Category Archives: Colorado Avalanche

By and Large, by Design, a Training Camp of Tranquility

The best part of the Capitals’ preseason has arrived — its conclusion. They survived a slate of seven exhibition games largely unscathed; no front-line performers ought to be missing from Saturday’s opening night here against Carolina. For a team not … Continue reading

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Out with More Soft, in with More Grit

In mane and meanness, defenseman Scott Hannan — acquired by the Caps today from Colorado for Tomas Fleischmann — bears decent resemblance to former Caps’ rearguard Brendan Witt. No few observers in hockey the past couple of years have believed … Continue reading

Posted in Colorado Avalanche, George McPhee, National Hockey League, NHL Trades, playoff hockey, Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals | 17 Comments

How It’s Gonna Shake Out in Round One

We asked our OFB Young Guns, Andrew and Alex, to piece together an overview of the first round of the NHL playoffs. It’s an overview not necessarily designed to wager on, but if you do, and if you win with … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, detroit red wings, Eastern Conference, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, National Hockey League, New Jersey Devils, NHL playoffs, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

Does Washington Need a Watchdog?

Time and again we’ve listened patiently to the game’s critics of enforcement and fighting suggest that were the league merely to rigorously sanction instances of egregious violence, there’d be no need for skating predators and pain merchants. So what are we to do with the league’s blind eye toward Koci? Shrug and wait for the next skilled Capital crumpled upon the ice from thuggery, apparently. Or should we? Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche, Matt Bradley, National Hockey League, NHL, NHL Rules, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Late-Night Gamewatch Duty Falls Upon the Young

One of the virtues of having undergraduate associates is that they can be assigned to monitor West Coast games while we old geezers hit the hay around period two for work in the morning. Take it away, night owls: 1st … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, Craig Laughlin, Joe Beninati, John Erskine, Jose Theodore, Lisa Hillary, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

Avalanche Snowed Under by Capitals: Caps 6 / Avs 1

Posted in 2 Points, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

First Fifth Review

The first fifth of the Capitals’ season leaves the club with a 10-3-4 record, 24 points, and a first-place tie for the the conference lead with the archrival Penguins. But is the Capitals position in the standings reflective of an … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, American Hockey League, Brian Pothier, Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Florida Panthers, Hershey Bears, Jeff Schultz, Jose Theodore, Mathieu Perreault, Mike Green, Milan Jurcina, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tarik El-Bashir, Tom Poti, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

Some Home Cookin’ This Week Could Be Caps’ Big Gain

If the Capitals play focused and disciplined and hard during their three home games this week against three beleagured opponents they will have a terrific opportunity to make up some serious ground on first-in-the-East Boston.
Montreal, Colorado, and Pittsburgh — all once-proud teams that have been seriously struggling as of late — visit Verizon Center this week. All of these teams had reasonably high hopes quite recently; the Penguins were picked by many to return to the Stanley Cup Finals and to be a serious contender and even to win it all, while Montreal was thought by many to be Pittsburgh’s toughest competition in the East. Colorado was not too long ago a rough and tough and Cup-contending franchise, and they certainly hoped to make the playoffs this season. Now all three will be lucky to finish above .500 this season. On top of their losing ways all of these teams have some of the ugliest season stats in the league. Continue reading

Posted in Atlantic Division, Colorado Avalanche, Eastern Conference, Montreal Canadiens, National Hockey League, Northeast Division, Northwest Division, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Hockey Sweater Obsessives, Your Ship Has Arrived

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch fame has published his NHL preview, chock full of hockey uniform photos from new sweaters, to memorial patches, to the sneaky “C” that Roberto Luongo added to his mask since by NHL rules no goaltender … Continue reading

Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, National Hockey League, NHL Rules, St. Louis Blues | 4 Comments

Hockey Sweater Obsessives, Your Ship Has Arrived

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch fame has published his NHL preview, chock full of hockey uniform photos from new sweaters, to memorial patches, to the sneaky “C” that Roberto Luongo added to his mask since by NHL rules no goaltender … Continue reading

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