Your Round One Playoff Schedule!

Hot off the presses, people!

SERIES A                        TIME (ET)        #1 Washington vs. #8 Montreal
Thursday, April 15, 2010         7 p.m.          Montreal at Washington
Saturday, April 17, 2010         7 p.m.          Montreal at Washington
Monday, April 19, 2010           7 p.m.          Washington at Montreal
Wednesday, April 21, 2010        7 p.m.          Washington at Montreal
*Friday, April 23, 2010          7 p.m.          Montreal at Washington
*Monday, April 26, 2010          7 p.m.          Washington at Montreal
*Wednesday, April 28, 2010       TBD             Montreal at Washington

Asterisks mean this game will not occur because Caps will win in 4 straight.

UPDATE: Thanks to Tarik, we know that Versus will air the first two games and CSN (Craig Laughlin, kthx?) will cover the two in Montreal.

It’s The Penalty Kill, Stupid

Will the Caps be able to overcome their PK woes in the playoffs? (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Will the Caps be able to overcome their PK woes in the playoffs? (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

[Ed Note: With Peter galavanting in the middle of California for a wedding and Ian scrambling to keep up with all of the Barack The Red happenings, we’re not going to have a gamer tonight covering the Lightning’s 3-2 victory. Who wants to read more about that anyways? Not I. So tonight, we bring you something that has become a growing concern for the crew here at RMNB: the Capitals below average Penalty Kill. Will this do them in when the games really matter? What do you think? Read Neil’s article and let us know in the comments below.]

To misquote Yogi Berra, “95% of hockey is half defense.” Or more precisely, 58.3% defense according to Alan Ryder.

Now whether that is true or not remains to be seen, but what we do know is that goaltending is not the issue for the Caps going into the playoffs – it is their Penalty Killing (PK).

If we look at the teams that won The Cup since the 1979-80 season a distinct pattern emerges:

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Wednesday Webhits: The Frost King’s Best Links Of The Week

Week two of The Frost King’s Webhits – out of 156* – has links looking at how well the Capitals’ goalies perform on the penalty kill, the diversified scoring of Washington’s forwards, which players excelled at scoring in the past decade, whether defense still wins championships, and a discussion about reforming the shootout system. Enjoy!

* My contract apparently goes through the end of time, which latest info says will be December 21st, 2012. Plan to start (and finish) your Christmas shopping a little early that year!

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