16 April, 2014

Tag Archives: Mike Green

John Carlson Explains the Weirdest Goal Ever; And Where to Start With the Caps?

Just dump the puck in. That’s what Capitals defenseman John Carlson was thinking when he sent it into the Pens’ zone in the second period and headed for the bench. It had been a long shift, and he was just trying to get a change. Then he noticed the guy who was supposed to be […]

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.”

Crafting High-End Hockey Sticks

In this clip, you’ll see how carbon-fiber EASTON hockey sticks are created . . . it’s a pretty cool six minutes, particularly the automated slap-shot machine in the final testing (I want one!). Too bad it only shoots at 75 m.p.h.—perhaps that’s why Ovie’s and Green’s cannon-blasts seems to snap their sticks like twigs at inopportune moments.

Preparation Differs, But the Goal’s the Same

It’s pretty rare for a player to win a Calder Cup, then to have their AHL coach join them in the bigs a couple years later for the NHL playoffs. For Green, playing for Boudreau again is something special.

Greener Takes a Seat for 3 Games

It seems Mike Green will not be part of the Caps’ quest for their 10th consecutive win… The National Hockey League announced today that Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an incident that took place during NHL game #802 against the Florida Panthers on January 29.

Winning is in the Air for Washington Hockey

The Washington Capitals were set up for a letdown last night against the Phoenix Coyotes, but the team was able to hold on to the lead and prevail 4-2. A particular one minute and thirty second span of time in the third period proved key to  the Caps. With time winding down, Nicklas Backstrom took […]

"Our goal isn't to win the first round; our goal is to win all the rounds."

Ever wonder how Bruce Boudreau is able to coach when the noise level at the Verizon Center is deafening? Gustafsson was able to ask that question and more during a conference call this afternoon. Here’s some highlights from the call with Gabby:

Cars and Capitals on a Friday Night

The Washington Capitals’ players boast quite an array of high-end vehicles — from Alex Ovechkin’s uber-Mercedes to Donald Brashear’s low-slung jet-black Lamborghini. So it makes sense that a few of the Caps were at the annual Washington Auto Show last night, signing autographs for an impressively long queue of red-clad Capitals fans… here are a few photos from Friday night:

A 'Buzz' Prospect Debuts

[Admin. note: With this file OFB proudly welcomes American University journalism student Andrew Tomlinson into the blogging fold. Andrew has been covering the Caps this season for AU's student paper The Eagle, for which he serves as multi-media editor, and his work has been acknowledged by both the Caps and ESPN. Look for notable and enjoyable […]