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Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey 1 hour ago

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals: Rematch preview [Game #23 Thread]

Enjoy a little early Friday sibling rivalry. The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals renew hostilities for the second half of a home-and-home that could either widen or narrow the 10-point gap between them in the Metropolitan Division's playoff standings. Wednesday's was a tight affair, turning on power plays -- two converted by Alex Ovechkin to keep the Capitals' in for a share of the spoils, and one by John Tavares to give the Islanders' the NHL's magical third point that spontaneously conceives itself once two teams reach the 61st minute without declaring a winner. For the first...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 3 hours ago

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: The Return of Brooks Laich?

Without the benefit of a morning skate, it's hard to know exactly what the Caps' lineup will look like tonight as they host the Islanders in the back-end of a home-and-home series, but there are rumblings that Brooks Laich could return to the lineup, so there's that. We'll know more as puck-drop approaches, but for now, here's what the Caps looked like to start Wednesday night's game: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson Marcus Johansson - Andre Burakovsky - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle - Joel Ward Liam O`Brien - Evgeny Kuznetsov -  Eric Fehr ...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 3 hours ago

Capitals vs. Islanders: Game 22 of 82

Washington looks for a split in the second game of a home-and-home 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 5 hours ago

The Noon Number: The Caps Can't Even

A look at the Caps' five-a-side slide 136:13 - Amount of five-on-five ice time the Caps have played since last scoring in that manpower situation (Jason Chimera's second-period goal in Colorado). In the interim, the Caps have an Alex Ovechkin goal at four-on-four (the game-winner against the Avs, 120:57 ago) and a trio of power-play tallies over the last two games. Maybe it's time to switch up the lines... (h/t to @AdamVingan for checking my math, which, incidentally, includes five-on-five time with the goalie pulled)
Japers' Rink 6 hours ago

On the Capitals' Puck Possession Decline: Where Have All the Fenwicks Gone?

Washington has been slipping by possession metrics. Why? The Capitals will wrap up a home-and-home with the New York Islanders tonight, a two-game set which has offered Washington a chance to show that it belongs among the East's top teams. If the first of the two games is any indication, however, the Caps have plenty of work to do, as Washington was overmatched on Wednesday night (final score notwithstanding), continuing a bit of a downward spiral. On a numbers basis, a month ago, it was hard to see this coming. After being one of the strongest possession teams through October, the Caps...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 11 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Islanders Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's visit from the Isles, Trotz trots, predicting the playoff picture and more. Your savory Thanksgiving leftover links: Previews of tonight's rematch with the Islanders from NHL.com and AP, and as always be sure to check out our phenomenal SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up. A home-and-home sandwiched around the holiday gives the Caps a rare chance at a playoff-style series with the Islanders. [WaPo] Facing his former team, Jack Hillen's return to the ice Wednesday night...
Japers' Rink Nov 27, 2014

Thursday Caps Clips: An OTL on the Island

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps grab a standings point in Nassau, Ovechkin scores twice on the power play in his 700th career NHL game, Jack Hillen finally suits up and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's overtime loss from us (QuickCap, recap), Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Ovechkin, Hillen, Niskanen, Johansson), NHL.com, AP, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW,  Peerless, Frankovic, DSP (plus three stars), RMNB, Brooks Laichyear (with the fancystats), Inside Hockey, Lighthouse Hockey. Whatever injury...
Japers' Rink Nov 27, 2014

Capitals @ Islanders Recap: Caps lose 3-2 in OT, salvage point

Despite two goals from Alex Ovechkin, the Islanders pull out a 3-2 overtime victory on a John Tavares tally with 24 second left. [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] Special teams stole the show tonight, as both the Washington Capitals and the host New York Islanders each scored two power play goals apiece, which accounted for four of the game's five goals. However, it was the Islanders who scored last, an important distinction since...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Nov 26, 2014

New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 2 (OT): John Tavares wins it on OT power play

Not the sharpest of games, but these Islanders can win on those nights too. John Tavares scored on a power play with 24 seconds left in overtime to give the New York Islanders the victory in the first half of a home-and-home with the Washington Capitals, who provided every bit the tough fight on a night when neither team was at its best. The Islanders got both points in an uncharacteristic performance marked by turnovers, botched passes (often one in the same), shots fired wide, and two glaring moments where the Capitals' best weapon was left alone to score from his most well-known...
Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Capitals vs. Islanders QuickCap: Tavares' OT Goal Wins It for NY

