Last week I wrote about the newest NHL expansion franchise in Las Vegas announcing that their name would be the “Vegas Golden Knights” and showcasing their new team logos. I was heavily critical of their chosen main logo not even being an actual knight’s helmet and looking more like something from a “Transformers” movie or 7th century Greece.
Well folks, the team is back in the news again this week. U.S. Army officials are putting the team name under review, as the U.S. Army Parachute Team has been using the name “Golden Knights” since the 1960s.
I don’t necessarily like picking on the new kid in class, but I have a few issues with what’s going on in Vegas. Here we go.
USA Today published an article on Thursday that describes the skeptical attitude many in hockey’s orthodoxy have towards puck possession statistics. The Corsi denialism movement, as described by Kevin Allen, is noteworthy for two reasons:
It’s understandable why people might mistrust advanced stats, but these arguments don’t survive a closer look.
Saturday night, the Capitals lost 5-1 to the fourth worst team in hockey. They were listless, sloppy, and undisciplined. The game, their second in two nights, was arguably their worst effort of the season. And for one Caps fan, enough was enough.
He wrote the following bold tweet. CSN put this up during their coverage of the game.
Look I get it. The Capitals are playing in their second game of a back-to-back series. Last night, they expended a ton of energy in a different time zone, defeating Chicago 3-2 in overtime. The Caps looked flat and disinterested against the last-place Canes in Raleigh. After Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the first period, the Caps immediately gave up two unanswered goals to Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen.
All of that is understandable. This retaliation penalty by Alex Ovechkin was not.
The brobeans (minus one — *sob*) are at it again.
In the Capitals’ monthly playbook, Breakaway, Andre Burakovsky answered 10 random questions about sports, teammates, and cars, and the answers are nothing short of entertaining. In no particular order, let’s first take a look at some of these responses.
With the World Cup over and the preseason winding down, it’s time to climb the crow’s nest and survey the lay of the land in the Caps’ division.
First things first, the Caps should repeat as Metropolitan Division Champions this year. With Barry Trotz’ steady hand at the helm, the Capitals found nearly unbridled success last season, finishing with 56 wins – the most in franchise history. They did this by having the second-rated penalty kill, the fifth-rated power play, and exceptional goaltending. Over the summer, the Caps improved their depth and are a good bet to finish atop the division yet again.
Predicting the rest of the standings is always a bit futile in a game like hockey, but it’s more fun that way so here are is a crack at how the Metro teams are doing and where they are likely to finish up.
Team Russia was ousted by Team Canada in the semi-finals of the World Cup of Hockey this past weekend. Hockey players Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin both played in that game. Several sporting news outlets noticed this fact and, deciding that the world hasn’t had enough of this particular story, rained down the takes.
One such story comes from Pierre LeBrun, ESPN’s NHL columnist and TSN Hockey insider. LeBrun beats this dead horse into glue while also getting some nifty anonymous quotes from some GMs and coaches who do not like Ovechkin one bit.
Phil Kessel is in the news. Not because he’s playing in the World Cup of Hockey, but because he was left out. His tweet on Tuesday following Team USA’s 4-2 loss to Canada and subsequent elimination put a spotlight on the fact that he was left off the USA roster.
I, like most American fans, loved the tweet. I said, “You know what Phil. You’re right. You should have been there.” But the tweet itself is also further evidence why Team USA coach John Tortorella and team management decided to leave Kessel off the roster.
The World Cup of Hockey has given us looks at new team concepts like Team Europe and Team North America, but the biggest revelation of the new/old tournament has been the use of body cams on the officials.
Want to get a first person view of Alex Ovechkin screaming in the face of an official? Want to witness the pinpoint precision of a Connor McDavid/Auston Matthews goal? Want to see the complicated dynamics of a face off?
In my opinion, these angles are just way too good to not have on a consistent basis throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Let’s take a look at my favorite moments so far.
I recommend unfollowing Michael Latta on Twitter immediately if you don’t want to cry yourself to sleep every night.
Tuesday, the former Capitals forward tweeted this:
— Michael Latta (@Latta17) September 13, 2016
Latta meant no harm with the simple hashtag, but Caps fans’ hearts broke all over again when reminded of his move to California to play for the Los Angeles Kings.
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