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Bovada gives Ovechkin 8/1 odds to MVP of Olympics

Posted on 17 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Gold Medal    

Canada                                                 7/4

USA                                                       11/4

Russia                                                   16/5

Sweden                                                5/1

Finland                                                  11/1

Czech Republic                                 25/1

Switzerland                                          25/1

Slovakia                                               100/1

Norway                                                 500/1

Latvia                                                    500/1

Austria                                                  500/1

Slovenia                                               500/1

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Olympic MVP

Sidney Crosby (CAN)                            11/2

Phil Kessel (USA)                                  11/2

Pavel Datsyuk (RUS)                             13/2

Drew Doughty (CAN)                             15/2

Alex Ovechkin (RUS)                             8/1

Henrik Lundqvist (SWE)                         10/1

Carey Price (CAN)                                 10/1

Jonathan Quick (USA)                           10/1

Erik Karlsson (SWE)                              12/1

Semyon Varlamov (RUS)                       12/1

T.J. Oshie (USA)                                   15/1

Tuukka Rask (FIN)                                 15/1

James van Riemsdyk (USA)                   15/1

John Tavares (CAN)                               20/1

Jonas Hiller (SUI)                                   25/1

Ondrej Pavelec (CZE)                            40/1

Olli Jokinen (FIN)                                   50/1

Tomas Plekanec (CZE)                          50/1

 

2014 Olympic Ice Hockey – Men’s Top Goalscorer          

Michael Grabner (AUT)                           5/4

Phil Kessel (USA)                                  7/4

Drew Doughty (CAN)                             13/2

Jeff Carter (CAN)                                   8/1

Alex Ovechkin (RUS)                             9/1

Evgeni Malkin (RUS)                              11/1

Iilya Kovalchuk (RUS)                            11/1

Erik Karlsson (SWE)                              12/1

Sidney Crosby (CAN)                            20/1

Joe Pavelski (USA)                               30/1

Ryan Getzlaf (CAN)                               30/1

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

      Odds on 1/7/14             Current Odds

Florida                          20/1                              6/1

Syracuse                      10/1                              6/1

Kansas                         15/2                              15/2

Michigan State              6/1                                17/2

Arizona                         11/2                              9/1

Duke                            12/1                              9/1

Louisville                      10/1                              12/1

Kentucky                      7/1                                14/1

Wichita State                 28/1                              14/1

Michigan                       50/1                              22/1

Creighton                      66/1                              25/1

Iowa                             40/1                              25/1

Virginia                         100/1                            25/1

Wisconsin                     16/1                              25/1

Villanova                       40/1                              28/1

Oklahoma State            10/1                              33/1

San Diego State            50/1                              33/1

Cincinnati                      100/1                            40/1

Iowa State                     50/1                              40/1

Ohio State                    12/1                              40/1

St. Louis                       100/1                            40/1

Connecticut                   50/1                              50/1

North Carolina               25/1                              50/1

Texas                           200/1                            50/1

Pittsburgh                     40/1                              66/1

UCLA                            40/1                              66/1

VCU                             66/1                              75/1

Gonzaga                       66/1                              100/1

Memphis                       50/1                              100/1

SMU                             Off the Board                100/1

Arizona State                300/1                            150/1

Kansas State                150/1                            150/1

New Mexico                  150/1                            150/1

Oklahoma                     150/1                            150/1

Oregon                         50/1                              150/1

Tennessee                    150/1                            150/1

UMass                          100/1                            150/1

California                      500/1                            200/1

George Washington       200/1                            200/1

LSU                              150/1                            200/1

Xavier                           200/1                            200/1

Baylor                           75/1                              250/1

Florida State                 150/1                            250/1

Georgetown                  100/1                            250/1

Harvard                         200/1                            250/1

Indiana                          150/1                            250/1

Minnesota                     200/1                            250/1

Missouri                        66/1                              250/1

Ole Miss                       250/1                            300/1

Stanford                       300/1                            300/1

Arkansas                      500/1                            500/1

Clemson                       300/1                            500/1

Colorado                      50/1                              500/1

Alabama                       500/1                            Off the Board   

Boise State                  250/1                            Off the Board   

Boston College             1000/1                          Off the Board

Butler                            200/1                            Off the Board   

BYU                             500/1                            Off the Board   

Colorado State              1000/1                          Off the Board

Davidson                      2000/1                          Off the Board

Dayton                         250/1                            Off the Board   

Fordham                       1000/1                          Off the Board

George Mason              500/1                            Off the Board
Georgia                        1000/1                          Off the Board

Georgia Tech                1000/1                          Off the Board

Illinois                           150/1                            Off the Board   

