Monthly Archives: January 2012

Washington Capitals in the Wayback Machine?

Watching tonight’s Washington Capitals game, as well as their recent victory over Boston, felt eerily familiar. The Caps’ roster was relatively devoid of superstars, they fought hard, beat a better team (vs. Boston) and lost a close one to a divisional rival tonight.

Without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green, this Capitals team is surprisingly similar to the Capitals of almost a decade ago… a hard-charging team that delighted and sometimes frustrated its fans.

How so, you ask? Read on… and while these comparisons are far from perfect, consider them food for thought: Continue reading

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OFB: Three Stars, How Far Perreault Has Come, and Cody Eakin Talks About Shaun White

In honor of Mathieu Perreault’s hat trick Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, we wanted to take a quick trip down memory lane. Here is an excerpt from an OFB post that introduced what we called the “Matty Diaries,” where Perreault … Continue reading

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Hats Off to Matty: Caps 5 / Bruins 3

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How Much Do NHL Players and Coaches Trust Stats to Judge Performance?

How much do NHL athletes and coaches rely on stats—versus their eyes and game film— to tell them about a player or his performance? The stats part of the question was alluded to a few weeks ago in a radio … Continue reading

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Hendricks et Neuvith répondent à l’appel: Caps 3 / Habs 0

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Karl Alzner Deserves a Thank-You

About the only nice thing a Caps fan could say after Tuesday’s game against the Islanders was that the postgame weather was unusually pleasant— almost 60 degrees (heck, even January didn’t show up for the game). Losses like the Capitals … Continue reading

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A Priceless Goal

Early in the third period Sunday, Capitals forward Jason Chimera made a move up the left wing into the Carolina Hurricanes’ zone. Usually, his speed means he’s there by himself, but today, thanks to what seemed a more deliberate pace, … Continue reading

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Orlov’s 1st Career NHL Goal is the GWG: Caps 2 / Canes 1

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A Snapshot from Hershey

The Hershey Bears’ Braden Holtby said what happened this summer with the Capitals’ goaltending situation—when the Capitals traded a goalie above him in the depth chart only to sign another— is almost out of his mind. There’s been a lot … Continue reading

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Hat Tricks, Scary Finishes, and Alznergeddon

Jay Beagle knows what it’s like to be up against a seasoned NHL scrapper in your first big-league fight. On Friday, however, Beagle was merely an observer to teammate and good friend Karl Alzner’s first NHL bout against Steve Downie … Continue reading

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