Tag Archives: Alexander Semin

A Committed Effort Downs A Rival

In the new league alignment, the Washington Capitals will be facing the New York Rangers six times in the 2012-13 regular season.

Based on tonight’s performance, the Caps will be just fine with that. Continue reading

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Young Guns II, By the Numbers

Hockey is a fluid and complicated game. Sabermetrics’ VORP and OPS and WAR seem to fit baseball well, if a bit coldly. Hockey doesn’t lend itself to discrete analysis the same way baseball does — for baseball, at its core, is a very individual sport when compared to hockey’s constant interaction between players on the ice (not to mention 18 players on each team changing lines on the fly).

Still, observational and emotional analysis can benefit from a reexamination; stats aren’t the end-all of analysis, but sometimes delving into the numbers can shed a different light on a debate. I will try to avoid, as Andrew Lang once wrote, using statistics “as a drunken man uses lampposts — for support rather than for illumination.” Continue reading

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Alexander Semin: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

But can you deal Alexander Semin? Practically speaking, is there any semblance of a market for this enigma? Continue reading

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Snapshots: High Winds With Some Sunny Skies in Washington

Last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was summed up best by Matt Hendricks when he described it as one that got away. The team had ample opportunity to capitalize on some key chances but were never able to finish. It was that inability to see a play all the way through that ended up costing the Caps a win. Continue reading

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The Case for Dealing Sasha Semin

I feel like one of those parents who has a child with incredible intelligence and the ability to achieve whatever he wants, but he refuses to study or apply himself. Continue reading

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We’re Going Ugly (Cause We Have to)

Beauty is becoming a beast.

Once we wooed only the pretty girls; now we’re chasing heifers.

We’re going ugly, gang, ’cause it’s the best bet for next spring. Continue reading

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OFB TV: Tara & Lis Review Capitals vs. Thrashers

Tara Wheeler and Elisabeth Meinecke discuss the Caps’ wild 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers, John Erskine’s 2/3 of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, Alex Semin and Alex Ovechkin switching bodies, and other highlights from the game. Continue reading

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