John Tavares' power play goal in overtime gives the Islanders the 3 to 2 win at Nassau Coliseum. [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 Two goals from Alex Ovechkin got the Capitals to overtime but a late penalty to Nicklas Backstrom sank Washington when John Tavares won the game with 23 seconds left. An even sixty minutes was undone by the two minute minor and the Capitals' division rival grabbed the extra...
Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Capitals vs. Islanders Third Period Thread

Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 73 seconds left in the middle frame to even the score at 2 to 2. A slick no look pass from Nicklas Backstrom set the scoring play in motion and the teams are tied after forty minutes. Third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Capitals vs. Islanders Second Period Thread

Three goals were scored in the first period - Andres Lee's tally was followed by Alex Ovechkin's, and his power play goal was followed by Travis Hamonic's own man advantage goal less than four minutes later. The Islanders lead their guests in shots by three after twenty. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Ovi, O'B OK

Per Mike Vogel, Alex Ovechkin appears to be no worse for wear after leaving practice early with an upper-body issue yesterday (although his coach is still going with the "gametime decision" line, so stay tuned). Meanwhile Jack Hillen draws in for an injured Mike Green and Liam O`Brien returns from his recent injury, which could move Eric Fehr to center... and push Evgeny Kuznetsov back to the press box. With that in mind - and the notion that it could be subject to change - here are tonight's probable forward lines and defensive pairings, with Braden Holtby back between the pipes: Alex...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Capitals vs. Islanders: Game 21 of 82

The Caps kick off a home-and-home with the Islanders, as the two teams clash for the first time this season. 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.
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Nov 26, 2014

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals Preview: More Metro Madness

The Islanders continue a run of six consecutive games commuting within the Metro division. As we near U.S. Thanksgiving, there are new contenders emerging in the Metropolitan Division. One of them isn't the New York Islanders, but has an opportunity to make a statement in that direction over the next two nights. Though the Washington Capitals are nine points behind the Isles (and have one game in hand), they in a three-way battle for third with the Smurfs and Demon Spawn, and their underlying numbers hint that they'll be better than their current record if they keep doing what they're...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

In Search of the Washington Capitals Offense

After scoring at a high rate to start the season, the Caps have seen their goals dry up over the last two weeks... but why? With roughly a quarter of the 2014-15 season in the books, the Caps find themselves right around the middle of the League in scoring, their 2.75 goals per game ranking them 14th in the NHL. That number would look a lot higher, however, were it not for a recent slide in which the team has put up just seven goals in five games (1.40 goals/game). In fact, prior to this five-game stretch, the Caps were putting up an average of 3.20 goals a night - an impressive rate that...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

The Noon Number: Metro Match-Up

A look at how a couple of teams have fared within the division headed into a pair of head-to-head games 2 - Number of intra-divisional losses in 11 games so far this season for Metropolitan Division rivals Washington (3-1-0) and the New York Islanders (6-1-0), who begin a home-and-home series tonight on Long Island. No other team in the Metro has fewer than three losses within the division.
Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Reading Between The Lines: A Look at Barry Trotz's Forward Combinations

Evaluating how the Capitals have handled their forward combos through the season's first 20 games The Washington Capitals are a better team this year than they were last year, full stop. Through 20 games last season the Capitals controlled 48.9% of even-strength shot attempts after adjusting for score effects; this year that percentage is all the way up to 53.1%. But despite the dramatic improvement in puck possession, the Capitals have two fewer points through 20 games (21) this season than they did last. Nevertheless, score adjusted puck possession metrics are currently considered the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Nov 26, 2014

Wednesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Islanders Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of tonight's visit to the Island, injury updates galore, creating chaos and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's visit to Nassau from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless and the Islanders, and be sure to visit our fabulous SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up. Believe it or not, the Isles are actually a measuring-stick team for the Caps. And no, there are no flying pigs. Yet. [WaPo, CSNW] Meanwhile the Islanders are off to their fastest start in franchise history. [NY...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Nov 25, 2014

The Noon Number: Tough Competition, Tougher Results

A look at the Capitals' early-season struggles against the League's best teams 1 - Number of wins the Caps have so far this season against the League's top-ten teams. That one win (which gave the Caps a split against overachieving Calgary) stands against four regulation losses (Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa and Vancouver) and two overtime/shootout defeats (Montreal and Calgary). By contrast, the Caps have (only) gone 6-4-0 against the League's bottom-ten teams. The Caps will get two more cracks at a top-ten team when they face the Islanders in a home-and-home sandwiching Thanksgiving starting...

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