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Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Niskanen makes the cut for the World Cup, the Bears fail to complete the sweep and more. Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Another episode of Japers' Rink Radio is up, as the boys discuss the team's dependence on homegrown talent. [Rink] Also, JRR is available via iTunes now, so that's sweet. The final World Cup rosters have been announced, and Matt Niskanen joins John Carlson and T.J. Oshie on Team USA... [Caps, Caps OT, WaPo, CSNMA, Puck Daddy, USA Today, NoVa Caps] ...while a couple of Caps were overlooked for Team Sweden....
Japers' Rink May 27, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Braden Holtby

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. Next up, Braden Holtby. 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): Holtby's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Holtby's 10-Game Rolling 5v5 Save Percentage for...
Japers' Rink May 27, 2016

Japers' Rink Radio Episode 3: Banking on the Future

Are the Capitals betting too much on the development of their young players? Stephen Pepper and Adam Stringham discuss that and more Recent comments from Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz have led some to believe that the Capitals are banking on their young players to lead them to success next season. Is that reasonable? Can Tom Wilson be an effective member of a scoring line? Does Dimitry Orlov have the defensive awareness to play 2nd pairing minutes? We discuss that and more in the episode below! You can interact with us on Twitter (@JapersRinkRadio,  @Stringhama, @StephenPepperNY ), on...
Japers' Rink May 27, 2016

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Hershey Bears can grab the Eastern crown and a Calder Finals berth tonight, surviving trade deadline day Winnik-style, and more Your savory breakfast links: The Hershey Bears can claim the Eastern Conference crown and a berth in the Calder Cup Finals with a victory over the Toronto Marlies tonight: "We want to make sure that we take their will away and try and come out as hard as we did tonight on Friday night to try and take their will to know that hey, it’s going to be hard to come back and it’s going to be hard to play against us. At...
Japers' Rink May 26, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Philipp Grubauer

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. Next up, Philipp Grubauer. 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): Grubauer's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Grubauer's 10-Game Rolling 5v5 Save Percentage...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 26, 2016

Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Bears ride a lopsided win to a commanding series lead, continuing a look back at 2015-16, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Hershey pushed the Marlies to the brink of elimination after routing the home team 8-2 last night to take a 3-0 series lead. [Monumental video (Mann, Bears), Dump 'n Chase, AHL, Patriot-News, Toronto Star, Sportsnet, Toronto Sun] Handing out some prospect superlatives. [HF] Season in review: Stanislav Galiev. [Rink, RMNB, WaPo] Jason Chimera. [Stars and Sticks] Andre Burakovsky. [Stars and Sticks] T.J....
Japers' Rink May 25, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Stanislav Galiev

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. Next up, Stanislav Galiev. 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): Galiev's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Galiev's HERO Chart (via Own the Puck): ...
Japers' Rink May 25, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The GM talks about his offseason plans, the Bears prep for Game Three in Toronto, the Stingrays fall in Game Seven and more. Your savory breakfast links: The South Carolina Stingrays' season is over as they fell 5-2 to the Wheeling Nailers and the Nailers advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. Drat. [Post and Courier, Stingrays, Caps Outsider] Caps GM Brian MacLellan had radio hits on local and national media, where he discussed some of the team's offseason priorities, including revisions to the third line, further development for Tom Wilson, signing the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 24, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Taylor Chorney

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. Next up, Taylor Chorney. 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): Chorney's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Chorney's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 24, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Continuing a look back at the 2015-16 season, updates from the farm, and more. Your savory breakfast links: The season in review: Jason Chimera. [Rink, RMNB] Evgeny Kuznetsov. [Peerless] Michael Latta. [Peerless] Matt Niskanen. [CSNMA] Next season, Jay Beagle wants the Caps to see him as the team's third-line center... [CSNMA] ...but he might have some competition from Chandler Stephenson, who has been turning heads in Hershey. [WaPo] And they both might have competition from the outside, as there are a couple of soon-to-be free agents...
Japers' Rink May 23, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Jason Chimera

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. 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): Chiimera's Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Chimera's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
Japers' Rink May 23, 2016

Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Team Russia takes bronze at Worlds, catch up with the latest episode of Japers' Rink Radio, looking at possible offseason moves and more. Your savory breakfast links: Enjoy the second episode of Japers' Rink Radio with host Adam Stringham and a visit by special guest Pat Holden featuring discussion of the season reviews of Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, and John Carlson. [Rink] Team Russia outlasted Team USA to claim bronze at the 2016 World Championships. [IIHF, RMNB, CSNMA] Aw, hugs for Matt Hendricks in the...
Japers' Rink May 22, 2016

Japers' Rink Radio is Joined by RMNB's Patrick Holden

Second Episode back for Japers' Rink Radio Adam Stringham is joined by Russian Machine Never Breaks' Patrick Holden to talk about last week's Rink Wrap's on: Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, and John Carlson. You can interact with us on Twitter @JapersRinkRadio, @Stringhama, via email (JapersRinkRadio@gmail.com), or in the comments below! Our goal is to have our listeners as involved as possible so if you have any questions feel free to send them our way and we will talk about them on the next show!
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 22, 2016

Sunday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Another disappointment for Ovi, big wins by the Bears and 'Rays, and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Bears took a 2-0 lead in their ECF series against Toronto thanks to Carter Camper's overtime winner last night. [Monumental video (Mann, locker room, Patriot-News, AHL, ABC27, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps] Meanwhile the Stingrays put together a big comeback win on the road to take a 3-2 lead over the Nailers, with a chance to clinch at home on Tuesday. [Post and Courier, Caps Outsider] Season in review for Jay Beagle... [StarsandSticks] ...and...
Japers' Rink May 21, 2016

Saturday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Victories for the Bears and Stingrays, the Russians face the Finns in Moscow, and you won't believe Alex Ovechkin's ridiculous new cell phone. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on the Hershey Bears' Game One 3-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies from Vogs, Monumental video (Mann, Bears room, Rinkside Update/Travis Boyd), Patriot-News, Cumberlink, Lancaster Online, Caps Outsider, Toronto Sun, Maple Leafs Hot Stove and our awesome friends over at PPP. This playoff series is allowing GM Brian MacLellan to take a longer...
Defending Big D May 20, 2016

Do the Washington Capitals Want a Second Chance With Cody Eakin?

And what would it take to Rock the Redhead? Brian MacLellan is up for an NHL GM of the Year Award for a reason. The Washington Capitals may have suffered another early exit from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, but MacLellan's moves over the past two years probably can't be faulted for a team that showed signs of peaking in the regular season. After the surprisingly effective signings of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen in 2014 and Justin Williams in 2015, plus the headline-grabbing trade for St. Louis Blues winger and Sochi superstar T.J. Oshie, you may well ask what Mac's next move will...
Japers' Rink May 20, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. 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 Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Carlson's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 20, 2016

Friday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Bears prepare for their ECF battle against Toronto, the case for keeping Ovechkin and more. Your savory breakfast links: We're baaaaack. Japers' Rink Radio has officially returned to the airwaves - tune in! [Rink] The Hershey Bears will kick off their Eastern Conference Final against the Marlies tonight at Giant Center. [Marlies] And if you're headed up to Hershey to watch the Bears try to defend the den, here's a handy guide of things you might need to know. [NoVa Caps] 2015-16 season in review: Andre Burakovsky. [Rink, RMNB] Jason...
Japers' Rink May 19, 2016

Japers' Rink Radio Returns

Stephen Pepper and Adam Stringham Co-Host Japers' Rink Radio In our first episode back we talk about the playoffs, GM Brian MacLellan's comments, and how the Capitals can keep moving forward. You can interact with us on Twitter @JapersRinkRadio,  via email (JapersRinkRadio@gmail.com), or in the comments below! Our goal is to have our listeners as involved as possible so if you have any questions feel free to send them our way and we will talk about them on the next show!
Japers' Rink May 19, 2016

2015-16 Rink Wrap: Andre Burakovsky

From Alzner to Winnik, we're taking a look at and grading the 2015-16 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2016-17. 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 Season, Game-by-Game (via HockeyViz, explained here): Burakovsky's HERO Chart (via Own The...

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