We have one last story from the Caps season ticket holder party Thursday and it’s, well, delicious.
Like J.R., Caps fans Jenn P. and her cousin Steph came to the amusement park on a mission. Just it wasn’t for tattoos. It was to deliver some amazing baked goods to two of their favorite players: Caps roomies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta.
Editor’s Note: Welcome to Part II of Friend of RMNB and certified dancing queen Ben Scarbro’s investigation into what the Brouwer Rangers will do now that Troy Brouwer is no longer a Washington Capital.
Yesterday, I proved to you a bunch of things you can’t argue with because I wrote this article a week ago and it’s too late to change my mind. And you don’t need to pay a translator to see that I’m right (and yes that’s a non sequitur and a call back to like 2012).
By that, I mean that I narrowed down the list of players the Brouwer Rangers may select as their next target object of praise to a manageable six. To recap: We eliminated defensemen and goalies (because the Brouwer Rangers seem to prefer goal-scoaring ability) plus any forwards who either won’t get enough playing time or who represent to significant a commitment in terms of contract length and size. That left us with Jay Beagle, Brooks Laich, Justin Williams, Evegeny Kuznetsov, T. J. Oshie, and Andre Burakovsky.
Editor’s Note: The Washington Capitals have made a ton of moves this offseason, from acquiring T.J. Oshie and re-signing restricted free agent goaltender Braden Holtby to wishing a fond farewell to unrestricted free agents Joel Ward and Eric Fehr, among others. But there’s one burning question yet to be answered: What will become of the Brouwer Rangers? That’s where we turn things over to Friend of RMNB and man-bun aficionado Ben Scarbro:
Peter was willing to let me bore all you with a ton of plots again, so buckle up for the season-sized comparison. I’m going to look at a lot of the same plots/data I ran last time RMNB had me on, but this time I’ll include the Isles’ data with the Caps’. I’ll try to keep things consistent, where the Caps’ data will be the navy blue and red traces, while the Isles will be royal blue and orange.
Ed. note: Peter here. One of my favorite reads this season has been Derek Miller’s Capital Precession. Derek crunches hard team data, visualizes them handsomely, and then talks about them like an actual human. It’s very refreshing. I’ve asked Derek to give us a report on the Caps as we head into the trade deadline. Where do they stand? What’s working? What’s not? Derek’s got the answers.
I’m going to make what is probably a very safe assumption and say most of those reading this on RMNB have never seen one of my posts before, so I’ll explain the format quickly. I’ll throw up a few graphics that are typically related, and each data series will have two graphs– one will display the season cumulative data, and then below it will be a plot of the same data but just of a 10-game rolling average. Then I’ll provide some commentary on what I’ve observed.
The Arizona Coyotes scored five unanswered goals on Sunday night, putting the Capitals behind by three. It was a bummer. After Coyotes goal number six, and the Caps still several minutes away from losing their fourth straight game, CSN cameras rolled tape of an adorable girl yawning during warm-ups to raise our spirits.
“Young lady, those are my thoughts exactly,” said Joe Beninati sadly into the microphone.
That young lady is Amelia, and she was the star of warm-ups on Sunday. Her brother too.
On October 10, 2014, In Guest Post, By Nathan Burchfiel
Robert and Pernilla Burakovsky at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Back in September, we threw a fundraiser for Fort Dupont Ice Arena. We called it #PARTYZORD, had a ton of fun, and raised $2,800 for a great cause. One way we raised money was through a silent auction that included cool stuff like signed t-shirts and fanny packs, a jersey, bobbleheads, Rachel’s art, and a pair of tickets to the Caps’ home opener courtesy of Troy and Carmen Brouwer.
Bob McDonald, whom you all know as one of the Caps’ primary national anthem singers, won the tickets (thanks to a very generous donation). He didn’t know it at the time, but those tickets gave Bob a front-row seat for a touching family moment as Andre Burakovsky’s parents, Robert and Pernilla, were in attendance for their son’s first NHL game and got to see him score his first NHL goal.