What Actually Matters

In sports, we often like to use narratives to describe and evaluate players and sports. Some examples from the past five years: “Tim Tebow is a winner. All he does is win;” “Rory McIlroy can’t win with Nike clubs;” “grit wins championships.” And, my personal favorite at the moment: “A culture change is fueling the […]

At the Quarter Mark, and Goodbye For Now

It’s been far too long since I was able to sit down and write about this team in a way that I wanted to. A combination of factors has kept me from doing so, but let’s get right to it. Can you tell I hate writing introductions? 1: When the Capitals went on their spending […]

Caps After 12: Mike Green’s Renaissance

When we last met, the Capitals were heading in to a three-game stretch against Tampa Bay, Arizona, and Calgary – before which I stated that three standings points would be a nice goal. The Caps only got one, losing all three games by a single goal. And lo, after 12 games, Washington is 4-5-3, good […]

Caps After Nine: The True Value of Brooks Orpik

With another set of games in the books and a disappointing result against the Red Wings in the rearview mirror, it’s just about time for our weekly look back on the Caps, their players, and the future. Enough time-wasting with this introduction. 1) Let’s discuss, once again, the perceived and real impacts of Brooks Orpik’s arrival […]

Caps After Five

The Washington Capitals are currently on their annual swing through western Canada, scheduled to play games in the next week against the Oilers, Canucks, and Flames.  With five games already in the books, the Capitals have collected eight standings points, with three wins and the only blemishes on their record two shootout losses at home.  […]

Cautious Optimism On Deadline Day

The Man found a way, as he is wont to do. (Sportsnet) Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak and a third round pick for Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rusty Klesla, who had been acquired Tuesday night as part of the Martin Erat trade. As predicted, reaction to the trade was swift and […]

Encouraging Signs from Capitals Pre-Deadline Day

Dustin Penner sent the Kings to the 2012 Final with this goal. (TheScore) Tuesday was an eventful day for the Washington Capitals, with General Manager George McPhee making two trades.  In the afternoon, he acquired left wing Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.  Then, later in the […]

Caps Down the Stretch: Team Quality, the Deadline, and “Going for It”

Braden Holtby has caught an unbfortunate amount of flak for the Capitals' other shortcomings. With the Olympics now over, NHL teams are re-converging on their practice facilities as they prepare to head down the final 23 or so games of their regular seasons.  The Washington Capitals finished their pre-Olympic hockey on a high note, winning […]

Rapid Rewind: Uninsured

Yeah, it was that kind of night. (SB Nation) The Washington Capitals had their modest two-game winning streak snapped Thursday night in Ohio, falling 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Caps were down from the start, giving up a shorthanded goal after 12 minutes.  The Jackets would add one more in the first and […]

Mike Green and a Washington Rebuild

Tough choices and a tough reality likely await the Capitals in the coming weeks. (Getty) Things are not going well for the Washington Capitals right now.  Heading in to Friday night’s game with the Devils in Newark, the Capitals have lost six games in a row, four of them in regulation.  Their record stands at […]

Rapid Rewind: Still Shut Down

Sasha Kills. (Fox) The Washington Capitals lost their second consecutive game on Thursday night inside Verizon Center, falling 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes in a see-saw contest.  Jason Chimera scored first for the home side, before last summer’s 5th overall pick, Elias Lindholm, scored his first NHL goal to tie it up.  Alex Ovechkin would […]

Rapid Rewind: Farenheit 8-84

Ovi hot like Olympic torch. (Reuters Euro) The Washington Capitals won their home opener in classic Capitals fashion on Thursday night at Verizon Center, defeating the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a shootout.  After finding themselves in 3-0 and 4-1 holes, the home side battled back with two goals from Alex Ovechkin and Connor Carrick, who […]

Rapid Rewind: Defensive Breakdown

Mikhail Grabovski was on target three times in his Capitals debut. Thank you Nonis. (AP) On the day the Federal Government shut down because of bickering in Congress, it was immediately apparent that the defenisve corps of the Washington Capitals was apparently a federally funded entity.  In Chicago, Illinois to open their season against the […]

Mathieu Perreault, Tom Wilson, and Roster Decisions

Photo by RMNB's intrepid Chris Gordon Sunday night, the Washington Capitals finally addressed an elephant in the room when they traded center Mathieu Perreault to the Anaheim Ducks for minor leaguer John Mitchell and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft.  With the move, the Capitals are now at 23 players on the NHL roster […]

27 Thoughts: Hockey is Finally Here

Mikhail Grabovski's addition should really alter the shape of Washington's 2013-14 season. Man, what a crazy offseason.  In the first summer following the NHL's second lockout in less than a decade, we've seen some great moves, some awful ones, and the progression and outlook for franchises seemingly change at the drop of a hat.  But […]