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Becca H / Japers' Rink 4 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips: Right Over the Plate

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Joel Ward proves that he's just as awesome on the diamond as he is on ice, grading the Caps defensemen, and more. Your savory breakfast links: As the postseason continues on its merry way, the Peerless wonders - just how well did the Caps do against these lucky playoff teams this year? [Rink] The Caps may have fallen just short of a spot of their own in the second season, but the fall from grace started long before the final weeks of the season. [Dump 'n Chase] Alex Ovechkin is under fire again. Oh, is it a day ending in "-day" again already?...
Japers' Rink Apr 17, 2014

Sittin' at the End of the (Capitals) Bar: The Washington Capitals Against the Playoff Field

The Peerless takes a look at the Caps' season against the 16 clubs in the Stanley Cup playoff field and how the Caps stacked up against the best the league had to offer. Now that the playoffs are here, and the Washington Capitals aren't in them, it got us to thinking about the Caps and how they did against playoff teams this season. Did Washington measure up against that level of competition, or was it merely wishful thinking that if they got in, some damage might have been done by the Caps? Let's start at the top, with pure wins and losses. During the regular season, the Caps played 45...
Japers' Rink Apr 17, 2014
Thursday Caps Clips

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The day in McPhee/Oates, the playoffs have commenced, and Joel Ward gets a special honor. Your savory breakfast links: Wednesday was largely quiet on the Kettler front, as the Caps' brass continued their evaluation process. [CSNW] McPhee and Oates should definitely keep their jobs because Rick Nash. [WaPo (Feinstein)] Oh looky - there's a Mike Green-shaped object under the Oatesbus.[WaPo, WashTimes] Braden Holtby reflects on a sadly sideways season. [CSNW] If you were a buyout, whose buyout would you be? [CSNW] The assistant coaches get a...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 16, 2014
All Aboard: Finding Your Playoff Bandwagon

All Aboard: Finding Your Playoff Bandwagon

A handy primer to help you figure out which teams you should and should not root for as the postseason gets underway. So as you may have heard by now (it's come up from time to time), the Caps have missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. After such a long stretch of "success", having the season come to an end in early April is a tough adjustment for all of us. Usually we get at least one round (but no more than two) of Caps' hockey before having to decide how to fill our hockeyless hours. Not this year, though. No, this year the Caps made sure to make a much more...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 16, 2014
Wednesday Caps Clips: Lucky #13

Wednesday Caps Clips: Lucky #13

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Grabovski is looking for stability in DC, the draft lottery slots the Caps in at #13, Hershey's crucial final week and more. Your savory breakfast links: Ted Leonsis hasn't made a decision yet on the fate of, among others, his general manager and head coach. It's a decision he should make sooner rather than later... [Rink] ...in part because it's holding up any potential contracts with soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Mikhail Grabovski, who wants to know who he'd be playing for if he stayed. [WaPo, CSNW] If unsigned, Grabovski is one of three...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 15, 2014
The Deciding Factor

The Deciding Factor

The longer the Caps wait to make a decision on the team's direction, the harder it will be to get the right people in place to do the driving. When the 2013-14 regular season came to a close Sunday evening, it marked the first time in six seasons that the Caps  found themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in - and kicked off an offseason that will likely be full of tough decisions to be made about the future and direction of the organization. The biggest of these decisions lies squarely on the shoulders of owner Ted Leonsis, who will have to decide whether the team will...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 15, 2014
Tuesday Caps Clips: Exit Stage Left

Tuesday Caps Clips: Exit Stage Left

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: all the talk from out at Kettler as the Caps close up shop for the summer, looking ahead to the offseason, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Breakdown day already, as the team faced the media out at Kettler for the last time before dispersing for the summer: The coach. [Monumental video, CSNW (video), NHL.com] The captain. [Monumental video, CSNW (video, and again and again), WaPo, Puck Daddy, AP] The forwards. [Monumental video (Backstrom, Johansson, Brouwer, Ward, Laich, Penner, Wilson, Volpatti, Beagle, Fehr), CSNW (Laich)] The...
Japers' Rink Apr 14, 2014
Monday Caps Clips: It's Breakdown Day

Monday Caps Clips: It's Breakdown Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Stick a fork in the 2013-2014 season; it is done. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on yesterday's 1-0 shootout loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Ovechkin, Carlson, Chimera, Beagle), NHL.com, WaPo, WashTimes, CSNW, Peerless, RMNB, Capitals Hill (really more of a precap), DSP, and hey, happy Boltsbloggers (Raw Charge). The Caps now own the NHL record for the most shootouts in a season with 21. [Inside Hockey] Take that, Ryan Callahan! On principle, generally, and on grounds of crease incursion,...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Apr 13, 2014
... And Then There Was Golf

... And Then There Was Golf

...And then there was golf.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 13, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines for the End of the Line

Per Katie Carrera, Braden Holtby gets the nod in net as the Caps wrap up the season - with a bit of a banged-up team in front of him, as Marcus Johansson will miss the season finale with an upper-body injury. In his place will be call-up Peter Leblanc, who will make his NHL debut on the fourth line, while Richard Trophy finalist Jay Beagle moves up to the second line between Evgeny Kuznetsov and Troy Brouwer. Here's what the lines and defensive pairings should look like for the final game of the 2013-14 season: Mikhail Grabovski - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jay...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 13, 2014
Capitals vs. Lightning: Game 82 of 82

