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Postby Bob 0119 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:02 am

10/24/08

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Just Laich that
– Although Washington’s offense has struggled of late, producing a single goal in back-to-back 2-1 losses, forward Brooks Laich has enjoyed a strong start. The Caps’ goal scorer last night, Laich has five points through seven games after recording less than a point every two games last season. Laich has also seen a spike in his ice time from an average of 14:02 last year to 17:28 in 2008-09. Laich has, in many ways, picked up his game precisely where it left off in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs, when he had a goal and five assists in seven games and averaged 18:36 of ice time.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:40 am

Sorry about the lack of updates, I was out of town. Did I miss anything?

11/3/08

Today’s Storyline

Alex is back
– Alex Ovechkin returned to Washington , D.C. , Sunday after spending six days in Russia with his ailing grandfather. The Capitals should have the reigning league MVP back on the ice for practice at 10:30 a.m. and in the lineup tomorrow night in Ottawa . Washington was 1-1-0 in Ovechkin’s absence and certainly welcomes his offensive ability and leadership back to the lineup after a difficult 5-0 loss at Buffalo Saturday night, the team’s worst loss since a similar 5-0 loss at Chicago on March 19.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:08 pm

11/4/08

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Alex is back
– Washington’s offense has been hot and cold through the first 10 games – scoring at least four goals six times but being held to one or scoreless on three occasions. Coming off their first shutout of the year, tonight’s big test in Ottawa will be to see if Washington’s offense can reload (as it has in the past; see “Note of the Night” below) or if hot Senators goaltender Alex Auld can keep the Capitals’ big guns in check. Washington has the benefit of welcoming back the league’s leading scorer and MVP from a season ago, Alex Ovechkin, who will play tonight for the first time since Oct. 25.

Note of the Night

Blanked, then back
– Saturday night marked the fifth time in head coach Bruce Boudreau's tenure that the Capitals have been shutout. The previous four times, they rebounded to win the next game each time and scored five, five, four and five goals, respectively, in the process. After Washington 's last shutout loss, March 19 at Chicago , the team reeled off wins in its next seven games to close out the regular season.



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Ovi's return
– Left wing Alex Ovechkin returns to the Washington lineup after missing two games to spend time with his ailing grandfather in Russia . The reigning NHL MVP has played in 253 of 256 games in his career, and the Capitals are 1-2-0 without him.



Sasha's start – Alexander Semin's 16 points through 10 games match the most points by a Capital through 10 games (Dale Hunter had 1-15-16 in 1991-92) and earned him the NHL's First Star of the Month for October. Semin is the first Capital other than Alex Ovechkin to be named the league's player of the month since Robert Lang (Nov. 2003) and just the sixth all-time (joining Ovechkin, Lang, Olie Kolzig, Jim Carey and Mike Gartner).



In addition to Semin’s honor, Capitals prospect Keith Aucoin of the Hershey Bears was named the American Hockey League’s Player of the Month for October.



Vote for a win – Washington has played on the same day of a U.S. Presidential election just once before: Nov. 3, 1992, when the Caps beat Chicago, 4-1, in a neutral-site game in Indianapolis while Bill Clinton was elected over George H.W. Bush.



Senator supremacy – Washington has won seven of its last nine meetings with Ottawa , including a 4-0-0 mark last season. That marked the first time since 2000-01 that the Capitals won the season series and the first time since 1995-96 that Washington swept the series. Washington outscored Ottawa 22-12 last year and had a 33.3% success rate on the power play (six-for-18). Alex Ovechkin scored six goals and 10 points, including a four-goal, five-point night on Dec. 29 in Ottawa .



Almost exactly a year ago, Nov. 8, 2007, the Capitals were 5-9-1 when they came to Scotiabank Place and beat the 13-1-0 Senators, 4-1. Nicklas Backstrom's first career goal proved to be the game-winner.



Homeward bound – Tonight is the Capitals' 11th game, their seventh on the road. Only Boston and Vancouver have played more road games to this point. The Capitals will play four of their next five at home, however, where they are 9-0-1 in their last 10 regular-season games.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:05 am

11/6/08

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A divisional game?
– Washington opened the season with a Southeast Division game at Atlanta , but since then it has not seen any of their four divisional opponents. That changes tonight when the Caps host the Carolina Hurricanes. Washington plays Carolina and Tampa Bay next week as well, but they do not face Florida until Dec. 2. Washington has gone 10 games without playing an opponent from their own division. They will also have a 10-game absence from divisional play from Dec. 10-30, but their longest such streak this season will be from Jan. 3-Feb. 5 when they play 14 straight against opponents from outside the Southeast.

