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Becca H / Japers' Rink 3 hours ago

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Mike Green

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Mike Green. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Green's Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage (2013-15): Green's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): Green's Past...
Becca H / Japers' Rink 7 hours ago

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps look to address their needs up front this summer, an ongoing look at the 14-15 season and more. Your savory breakfast links: Last summer, it was the defense; this time around, the Caps will be looking to shore up their top-line wing as they do a little shopping... [Dump 'n Chase] ...and here are a few of the names that might be on that shopping list. [Along the Boards] Despite saying he was healthy after the season ended... Nicklas Backstrom underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday. Surprise!...
Japers' Rink May 28, 2015

Driving the Bus: Passing Microstats and the Caps

New passing data from InLouWeTrust gives us some good insights into who is producing offense for the Capitals Passing microstats allow interested parties an opportunity to examine how (and which) players generate shot attempts...and we know that shot attempts are important. So before getting any further it's critically important that you read this article from InLouWeTrust, it provides both the data ,and the methodology that produced the data, that we are going over below. Did you read it? Alright cool. Now that you've finished reading that article we can talk about the passing data...
Japers' Rink May 28, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Eric Fehr

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Eric Fehr. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Fehr's Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage (2007-15): Fehr's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): Fehr's Past Seven...
Japers' Rink May 28, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Stingrays win the longest Game Seven in ECHL history, player reviews continue, Wardo's agent is ready to sign already, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Congrats to the South Carolina Stingrays, who played over one hundred and five minutes of scoreless Game Seven hockey before Joe Devin finally converted on a drop pass from Caps prospect Caleb Herbert to defeat the Toledo Walleye, claim the ECHL Eastern Conference title, and advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. They will face the Allen (Texas) Americans for Game One on Sunday. [Stingrays,...
Japers' Rink May 27, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Jason Chimera

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Jason Chimera. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Chimera's Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage since 2007: Chimera's HERO Chart (via Own the Puck): Chimera's...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 27, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wrapping up the 2014-15 season for a few more Caps, talking contracts, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Seasons in review: John Carlson. [Rink, RMNB, Stars and Sticks] Jason Chimera. [WaPo] Brooks Laich. [WaPo] Nate Schmidt. [Peerless] There are a lot of unknowns for the Caps heading into this summer, which could mean some longtime Caps are heading out. [WaPo] Joel Ward is one of those unknowns, but he'd like to stick around and sign a deal with the Caps before he hits the open market. [Monumental video, WaPo, The...
Japers' Rink May 26, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, John Carlson. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Carlson's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage: Carlson's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): Carlson's...
J.p. / Japers' Rink May 26, 2015

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Thoughts on next year's roster and a new Cap will have dad strength going forward. Your savory breakfast links: Catch up on all of the news you missed over the long weekend in the past few days' Clips. Taking a hack at what the Caps' roster might look like next year. [CSNW] Evgeny Kuznetsov is the latest Cap to become a new dad. Mazel tov! [RMNB] A look back at Brooks Orpik's first season as a Cap. [Peerless] The Kelowna Rockets went to the net early and often last night. Madison Bowey had a goal, two assists, five shots and a plus-three rating...
Japers' Rink May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Kuzya pays a visit to the Clarendon fire station, Eric Fehr talks free agency, the Rockets drop the puck with Oceanic and more on this Memorial Day holiday. Your savory breakfast links: Soon-to-be dad Evgeny Kuznetsov stopped by a Clarendon fire station with a special request and an armload of goodies for the firemen. Good on you, Zhenya. [RMNB] Eric Fehr addresses his pending free agency: "Definitely feeling better about this year than the previous unrestricted year. Honestly at the end of the day I’d love to be back here and help this team...
Japers' Rink May 24, 2015

Sunday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: And so begins Beaglewatch, Ovi is stepping out in Moscow, Madison Bowey needs to step it up at MemCup and more. Your savory breakfast links: Pending UFA Jay Beagle would be "honored" to re-sign with Washington - but he's going to check with his agent first. [WaPo] Brooks Orpik learned a few things this year from Mike Green... and found out that Alex Ovechkin is motivated by how others think of him. [CSNW] Speaking of Ovi... he made his big debut with his new ladyfriend at a Moscow GQ event, while wearing a t-shirt with Claudia Schiffer's picture...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 23, 2015

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Examining Eric Fehr's future, Slava Fetisov wants Russian kids to stay away from the NHL, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Seasons in review: Andre Burakovsky.  [Rink, RMNB, Starsand Sticks] Matt Niskanen. [WaPo] Karl Alzner. [WaPo] The Caps may have their third-line center in place for next season... if they can come to terms with soon-to-be UFA Eric Fehr. [CSNW] Michael Latta reveals the mysterious origins of his nickname. In that he has no idea what those origins are and they remain a mystery. [RMNB] Did Alex Ovechkin manage to...
Japers' Rink May 22, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Andre Burakovsky

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Andre Burakovsky. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Burakovsky's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage: Burakovsky's First Season...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 22, 2015

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Looking back at the 2014-15 season for Green, Brouwer, Ward and more. Your savory breakfast links: Seasons in review: Troy Brouwer. [Rink, RMNB, Stars and Sticks, THW] Joel Ward. [WaPo, RMNB] Evgeny Kuznetsov. [WaPo] Mike Vogel sits down with Mike Green for what may be his final end-of-season chat. *sigh* [Monumental video] Even without earning a ring or a shiny trophy (at least not of the team variety), Alex Ovechkin can hold his head high after his 2014-15 season. [THW] Of the four teams remaining in the playoffs, it's not that hard to...
Japers' Rink May 21, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Troy Brouwer

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Troy Brouwer. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Brouwer's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage: Brouwer's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
Japers' Rink May 21, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Player and trade deadline reviews, UFA updates, Stingrays win again and more. Your savory breakfast links: "...if we win that game 1-0 when he scored that goal, it’s a great trade. That’s the fine line." GM Brian MacLellan evaluates the deadline deals that brought in Tim Gleason and Curtis Glencross . [WaPo] Yeah, and about that Gleason happy talk. [RMNB] Troy Brouwer , confidence man. [WaPo] Will ye, nill ye, Tom Wilson must up his game to fulfill the team's plans. [WaPo] "Shoooooot," they said. Shoooooot, he did. And remarkably, Marcus...
Japers' Rink May 20, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Jay Beagle

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Jay Beagle. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Beagle's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage: Beagle's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 20, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Seasons in review, the head honcho weighs in on his summer plans for the team, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Caps' GM Brian MacLellan talks about the season that was, the window for the Caps, and his list of offseason priorities - the highest of which is finding a top-line winger. [Dump 'n Chase, WaPo (and again and again), CSNW(and again), PHT, The Score] Season in review: Nicklas Backstrom. [Rink, RMNB, Stars and Sticks] John Carlson. [WaPo] Brooks Orpik. [WaPo] Mike Green. [Peerless] Considering he didn't play a single...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 19, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Nicklas Backstrom. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Backstrom's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage: Backstrom's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
J.p. / Japers' Rink May 19, 2015

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Mac faces the media and more. Your savory breakfast links: General Manager Brian MacLellan met with the media yesterday to discuss this past season and what lies ahead. [Monumental (video), WaPo (and again), WashTimes, CSNW] High on the off-season wishlist is a top-line right wing. [CSNW, Stars & Sticks] Goodbye, Greenie? [NHL.com, CSNW, RMNB] The season review have started rolling in: Karl Alzner... [Rink, RMNB, Stars & Sticks] ... John Carlson... [Peerless] ... Braden Holtby... [WaPo] ... and The Captain. [WaPo] The...

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