20 April, 2014

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:

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 chronicled for us the days and uncertainty leading up to last year’s Winter Classic: We […]

Hats Off to Matty: Caps 5 / Bruins 3

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 interview Capitals forward Brooks Laich did on The Sports Junkies, where they briefly discussed statistics […]

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

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 suffered Tuesday—roughly 60 minutes of missed assignments and wandering aimlessly around the ice, everyone playing […]

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, there was company—Joel Ward on the opposite boards, and in the center rookie defenseman Dmitry […]

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

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 to focus on in Hershey. While their NHL affiliate has gone through a systems makeover […]

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 of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Anytime there’s a fight happening, you never know what’s gonna […]