 - Number of goals scored by the Capitals in their last two games combined, with one goal against Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers yesterday and two against the Red Wings in a shootout loss less than 24 hours earlier. That marks the first time the Caps have been held to fewer than three goals in two consecutive games in almost two months, dating back to a pair of games with almost identical results - a 2-1 loss to Montreal on December 17 followed by a 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers on December 21. In between, the Caps have steamrolled...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 12 hours ago
Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Rangers

Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Rangers

Weigh in on how each of the Caps (and the coach) did yesterday Sometimes a lack of puck luck goes a long way, and the Caps just couldn’t get the puck to bounce in the right directions yesterday in Manhattan. Ultimately the game goes in the books as a loss... but how does it register for each individual player? Cast your votes below.
Japers' Rink 15 hours ago
Monday Caps Clips: One-Point Week

Monday Caps Clips: One-Point Week

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team’s flat return from the bye, Sanford sticks around, additional honors for Ovi and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Week That Was, Volume 19. [Peerless, AAtJ, Pensburgh] Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's regulation loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA, PHT, AP, NoVa Caps, Stars and Sticks, RMNB, Rangers, Newsday, NYDN and Blueshirt Banter. Point: Well, the Caps didn’t win, but periods two and three were much better than the first and that’s something....
Japers' Rink Feb 19, 2017
Capitals vs. Rangers Recap: Lost Weekend

Capitals vs. Rangers Recap: Lost Weekend

The Washington Capitals wrapped up their back-to-back matinee weekend facing the New York Rangers in Manhattan, suffering their second loss in as many days. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice The Washington Capitals completed a back-to-back set of road day games with an early-afternoon contest at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers broke on top in the first period; the Caps tied it in the second, leaving it for the last...
Japers' Rink Feb 19, 2017
Capitals vs. Rangers 3rd Period Thread

Capitals vs. Rangers 3rd Period Thread

The second period opened with the Rangers nursing a one-goal lead.  Nursing that kind of lead can get a team in trouble, and it did for the Rangers, who had only three shots in the second period when the Caps tied it on a late Alex Ovechkin power play goal.  Teams are tied, 1-1, after two periods. Third period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink Feb 19, 2017
Capitals vs. Rangers 2nd Period Thread

Capitals vs. Rangers 2nd Period Thread

The Rangers opened the scoring with an early goal by Ryan McDonagh. Then they got a late power play goal from Mika Zibanejad. Except....no! The Rangers were offside. Rangers up after one period, 1-0. Second period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 19, 2017
Capitals vs. Rangers: Game 58 of 82

Capitals vs. Rangers: Game 58 of 82

A sluggish first period doesn't sink the Caps, but their inability to get more than one past Lundqvist does Next Game: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers Sunday, February 19, 12:30 PM ET Madison Square GardenBroadcast Info: NBC; WFED, Capitals Radio 24/7 Sunday Caps Clips: Last Cup of Joe; Caps @ Rangers Game Day Previews of today's Hockey Day in America battle with the Rangers from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com, AP, NoVa Caps, and Peerless, and be sure to pay a visit to NYDNnad our SBN friends over at Blueshirt Banter for the other side of today's matchup. Finally,...
Japers' Rink Feb 19, 2017
Sunday Caps Clips: Last Cup of Joe; Caps @ Rangers Game Day

Sunday Caps Clips: Last Cup of Joe; Caps @ Rangers Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps say farewell to the Joe and prepare to take on the Rangers, Orpik pummels Ott and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday’s shootout loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, locker room), NHL.com, AP, Frankovic, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), Peerless, NoVa Caps, RMNB, KK, Detroit Free Press, MLive, and WiiM. Two goals in two games for Zach Sanford. That’s good, right? [CSNMA] If you ever wondered why Nicklas Backstrom stayed in Sweden an extra year, you can blame Henrik Zetterberg....
Japers' Rink Feb 18, 2017
Capitals vs. Red Wings Recap: Extra Time Goes Detroit’s Way

Capitals vs. Red Wings Recap: Extra Time Goes Detroit’s Way

In the shootout’s fifth round Henrik Zetterberg bested Braden Holtby for the win Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice Coming off their first ever bye week the Capitals visited Detroit to faceoff against a struggling Red Wings club at Joe Louis Arena (for the final time). 65 minutes of play wasn’t enough to determine a winner but in the shootout’s fifth round Henrik Zetterberg won it for Detroit. First up, Saturday...
Japers' Rink Feb 18, 2017
Capitals vs. Red Wings 3rd Period Thread

Capitals vs. Red Wings 3rd Period Thread

A goal from Tomas Tatar less than four minutes into the middle frame had the Red Wings up 2 but a late goal from Zach Sanford pulled Washington to within one once again. Third period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink Feb 18, 2017
Capitals vs. Red Wings 2nd Period Thread

Capitals vs. Red Wings 2nd Period Thread

Frans Nielsen's 11th goal of the year was the only one tallied in the game's opening twenty minutes. Second period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 18, 2017
Capitals vs. Red Wings: Game 57 of 82

