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Becca H / Japers' Rink 11 hours ago

The Noon Countdown: ROWing the Boat

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at the Caps' wins last year. 40 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of regulation and overtime wins earned by the Caps in 2014-15, 12 more than their total in 2013-14 and their fourth-highest ROW total since the start of the Ovechkin Era (2005-06). They tied the Islanders for the sixth-highest ROW total in the League, with the Rangers leading the pack with 49.
Japers' Rink 17 hours ago

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: #WarriorsvsWriters was a splendid good time, more previews roll in, remembering a remarkable run and more. Your savory breakfast links: Team USA Warriors and Team DC Hockey Media put on a whale of a hockey game at Kettler yesterday. [Caps Outsider, Puck Buddys] CSN previews the Caps' upcoming season... [CSNMA] ... and marks a surprising offseason move. [@charlesyoung81] Crystal ballin' Le Metro. [Le Journal de Montreal] Is this Braden Holtby's year? To score a goal, that is. [CSNMA] Revisiting Alex Ovechkin's sick, unbelievable run from...
Japers' Rink Aug 30, 2015

Sunday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It is still not October yet but it is very nearly September. Soon, folks. Soon. Your savory breakfast short stack: Team Caps Media takes on Team USA Warriors at Kettler today at 3pm. Brendan Sheridan and Rob Parker are suiting up and repping the Rink. There is a silent auction with lots of goodies. The event is free but donations are encouraged welcome - all proceeds go to benefit the USA Warriors hockey program. [Capitals Hill, Talk the Red, RMNB] A is for Applause, B is for Bravo. The Caps from A to Zed, courtesy of BeccaH. [Puck Daddy] Happy...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 29, 2015

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Prospect rankings, a look at Justin Williams' timeliness and more. Your savory breakfast links: Be sure to stop by Kettler tomorrow to see the USA Warriors duke it out with local hockey writers/bloggers - including a few Rinksters - for charity. Admission is free, but donations are welcome! [Capitals Hill, Talk the Red, RMNB] Delving into the recent past of Justin Williams, with the focus on his impact plays and timeliness. [HockeyBuzz] More on a potential Trotz vs. Boudreau matchup for the 2016 Cup. [CSNMA] Ranking the power of all 30 teams'...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 28, 2015

The Noon Countdown: Real American Helpers

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at a stellar season for the Caps' top d-man 43 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of assists earned by John Carlson in 2014-15, a career high that helped him to a 55-point season (also a career high). That ranked second among all Caps, behind only Nicklas Backstrom, and was tied with Brent Burns, Kris Letang and Mark Streit for the third-highest assist total among all NHL defensemen. 30 of Carlson's 43 assists - and 38 of his 55 points overall - were scored at even strength, the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 28, 2015

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Predicting Stanley Cup matchups, filling roster holes and more. Your savory breakfast links: Depth on defense, a closer look at Tom Wilson's shooting, closing the gap in the Metro and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink] At least a couple of people think (or hope) that next summer's Stanley Cup Final will take place between Bruce Boudreau's former team and his current one. [WaPo, ESPN] Two weeks away from a prospect tournament in Florida, the team brass is looking forward to getting another look at (among others) 2015 draftee Jonas...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 27, 2015

The Noon Countdown: Overtime Onslaught

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at shots given up in the extra frame 44 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of shots given up by the Caps in overtime last season. They went to overtime a total of 21 times in 2014-15, outshooting their opponents 47 to 44 in those games (12 of which blissfully did not require a shootout). While they held the edge in shots, the Caps finished the season 5-7 in those 12 games, and were 10-11 overall in games requiring extra time.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Aug 27, 2015

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Depth on D, Wilson's Shooting, The Gap and More

A look at adding a seventh defensmen, why Tom Wilson isn't Eric Lindros, the Metro and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." August's last 'Bag portends a season growing near. Let's do this: @JapersRink #JapersMailbag a FA. Can Caps maybe sign him for 1 yr - ~$1.45M? Or trade Orlov ($2M) for picks & sign Franson for midterm deal? — David Driscoll (@ptolemaic_golf) August 24, 2015 #Japersmailbag @JapersRink d pairings if @ovi8 's buddy comes over & is this a bigger roster fix than adding depth at c — Craig Arras (@CraigArras) August 25, 2015 We've used this space in...
Japers' Rink Aug 27, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nick Backstrom's hip is in the news, mulling the Metro, plenty of fantasy fodder and more. Your savory breakfast links: Hmm. Nicklas Backstrom may not quite be ready to start the season. Jay Beagle, call your office. [Hockey Ramblings (full translation and photos), Arbetarbladet (in Swedish), Puck Daddy, Stars and Sticks, THN] Metro mania: Checking in on the division's offseasons. [PressboxDC] Five stories to watch. [Puck Drunk Love] Impact players. [NoVa Caps Fans] Fantasy fodder: John Carlson is a star and Matt Niskanen could be a...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 26, 2015

