Caps beat Canadiens 3-2: We Have a Holtby

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There’s a scene in Marvel’s Avengers where Iron Man and Loki are talking trash before the big fight. Iron Man plays his trump card, “we have a Hulk,” and then a long, exciting action sequence follows. The Capitals’ performance in Montreal on Thursday would be a bit like that if, instead of fighting for their lives, the Avengers just sorta chilled out and made their “Hulk” do all the work.

Tom Wilson scored on his first shift, a decent snipe after Brooks Laich did work along the boards. The Canadiens tied the game in the second with Lars Eller’s stuff-in goal, but the Caps took a lead to the second intermission thanks to TJ Oshie, ostensibly. The Habs tied it again early in the third with a shorthanded goal by Brian Flynn, but Oshie again restored the lead by being only barely involved in Karl Alzner’s long bomb.

Caps beat Habs 3-2. Seriously, they won that. I don’t know how. The six-game win streak continues!

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Twenty Games In: The RMNB Report Card

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As a team, the Capitals deserve glowing reviews through their first 22 games. I’m talking A- or B+ at the lowest. They’re tops in the Metro in points per game, they’re in the top five in most stats, and now even Vegas thinks they’re a contender.

We’re using this momentary lull between games to assess the team on an individual level. Every player is taking home a report card today, and mommy and daddy are hoping they get high marks.

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Caps at Leafs Pregame: Into Canada!

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This just screams hockey to me.

Tonight the Caps begin a three-game trip through Canada with a four-game win streak still active. The Toronto Maple Leafs are still not very good, but anything can happen on HNIC. It’s Holtby vs Bernier, so that’ll be fun.

Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN Plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 16-5-1 53.3% 100.7 25.0% 84.5%
Toronto Maple Leafs 7-10-5 48.3% 99.9 18.8% 81.7%

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Twenty Games In: These Capitals are The Team

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With roughly a quarter of the season gone and lots of great hockey already in the books, it’s time to take stock in the Washington Capitals. It’s a yearly tradition we call Twenty Games In because we’re not very creative.

There’s a lot of information in this article, so I’ll put the conclusion up top:

This is The Team.

Let me be precise. I don’t mean that in an obvious The name of the band is the Washington Capitals way; I mean it like this could be the team that does what no other Caps team ever could. We’re just twenty and change games into the season, but I think this is the best team this franchise has ever assembled.

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Oshie Scored! BTW, Caps beat Bolts 4-2

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One of your French girls.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a good team, but you wouldn’t know it from Friday’s purple nurple at the hands of the Washington Capitals. Until the final ten minutes, the Caps were playing next-level hockey.

Alex Ovechkin scored from the Ovi Spot, but hold up, because Jason Chimera got the assist, and it was a weird one. Flash forward to late in the second period, when Kuznetsov slap-passed to Chimera and then Marcus Johansson kicked one in late to make it 3-0 before the second intermission. TJ Oshie launched a lovely slapper on a third-period power play to make it 4-0 and invoke Enrique.

Bryan Boyle cracked Braden Holtby’s shutout with under ten minutes left, and then Victor Hedman took advantage of a rough defensive shift by the fourth line to get in the two-goal hole. The Caps held off a tremendous comeback effort and took the victory.

Caps beat Lightning 4-2. The Caps are 16-5-1. Hello. Let’s dance.

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As you might’ve noticed from our podcast this morning, the Capitals are twenty games into the season so it’s time for us to do some reconnoitering. I’ve dusted off an old standby, Tyler Dellow’s forward x defense possession visualization, to help us better understand what’s working (i.e. a lot) and what’s not (i.e. not a lot) for the 2015-16 Caps.

Hope you like the color green.

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Ian and Pat joined me on Tuesday night to discuss the 2015-16 Washington Capitals, who, with twenty games in the books, look like a very special team indeed. Special guest Dimitri Filipovic of The Hockey PDOcast joined us to spit hot fire about Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and more.

Plus, we reveal things about Chandler Stephenson you may not know and discuss our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

The RMNB Podcast is on iTunes. If you enjoy it, please subscribe and rate us proportionately.

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Caps vs Oilers Pregame: Prep Your Turkey Now

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Happy Monday, Caps fans. It’s a short holiday week, and I’m sure you’re busy prepping a scrumptious holiday meal, so I’ll be brief.

The Caps stomped the Avs on Saturday night, and now they ought to do the same to the Oilers, who are a pretty miserable team. Edmonton is a place where blue-chip prospects go to disappoint and get disappointed. The team should be scoured from the face of the earth and then the city itself should pay reparations to Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Anyway, puck drops at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 13-5-1 54.0% 100.4 22.0% 84.3%
Edmonton Oilers 7-12-1 48.0% 99.0 19.7% 77.8%

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#MCM: Rank the Capitals For Us Pretty Please

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The RMNB crew whiles away the hours during intermissions and off-days by chatting about the things that matter to us. I’ve made a pie chart of our most common topics.

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As you can see, the relative hotness of Caps players is a main point of discussion, narrowly edging out pro wrestling. Almost no one cares about Miatas, which are stupid cars.

To be frank, this debate is running me ragged. I’ve had it up to here [points somewhere sorta high] with hot takes on hot Caps. So I declare it’s time to settle this democratically.

I present to you now this authoritative Cute Caps ranking, which is not at all using technology I have shamelessly re-appropriated from Japers Rink.

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Ovi Did The Thing, but Stars beat Caps 3-2

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For all intensive purposes, the Caps and Stars are both great teams–to the point that their talent is basically one in the same. In Thursday’s match-up, each team basically had the puck at their beckon call irregardless of the other team’s wishes. It was firewagon hockey. “I could care less,” each team basically said of the other’s attempts at defense, which was a mute point. Instead, offense basically wrecked havoc.

Tyler Seguin gave the Stars some leadway after a daring stretch pass and some net-front fury from Patrick Sharp, which wasn’t goalie interference after all. Nick Backstrom extracted revenge with a big bounce from the back boards to tie the game up before the first intermission.

A scoring pause began in the second period, but ex-Cap Cody Eakin nipped that in the butt in the third period with a heatseeker. In response, Alex Ovechkin became the best Russian scorer ever with a tip-in to tie the game. The Stars restored the lead by stripping John Carlson and getting Jason Spezza to rip a quick shot on net.

Stars beat Caps 3-2.

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