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It all comes down to this. The Stanley Cup Final begin tonight between the Blackhawks and Lightning. Meanwhile, your humble RMNB founders are locked in mortal combat with a 5.7-gram disc of copper and nickel. It’s time for our final predictions. And then you get to tell us where we’re wrong.

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Braden Holtby: 2014-15 Season Review

Hello. This is the Braden Holtby season review, and I’m going to begin by saying I TOLD YOU SO.

This article is less a real review and more of a shameless celebration of Holtby, who is elite.

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Mike Green: 2014-15 Season Review

Mike Green, who has hand tattoos, is a great hockey player. If you ask me– which in a way just by reading this article you sorta are– he’s a crucial piece of the Washington Capitals. So if this is Game Over for Green in DC, he will be dearly missed. If you don’t believe me about that, I’ve got 1400 words and a few megabytes of pictures that will change your mind.

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Eric Fehr: 2014-15 Season Review

Eric Fehr is a great many things: the greatest outdoor goal-scorer in the history of the NHL; alternately a first-line winger, a third-line center, or a healthy scratch; Washington’s second-most prolific shooter; and a children’s book author. Starting in July, he’ll also be an unrestricted free agent.

I think Fehr is one of the most undervalued and underutilized players on the Capitals roster, and he should be a priority for re-signing. Let me tell you why.

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Jason Chimera: 2014-15 Season Review

Jason Chimera is one of the Capitals’ most clutch playoff players, but it’s hard to paint his 2014-15 regular season as anything but a disappointment. With Chimera entering final year of his contract, next season will be an important transition for both Chimmer and the Caps. So what matters more going forward: that rough regular season or the postseason production? Continue Reading

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John Carlson: 2014-15 Season Review

For a team based in America’s capital, the Washington Capitals haven’t had a lot of American players in recent years. That changed in 2014-15, when the team’s number-one defense pairing happened to be same one that played together for the American Olympic team in Sochi: Brooks Orpik and the subject of today’s review, John Carlson.

Carly rules, and these colors don’t run. USA! USA! USA!

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Troy Brouwer: 2014-15 Season Review

The hero of January 1st (Photo: Dave Sandford)

The name of the Washington Capitals’ primary, um, uh, secondary scoring threat is Troy Brouwer, and for the second year in a row Brouw cracked twenty goals and forty points.

So, why the heck would anyone ever be down on Troy?

Maybe scoring three goals in the last 33 games, one since April, and none in the playoffs has something to do with it.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
17:31 Average time on ice per game
21 Goals
22 Assists
51.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
54.8% Goal percentage during 5v5

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I have a bad habit of nitpicking the public statements of NHL general managers. I have a ton of respect for their talents, and I think their jobs are very difficult, but they’re also kind of terrible at articulating themselves– or maybe they’re just bad at saying things that are supported by facts.

Case in point: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan touting the playoff performance of Tim Gleason.

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Jay Beagle: 2014-15 Season Review

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It was a good season to be a Jay Beagle fan, which we are. We just watched him wrap up the best season of his career, plus he got a new cell phone. Beagle was so good, he might have just played himself out of a contract.

p.s. I vow to use no dog puns in this whole article.

By the Numbers

62 Games played
12:49 Average time on ice per game
10 Goals
10 Assists
50.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
53.1% Goal percentage during 5v5

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Nick Backstrom: 2014-15 Season Review

As the George Harrison of the Washington Capitals, Nick Backstrom is the Quiet One. He’s not flashy and he doesn’t hog the spotlight. He seems almost pathologically humble. We’ve been hearing for so long that he’s underrated– but is he really, truly a great hockey player?

Yes. Yes, he is.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
20:32 Average time on ice per game
18 Goals
60 Assists
54.2% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
50.0% Goal percentage during 5v5

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