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Rob Parker

  • joined Jan 23, 2009
  • last login Jul 13, 2014
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Longtime hockey fan, Caps fan, and Steelers fan. Got called up to the big leagues to write for Japers' Rink.

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User Blog

Surveying the Landscape After UFA D-Day

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The Capitals went after the Penguins' unrestricted free agent defensemen yesterday; what does that mean going forward?

Capital Improvements: Evaluating the Options on D

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New general manager Brian MacLellan has indicated that upgrading the defense will be the top priority this summer. So what are his options?

Let's Talk Second-Line Center... Again

127

It's time for the discussion Caps fans have every summer: who's going to fill the gaping hole in the lineup where a second-line center belongs?

The Caps Top Line: Power (Outage) Versus Power

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One of the themes from the recently-concluded NHL playoffs was top teams using their top players head-to- head, power-versus-power. So that got us thinking...

On the "Blessing" of an Ovechkin Defection

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Would Alex Ovechkin bugging out for Mother Russia actually be a good thing for the Caps?

2013-14 Rink Wrap: Nate Schmidt

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From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2013-14 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2014-15. Next up, Nate Schmidt.

2013-14 Rink Wrap: Evgeny Kuznetsov

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From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2013-14 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2014-15. Next up, Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Two Dudes: The Grass is Always Greener?

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There's work to be done to turn the Caps around. Could that process start with moving one of the roster's mainstays?

2013-14 Rink Wrap: John Carlson

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From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2013-14 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2014-15. Next up, John Carlson.

Moments that Mattered: Neutral vs. Demilitarized

24

The Capitals played a solid game last night, but a couple of neutral zone breakdowns against the Penguins' top line cost them much-needed points.

Rocking the Red Kool-Aid

24

George McPhee's recent comments don't exactly align with what the team has done on the ice, or how the fans see the team.

MtM: A Hat Trick of Defensive Breakdowns

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Picking up right where they left off before the Olympic break, spotty defensive coverage nearly cost the Caps what should have been two relatively easy points.

Moments that Puzzled: Who Covers the Shooter?

8

Just before the Olympic break, the Capitals put together a pair of wins to stay in the playoff hunt. Despite the wins, one goal-against in particular leaves us scratching our heads.

Moments that Mattered: Toughness Can't Make Plays

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For all the inexperience on the Caps' blue line, last night it was the play of the elder statesmen that cost the Caps the game-winning goal.

Moments that Mattered: A Defenseless Defense

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Poor defensive coverage on each of Buffalo's goals Tuesday night meant the difference between another rout and an overtime nail-biter.

Moments that Mattered: Return of Game-Over Green

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Mike Green has had a bit of a rough season for the Caps, to date, but last night he capped off a vintage Mike Green game with an overtime game-winner

Picking Out an Interference Call

15

Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between a legal pick and an interference penalty. A couple of Caps' plays from this season can help demonstrate which is which.

Moments that Mattered: Power Play Triple Threat

23

The Carolina Hurricanes made a concerted effort to not let Alex Ovechkin beat them on the Caps' Power Play and in doing so won the battle... but lost the war

Moments that Mattered: Ovi's Last Minute Heroics

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Something happened en route to the Caps dropping a divisional game at home to the Flyers on Sunday: Alex Ovechkin.

Moments that Mattered: Ovechkin Opens the Scoring

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Some sloppy neutral zone play by one of the best teams in the West opened the door for Alex Ovechkin last night, and he barreled through it.

Rink Mailbag: Blueline Brooks and Selke Backstrom?

13

A look at a possible position change for a struggling forward and the likelihood of some post-season recognition for the team's top pivot in this week's installment of "you ask, we answer."

Moments that Mattered: MoJo Quiets the Haters

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Complaints about Marcus Johansson have been frequent and varied. He's soft. He can't win puck battles. He won't shoot. He won't go to the tough areas. Last night, he put all the haters on notice...

Recap: Holtby, Swedes Lead Caps to Comeback Win

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After trading power play goals in the first, the Caps and Wild would play a tight game for the final 40 minutes. Braden Holtby slammed the door in the shootout to help the Caps skate away with another win.

Third Period Open Thread

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After a four-penalty first period, the refs put the whistles away in the second period and the Wild took advantage of another Caps defensive breakdown at even strength.

Second Period Open Thread

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The league's top two power play units trade first period strikes.

Moments that Mattered: A Costly Lack of Discipline

15

A couple of breakdowns - in discipline and in coverage - cost the Caps a regulation win and an exceptional streak of penalty killing success.

Moments that Mattered: Ward Opens the Flood Gates

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Joel Ward turned defense to offense and a close game into a blowout Friday night in Philly.

Moments that Mattered: Backstrom Starts a Beatdown

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With the Capitals and Flyers renewing their rivalry on Friday night, a late first period goal by Nicklas Backstrom broke a scoreless tie... and there was plenty more where that came from.

Moments that Mattered: Chimera Goes Streaking

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Jason Chimera kept up his recent stretch of hot play on Monday and helped illustrate how dump-and-chase still has a place in hockey

Moments that Mattered: Chimera's Icing on the Cake

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Jason Chimera had a second-period goal awarded to him, then taken away. Some nice work between Grabovski and Chimera in the third period got the Edmonton native back on the score sheet.

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