Caps at Blue Jackets Pregame: Unreformed Torts

The Capitals went 19 days and 9 games without losing until the Carolina Hurricanes cracked the code on New Years Eve. On the back half of back-to-back games, with mounting injuries, blah play during 5v5, and a terrible performance by the second line, the Caps were bound to lose that game from the first puck drop.

Now, in a brand new year and with a bit of rest, the Caps are poised to start a new streak, starting with Lumbus, who are tortilly turrible.

Puck drops at 7 PM.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 28-7-2 51.4% 102.0 25.2% 86.1%
Columbus Blue Jackets 14-22-0 47.2% 99.0 17.4% 81.2%

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Caps at Hurricanes Pregame: Days Gone By

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Hello from the bleeding edge of another year nearly done. Before you bust out the sparkling white and snog someone special, let’s do watch some hockey together.

Tonight it’s the Carolina Hurricanes, who are a listless, nondescript hockey team not worthing analyzing in depth right now except to say that they are better at 5v5 than Washington, who, on the other hand, are fresh off a costly win over Buffalo that left Nick Backstrom and Jay Beagle injured. There are injury updates, but you’ll have to follow me down to read them.

Puck drop’s early: 6 PM!

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 28-6-2 51.6% 102.2 25.2% 85.7%
Carolina Hurricanes 15-17-0 52.8% 97.3 17.5% 77.9%

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I wanted to like Monday’s opponent, the Buffalo Sabres. They’re a young team with a superstar rookie and a good coach. Amanda’s a fan and she’s got decent taste. But then a dude hurt Justin Williams and then that same dude hurt Michael Latta and then he stomped around the ice as if he needed the Hulkamaniacs to re-energize him. At that moment I decided the Capitals must crush the Sabres, which is exactly what they did.

Alex Ovechkin scored on the first shift of the second period, one-timing a pass from Nick Backstrom from below the goal-line. Jay Beagle made it 2-0 with a gift of a goal.

Caps beat Sabres 2-0! Braden Holtby is perfection!

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The RMNB Christmas Office Party (RMNB Podcast)

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Merry Christmas, RMNB Maniacs, which is apparently what Ian is calling you now. The hockey team is on break, but the blog team never sleeps. We all got together on Tuesday night to share tidings of joy and talk puck. We also answer your questions, including the Tom Wilson/bust question, doing the wave at Verizon Center, TJ Oshie’s scoring pace, Brooks Laich’s hidden value, and which moment this season was the most bailamos-y.

Join us, won’t you?

The RMNB Podcast is on iTunes. We hope you enjoy it. If so, it would mean the world to us if you’d subscribe and give us a rating.

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Caps beat Rangers 7-3

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Nothing is forbidden anymore. The Washington Capitals can seemingly surrender a two-spot to any team in the league just so they can have fun with the comeback effort. That’s precisely what we got in the home den of the New York Rangers on Sunday: a disheartening start, a soaring comeback, and lots and lots of fun hockey.

Taylor Chorney was the setup man in a lovely sequence finished off by Justin Williams for the game’s opening goal. Then it was all Rangers. JT Miller tied the game with a solo drive and a tricky release, then Chris Kreider got the lead by converting a broken play, then Dan Boyle converted a power play before the first period was up.

In the second period, the Caps clawed their way back in with a Russian team-up, Dmitry Orlov to Evgeny Kuznetsov, to make it 3-2, and then TJ Oshie crashed the net to tie the game again. An Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot gave the Caps the lead, which Justin Williams doubled with a power-play gutshot from the slot late int he period.

Jason Chimera scored a shorthanded goal on relief goalie Magnus Hellberg. No, seriously. Evgeny Kuznetsov forechecked superbly to set up Marcus Johansson for the game’s seventh goal. SEVENTH. GOAL.

Caps beat Rangers 7-3! Hahahahaha))))

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Caps at Rangers Pregame: Tops!

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Happy holidays, Caps people. The Capitals are in New York today to beat the Rangers on Madison Square Garden ice. Our own Pat Holden will be in attendance. Last time an RMNB human was at MSG, this happened. Today must go better, but the Caps are gonna have to right their 5v5 ship for that to happen.

Enjoy both of the hours of sunlight you’ll have before puck drop at 7 PM. Tune into CSN with us, won’t you?

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 23-6-2 51.4% 101.6 25.0% 84.1%
New York Rangers 19-11-0 47.3% 103.0 21.7% 83.0%

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Tom Wilson’s Controversial Match Penalty

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“I wasn’t even trying to hit him,” Tom Wilson told the press after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Wilson had to watch the end of that game from the locker room, expelled from the ice following a big hit on Curtis Lazar.

What you think of the hit and the penalty depends on what you think of Tom Wilson in general. This much is clear: Wilson has a bad reputation in the league.

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A Rollercoaster That Only Goes Up: Caps beat Sens 2-1

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The Washington Capitals looked great on Wednesday night, and I’m not just talking about their uniforms. A win over the Ottawa Senators wasn’t in doubt until Tommy Drama got the home team in trouble late, but some sturdy penalty killing and the world’s best goaltender made it 22 wins for the Caps.

Michael Latta got Washington on the board in the first period with a breakaway goal set up by Dmitry Orlov’s skyward pass. John Carlson put the Sens in a two-goal hole with a one-timer masterfully facilitated by Justin Williams. Tom Wilson got a match penalty late in the third period, allowing Ottawa to spoil Braden Holtby’s shutout, but that was it.

Caps beat Sens 2-1!

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Jeremy Roenick’s Astonishing Ignorance

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I guess I’m going to write about plus/minus again and why Jeremy Roenick is a bad analyst. Please skip this article if any of the following is true for you:

  • You already know plus/minus isn’t good for player evaluation.
  • You already know Jeremy Roenick is a bad analyst.
  • You don’t like me, my writing, or numbers in general.
  • You’ve got other stuff going on today.

Any of those is a valid reason not to read this, but if you’re still with me, let’s dance.

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Hey Pat, Oshie Scored Twice: Caps beat Pens 4-1

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Oh, look. Holtby’s mask came off during play again. This is fine. I am fine.

I’ll get to the Penguins-Capitals game, and the debut of Mike Sullivan, and Oshie’s big performance and everything, but first: it happened again. Braden Holtby’s mask came off again. I’m not making too big a deal about this. This is literally a disaster in the making and no one is freaking out enough in my judgment.

But let’s talk about the scoring first.

Nick Backstrom scored early on, snatching a pass from Oshie to beat Marc-Andre Fleury up the gut. Three minutes later, John Carlson took his own rebound and turned it into a two-goal lead, which the Penguins began eroding with Evgeni Malkin’s tip-in through traffic. TJ Oshie put the Pens back in the two-goal hole where they belong with a dandy wraparound in the third period. The Penguins got busted late in the game for having cranky pants, so TJ Oshie got another goal. Woo!

Caps beat Pens 4-1. 21 wins and counting.

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