Earlier today we learned that Trucker Jerbang Oshie thinks the Columbus Blue Jackets’ goal cannon is the Worst Thing in Hockey. In this, Oshie is correct, but he is also wrong. Because there are many other things that are also The Worst Thing in Hockey, somehow.
Your fantasy hockey draft is probably getting close. You’re scouring the internet, looking for something to give you the edge in your league. But here’s the thing: everyone in your league is checking ESPN, Yahoo, and so on for rankings, so you’re not really gaining an edge by using those.
But the good news is we here at RMNB have you covered with just the thing to help you pull off the fantasy hockey draft of your life. Dom Luszczyszyn (I recommend following him on Twitter, y’all), who writes for The Hockey News, has put together fantasy hockey projections that are going to help you conquer fantasy hockey this season.
Late this past week, Sports Illustrated published an article written by Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Crosby opens up about his early season struggles last year, “just playing”, team identity, offseason workouts, and not resting on his laurels.
If this were any other human, it would be a fascinating read. Instead, it’s Sidney Crosby and it’s so boring that I zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
This week’s series between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals is going to stir up some of that old animosity around the DMV region. That’s fine. A little friendly ribbing is proper in sports as long as, deep down, we all know who is truly better.
I am a Baltimore Orioles fan, and this is my manifesto.
In the wake of the Caps’ season end, I was curious how the Caps fan community felt. After six years of RMNB and a decade of Ovechkin, I wondered who you thought makes up the pantheon of most favorite Caps players.
I asked the good people of Twitter, who had not yet descended into heartrending reactions to a world that is becoming increasingly like The Purge and also PokeMon Go strategy tips, to rate their favorite Caps players of Ovechkin era from 1 to 5, with one being intense hatred and five being omg bff.
What I learned will shock you. Turns out people like Ovi.
“Did somebody say craps?”
On Tuesday, the Associated Press broke the news that the NHL would indeed expand to Las Vegas during the 2017-18 season. The franchise will be the NHL’s 31st team and the first major professional sports franchise in the gambling capital of the United States.
The new teams means the Capitals will lose one player during next summer’s expansion draft.
Photo: Justin K. Aller
The Capitals just had their best regular season in franchise history. We thought things might be different in this year’s playoffs, yet here we are again, feeling like we just got run over by a 16 wheeler (that then put itself in reverse, backed over our still twitching bodies, put itself back in drive, and ran us over again).
Let me just spew out a few painful facts that are real, actual things. Alex Ovechkin, this generation’s greatest goal scorer, has never made it past the second round of the postseason. Barry Trotz, this season’s slam dunk Jack Adams Trophy winner, has never gotten past the second round of the postseason. The whole dang Caps franchise has not made it past the second round since 1998. On top of that, this series loss to the Penguins marks the eighth time the organization has lost to the Penguins out of nine tries, which is the worst winning percentage in the NHL among any teams that have faced off 8 times or more. These stats can straight up go to hell.
— Ismail (@imadni) May 11, 2016
So can this chart.
I have no grand conclusions on why this season ended early for the Caps — other than they were really unlucky and not failures in any way. What I do have is a lot of random thoughts and questions, some of which are fun and some of which are miserable. Let’s review.
Photo: Justin Aller
The rock rolled down the hill. With Nick Bonino’s overtime goal, the Washington Capitals season ended in a blink. Now we look ahead at a rainy summer and the prospect of starting over to try again next fall.
This is a free space for you to talk about whatever you want.
Photo: Justin K. Aller
Wednesday night, the Capitals lost Game Four to the Penguins in sudden death overtime. According to the NHL’s PR, the Penguins improved to 8-3 in 11 all-time OT playoff games against the Capitals. The victory gave the Penguins a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Yesterday, we felt depressed. But there is reason to have hope. In fact, I have five reasons why the Caps could come back in this series.
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