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Japers' Rink 27 mins ago

Drawn and Quartered: How the Capitals Go on Special Teams

A breakdown of penalties Washington draws and takes, by player and penalty type. For teams at the extremes of special teams efficiency, getting on (or staying off) special teams is critical. With a top power play, Washington gets an extra goal for every 4-5 penalties it draws. With a bad penalty kill, Washington surrenders an extra goal every 4-5 penalties it draws. So who has been helping the team get on the power play and stay off the penalty kill this season, and who has been hurting the team? For ease of analysis, I broadly classified penalties into five categories: Obstruction:...
Japers' Rink 1 hour ago

Playing Mike Green and Playing with a Lead

The Washington Capitals have been extremely conservative with the lead this season - including limiting Mike Green's ice time - and it may have cost them some points. One of the early concerning observations we've had regarding the Barry Trotz's Washington Capitals is how conservative the team has gotten with the lead. The possession numbers showed us early on that the Caps aren't making much of an attempt to create offense once they got a lead, and some recent blown leads late in the third period have brought those concerns back to the forefront. Our pal Ed Frankovic has tackled...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 3 hours ago

The Noon Number: So You're Saying There's a Chance

A look at the road ahead as the Caps get ready to kick off the post-All-Star break portion of the season 36 - Number of points the Capitals need in their remaining 36 games to reach 93 points, which is the pace at which ninth-place Florida has played so far. In other words, with the Caps likely to hold the tiebreaker over the Panthers, if Florida keeps up their current pace, the Caps can play .500 hockey and make the playoffs. Sports Club Stats has the Caps as 94.4% likely to make the postseason and Hockey Reference has them at 85.8%, so... Here's how this year's Caps stack up against...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 4 hours ago

Capital Ups and Downs: At the All-Star Break

The "season so far" edition of our look at individual #Caps ups and downs... Your weekly at-the-All-Star break look at individual Washington Capitals' ups and downs: Goalies Trend Notes Braden Holtby With a 22-9-8/2.26/.921 line, Holtby ranks 8th in the League in wins, and 7th in goals against average and 8th in save percentage (minimum 20 games played). He's also 4th on the circuit in shutouts, 2nd in minutes played and 3rd in shots-faced. Like just about any starter, Holtby has had his ups (and they've been high) and downs (and they've been low), but on the whole he's...
Japers' Rink 8 hours ago

Monday Caps Clips: The Season's Second Half

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Alex Ovechkin scores big off the ice at the end of All-Star Weekend, Philipp Grubauer denies on-ice scoring in the AHL All-Star Skillz competition, and oh hai there second-half-of-season. Your savory breakfast links: The Week That Was, Volume Sixteen. [Peerless, ILWT (with the Metro lowdown)] All-Star break stats check - are the Caps getting better? [RMNB] A League-wide look at what to expect in the second half. [News & Observer] NHL All-Star Weekend wrapup: Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12. [NHL.com, WaPo, Puck Daddy (and oh...
Japers' Rink Jan 25, 2015

Sunday Caps Clips: Toews @ Foligno Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The All-Stars display their skillz, the NHL goes back to the future with another swing at Glow Puck and the World Cup of Hockey, the Bears win their fourth in a row and more. Your savory Sunday brunch links: Day Two of the All-Star Weekend is in the books, with Team Foligno enjoying a 25-19 lead over Team Toews. [NHL.com (gamer, plus events explainer and scoring/results)] Alex Ovechkin still really wants that car, you guys. The MVP of the All-Star Game gets one, you know. [WaPo] So it's probably best that the Gr8 didn't need to win the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jan 24, 2015

Saturday Caps Clips: No Wheels for Ovechkin

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Alex Ovechkin steals the show - again - at the All-Star Draft, Holtby gets back on track and more. Your savory breakfast links: Taking a closer look at a trio of Caps' youngsters, each of whom brings a unique skillset to the table. [Rink] All-Star goodies: The third All-Star Fantasy Draft is in the books, and after more than a few laughs, more than a few drinks and an awesomely hilarious trade, it's official: #TeamFoligno! [CBJ, BlueJackets Xtra, Puck Daddy, AP] And while the stage was filled with stars, it was our own star who stole the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jan 23, 2015

2015 NHL All-Star Game: Draft Open Thread

Gentlemen, select your teammates... Who gets picked first? Who goes last and wins a shiny new car? Where does Alex Ovechkin end up... and who will he play with? Those questions and more to be answered as the NHL All Stars choose up sides and get ready to do battle. Harry How / Sport
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jan 23, 2015

That Time When the All-Star Game Came to DC

With the festivities about to commence in Columbus, we look back at the first - and as yet, the only - time the DC area played host to the All-Star Game. By the beginning of 1982, the Washington Capitals had managed to climb out of the League's basement a bit, shaking off those first few years when wins barely cracked double digits (if at all) - but there still wasn't much to cheer about for Caps fans, now in their seventh season of suffering. After narrowly missing the playoffs the year before (and again the year before that), the 1981-82 season kicked off with a resounding thud as the...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jan 23, 2015