La Salle                        1000/1                          Off the Board

Marquette                     250/1                            Off the Board   

Maryland                       500/1                            Off the Board   

Miami Florida                500/1                            Off the Board   

Northwestern                 1000/1                          Off the Board

Notre Dame                  250/1                            Off the Board   

NC State                       300/1                            Off the Board   

Purdue                          500/1                            Off the Board   

Rhode Island                 1000/1                          Off the Board

Richmond                     1000/1                          Off the Board

South Carolina              1000/1                          Off the Board

St. Bonaventure            1000/1                          Off the Board

St. Joe’s                       1000/1                          Off the Board

St. John’s                     300/1                            Off the Board   

St. Mary’s                     300/1                            Off the Board   

Temple                         1000/1                          Off the Board

Texas A&M                   300/1                            Off the Board   

UNLV                            500/1                            Off the Board   

USC                             500/1                            Off the Board   

Vanderbilt                     500/1                            Off the Board   

Virginia Tech                 500/1                            Off the Board   

Wake Forest                 300/1                            Off the Board

Washington                   500/1                            Off the Board   

Washington State          1000/1                          Off the Board

West Virginia                 500/1                            Off the Board

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Pitt @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center), Clemson @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Soccer: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ St. Louis Ambush (Thursday 8:35pm from St. Charles, MO live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Missouri Comets (Sunday 4:10pm from Independence, MO live on YouTube); Russia @ Team USA Women (Saturday 3:30pm from Boca Raton, FL live on ussoccer.com)

10. Timonium Motorcycle Show (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory); Jim Norton (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Motor Trend International Auto Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Cecily Strong (Sunday 8pm Stevenson University); Dallas Buyers’ Club” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The Monuments Men” and “The Lego Movie” out in theaters (Friday)

Everyone is saying The LEGO Movie is awesome. As awesome as this LEGO version of M&T Bank Stadium?

Also…Cecily Strong rules.

9. Steve Earle (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Karmin (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Railroad Earth (Friday & Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Travis Tritt (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Vanessa Carlton (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Arlo Guthrie (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere), Jeffrey Osborne (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Wild Feathers/Saints of Valory (Tuesday 7pm U Street Music Hall); Bobby McFerrin/Chick Corea (Saturday 8pm Clarence Smith Center); Lauryn Hill (Sunday 8pm Lincoln Theatre), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Monday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); John Butler Trio “Flesh & Blood” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Wild Feathers are the most important on this or any list.

Saints of Valory ain’t too bad either.

Lauryn Hill is amazing. But may it be known: I still have not forgiven her mother’s character from Sister Act 2.

I dig John Butler Trio. I’d kinda like to claim them for America if that’s still an option.

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Ovechkin OT Goal Gives Caps Super Bowl Sunday Win

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Ovechkin OT Goal Gives Caps Super Bowl Sunday Win

Posted on 02 February 2014 by Ed Frankovic

Alexander Ovechkin, who shanked a one timer near the end of the first period that would’ve given the Capitals a 4-1 lead, made no mistake when given a second chance in overtime. The Gr8 took John Carlson’s perfect pass on a 4 on 3 power play and lasered it by Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to give Washington a 6-5, OT victory on Super Bowl Sunday.

The win improved the Caps to 25-22-9 (59 points) and puts them just a point out of a playoff spot.

This was one of those games that fans love and coaches mostly despise. There was lots of end to end action and numerous mistakes, which drives coaches nuts. But from a viewing perspective, it was exciting.

From a Caps angle, this game had several things to like.

First, the effort was superb from the outset. Washington, after getting thoroughly dominated in puck possession on Friday in Motown, owned the biscuit for the first half of this contest in racing to a 4-2 lead. The Capitals are scoring goals again because they are moving their feet and paying the price to get to the front of the opposition net. They are finally owning that portion of the ice and they are getting the gritty and greasy goals necessary to win. Joel Ward (2 goals, 1 assist) and Jason Chimera (1 goal, 2 assists) were the kings of that on Sunday.

Second, Washington’s forecheck generated turnovers and Martin Erat and Nicklas Backstrom’s pressure in the offensive zone directly led to a nice top shelf goal by Troy Brouwer that put the Capitals up 5-4 early in period three.

Third, the power play is clicking again and making life miserable for the opposition. The Wings tried to take Ovechkin away on the 5 on 4 and all Coach Adam Oates and company did was adjust and get two power play markers in what pretty much became 4 on 3 situations with the Gr8 blanketed. Ward tallied from the slot and John Carlson scored with a bomb from the point. Ovechkin’s game winner was on a real 4 on 3, so the Caps were 3 for 6 with the man advantage on Sunday.

Fourth, puck possession is easier to gain when you win the face off battle. Washington was 46-30 on draws and that forced Detroit to chase the Caps to try to get the biscuit for much of the game. Jay Beagle went 14-5 from the dot.

Finally, Michal Neuvirth, despite giving up five goals, was really good in net again. His pad save on Henrik Zetterberg (3 assists) with the game tied in the third period allowed the Caps to win this contest. Neuvy is in a groove and he told me afterwards he’s playing the best he has been all season. He feels comfortable and focused in the cage and he stated that the coaches have only made minor changes to his game, which allows him to play the way he’s always played.

So why did the Capitals do so many good things and still need overtime to win?