Capitals vs. Lightning: Game 82 of 82

The season comes to an end for the Caps as they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tonight's probable netminders: GP MIN W L O GA GAA SA SV SV% SO Braden Holtby 47 2591 23 15 3 126 2.92 1443 1317 .913 3 Anders Lindback 22 1238 7 12 2 63 3.05 562 499 .888 0 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 Apr 13, 2014
Sunday Caps Clips: Season's End Game Day

Sunday Caps Clips: Season's End Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps take on Tampa to close out the 2013-2014 season, Peter LeBlanc gets his cup o' joe, Chandler Stephenson signs and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of this afternoon's tangle with Tampa from Vogs, NHL.com and CBSSports, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Raw Charge for the other side of today's matchup. Oh no, JoJo! Marcus Johansson sustained an upper body injury in Friday's game. He will miss the season finale... [Sports Injury Alert] ... which leaves an opening on the Caps' roster for a recall from...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 12, 2014

Saturday Caps Clips: Blackhawks Down

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's 4-0 win over the 'Hawks, Jay Beagle pots two, GMGM's future with the team and more. Your savory breakfast links: Yesterday's must-read was this "boom goes the dynamite" article detailing just how dysfunctional this organization has become, from the top down. [WaPo] Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shutout victory over Chicago from us (...sorta), Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Beagle, Fehr, Backstrom), NHL.com, AP, CBS Sports, WaPo, CSNW (gamer, blog), Frankovic, Peerless, DSP, and RMNB, and for the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Apr 11, 2014
Capitals vs. Blackhawks Non-Recap Recap: Caps Win 4-0 as Beagle Pots a Pair

Capitals vs. Blackhawks Non-Recap Recap: Caps Win 4-0 as Beagle Pots a Pair

Washington continues to shine when they spotlight's off, routing Chicago [GameCenter - Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Summary - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at Extra Skater] We weren't watching closely. You were. Maybe you weren't. We're not here to judge. Discuss if you'd like... Game highlights:
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 11, 2014

Tonight's 8-Bit Lines: Let the Final Home Games Begin

No morning skate today means no info on lines, pairings or goalies... so let's just go ahead and assume it looks something like this (or not) and that someone will be in net (...or not): Mikhail Grabovski - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Joel Ward Dustin Penner - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson Karl Alzner - John Carlson Dmitry Orlov - Connor Carrick Julien Brouillette - Tyson Strachan That leaves Mike Green, Patrick Wey, Jack Hillen and Brooks Laich out with injuries, Aaron Volpatti and John Erskine as...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 11, 2014
Capitals vs. Blackhawks: Game 81 of 82

Capitals vs. Blackhawks: Game 81 of 82

A visit from the reigning Cup champs kicks off the Caps' final weekend. 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 Apr 11, 2014
The Noon Number: Three-by-Three for the Third Line

The Noon Number: Three-by-Three for the Third Line

A look at a D.C. rarity turned by Gang Green 3 - Points for each member of the Caps' third line last night, which is impressive unto itself, but also happens to represent something that hasn't happened in more than seven years. Per Elias: Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward each recorded one goal and two assists for the Capitals in their 5-2 win at Carolina. It was the first Washington game in which at least three Capitals players scored three points or more but neither Nicklas Backstrom nor Alex Ovechkin was among them since Oct. 7, 2006, when Chris Clark, Brian Pothier and Alexander...
Second City Hockey Apr 11, 2014

Blackhawks @ Capitals : Game Day Numbers

The Blackhawks return to the nation's capital, this time for an actual game. Chicago Blackhawks (107 pts, 46-19-15) @ Washington Capitals (87 pts, 37-30-13) 6 pm CDT, Verizon Center - Washington DC. TV: CSN Chicago, NBCSN Radio: 87.7 FM Blackhawks last game: 3-2 W (OT) vs Canadiens Capitals last game: 5-2 W @ Hurricanes Enemy Territory : Japers' Rink 381 : The number of shots on goal Alex Ovechkin has this season, the most in the NHL. 67 : The number of power play goals the Capitals have scored, the most in the NHL. 62 : The number points (11 G, 51 A)...
Second City Hockey Apr 11, 2014

Blackhawks @ Capitals : Complete Coverage

The Blackhawks return to the nation's capital, this time for an actual game. Chicago Blackhawks (107 pts, 46-19-15) @ Washington Capitals (87 pts, 37-30-13) 6 pm CDT, Verizon Center - Washington DC. TV: CSN Chicago, NBCSN Radio: 87.7 FM Blackhawks last game: 3-2 W (OT) vs Canadiens Capitals last game: 5-2 W @ Hurricanes Enemy Territory : Japers' Rink 381 : The number of shots on goal Alex Ovechkin has this season, the most in the NHL. 67 : The number of power play goals the Capitals have scored, the most in the NHL. 62 : The number points (11 G, 51 A) Adam Oates had in...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 11, 2014
Friday Caps Clips: Wrapping Up the Road; Blackhawks @ Capitals Game Day

Friday Caps Clips: Wrapping Up the Road; Blackhawks @ Capitals Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's win over the 'Canes, reflecting on a lost season, pointing fingers and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps of last night's relatively meaningless win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Holtby, Ward, Fehr), NHL.com, AP, SportsXchange, WaPo, Frankovic, DSP, RMNB and Peerless, and from the Carolina contingent, the News Observer and Canes Country. The third line of Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward was on fire last night, with each member of the trio picking up a goal and two assists....

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