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Caps fan since 2003. Now writing at Japers' Rink.

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Corsi-Optimized Lineup: Do-or-Die Edition

Can moving some players around the lineup help the Capitals on their last-chance playoff push?

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Caps at Devils: Going as Media

Courtesy J.P. and Travis Hughes (of Broad Street Hockey and SBNation NHL fame), I was able to go to last night's loss to New Jersey as a credentialed media member. The experience was pretty...

Corsi-Optimized Caps Lines: New Year's Edition

A new year brings a trio of new faces into the Corsi-optimized lineup.

Ovechkin's Simply Spectacular 47-in-50

Even though the Great Eight fell just shy of 50 goals in 50 games, 47 in 50 in today's game is just as special.

Optimizing the Capitals' Lines and Possession

A Corsi-focused look at how Adam Oates might be able to get the most out of his roster

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2012 Mock Draft Fan Contest: red army line

1. Edmonton--Nail Yakupov I'm not sure the Oilers are looking to get younger on the blueline since they willingly got older at the deadline. 2. Columbus--Alex Galchenyuk Their system is pretty...

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PPP Salary Cap Challenge, red army line

FORWARDSCarl Hagelin ($0.875m) / Nicklas Backstrom ($6.700m) / Teddy Purcell ($2.363m) Andrew Ladd ($4.400m) / John Tavares ($5.500m) / Jakob Silfverberg ($0.900m) Vinny Prospal ($2.500m) / Mikael...

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Wild Scoring Chances (as tracked by others)

You all know my stance on this whole Corsi issue. I guess time will tell. Anyway, presented here with only neutral comment (I promise), Wild scoring chances for the games played against the tracked...

J.P. gets some love from Elliotte Friedman on HNIC. Head to the 4:50 mark for the segment, click...

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J.P. gets some love from Elliotte Friedman on HNIC. Head to the 4:50 mark for the segment, click here to enlarge the screen grab.

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The Rangers may be scary in 2014

A little background: two years ago, my greatest hope for a Capital at the upcoming Olympics was for Mike Green to make Canada and acquit himself (since I naturally favor North American squads over...

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Team-Adjusted GAETAN

  Goal Asymmetry Experienced by Team Above Normal.  Here's GAETAN in two sentences:  GAETAN tells us how many more or fewer goals a player's team scored and allowed while he was on the ice than...

Penguins-Lightning Head-to-Head

I compiled the series head-to-head time on ice at even strength (summing from Timeonice) and Corsi, too. My code keeps missing one or two Corsi events per game, but I don't think that should change much here. First line is TOI, second Corsi (number of events and differential). While the differentials are from a Pens perspective (positives are good), the colors are from a Lightning perspective (red is good for Pittsburgh, green bad). Letang-Orpik was a beast at ES.

Columbus Dispatch Wisening up to "Real-Time Stats"

They are unreliable, we all knew already, but good to see someone in the MSM taking note. (Stick tap to St. Louis Game Time for directing me to the link) Here's a related read from Bruce McCurdy of the Copper and Blue.

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Just a thought on luck, zone starts, and Corsi

So...I can understand that zone starts at a team level are an effect, not a cause, of Corsi, as it is with individual players. However... Say team X has poor shooting luck. Instead of certain...

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Awards: Talent or Performance?

The question is simple: should the end-of-season awards be based on "true talent," that season's "performance" and results, or a combination of the two? If the latter, how much weight should go to...

All Time GVT Database

Tom Awad put together GVT for the other leagues. The link above goes to his Behind the Net article, from where his Google Doc is linked.

Pat Burns passes away

RIP, one of the greatest coaches in sports history. There's reaction from TSN and from many hockey blogs as well. Here's PPP.

With Horcoff out of the lineup, and the Oilers already lacking depth they probably won't be able to...

With Horcoff out of the lineup, and the Oilers already lacking depth they probably won't be able to take advantage to the same degree, but I certainly hope Tom Renney decides to use Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner on different lines. At least one of them will be exposed to some pretty green (and bad) defenders, and should be able to take advantage. But if they're playing together, the Staal-Girardi combination will be all over them. And guess what? Those two are very good. Staal is surprisingly good, not in the sense that I didn't know his numbers were fabulous, but in the sense that he just doesn't look all that great when you watch him. Staal isn't particularly fast, but he's fast enough that most players can't beat him wide and get to the net. He's a physically huge, but he's still big, and he plays an effective physical style that sees him staying in position and delivering hits whenever he can do it without losing position. He's also got a very good stick, and he seems like a competent passer as well. The offense isn't there the way it is for guys like Drew Doughty and Duncan Keith, but defensively, the guy is an absolute gem, and pretty much exactly the kind of player the Oilers need to stabilize their defense. Sadly, something tells me that New York's very best defenseman isn't on the market.

Scott Reynolds of the Copper and Blue, scouting the Rangers

EA Sports is far from the be-all-end-all of trade fairness, but this is freaking hilarious. Wheeler...

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EA Sports is far from the be-all-end-all of trade fairness, but this is freaking hilarious. Wheeler on Japers' Rink gets full credit for trying the trade and posting the image.

ESPN to bid on NHL TV rights?

via From the Rink via Puck the Media. I hope they get the rights, but not if it means pushing out Versus. I've really grown fond of little old OLN.

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Potential Hemsky Trade?

Apologies if the Fanshots are the wrong place for this. Looking at the Capitals' roster, the second line is quite weak. Aside from Alexander Semin, no one who plays on that line with any...

Roy Macgregor hates Corsi

Everything after the title is wrong, if you ask me. This is what happens when you don't read Behind the Net and Irreverent Oilers Fans.

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Scoring Chances?

(Wow, it's been a long time since I've written a FanPost...)   Last year, fans kept track of "scoring chances" for and against for the Canadian teams and the Wild, in every game. With so much...

Premium Scouting: Rangers

This is coming in late, but I didn't see it linked previously elsewhere.

Creating Easton composite hockey sticks...stick tap to our favorite Frozen Blog

Creating Easton composite hockey sticks...stick tap to our favorite Frozen Blog

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OT Hockey 5/22/10

All times EST: 8 am: Sweden-Czech Republic Noon: Russia-Germany 3 pm: Flyers-Canadiens 7pm: Bears-Monarchs

Ted Leonsis says the NHL is in better financial shape than the NBA because NHL owners can no longer...

Ted Leonsis says the NHL is in better financial shape than the NBA because NHL owners can no longer take "stupid pills." The owner of the Washington Capitals -- who is completing a purchase of the Washington Wizards -- said Friday that a lot of NBA teams are losing "a lot of money." Speaking at the National Press Club, Leonsis said the NHL is in a better position because it has a hard salary cap "that protects owners from taking stupid pills" -- a reference to misguided, over-the-top free agent signings. Leonsis learned his lesson with the Capitals several years ago when he overspent for Jaromir Jagr and other players before the NHL put its cap in place.

A brief Canadian Press story via TSN

The Sporting News seems to be jumping on the bandwagon

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The Sporting News seems to be jumping on the bandwagon

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The Statistics Revolution in Hockey (and Ted's Money)

Statistics is no doubt an important field in sports nowadays. Baseball probably got the head start, as almost every situation can be individualized, but now increasingly in hockey too, we're trying...

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