Well, let’s start with untimely penalties. Connor Carrick’s cross check in the opening frame turned a 2-0 lead into a 2-1 contest in just nine seconds. Worse though was Brouwer’s neutral zone slash with the score 4-2 late in period two. That is a killer infraction and one that gave Detroit new life when the Capitals were close to putting a stranglehold on this tilt. Brouwer has to be smarter in that situation as his penalty was selfish and lazy. I imagine Troy would be the first to tell you he hosed up there (and he did score a big goal in period three to help make up for it).

Next, the Caps defensive zone continues to have issues, particularly in coverage. After the game I asked Oates why they are giving up so many goals when it appears they have players in position to defend. The bench boss said it is simply a case of not winning the “one on one battles.” He’s right about that and it is a pattern we’ve seen too often this season. So is it a question of a lack of focus or an ability issue in their own end? My take is it is a combination of both, but I put more of it on the talent side as Washington’s defense is very inexeperienced after Carlson and Karl Alzner (Mike Green missed his second straight game due to injury).

Bottom line is this team is going to have to work super hard at both ends to overcome the defensive zone issues they have in order to climb their way into post season position. They also need to be more self disciplined by staying out of the box.

Last year the Capitals went on an amazing run down the stretch to make the playoffs by bringing a great effort each night and cutting down on penalties. That run came after a tough loss in Pittsburgh last March where the Caps played well and fell, 2-1. The Capitals fed off of the positives of that difficult loss. But this season, Chimera admitted that the loss to the Penguins on January 15th, a game in which the Caps carried the play, but lost, 4-3, took some time to recover from. Their efforts after that loss were not good for a few games until they turned the corner with a 5-0 win in Montreal.

Since Montreal (outside of the Columbus loss), Washington has improved offensively by getting more bodies and pucks to the net, so that is encouraging and they’ll need to keep that up in order to win their last three games against the Islanders, Jets, and Devils before the Olympic break.

All three tilts are at the Verizon Center and if the Capitals bring the effort they brought on Sunday, then they should be able to gain some ground in the Eastern Conference this week.

 

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What is Wrong in DC? Evaluating the Current State of the Caps

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What is Wrong in DC? Evaluating the Current State of the Caps

Posted on 23 January 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

 

The Washington Capitals are currently on a six game losing streak as they head into a five game road trip that starts Friday. They currently sit in sixth place in the Metropolitan division and the fans in DC are starting to become frustrated. The fans deserve to be, as the team had possession of second place within the division for such a long stretch during the season, due to the rest of the division struggling early. Now that the Caps have struggled, losing 13 of the last 17 games, they have let the rest of the competition not only catch up, but surpass them in the standings. A season that looked like they were going to be in the playoffs, now looks uncertain as they could risk missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years. So what has gone wrong?

Alex Ovechkin is the scapegoat of criticism by the media, especially when it comes to the post season. The experts always criticize Ovechkin for “not showing up” in the playoffs. You can say what you want about that, but the numbers prove he does more often than not. In his career, he has never made it past the second round into the conference finals. He gets the bulk of the criticism for it, but his surrounding cast has never been the best either. This season is a fine example of just that.

It was evident in Tuesday night’s loss to the Ottawa Senators that the rest of the team struggles to score. In their current six-game losing streak, the team has only scored seven goals; Ovechkin has three of those seven. Jason Chimera has two, Brooks Laich and John Carlson have one. As you look at the top six, where is the production you would expect out of players like Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and even Nicklas Backstrom? Referring to production, the Capitals have scored 134 goals this season as a team. Ovechkin has 35 goals, which equates to 26% of the goal scoring for the team. That is a quarter of the offense to just one player, not one line, one player. He has 35 goals and the next leading scorer on the team is Joel Ward with 13 and Mikhail Grabovski with 12.

So Alex Ovechkin leads his team’s second leading scorer by 22 goals; that is what you call a one-dimensional offense. To put it in better perspective, look at the division leading Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 26 goals, followed by Chris Kunitz at 24 and James Neal with 17. They are the top tier team in the east and you see why with one superstar that has a super supporting cast as well. So who is to blame for the lack of supporting cast that surrounds Alex Ovechkin?

Media and fans have scrutinized General Manager George McPhee for years as he has failed to put together a team that can get to the Stanley Cup. He has made questionable moves in the past and some of them are starting to catch up to haunt the team. One move that stands out is the Martin Erat trade that occurred last season. The Capitals were in a “win-now” mode and tried to acquire a player at last seasons trade deadline that would help them make a playoff push. McPhee took a risk in trading one of the clubs top prospects in Filip Forsberg to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat. Erat’s role has diminished over the course of the season and he requested a trade earlier this season. His stats so far, zero goals and sixteen assists in 42 games played. Now you can argue that Filip Forsberg has not exactly lighted it up for Nashville, but at least he is a young player that has a lot of upside and potential. So this is one of McPhee’s failed moves that has not worked out.

The biggest decision that McPhee faced in the off-season was whether to give Mike Ribeiro a new deal or let him test the free agent market. Ribeiro came off of a good season, as the club’s second center in his first season with the team. He is 33 years old and is set to turn 34 in February. So a long-term deal was risky with the age he was playing at. McPhee let him walk in free agency and the Phoenix Coyotes signed Ribeiro. At first, McPhee claimed that Brooks Laich was going to be the teams second line center to replace him. Then down the road he signed Mikhail Grabovski.