The Noon Countdown: Ready, Aim, Fire

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at last year's success when putting more pucks on net. 45 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of games in which the Caps avoided being outshot last season. They were 27-12-16 in those 45 games, compiling a 20-7-6 record when outshooting their opponent and winning all seven games in which they equaled their opponents' shot total.
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 26, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Predicting the impact of a couple of new Caps, reliving the 2008 run and more. Your savory breakfast links: Caps' goaltending prospect Vitek Vanecek has a (sort of) one-on-one chat with Mike Vogel at last month's development camp. [Monumental video] All Nicklas Backstrom thinks about is winning. And missing his BFF Mike Green, of course. [HockeyRamblings] Relive the Caps' magical run to - and predictably heartbreaking end of - the 2008 playoffs. [Peerless] Taking a closer look at the potential impact of Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie on their new...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 25, 2015

The Noon Countdown: Rock 'Em Like a Hurricane

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at Backstrom's stormy past 46 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of points scored by Nicklas Backstrom against the Carolina Hurricanes in his career, the most points he has against any team in the NHL. 12 of those 46 points have been goals, including the one he scored last season (which actually was his lone point vs. the 'Canes in 2014-15). That's the second-most Backstrom has against any team, tied with his total against the Flyers and one behind his career total in tallies against...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 25, 2015

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Memorable goals, fantasy hockey updates and more. Your savory breakfast links: Remembering the most memorable goal of them all. [Peerless] The Caps will have to hope that Nicklas Backstrom's offseason surgery doesn't impact his game too much - oddly enough, their depth at center would be impacted by losing their top guy. [CSNMA] That lack of depth could be why they don't win the Cup this year. Don't worry, though... no one else is winning it either. [USA Today] After being eased into the lineup last year, expect Andre Burakovsky to play a bigger...
Litter Box Cats Aug 24, 2015

Florida Panthers prospects to take part in four-team September rookie tournament in Estero

Rookie Cats will do battle versus the Bolts, Capitals and Predators at Germain Arena The Florida Panthers will participate in four-team rookie tournament in Estero, FL running from September 12 to September 15. The tourney will take place at Germain Arena and be hosted by the Eastern Confeence Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida's roster will feature first-round draft choice Lawson Crouse, Rocco Grimaldi and defenseman Michael Matheson. The Cats will face-off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday the 12th at 3 p.m., the Nashville Predators on the 13th at 3 p.m., and then finish...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 24, 2015

The Noon Countdown: MoJo's Mojo

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at a career year for Marcus Johansson. 47 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of points earned by Marcus Johansson in 2014-15, a career high. Last season also marked Johansson's first career 20-goal year (besting his previous high of 14 set back in 2011-12), and the first time he appeared in all 82 games. Johansson's strong year earned him $3.75 million for next season via arbitration. (Be sure to check out the investigative work Muneeb did on whether Marcus can maintain his scoring...
Japers' Rink Aug 24, 2015

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Wrapping up the NHL's team outlook, the Caps are trickling back to Kettler, fantasy ephemera and some notes from Russia. Your savory breakfast links: "Apparently, we did some things well; we did some things not so well. We added good players, we lost good players. And we should compete for a playoff spot." Uncle Ted takes a look at NHL.com's 30-for-30 assessment of the Caps' offseason and outlook. [Ted's Take] And in case you missed the NHL.com coverage, here 'tis: The outlook for the 2015-16 season Questions facing the Caps Top...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 22, 2015

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previewing the 2015-16 Caps, building your fantasy hockey roster and more. Your savory breakfast links: It's all Caps, all the time as NHL.com's 30 in 30 rolls into the District: The outlook for the 2015-16 season Questions facing the Caps Top prospects Reasons for optimism Fantasy outlook While in town for last month's development camp, Caps' prospect Madison Bowey sat down for a one-on-one chat with Mike Vogel. [Monumental video] Building your fantasy hockey roster? You might do well to use some of your picks on a handful of our boys in red....
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 21, 2015

The Noon Countdown: Thirty for Ten

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at yet another milestone for the Great Eight. 50 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of games it took for Alex Ovechkin to score goal #30 in 2014-15 (the first of three he had in that game against new teammate T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues). That marked the tenth time in Ovechkin's decade-long career in which he's scored at least 30 goals, becoming just the fifth player in NHL history to achieve that feat in each of his first ten seasons. The other four? Wayne Gretzky, Mike...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 21, 2015

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The first of many massive season previews, Ovi's vow to be Korea-bound and more. Your savory breakfast links: Mixing up the D pairs, cloning the captain and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. Remember, you ask, we answer - so keep those questions coming! [Rink] Make no mistake, Alex Ovechkin will be in Korea for the 2018 Olympics... whether the NHL gives its blessing or not. [WaPo, Puck Daddy, Sporting News, CSNMA] The 2015-16 season is just around the corner. Preview time! NBC's ProHockeyTalk has all the goods on the upcoming season....
Becca H / Japers' Rink Aug 20, 2015

The Noon Countdown: Springtime Helpers

Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at some playoff apple-picking 51 - Number of days remaining until the 2015-16 season. But it's also... ...the number of assists accumulated by the Caps during their 14-game playoff run this past spring. Joel Ward led the way with six helpers, followed by Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson (five each). Even Braden Holtby got into the action, picking up an assist in Game 1 against the Rangers - his first career playoff point. Of the Caps' skaters, only three - Curtis Glencross, Eric Fehr, and Michael Latta - failed to register at...

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