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Andy Boron / Die By The Blade 21 hours ago
Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals: Preview and open thread

Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals: Preview and open thread

HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY..... Preseason Game #1 Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals Puck Drop - 5:00pm EST - Verizon Center - Washington D.C. TV - MSG | Radio - WGR 550 - AMSB Nation Capitals Blog - Japers' Rink The Buffalo Sabres open their preseason today in Washington in the first of six warm-up games, beginning today and ending on October 3. The lineup has not been revealed as of this writing, nor has the starting goalie, but according to Chris Ryndak of Sabres.com, the lines will be different than they've been in...
Japers' Rink 22 hours ago
Sunday Caps Clips: Sabres @ Caps Game Day

Sunday Caps Clips: Sabres @ Caps Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The first preseason game of the Barry Trotz Era is upon us. Your savory breakfast links: Game on! Preview of tonight's preseason battle with the Blades from Vogs, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partners over at Die By The Blade for more from the other side of tonight's match-up. And now begins the Barry Trotz Era of Washington Capitals Hockey: Those seemingly crazy-quilt lines you'll see tonight and over the next few games are on purpose - it's a mentorship thing. [Dump 'n' Chase, WaPo] It's also a family thing...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 20, 2014
Saturday Caps Clips: Skating Out of the Gate

Saturday Caps Clips: Skating Out of the Gate

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Coach Trotz puts the boys through a grueling workout, Ovechkin goes to the left, camp storylines and more. Your savory breakfast links: Weighing the importance of strong campaigns from a couple of Caps, roster questions abound, just how "100%" is Brooks Laich and more in this week's Mailbag. [Rink] Delving deeper into the what-if scenario of a Caps team with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. [Rink] Training Camp 2014 is off and running: Check out the schedule for all three groups as the second day of camp gets underway. [Caps Today] Players,...
Japers' Rink Sep 19, 2014
A Tale of Two Phenoms -- Part II

A Tale of Two Phenoms -- Part II

What if...? [Ed. Note: Back in the summer of 2009, Peerless penned a four-part fantasy tale of what the Washington Capitals might look like if they did not win the 2004 draft lottery and the right to select Alex Ovechkin with the first overall pick. Now, we thought it might be an entertaining diversion to contemplate what might have happened if the Caps won the 2004 lottery, then won the 2005 lottery as well.  The first installment of the story can be found here.  We pick up the story with the second installment…] As we begin our second installment of our fantasy contemplating what...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Sep 19, 2014
Japers' Rink Mailbag: Ovechkin or Green, Roster Questions, and Laich's Health

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Ovechkin or Green, Roster Questions, and Laich's Health

A pair of Young Guns face off, portside or starboard for the captain, are the kids alright, Winter Classic ticket prices, Brooks Laich's health and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." Yet another big 'Bag, so let's hit it: @JapersRink Is the success (or resurgence) of Mike Green as critical to '14-15 success as Ovechkin scoring 40 goals? — 430 leaf prince (@alrightalright) September 17, 2014 A productive Alex Ovechkin is more important to the team's fortunes than a bounce-back year from Mike Green (and the extent to which he has something from which to bounce back is...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 19, 2014
Friday Caps Clips: Meet the Press

Friday Caps Clips: Meet the Press

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The first on-ice sessions of training camp get underway, looking ahead to the 2014-15 season and more. Your savory breakfast links: All the training camp goodies you could possibly want, and a few more after that:  Let's get it started! [Dump 'n Chase] Get yourself ready for camp and learn about the battles that will be fought in the coming weeks with our Training Camp Primer. [Rink] Hear from some of the players as they get back to work. [Monumental video...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 18, 2014
Washington Capitals 2014 Training Camp Primer

Washington Capitals 2014 Training Camp Primer

Breaking down the potential battles and storylines set to play out on the eve of training camp Training camp officially gets underway tomorrow, and for the second time in three years, the Caps will gather at Kettler to meet with a brand-new coaching staff. And while a few spots are pretty well locked up (Alex Ovechkin, for example, will probably be worked into the lineup in some way), Barry Trotz and his staff will have the unenviable task of sorting out just who will go where in a roster that has plenty of question marks. Over the next few weeks the team will start to take shape, and there...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 18, 2014
The Noon Countdown: Small Margin of Error

The Noon Countdown: Small Margin of Error

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the team's record in close games 21 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also... ...the number of one-goal wins for the Caps in 2013-14 (including five of their last nine wins of the season), tied for eighth in the League. 45 of their 82 games last year were one-goal affairs, with ten of those ending in a regulation loss and another 14 in overtime or the shootout, a win percentage just under 47% - an almost 10% decrease from the previous season, when they won 13 of their 23 one-goal...
Broad Street Hockey Sep 16, 2014

Flyers vs. Capitals rookie game recap: Look! It's a defense that can skate!

The Flyers won the annual rookie game against the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-0. Seven rookie games. Five Flyers wins. Your Philadelphia Flyers rookies dominated the Washington Capitals from start to finish Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees, putting up a 3-0 win in the annual rookie game. Petr Straka opened the scoring in the second period when he capitalized on a bad Washington turnover near the blue line. He picked the puck up, went straight to the net unimpeded, and beat the goaltender with a pretty backhand. Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored on a really pretty wraparound a few seconds later,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 16, 2014

The Noon Countdown: Even-Strength Apples

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at Nicklas Backstrom's helpers at even strength 23 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also... ...the number of even-strength assists for Nicklas Backstrom in 2013-14, his lowest total of any season in which he's played at least 75 games and two fewer than in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. It's also the lowest per-game rate of his career, and accounted for the lowest percentage of his total assists at just under 38%. Backstrom's struggles at even-strength last year were certainly...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 15, 2014
The Noon Countdown: 40 Down...