I was a big fan of the Grabovski signing; as I had written during that time he was a necessary signing with the departure of Ribeiro. I still like Grabovski with what he brings in the offense under Adam Oates. To put this into better perspective, lets look at some numbers. In Riberio’s 48 games played last season due to the shortened season, he recorded 49 points (13 G, 36 A). Grabovski has played 48 games this season and has put up 33 points (12 G, 21 A). The difference in production between the two players is 16 points. That is crucial production that the team so desperately needs right now as they have struggled to score.

I do still side with the Grabovski signing, he is 29 years old and much younger than Ribeiro at soon to be 34. Ribeiro wanted a long-term deal at 33 years of age and that was risky to invest in him. In Grabovski’s defense, he had great success early for a large part of the season, playing along side Joel Ward and Jason Chimera on the third line. He ended up getting switched around to the second line with Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer, which was ineffective all around and even was put up on the Ovechkin line.

I like the Grabovski signing, but felt like the comparison of these players stats were interesting to point out and make what you want of it. Bottom line, he was brought in to be a top six player and has shown inconsistency. Sometimes he looks fully capable of it and at other times he does not. As I look at it, I don’t think he is the problem in the top six.

Brooks Laich was an un-restricted free agent after the 2010-2011 season and George McPhee gave Laich a six-year contract extension for $27 million dollars. Laich showed at that time that he was an effective 2-way center that was just about to hit his prime. Since his extension, his first season went well as he played all 82 regular season games and put up 41 points. Since then, Laich has not been as productive. He got injured during the lockout, so during the shortened season, he only played 9 games. He has gotten healthier this season, but still has battled  through some injuries. He has played 36 games this season and only has 8 points.

This is the same player that McPhee came out in the media during the offseason and said this was going to be the teams second line center heading into the regular season. Now the Grabovski signing looks a whole lot better especially since he is at least the team’s third leading scorer. And on top of that, McPhee traded away Mathieu Perreault to Anaheim earlier in the season.

Another top six forward that hasn’t put out the best production consistently is Troy Brouwer. If you look at his numbers from the lockout season, it is what you expect from a player like Brouwer on the second line. In his 47 games played last season, he had 33 points. Of those 33 points, he scored 19 goals. So over the course of a regular season, those numbers equate to a 30+ goal scorer and that would be the kind of production you need from a top six player. His production from last season has not carried over into this season. In his 50 games played this season, he has only scored 9 goals. That simply is not enough especially when he has played slightly more games this season than the last and put up 10 fewer goals.

Where the offensive supporting cast is a big part of the problem, it is not all of it. Three Capitals players have requested trades this season, Martin Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth. Orlov has since then gotten much more playing time, serving as the second defensive pairing with Mike Green. Orlov is a young player still learning, but consistently makes defensive miscues that lead to problems in the defensive zone. He is yet to show discipline on the ice on a consistent basis.

The goalie situation has been often pointed out as a big problem during the season. I always pointed out that the situation has been overblown and is not the true problem. Holtby started the season and played well for a while, but it became a problem once Michal Neuvirth got injured. When Neuvirth went to the IR, it forced Holtby to keep starting numerous games in a row without getting any games rest. It began to show during games, Hotlby was not the same and he had simply looked overworked.

So Washington was forced to call up Philipp Grubauer from Hershey. The rookie was impressive in net for a while, but it looked as if he was getting overworked as well. Grubauer started 15 games and won 5 of his first 7 games. In his last 8 starts however, he only won one game. Clearly the young goalie was getting overworked, just as Holtby had earlier during the season.

Now Braden is back in net as the starter, with Grubauer being sent back down to Hershey. Holtby needs to start for Washington, it is important for the team’s success. He got the contract extension last season and has shown in the past two Stanley Cup playoffs he can go toe to toe with some of the games best goalies when it counts. He had a solid outing in Tuesday night’s loss to Ottawa, which is a good start for him to regain his confidence. The defense needs to improve substantially in helping him out for the rest of the season, defending the odd man rushes better and clearing the puck out of the defensive zone more effectively. The offense also needs to do their part in giving Holtby some goal support.

Right now it is chaotic for Capitals fans. The team is in a shaky situation, but they have been here before. Last season was similar, with at one point being at the basement of the Eastern Conference behind the Florida Panthers. They dug themselves a hole, but rallied to get into the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Caps this season, they are not in the Southeast division anymore. They are in a tougher division, but the rest of the teams are not far in reach in the points standings. Last season it was Alex Ovechkin, who went on an absolute scoring tear to rally the team to the playoffs and rightfully so won his third Hart trophy. For Washington to make another late season run, it is going to take more than Ovechkin to get them back. He needs the rest of his supporting cast to step up and start producing. If the surrounding talent does not start producing and they fail to make the playoffs, George McPhee will be on the hottest seat in all the NHL. Some of his moves over the course of the past few off-seasons could wound up costing him his job.