Note of the Night

Divide and conquer
– Washington has played two games against every division in the NHL except its own, the Southeast Division, which it hasn't faced since opening night in Atlanta . Tonight's game is the second against the Southeast on the slate and starts a stretch in which three out of four games are inside the division. Starting tonight Washington will play 23 of its remaining 59 games (40%) against Southeast Division teams. Washington was 18-11-3 against the Southeast last season.



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On the spot – Brent Johnson is 1-0-2 with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage in his three starts this season. His 42-save effort Tuesday in Ottawa improved his numbers against the Senators in his career to 1.89 and .944. Johnson has a .919 career save percentage against Carolina and last year posted a 1.56 GAA and .938 save percentage in two appearances against the Hurricanes.



Sweet home – The Capitals return home tonight for their fifth home game of the season; only Edmonton , Detroit and Carolina have played fewer. The Capitals will play four of their next five at home, where they are 9-0-1 in their last 10 regular-season games.



In a Flash – Tomas Fleischmann scored the Capitals' goal Tuesday in Ottawa , his fourth of the year through just 11 games. That's a shade below a 30-goal pace for Fleischmann, who totaled 14 goals in his first 118 games in the league. All four of Fleischmann's goals and five of his six points have come on the road. The team is 3-0-1 when he has a point.



Improving kill – The Capitals have killed off 36 of their last 41 shorthanded situations (87.8%), including a five-on-three for 1:57 and a double minor on Tuesday night. The Capitals now rank 15th in the league on the penalty kill (through Tuesday's games) after starting the season with just a 70.8% success rate through four games.



Sasha's start – Alexander Semin's 17 points through 11 games are the most points by a Capital through 11 games and helped earn him the NHL's First Star of the Month for October. Semin is the first Capital other than Alex Ovechkin to be named the league's player of the month since Robert Lang (Nov. 2003) and just the sixth all-time (joining Ovechkin, Lang, Olie Kolzig, Jim Carey and Mike Gartner).



In addition to Semin's honor, Capitals prospect Keith Aucoin of the Hershey Bears was named the American Hockey League's Player of the Month.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:20 pm

11/10/08

Today’s Storyline

Olie the Goalie back in D.C.
– Former Capital and current Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Olie Kolzig returns to Verizon Center tonight for the first time since signing a free-agent contract with the Bolts this summer. Kolzig was the Caps first choice (19th overall) in the 1989 Entry Draft and owns 12 Washington goaltending records: most seasons (16), most games (711), most minutes (41,259), most wins (301), most losses (293), most ties (63), most shutouts (35), most goals against (1,860), highest save percentage (.906), most shots faced (19,873), most saves made (18,013) and most assists (17). Tonight is the first of six meetings between the Caps and Lightning this season.

Note of the Night

On the spot
– Brent Johnson, one of the three stars in each of the last three games, is 3-0-2 with a 1.75 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in his five starts this season. He's 2-0-1 with a 1.63 GAA and a .953 save percentage in these last three games, the first time he has made three consecutive starts since March 2007. His overall GAA and save percentage both rank sixth in the NHL (through Saturday's games).



Since Nov. 1 of last season, Johnson is 9-6-4 with a 2.33 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Those numbers improve to 9-3-3, 2.19 and .925 when he has started for head coach Bruce Boudreau .



Double trouble – Alexander Semin is the only player in the NHL entering Sunday's games with twice as many points as any teammate (Semin has 21; three Capitals are tied for second on the team with nine points).



Cooking at home – The Capitals are 5-0-1 at Verizon Center this season, one of four NHL teams without a regulation loss at home and the only one in the Eastern Conference (through Thursday's games). Washington is 11-0-1 in its last 12 regular-season home games, dating back to March 9, 2008.



The Capitals have welcomed an average of 17,644 to their first six home games this season a 24.5% increase in average attendance from its first six games of last season (14,173).



Start me up – Washington has scored two first-period goals four times this year and won each of those games. Washington is 2-2-1 when it has been held scoreless in the first period.



Former practice target – Should Olie Kolzig take the ice tonight for Tampa Bay , it would mark the first time since Dec. 16, 2003, that the Capitals have faced one of their former goaltenders. That night ex-Cap Byron Dafoe allowed five goals on 29 Washington shots in a 5-0 shutout at Philips Arena in Atlanta .



