3:48 PM EDT, Fri October 20, 2017
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The Noon Number: Munching Minutes

The Noon Number: Munching Minutes

A look at shouldering a heavy workload on the Caps blueline 2 - Number of NHL players currently averaging more than 19 minutes at even strength, four minutes on the power and two minutes on the penalty kill per game so far this season: John Carlson and Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen. For more on Carlson’s early-season starring role among Caps rearguards, check out Isabelle Khurshudyan’s piece on the subject from yesterday: Caps need John Carlson to play more than 26 mins a night, so they're challenging him to show he's a top defenseman https://t.co/5F2g9SVyU1— Isabelle Khurshudyan...
8 hours ago
Friday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Red Wings Game Day

Friday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Red Wings Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps visit the Arena Arena, turmoil in the standings brings changes in the lineup, Holtby remembers Gord Downie and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight’s first visit to the Wings’ new Pizzarena from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Fox Sports, and be sure to swing by our SB Nation pals over at Winging it in Motown for the other side of tonight’s matchup. Tom Wilson got a promotion and Andre Burakovsky got a demotion as Coach Trotz switched up his lines in search of more offensive spark. [WaPo, NBCSW, RMNB] Caps 365 |...
Oct 19, 2017
The Noon Number: Shots Not Fired

The Noon Number: Shots Not Fired

As Michael Scott said, Wayne Gretzky said you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. 25.7 – Average number of shots taken per game by the Capitals, the lowest rate in the League by almost three shots per game. As previously noted, the Caps are struggling to generate even attempts towards the net – it’s certainly not going to help their recent offensive slump to not hit the net at a much higher rate, whether it’s because shots are being blocked or simply being passed up for a “prettier” play.
Oct 19, 2017
JRR Episode 64: Custance on Coaching

JRR Episode 64: Custance on Coaching

Craig Custance stops by to discuss his new book and how coaching impacts the Capitals Craig Custance of The Athletic Detroit joined Adam Stringham to discuss his new book, Behind the Bench, and whether Barry Trotz is still the guy for the Capitals. Does Trotz’s lack of a contract extension impact the Capitals players? Craig and Adam also cover: Whether coaching actually matters The impact of luck on hockey and how it effects the legacies of both coaches and players Why the Capitals nor their head coach are yet to make it over the second round hump Whether coaches have shelf lives What...
Oct 19, 2017
Thursday Caps Clips: Wrestling with Roster Issues

Thursday Caps Clips: Wrestling with Roster Issues

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The blueline is on red alert, the Caps spend the day at the FBI and more. Your savory breakfast links: The Caps are struggling out of the gate to find scoring balance. [Rink] Matt Niskanen’s injury - and the two losses that followed - have increased the urgency for the Caps to swing a blueline-bolstering trade. [Sportsnet (31 Thoughts), THN] Until then? All eyes are on you, John Carlson. [WaPo, NoVa Caps] A few leftovers from Tuesday’s loss. [Rink Rank, Dump ‘n Chase, NBCSW (and again), NoVa Caps, THW] Power rankings + each team’s biggest...
Oct 18, 2017
The Noon Number: Blueline Blues

The Noon Number: Blueline Blues

A look at a dearth of defensive scoring 1 - Number of goals scored by a Capitals defenseman this season, with the lone tally coming off the stick of rookie Christian Djoos. The Caps are one of seven teams to have gotten one goal or less from their blueliners; New Jersey and Detroit are also stuck at one goal from the defense, while Minnesota, San Jose, the Islanders and Buffalo all awaiting their first. That said, both the Devils and Red Wings have gotten more production overall out of their defensemen, with 19 and 12 points respectively - the Caps are tied for the fifth-lowest point...
Oct 18, 2017
Washington Capitals and the Elusive Hunt for Balance

Washington Capitals and the Elusive Hunt for Balance

It is hard to draw conclusions after seven games, but there are warning signs of trouble. Seven games into the season is but a small slice, but for the Washington Capitals it is a disturbing start. Their 3-3-1 record is not a disaster – yet – but how they got there makes for early rumblings of one that might come. And it boils down to this: production. Those lovely numbers describing shot attempts and shots on goal, are informative, but performance – goals scored, wins, and losses – matter. The performance of the Capitals has been inconsistent, which is not surprising given the...
Oct 18, 2017
Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs

Weigh in on how each of the Caps did last night Who says you need to score goals in order to win games? ...everyone. Everyone says that. Apparently the Caps didn’t get the memo. But hey, it wasn’t all bad, right? Use your powers of voting to agree or disagree with that statement.
Oct 18, 2017
Wednesday Caps Clips: Felled by the Leafs

Wednesday Caps Clips: Felled by the Leafs

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps’ offense sputters against Toronto, season ticket holders party hard and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps and other assorted musings on last night’s loss from us, Vogs, Caps video (locker room, Trotz), NHL, AP, WaPo, NBCSW, WashTimes, Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps (and again), RMNB, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and Pension Plan Puppets. Another night, another battle wound as the Caps lost Tyler Graovac to an upper-body injury in the first period. [NBCSW] ~sigh~ Kuznetsov. [NBCSW] News and notes from yesterday’s pregame skate. [Dump...
Oct 17, 2017
Capitals vs. Leafs Recap: Andersen Zips Washington

Capitals vs. Leafs Recap: Andersen Zips Washington

Frederik Andersen blanks Washington in 2 to 0 in Capitals’ second straight loss. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: Corsica, hockeystats and Natural Stat Trick The Capitals faced off against Toronto for the first time since Marcus Johansson ended the Maple Leafs’ season on April 24th. But tonight was Toronto’s time as they handed Washington a 2 to 0 loss at home behind perfect play from Frederik Andersen. Here's Tuesday night's Plus/Minus: Plus: The Maple Leafs have a high octane...
Oct 17, 2017
Capitals vs. Leafs Third Period Thread

Capitals vs. Leafs Third Period Thread

Another scoreless frame has the contest deadlocked at zero through forty minutes of play. Third period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Oct 17, 2017
Capitals vs. Leafs Second Period Thread

Capitals vs. Leafs Second Period Thread

Toronto started fast but Braden Holtby and the Capitals were equal to the task. The score remains tied through twenty minutes of play. Second period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Oct 17, 2017
The Noon Number: Squad Goals

The Noon Number: Squad Goals

A look at two potent offenses preparing to clash tonight 48 - Combined number of goals scored by the Capitals and Maple Leafs so far this season. The Leafs lead the League in that department with 26 (in five games), while the Caps are in fourth with 22 (in six games). The two are tied for five-on-five goals with 16 apiece, while Toronto has the slight edge in five-on-four goals with seven to the Caps’ six. Among individuals, Alex Ovechkin (obviously) holds the top spot in the NHL with nine goals through six games, while Toronto’s Auston Matthews (and the Caps’ T.J. Oshie) are tied for...
Oct 17, 2017
Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game Day

Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Leafs pay a visit, the d-pairs get a shuffle, Eller takes a sick day and more. Your savory breakfast links: Congrats to Nicklas Backstrom, whose 3 goals and six assists earned him NHL Third Star of the Week honors. [Rink, NHL.com], Caps Outsider] Say, let’s take a look at Caps early-season metrics from this year and previous season. 2017-18 is a work in progress, for true. [Rink] Ups and Downs makes its triumphant return to kick off 2017-18. [Rink] Previews of tonight’s tussle with the Leafs from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless, NoVa Caps, Fox...
Oct 16, 2017
Tracking the Caps Play Against Previous Seasons

Tracking the Caps Play Against Previous Seasons

Taking a look at how the Caps index in 3 game situations as compared to previous seasons The 2017-18 iteration of the Washington Capitals is one that has seen more year-over-year change than most of the campaigns that preceded it. From the departure of Justin Williams and Marcus Johansson in the top-six and the subsequent arrival of Jakub Vrana, to a depleted blueline corps that, six games into the season, has already seen NHL debuts from Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey, the Caps are operating with a notably shallower roster than what hockey fans in the Nation’s Capital are used to...