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No Ovechkin = No Goals for Caps in 6th Straight Loss

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No Ovechkin = No Goals for Caps in 6th Straight Loss

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Ed Frankovic

“Slip Slidin’ away, slip slidin’ away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you’re slip slidin’ away.”  – Paul Simon

That song pretty much sums up the Caps season right now. The closer they are getting to playing all 82 games, the closer they are getting to missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.

On Tuesday night, without Alexander Ovechkin, the Caps not only lost, but they failed to score a single goal against the Ottawas Senators in a 2-0 defeat.

There isn’t much to say about this game, it was a listless effort outside of a handful of players. Goalie Braden Holtby returned to the starting role and played a decent game, but his club didn’t give him any help. The Senators are a team that is too fast for Washington, and it is really looking like the Caps roster just isn’t fast or quick enough to play Coach Adam Oates’ pressure the puck system. There are far too many odd man rushes against and the Caps have no offensive identity outside of their captain.

They fail to get pucks and bodies to the net and on Tuesday they showed little resolve or passion for the game.

Bottom line, this team is getting worse. Sure, they’ve had some decent outings where they looked like they were going to turn a corner, like the game against San Jose just a week ago, but those type of efforts and performances have been few and far between. The ratio of quality games by this club compared to poor ones is not good at all.

I’ve blogged several times about the need for trades to correct an unbalanced roster but nothing has been able to get completed despite several trade requests. Granted it takes two to tango, but something needs to be done before the Capitals are reduced to just playing for a lottery pick.

Washington has had three coaches in just over 2 years and this team has continued to slide. One of those deposed coaches is sitting at the top of the NHL standings right now. I don’t see how a coaching change, whether the players are working hard for Oates or not, would get things turned around at this point? It seems that something more drastic is needed given that the same mistakes and lackadaisical efforts continue.

This team is headed in the wrong direction and an area that has really taken to hockey in the Ovechkin era is getting impatient and is not happy. Owner Ted Leonsis acknowledged it in his blog on Monday morning, citing that he feels “the heat.”

Well the temperature went up after Tuesday’s loss and the fans are not happy, at all. A five game road trip starts on Friday. There don’t appear to be any quick fixes for this club, but the hockey department, coaching staff, and players quickly need to get a plan together to turn this sinking ship around.

Right now, it looks like there isn’t any plan based on the effort I saw on Tuesday night following the debacles in Columbus and New York.

A plan needs to be found and implemented before this season is lost and the fans start tuning out.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Syracuse @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute (Saturday 10:15pm from Montreal live on HBO), Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis (Friday 10pm from Memphis live on Showtime); MISL: St. Louis Ambush @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Stars (Sunday 1pm from Syracuse, NY live on YouTube)

10. Paul Mooney (Saturday 7:30pm Howard Theatre)l Iliza Shlesinger (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Doug Stanhope (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House); Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore County); Enough Said“, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler“, “Riddick” and “Carrie” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit“, “The Nut Joband “Ride Along” out in theaters (Friday)

Iliza Schlesinger is both humorous and not safe for work.

I have no interest in seeing Jack Ryan, but I could use some more Keira Knightley in my life.

9. Jay-Z (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Stone Sour/Pop Evil (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Daddy Kane (Friday 9pm Howard Theatre); Charles Bradley (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Gipsy Kings (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dangermuffin (Friday 8pm Gypsy Sally’s); Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes”Switchfoot “Fading West” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Give The People What They Want” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve seen Jay-Z a few times, probably won’t make down to DC Thursday night. But if he ever toured with The Roots there would not be a price I wouldn’t pay.

Charles Bradley > Charles Barkley > Matt Barkley > My elementary school friend Matt Besche. Actually, strike that. Matt Besche is WAY better than Matt Barkley.

Drew Forrester said the new Springsteen record isn’t a home run. Fair enough. I really like this tune though.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are example number 6,789,403 why Brooklyn is now the capital of the music world.

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Bovada gives Capitals 28/1 odds to win Stanley Cup

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).Included below are 2014-2015 College Football Championship Odds, updated NFL Odds (Super Bowl, Conference, and Exact SB Matchup Chances) updated NBA odds (Title, Conference, Division, MVP, and ROY), updated NHL odds (Stanley Cup, Conference, Division, Hart and Calder Trophies), and updated Golf odds (all four majors and the Ryder Cup).