The Noon Countdown: 40 Down...

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the Caps' ability to shut down games when leading after two 24 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also... ...the number of wins earned by the Capitals in 2013-14 when leading after forty minutes, in 28 total attempts. The Caps' four losses when leading after two periods all came by way of overtime or the shootout, earning 52 of a possible 56 points in those situations (a points-percentage of just under 93%, 8th-highest in the League). That was a nice change of pace from 2012-13, when they...
Japers' Rink Sep 15, 2014

Monday Caps Clips: Follow the Leader

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Leadership 101, questions for the new season, the rookies prep for Philly, Jakub Vrana speaks and more. Your savory breakfast links: Barry Trotz talks leadership and accountability. A must read. [CSNW] Assistant coach Todd Reirden chats with John Walton for your Morning Drive. [Capitals Voice] There is cause for optimism after an offseason of change. [Frankovic, Adomanis] Questions abound as the League prepares for a non-lockout, non-Olympic season. Right at Numero Uno we find - how healed is Ovi' s knee, really? [HB] Mike Green isn't looking...
Japers' Rink Sep 14, 2014
Sunday Caps Clips: Camp Continues

Sunday Caps Clips: Camp Continues

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Rookie Camp recaps, the Other Alex pays a visit, Braden Holtby is still excited and more. Your savory breakfast links: Trotz talks analytics: "...the numbers also raise flag to some things you don’t see. What they do is they show you trends. If you can identify the trends and why they’re happening it makes a lot of sense..." [CSNW] Braden Holtby and new goalie coach Mitch Korn will share a birthday on Tuesday and hopefully plenty of success in the coming season. And Braden isn't even thinking about this season as a contract year, nope, not...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 12, 2014

The Noon Countdown: Alex Ovechkin's Even Strength

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the captain's prolific scoring touch at even strength 27 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also... ...the number of goals scored at even strength by Alex Ovechkin in 2013-14, over half of his total for the season. Only Max Pacioretty and Jamie Benn (both 28), Phil Kessel (29) and Corey Perry (35) had more even-strength tallies than Ovechkin, and only 38 players in the NHL had as many or more goals total. It also accounted for the second-lowest percentage of total goals he's scored in...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 12, 2014

Friday Caps Clips: For the Kids

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Rookie camp gets underway, the captain's back on ice, the NHL rolls out new rules and more. Your savory breakfast links: The crowded blueline, roles for Marcus Johansson and Eric Fehr, camp crushes and more in this week's Japers' Rink Mailbag. [Rink] The long summer is finally over, for the Caps and their fans. The really long summer. Really, really... long. [Dump 'n Chase] Caps' rookie camp is officially underway out at Kettler [WaPo, Patriot-News (photos)] Hear from the coaches and the kids. [Monumental video...
Japers' Rink Sep 11, 2014
A Tale of Two Phenoms - Part I

A Tale of Two Phenoms - Part I

What if... [Ed. Note: Back in the summer of 2009, Peerless penned a four-part fantasy tale of what the Washington Capitals might look like if they did not win the 2004 draft lottery and the right to select Alex Ovechkin with the first overall pick. Now, we thought it might be an entertaining diversion to contemplate what might have happened if the Caps won the 2004 lottery, then won the 2005 lottery as well…] "So let's get started.  It feels good to finally be able to say... the first selection in the two thousand and five NHL entry draft belongs to the Washington Capitals." That was...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Sep 11, 2014
The Noon Countdown: The Full 60 and Beyond

The Noon Countdown: The Full 60 and Beyond

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the Caps' prosperity within a 60-minute game 28 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also... ...the number of regulation/overtime wins earned by the Caps in 2013-14, tied with Calgary for the fourth-lowest ROW total in the League and accounting for just 73.7% of their overall win total, also fourth-worst. The Caps went to the shootout an NHL-leading 21 times last year, four ahead of San Jose at #2, and were tied with the Sharks for the most wins via the shootout with ten.
J.p. / Japers' Rink Sep 11, 2014

Japers' Rink Mailbag: Crowded Blueline Gets More Crowded

When defensive depth becomes problematic (in a good way), lineup and stats questions, crushes and more in this week's edition of "you ask, we answer." Big 'bag this week, so let's hit it rapid-fire style: @JapersRink With the Schilling re-signing, what does this do for Orlov, Erskine, and Hillen? What do you think Trotz and BMac are thinking? — Tyler Anderson (@TyAnderson9) September 9, 2014 @JapersRink Also, is Schilling worth it to potentially ruffle the feathers of Orlov? — Tyler Anderson (@TyAnderson9) September 9, 2014 Cameron Schilling signing doesn't mean much for Orlov...
Japers' Rink Sep 11, 2014

Thursday Caps Clips: Camps and Classics

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nats Park it is, Rookie Camp opens, the team turns forty and more. Your savory breakfast links: What was unofficially official last week is now officially official: The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is set for New Year's Day at Nationals Park. Huzzah! [Capitals, NHL.com] The next date to circle on your calendars is Tuesday, September 23, when Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby will take the field at Nats Park with a host of team and league officials for the unveiling of the Winter Classic logo and unis... [WaPo, CSNW, SB...
Japers' Rink Sep 10, 2014

Washington Capitals Neutral Zone Play and Offensive Contributions

A look at the "who" and "how" of the Caps' zone entries last season [Note: The majority of the legwork for this post was done by Corey Sznajder, who is manually tracking all 1230 NHL games from last season. Read more about Corey here and help fund his work here.] Over the course of the off-season we have taken multiple looks at zone entries; first with a comparison to Barry Trotz's former team, the Nashville Predators, and then again with an in-depth look at the zone entry tendencies of the Capitals' top trio. Using the on-ice data acquired by our own Muneeb Alam, we are able to get an...

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