Capitals vs. Red Wings: Game 57 of 82

They're back, baby! The Caps hope to avoid that post-bye week curse and wrap up their Joe Louis experience with one last win. Next Game: Washington Capitals @ Detroit Red Wings Saturday, February 18, 2:00 PM ET Joe Louis ArenaBroadcast Info: NHLN, CSN-DC; WFED, Capitals Radio 24/7 Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Red Wings Game Day Previews of today's battle in Motown from Vogs, AP, CSNMA, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Winging it in Motown for the other side of today's matchup. Today marks the 40th and final dance between the Caps and Wings at Joe Louis...
Winging It In Motown Feb 18, 2017
Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings, Projected Lineups, How to Watch

Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings, Projected Lineups, How to Watch

2:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena Detroit, MI TV: NHLN, FSD Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio Capitals Blog: Japers' Rink I think it is safe to say the Red Wings are not having a good season. Anything short of a Hollywood movie ending over the last 25 games of the season will see them miss the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons. To top that off this season has seen the loss of two franchise legends in Gordie Howe and Mr. Ilitch. The road to the NHL Lottery for the Wings continues tonight against the NHL’s best team in the Washington Capitals. ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 18, 2017
Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Red Wings Game Day

Saturday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Red Wings Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The boys are back in town, back on the ice and back in action as they head to Detroit for a matinee, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of today's battle in Motown from Vogs, AP, CSNMA, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Winging it in Motown for the other side of today's matchup. Today marks the 40th and final dance between the Caps and Wings at Joe Louis Arena. [Rink] Wrapping up our three-part look at this year's squad vs. the 2015-16 Capitals. [Rink] The Caps are back and are looking to defy the trend this season...
Japers' Rink Feb 17, 2017
One More at the Joe

One More at the Joe

Bidding farewell to Joe Louis Arena and over three decades of Capitals-Red Wings clashes Joe Louis Arena opened its doors on December 12, 1979; two months later, the Capitals made their first visit to the new building on the bank of the Detroit River. This weekend marks the 40th - and final - appearance for the Caps at this landmark of Detroit sports, as the Joe is set to be demolished at the end of the 2016-17 season. For a look back at that first visit, and all of the games since, we turn to our resident historian and friend of the Rink Glenn Dreyfuss: Detroit's Joe Louis Arena is one of...
-jp- / Japers' Rink Feb 17, 2017
The Noon Number: Big Difference

The Noon Number: Big Difference

A look at the extent to which the Caps have outscored their opponents so far this season 71 - Capitals’ current goal differential, the second-highest mark through 56 games since the 2004-05 lockout (2005-06 Senators, +86) and second-highest in team history (1984-85, 74). But wait, that’s not right. The Caps’ actual goal differential so far is 74 - teams are awarded a “goal” when they win a game in the shootout, and the Caps are 1-4 there, hence the “71” number. That’s still the second-highest mark through 56 games since the 2004-05 lockout. Not bad.
Japers' Rink Feb 17, 2017
The Washington Capitals, Then and Now — Part III

The Washington Capitals, Then and Now — Part III

In the third and last part of this comparison of this year’s club to last, we look to the players. In the first two parts of this comparison of this year’s edition of the Washington Capitals to last year’s edition through the first 56 games of the schedule, we looked at records and team-wide statistics. The last part looks at the two clubs at the player level. First, there is the cohort of players who played for both clubs in this part of the schedule. There are 18 skaters in this group: Alex Ovechkin Andre Burakovsky Brooks Orpik Chandler Stephenson Dmitry Orlov Evgeny Kuznetsov Jay...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 17, 2017
Friday Caps Clips: Bye Bye, Bye!

Friday Caps Clips: Bye Bye, Bye!

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wrapping up the hockeyless week, closer looks at what makes this team tick and more. Your savory breakfast links: Comparing this year's Capitals to last year's. [Rink, NoVa Caps] With Andre Burakovsky out long term, who is the better choice to replace him in the lineup going forward - Jakub Vrana or Zach Sanford? [CSNMA] A look at the Caps' special teams. [Rink, CSNMA] Alex Ovechkin is once again putting up impressive numbers, which may be covering up some struggles. [NoVa Caps] Get to know the new kid in town (or, for now, in Hershey) with five...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 16, 2017
The Noon Number: Specialty Set

The Noon Number: Specialty Set

A look at the Caps’ special teams performance so far this year 106.6 - The Capitals’ combined penalty-kill and power-play percentages (also known as the Bowman Index) this year, tied with the Maple Leafs for tops in the League. Should that number hold up, it would be the second-highest of the Ovechkin era, trailing only last year’s 107.1. After a sluggish start, the team’s power play has gradually improved over the course of the season and has been particularly red-hot of late, with four goals in the three games heading into the bye week and at least one power-play goal in 13 of...
Japers' Rink Feb 16, 2017
The Washington Capitals -- Then and Now, Part II

The Washington Capitals -- Then and Now, Part II

Part II comparing this year’s team to last year’s - we take a closer look at team-versus-team numbers. We are on the back half of the bye week in the schedule for the Washington Capitals, but we still have some time to take stock of this year’s club and how it compares to last year’s edition, what then was arguably the best team in franchise history. In this part, we compare team statistics (all numbers that follow from nhl.com). In days gone by, when one mentioned the Washington Capitals, the vision that came to mind was a plucky bunch of hard workers who won as much with defense...

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