NHL

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)     

                                                Odd on 12/3                 Current

Chicago Blackhawks                 15/2                              11/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  7/1                                13/2

St. Louis Blues                          15/2                              13/2

San Jose Sharks                       8/1                                15/2

Boston Bruins                           9/1                                8/1

Anaheim Ducks                         16/1                              10/1

Los Angeles Kings                    14/1                              14/1

Colorado Avalanche                  18/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   25/1                              25/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    40/1                              25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 25/1                              25/1

Vancouver Canucks                   33/1                              25/1

Detroit Red Wings                     18/1                              28/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 20/1                              28/1

Washington Capitals                  25/1                              28/1

New York Rangers                     25/1                              33/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    50/1                              40/1

Minnesota Wild                         28/1                              40/1

Ottawa Senators                        40/1                              40/1

New Jersey Devils                     40/1                              50/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       33/1                              50/1                 

Columbus Blue Jackets             66/1                              66/1

Dallas Stars                              50/1                              66/1

Nashville Predators                   66/1                              150/1

Winnipeg Jets                           100/1                            150/1

Florida Panthers                        300/1                            250/1

New York Islanders                    75/1                              250/1

Calgary Flames                         300/1                            500/1

Edmonton Oilers                       200/1                            500/1

Buffalo Sabres                          500/1                            1000/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference       

Pittsburgh Penguins                  5/2

Boston Bruins                           11/4

Montreal Canadiens                   12/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    12/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 12/1

Washington Capitals                  12/1

Detroit Red Wings                     14/1

New York Rangers                     14/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 14/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    22/1

New Jersey Devils                     251

Columbus Blue Jackets             28/1

Florida Panthers                        125/1

Buffalo Sabres                          400/1

New York Islanders                    125/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference      

Chicago Blackhawks                 11/4

St. Louis Blues                          15/4

San Jose Sharks                       4/1

Anaheim Ducks                         11/2

Los Angeles Kings                    7/1

Colorado Avalanche                  12/1

Vancouver Canucks                   12/1

Minnesota Wild                         18/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       22/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Nashville Predators                   75/1

Winnipeg Jets                           75/1

Calgary Flames                         250/1

Edmonton Oilers                       250/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins                           2/3

Tampa Bay Lightning                 5/1

Montreal Canadiens                   6/1

Detroit Red Wings                     7/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 9/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Florida Panthers                        100/1

Buffalo Sabres                          500/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Metropolitan Division    

Pittsburgh Penguins                  1/10

Washington Capitals                  10/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    16/1

New York Rangers                     20/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    25/1

New Jersey Devils                     33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             40/1

New York Islanders                    250/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks                 10/11

St. Louis Blues                          11/10

Colorado Avalanche                  7/1

Minnesota Wild                         25/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Nashville Predators                   200/1

Winnipeg Jets                           200/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division 

Anaheim Ducks                         11/10

San Jose Sharks                       7/4

Los Angeles Kings                    4/1

Vancouver Canucks                   9/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       20/1

Calgary Flames                         500/1

Edmonton Oilers                       500/1

 

NHL Special – Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?        

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                  1/6

Patrick Kane (CHI)                     13/4

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                13/2

Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)                   7/1

John Tavares (NYI)                    18/1

 

NHL Special – Odds to win the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year        

Nathan Mackinnon (COL)           5/2

Chris Kreider (NYR)                   3/1

Hampus Lindholm (ANA)            3/1

Torey Krug (BOS)                      7/2

Seth Jones (NAS)                      6/1

Sean Monahan (CAL)                 17/2

Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)             17/2

Jacob Trouba  (WIN)                  20/1

College Football

 

“It was a stressful night as we were pretty much all in on FSU, needing them to win the game because of our tremendous exposure on our BCS Future Odds and on the Auburn money-line, and I have to say I slept well.  However, there’s no time to rest as I spent all morning calculating next year’s College Football Championship odds. It has been more of a challenge this time around due to some key players still undecided on the NFL Draft and also the new playoff system which is still a little obscure. Therefore, some teams who would normally stand little chance may be able to sneak in. I expect these odds to move over the next few days quite a bit based on those factors.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

Odds to win the 2014-2015 College Football Championship  

Florida State                 11/2

Alabama                               13/2

Stanford                       9/1

Ohio State                    10/1

Oregon                             12/1

Auburn                          14/1

Michigan State              20/1

Oklahoma                            20/1

Clemson                       25/1

Florida                          25/1

Georgia                            25/1

LSU                              25/1

South Carolina                   25/1

Texas A&M                   25/1

UCLA                            25/1

Baylor                           25/1

Notre Dame                  33/1

USC                             33/1

Wisconsin                            40/1

Oklahoma State            40/1

Missouri                               40/1

Iowa                                  40/1

Louisville                              50/1

Miami                               50/1

Michigan                              50/1

Nebraska                             50/1

North Carolina                    50/1

Texas                           50/1

Oregon State                66/1

Washington                         66/1

Mississippi                          66/1

Arizona State                66/1

UCF                              66/1

Arkansas                              100/1

Arizona                            100/1

Boise State                   100/1

Boston College                 100/1

BYU                             100/1

California                             100/1

Cincinnati                             100/1

Georgia Tech                100/1

Kansas State                100/1

Mississippi State           100/1

Pittsburgh                            100/1

Rutgers                            100/1

South Florida                     100/1

TCU                              100/1

Tennessee                           100/1

Virginia Tech                 100/1

West Virginia                      100/1

 

NFL

Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII  

Seattle Seahawks                      12/5

Denver Broncos                        13/5

San Francisco 49ers                  11/2

New England Patriots                15/2

Carolina Panthers                      11/1

Indianapolis Colts                      14/1

New Orleans Saints                   14/1

San Diego Chargers                  14/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC Conference    