Familiar faces – If you ranked both rosters in tonight's game by career games played with the Washington Capitals, the top three would all be on the Lightning: Olie Kolzig (711 games), Jeff Halpern (438) and Matt Pettinger (334). Steve Eminger (212) would rank ninth, just beaten out by Alex Ovechkin (256), Shaone Morrisonn (249), Brooks Laich (245), Matt Bradley (221) and Boyd Gordon (215).
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Postby Sir_Monk » Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:43 pm

Caps hung in that game last night in San Jose for about 10 minutes. But looked overwhelmed from then on. No one wants to lose 7-2, but with the mounting injury's the west coast road trip, you could see it happening. Hope Semin and Green get back on the ice soon and Feds is ok. Big game tonight to salvage .500 for the swing.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 1:33 pm

I was thinking the same thing.

They'll need their A-game tonight, but the question is will they have it?

You could tell they were tired versus LA but they put up a good effort. Better than the 5-2 score would lead you to believe.

They just looked whipped versus San Jose.

Four games on the road in six days culminating in a match-up versus a 17-3 team who is 11-0-1 at home...

Not looking good for the Caps tonight.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:10 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:I was thinking the same thing.

They'll need their A-game tonight, but the question is will they have it?

You could tell they were tired versus LA but they put up a good effort. Better than the 5-2 score would lead you to believe.

They just looked whipped versus San Jose.

Four games on the road in six days culminating in a match-up versus a 17-3 team who is 11-0-1 at home...

Not looking good for the Caps tonight.


Whoops, got my teams mixed up.

Those stats are for San Jose...

The Wild are actually 11-6-1.

And for the record, yes, I did fall down and bump my head this morning!
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Postby MDSKINSFAN » Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:58 pm

The Caps wont go very far this year with the two goalies they have right now
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:07 pm

MDSKINSFAN wrote:The Caps wont go very far this year with the two goalies they have right now


The problem hasn't been with the goalies though. The goalies have been playing pretty well for the most part but you can't let a team create a shooting gallery, you've got to get in there and get a turnover.

The biggest problem the Caps have had is that they get clogged up in the nuetral zone and forced out to the boards. They don't break out; they try and create while on nuetral ice and typically wind up dumping the puck in and playing the forecheck.

They also seem to not pay attention to the penalty clock. I have seen more breakaways happen when a penalty expires and the recently released player is in behind the defense all alone.
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Postby Sir_Monk » Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:25 pm

I was thinking the same thing.

They'll need their A-game tonight, but the question is will they have it?

You could tell they were tired versus LA but they put up a good effort. Better than the 5-2 score would lead you to believe.

They just looked whipped versus San Jose.

Four games on the road in six days culminating in a match-up versus a 17-3 team who is 11-0-1 at home...

Not looking good for the Caps tonight.


It also says someting about the depth of this club considering how well they have played with the injuries they have had to endure from the start

Big game tonight, on Versus...

They also seem to not pay attention to the penalty clock. I have seen more breakaways happen when a penalty expires and the recently released player is in behind the defense all alone.


I don't think our goaltending has been steller, but pretty decent. However, I am going to have to listen for this because someone on another message board was complaining about how neither Johnson or Theodore bang their stick to let the offense know the PP is over and that is part of the reason for the breakways.
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Postby Sir_Monk » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:06 pm

Another Caps win, as I shift into hockey mode. Caps played a good 30 minutes of hockey, had a few unlucky bounces then played like poo in the final period. If not for Ovie and a poor Isles goaltender, we lose that game. The Caps are a good team, but not good enough to take nights off against anyone.
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Postby JansenFan » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:18 pm

They are finally starting to get healthy, which is good. They are also destroying the Eastern Conference, including the teams they would face in the playoffs if they were to start today. They are third in the East right now and killer at home. The Western Conference, not so much.

With the way they've showcased the organizational depth by winning in spite of all the injuries, perhaps Snyder should hire GMGM as a consultant.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:22 pm

You know I have often thought the same thing!

McPhee is starting to look like a genius!

Good win last night, but I gotta admit, they made me nervous late in the game!
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Postby MDSKINSFAN » Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:35 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:You know I have often thought the same thing!

McPhee is starting to look like a genius!

Good win last night, but I gotta admit, they made me nervous late in the game!


They almost blew it! But once again the Great Eight saves us. That goal was one heck of a shot!
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