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J.p. / Japers' Rink 2 hours ago

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 2 hours ago

Game Thread: Capitals vs Oilers - Keeping It Rolling

One win in the books, now it's time for another.
J.p. / Japers' Rink 2 hours ago

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 8 hours ago

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 10 hours ago

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 13 hours ago
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...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 20, 2014

Capital Ups and Downs: Week 2

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 Lasted less than ten minutes against San Jose (three goals allowed on ten shots), but bounced back with a tremendous winning performance against New Jersey that was even better than the 26-for-28 stat line would imply. All systems go for the number one netminder. Justin Peters Was saddled with the shootout loss after the Caps battled back against the Sharks, then picked up a shootout win in his...
Japers' Rink Oct 20, 2014

Monday Caps Clips: Rest Stop

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The team took an R&R day as they prepare for their West Coast swing, the stats (fancy and not-so-fancy) are trending in the right direction, the Verizon Center swag schedule was announced and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Week That Was, Volume 2. [Peerless, RMNB, ILWT (with a look at the Metro)] Smokin' Al dropped in for a chat with John Walton for today's Morning Drive. [Capitals Voice (audio)] Here's a list of five teams that got at least one thing right this past offseason. Yep. [USA Today] Related: Rankings. [CSNW, Blackhawk...
Litter Box Cats Oct 19, 2014

Panthers drop 2-1 shootout decision to Capitals

Cats come close, but can't end their Verizon Center slump. The Florida Panthers are still having a lot of trouble finding the back of the net, but a third period goal from Brad Boyes got the team another point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals were a perfect three for three in the skills competition. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Niklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin beat Al Montoya to offset Jonathan Huberdeau's first round goal. Justin Peters stop on Jussi Jokinen in the second round set the stage for Ovechkin's winner. Washington outplayed the Cats for much of the first...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 19, 2014

Sunday Caps Clips: 65 and Over

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping last night's shootout win over the Panthers, Backstrom plays in his 500th, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on the shootout victory over Florida from us (quickcap, recap), Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Backstrom, Chimera, Fehr, Orpik, Peters), NHL.com (with highlights and video recap), AP, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW, BrooksLaichyear, Caps Outsider, RMNB, Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald. He hasn't been called upon as often in the shootout, but Alex Ovechkin made sure to make...
Japers' Rink Oct 19, 2014

Capitals vs. Panthers Recap: Skills Provide the Thrills in Caps' 2-1 Shootout Win

The Caps and Panthers managed only a goal apiece in the hockey portion of the contest, but combined for five goals in the shootout. The Captain made sure there was a happy ending. [GameCenter - Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Shootout Results - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick] It was not pretty, but there are no standings points for pretty in the NHL.  The Caps won ugly on Saturday night and earned two points, beating the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in a game decided in the...
Japers' Rink Oct 18, 2014

Capitals vs. Panthers QuickCap: Caps Win In Shootout With Mad Skills

The Caps go to extra time for the third time in five games, this time with a different ending. [GameCenter - Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Shootout Results - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick] For two periods the Washington Capitals deployed a smothering defense on the Florida Panthers.  There were cracks in the third period, mostly due to the Caps taking a couple of early penalties, one of which the Panthers scored on.  Justin Peters closed and locked the door for the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 18, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Sticking with What Worked; Peters to Start

Per Chuck Gormley, lines and D-pairs at this morning's skate were the same as the ones that beat down Jersey the other night, so expect the following lines and pairs in front of Justin Peters (making his first start as a Cap) in net: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer Marcus Johansson - Andre Burakovsky - Brooks Laich Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Liam O`Brien - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Chris Brown Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen Nate Schmidt - Mike Green That leaves Braden Holtby as the back-up goalie, John Erskine,...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Oct 18, 2014
Capitals vs. Panthers: Game 5 of 82

Capitals vs. Panthers: Game 5 of 82

Washington looks to wrap its three-game homestand with a win against Florida Note: Justin Peters (0-0-1/2.18/.875) is expected to start for the Caps. 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 Oct 18, 2014

Backwards Slapshot: Honest Abe

The players continue dishing out their new player of the game award. The players have found interesting ways to acknowledge their "player of the game" each night...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Oct 18, 2014

Saturday Caps Clips: Panthers @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It's raining cats and dogs in DC as the Caps pose with puppies and ready for a visit from the Panthers, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's clash with the Cats from Vogs, NHL.com, Fox Sports, Sun-Sentinel, Peerless, and Caps Outsider, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Litter Box Cats for more from the other side of tonight's match-up. Exploring the potential of the newest "Young Gun," 19-year-old Andre Burakovsky. [Rink, Razzball] Cracking the Super 16 for the first time this season - here come...

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