Denver Broncos                        5/7

New England Patriots                3/1

Indianapolis Colts                      7/1

San Diego Chargers                  7/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference    

Seattle Seahawks                      10/11

San Francisco 49ers                  11/4

Carolina Panthers                      9/2

New Orleans Saints                   7/1

 

Exact Super Bowl Matchup        

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers                            8/1

Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints                         12/1

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers                       11/2

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks                           9/4

Indianapolis Colts vs. Carolina Panthers                         40/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints                      50/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers                     25/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks                         14/1

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers                    18/1

New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints                 25/1

New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers               12/1

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks                   13/2

San Diego Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers                      40/1

San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints                   50/1

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers                 25/1

San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks                     14/1

 

In order of odds:

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks                           9/4

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers                       11/2

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks                   13/2

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers                            8/1

Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints                         12/1

New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers               12/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks                         14/1

San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks                     14/1

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers                    18/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers                     25/1

New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints                 25/1

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers                 25/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. Carolina Panthers                         40/1

San Diego Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers                      40/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints                      50/1

San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints                   50/1

 

SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Early Line           

AFC      +2½

NFC       -2½

 

NBA

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship  (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)

                  Odds on 12/313            Current Odds

Miami Heat                                2/1                                2/1

Indiana Pacers                          4/1                                7/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              6/1                                6/1

San Antonio Spurs                    7/1                                7/1

Golden State Warriors               16/1                              12/1

Los Angeles Clippers                14/1                              14/1

Houston Rockets                      16/1                              16/1

Portland Trailblazers                  22/1                              16/1

Brooklyn Nets                           28/1                              50/1

Chicago Bulls                            33/1                              50/1

Dallas Mavericks                       50/1                              50/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     40/1                              66/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1                            75/1

Denver Nuggets                        50/1                              75/1     

Minnesota Timberwolves            50/1                              75/1

New York Knicks                       50/1                              75/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   50/1                              100/1

Phoenix Suns                            250/1                            100/1

Toronto Raptors                        125/1                            100/1

Washington Wizards                  125/1                            100/1

Boston Celtics                          200/1                            150/1

Detroit Pistons                          100/1                            150/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   100/1                            200/1

New Orleans Pelicans                150/1                            250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     300/1                            300/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     250/1                            300/1

Orlando Magic                          300/1                            500/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       350/1                            1000/1

Sacramento Kings                     500/1                            1000/1

Utah Jazz                                  500/1                            1000/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference     

Miami Heat                                2/3

Indiana Pacers                          7/5

Brooklyn Nets                           22/1

Chicago Bulls                            22/1

Atlanta Hawks                           40/1

New York Knicks                       40/1

Toronto Raptors                        50/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Detroit Pistons                          66/1

Boston Celtics                          75/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   100/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     150/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     150/1

Orlando Magic                          200/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       500/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference     

Oklahoma City Thunder              9/4

San Antonio Spurs                    3/1

Golden State Warriors               6/1

Los Angeles Clippers                13/2

Houston Rockets                      7/1

Portland Trailblazers                  7/1

Dallas Mavericks                       28/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     33/1

Denver Nuggets                        40/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            40/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   50/1

Phoenix Suns                            50/1

New Orleans Pelicans                1251

Sacramento Kings                     500/1

Utah Jazz                                  500/1

 

Division Odds

Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division          

Toronto Raptors                        6/5

Brooklyn Nets                           2/1

New York Knicks                       11/2

Boston Celtics                          6/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     15/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Northwest Division      

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/5

Portland Trailblazers                  3/2

Denver Nuggets                        40/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            40/1

Utah Jazz                                  500/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Pacific Division           

Los Angeles Clippers                2/3

Golden State Warriors               3/2

Phoenix Suns                            7/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   50/1

Sacramento Kings                     200/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southwest Division      

San Antonio Spurs                    1/4

Houston Rockets                      5/2

Dallas Mavericks                       25/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     100/1

New Orleans Pelicans                100/1

 

2013-14 NBA MVP – Odds to Win         

Kevin Durant (OKC)                   10/11

LeBron James (MIA)                  11/10

Paul George (IND)                     15/2

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR)          12/1

 

