Monthly Archives: November 2006

Do shots on goal matter?

With all the well-deserved talk about how many shots the Caps netminders face every night, one question has yet to be answered: Does it really matter? Shot quality is not addressed by the official NHL stats, so simply looking at … Continue reading

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A Team of Character

There are certain character qualities you look for in both your team’s superstar and captain. This past week brought us stories that prove the Capitals have plenty of character. Let’s begin with our superstar. Everyone knows about his scoring ability … Continue reading

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Meet Our Captain

A hockey captain should lead by example? How’s this, courtesy of Saturday’s Washington Times? Washington Capitals captain Chris Clark did not play last night, but it wasn’t because he didn’t try. Simply put, the team physicians wouldn’t clear him. Clark … Continue reading

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Why I Could Never Be a Baseball Fan

It’s dull. Also, this: Know what the Nats receive as compensation for losing Alfonso Soriano — their 40-home-run, 40-stolen-bases guy — to the Cubs this past weekend? Two unidentified high school baseball players. I swear. What kind of credibility can … Continue reading

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What are the odds?

I recently returned from business travel to Las Vegas. While exploring the MGM Grand, I picked up a sheet titled Odds to Win the 2007 Stanley Cup. I’m not sure how frequently they update the odds, but this sheet from … Continue reading

Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues | 1 Comment

Legendary Swedish Coach Evaluates Nicklas Backstrom

If your Swedish is polished, you can read the article for yourself. The long and short of it is this: in a direct comparison with Peter Forsberg, former Swedish National Team coach Tommy Sandlin, who coached Sweden in the 1987 … Continue reading

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Fireworks on Campus

Check out the Saturday night production of Caps’ 2004 7th round draft pick Andrew Gordon: 1 goal and 4 assists — all of the helpers of the primary variety — in St. Cloud’s 7-2 mauling of Clarkson. Gordon, a center-right … Continue reading

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Grassroots Uprising Against Gary Bettman’s Ugly Sweaters

A reader this week shared with us word of an online petition up and running to combat the NHL’s plan to jettison its time-honored sweaters for something markedly uglier, produced by Reebok, beginning next season. More than 1,000 have signed … Continue reading

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One-timer: Boyd Gordon

Boyd Gordon’s page The Forecaster’s take (via TSN) Back Story: A first-round draft pick of the Caps in 2002, Gordon has been trying to find his niche in DC, shuttling back and forth between the parent club and the … Continue reading

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On Frozen Ombudsman for the Week of November 17

The week commenced catastrophically: on an ad hoc assignment to cover the Caps, WaPost’s Amy Shipley, seemingly in over her head, filed an ignorant and nonsensical game account from Miami Monday night. However, the week improved appreciably thereafter, culminating with … Continue reading

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