The Noon Number: Youth Being Served

A look at a couple of trios of young skaters 2 - Number of teams that have three skaters under the age of 23 (using Hockey-Reference's February 1 cut-off) who have played at least 35 NHL games this season: Tampa Bay (Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Kucherov and Cedric Paquette) and Washington (Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson). Here's a full list of the players fitting the criteria above.
Japers' Rink Jan 23, 2015

The Sniper, The Playmaker, and The Power Forward

A look at three young Capitals forwards and their three different paths of development When Barry Trotz returned to Nashville last Friday it was quite the spectacle, and for good reason, given his legacy in that town. Former Preds beat writer for The Tennessean, Josh Cooper, now of Puck Daddy, wrote a fantastic piece about the quality of individual and coach that the Capitals have in Barry Trotz, and it's well worth your time, so do check it out. And while the piece was glowing, overall, one unflattering passage stood out: Is Trotz a great coach? No, at least not yet. He indeed has trouble...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jan 23, 2015

Friday Caps Clips: The All-Star Draft Awaits

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The all stars (or "stars" in some cases) gather in Columbus to kick off the festivities, talking playoffs and more. Your savory breakfast links: Breaking down the Caps' system of cycling low, getting the puck to the point, and firing through traffic. [Rink] All the All-Star tidbits you can stomach: Alex Ovechkin will make yet another well-earned trip to the All-Star Game... but a few of his teammates will not, and deserve to be. [Rink, Yahoo!] A slew of injuries have opened up some spots that could easily be filled by one of those Caps -...
Japers' Rink Jan 22, 2015

"Low-to-High, Get Pucks Through, That's How We Score"

Barry Trotz espouses an old-school approach to the offense; is it working? "Low-to-high, get pucks through, that's how we score." - Barry Trotz to his team at the first intermission of their January 1 game against Chicago, via EPIX' Road to the NHL Winter Classic, Episode 4 Nearly six years ago (how can it be that long?), Brooks Laich dropped the most memorable of his folksy hockey quotes on the local hockey media as he noted the importance of establishing a net-front presence: "If you want money, go to the bank," Laich quipped. "If you want bread, go to the bakery. If you want goals,...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jan 22, 2015

The Noon Number: Two from Eight Used to Be Enough

A look at how the Caps are squandering some big efforts from their captain 3 - Number of wins the Capitals have in the last eight games in which Alex Ovechkin has scored at least two goals. Prior to this stretch (which includes a 3-1-3 record this season, and two losses in the last three games heading into the All-Star break), the Caps had won 60 of Ovechkin's previous 67 multi-goal regular season games and 70 of 84 all-time, as well as three-of-four in the post-season. And lest you think the Caps' captain is piling up goals in blowout losses, here's a closer look at these last five...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Jan 22, 2015

Backstrom, Holtby and Carlson: Who's the Biggest All-Star Snub?

While Alex Ovechkin is a worthy All-Star representative, three of his teammates could make a good case for joining him in Columbus When the NHL converges on Columbus this weekend for the All-Star festivities, Alex Ovechkin will be among the stars taking to the ice, the fifth time in his career that he's participated (and the sixth time that he's been named to the ASG). And yet while he is certainly worthy of being the Caps' representative, he's also certainly not the only Cap who could have earned an invite this year. In fact, one could make the argument that a trio of Caps were overlooked...
Japers' Rink Jan 22, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips: Next Stop Columbus

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Taking stock at the break, a fistful of free agents, #needsmoreMikeGreen, All-Star Ovi, smooth scoring Swedes and more. Your savory breakfast links: As the League's stars (plus Zemgus Girgensons) make their way to central Ohio, and the rest of the players make their way to sunnier climes, it's time to take stock at the season's midpoint: Highs and lows from the first "half" of the season. [Pressbox DC] Are the Caps any better than a year ago? [CSNW] Lookit - the team's new head coach and general manager are "on the same page". [WaPo]...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Jan 21, 2015

The Noon Number: The Shootouts Before the Shootouts

A look at how the Capitals are giving fans of goals their money's worth 87 - Number of regular season games since 2004-05 in which the Capitals and their opponents each scored at least four goals (including Washington's last two games), most in the NHL. The Caps also have been involved with the most of these games since the start of the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. H/t Adam Vingan on this nugget
Japers' Rink Jan 21, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips: All-Star Break Point

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps squander two 2-goal leads to lose to Edmonton in the shootout and head into the All-Star break on a three-game skid. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shootout loss from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Beagle, Backstrom, Niskanen, 40th Anniversary Scott Stevens tribute), CSNW,  NHL.com, AP, WaPo (gamer, blog), Peerless, DSP (plus three stars), RMNB, and from the Oily end of the ice, Edmonton Journal and Copper and Blue. Poor goal-cam never even saw it...
Japers' Rink Jan 20, 2015

Capitals-Oilers Recap: Ovechkin Breaks Camera, Caps Break Down, Lose to Oilers in Shootout, 5-4

It looked like it would be a blowout early, but the Caps kept letting Edmonton back into the game. It cost them as the Oilers scored twice late in regulation to force overtime, then won it in a shootout. [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 The Washington Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Edmonton Oilers in the first period, but Edmonton stuck around to make a game of it, eventually scoring two...
Japers' Rink Jan 20, 2015

Third Period Thread

Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters Caps lead 3-2. Third period straight ahead.

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