2013-14 Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win        

Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)      5/4

Trey Burke (UT)                         2/1

Victor Oladipo (ORL)                 5/2

Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY)               12/1

Ben McLemore (SAC)                15/1

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)    20/1

College Hoops

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

      Odds on 5/15/13           Current Odds

Arizona                         15/1                              11/2

Michigan State              12/1                              6/1

Kentucky                      5/1                                7/1

Kansas                         11/2                              15/2

Louisville                      17/2                              10/1

Oklahoma State            50/1                              10/1

Syracuse                      25/1                              10/1

Duke                            14/1                              12/1

Ohio State                    20/1                              12/1

Wisconsin                     50/1                              16/1

Florida                          18/1                              20/1

North Carolina               16/1                              25/1

Wichita State                 66/1                              28/1

Iowa                             50/1                              40/1

Pittsburgh                     50/1                              40/1

UCLA                            40/1                              40/1

Villanova                       66/1                              40/1

Colorado                      40/1                              50/1

Connecticut                   33/1                              50/1

Iowa State                     100/1                            50/1

Memphis                       33/1                              50/1

Michigan                       33/1                              50/1

Oregon                         100/1                            50/1

San Diego State            100/1                            50/1

Creighton                      50/1                              66/1

Gonzaga                       50/1                              66/1

Missouri                        50/1                              66/1

VCU                             50/1                              66/1

Baylor                           50/1                              75/1

Cincinnati                      100/1                            100/1

Georgetown                  50/1                              100/1

St. Louis                       50/1                              100/1

Virginia                         66/1                              100/1

UMass                          Off the Board                100/1

Florida State                 75/1                              150/1

Illinois                           66/1                              150/1

Indiana                          33/1                             

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Wake Forest @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Arash Usmanee vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez (Friday 9pm from Tacoma, WA live on ESPN2)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Cracker (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

JCS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of the most important records OF MY LIFE.

I would like to go see Dirty Dozen Brass Band, yes, thanks for asking.

Cracker does that one song you kinda remember.

And now here’s Ricky Skaggs.

9. Blue Man Group (Friday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Jim Gaffigan (Friday & Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Warner Theatre); Rob Schneider (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Archer” season five premiere (Monday 10pm FX); Lone Survivor“, “Her” and “August: Osage County” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Obviously the only thing that matters this week is the return of Archer. Enjoy the next eight minutes of your life. They won’t get better.

Also, this is great.

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Skinner records Hat Trick, drop Caps in OT 4-3

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Skinner records Hat Trick, drop Caps in OT 4-3

Posted on 02 January 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

Washington has had difficulty getting pucks into the net as of late. After struggling to finish strong scoring chances in road trips versus Buffalo and Ottawa, the red sweaters started getting better puck luck.

The Caps squared off against Carolina in the last meeting in the Verizon Center, between the two division rivals. Washington started off the first period of action dominating puck possession and shots on goal. Unfortunately for them, Khudobin was making big saves early and often. Khudobin got his first start in over eleven weeks for the Canes, due to his injury sustained earlier this season. He was not as rusty between the pipes as you might have expected from missing so much time.

The first period was tilted in the Caps favor with momentum, until two costly penalties. The Caps first got a 2-minute penalty for too many men on the ice. Shortly after, Brooks Laich got a high stick penalty. The Canes had a 5 on 3 man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom tried clearing the puck out of the zone from the point, but then his stick snapped. So the Hurricanes essentially were working a 5 on 2 man advantage and Alex Semin found Jeff Skinner on the backside for the easy goal. A great first period of offense for Washington, but not the result they were hoping for heading into the locker room.

The second frame of action was one of the most bizarre periods you will see in hockey. Marcus Johansson found Alex Ovechkin up the ice and Ovi put it top shelf. It was Ovechkins league leading 31st goal of the season and came just fifty seconds into the period. This was just the start of a four-minute stretch of craziness.

The Caps have struggled after scoring goals this season, giving away momentum almost instantly after a score. The same trend repeated itself tonight. Under a minute later after the Ovechkin goal, Manny Malhotra regained the lead for Carolina at 2-1. Just over a minute after the Canes tally, MoJo found Backstrom in front of the net. Backstrom forced a rebound and Troy Brouwer finished with a nice backhander to tie the game up once again. Just before four minutes passed in the second period, Steve Oleksy scored his second goal of the season and gave the Caps a 3-2 lead. Just when Caps fans thought they could breath a sigh of relief, they were deflated once again.

Jeff Skinner scored his second goal of the night, after a rebound from goalie Philipp Grubauer found Skinners stick right in front of the net. Martin Erat was unable to find the loose puck and clear it out. Overall, an ugly hockey play, allowing Carolina to tie the game up once again.

The third frame of action had some quality chances toward the end, but Washington was heading to overtime for the sixteenth time this season. A shootout was not necessary as the overtime period quickly ended. After Grabovski and Ovechkin were working a two on two breakout, Ovi threw a pass across the ice in hopes to get it to Dimitri Orlov joining the rush. It just didn’t get to Orlov and the Canes came down on a 3-man rush against lone Caps defender Mike Green. Ryan Murphy fed Jeff Skinner an excellent pass across the crease for his hat trick goal.

It was a disappointing loss to say the least, as the Caps have struggled against Carolina this season. It also has become frustrating, that once Washington gets a lead or goal, they have consistently allowed the opposition to respond very quickly. Philipp Grubauer finished the night with 29 saves on 33 shots faced. It was not the young goalies best night so far this season, allowing big rebounds throughout the night.

Coach Adam Oates shook up the lines tonight and some of the pairings paid off. Ovechkin was paired with Grabovski, Fehr and Backstrom was paired with Mojo and Troy Brouwer. It will be interesting to see how long Oates keeps these lines together and if he makes any other small changes along the way. The Caps have struggled as of late, only winning one game of their last six contests. They travel to Minnesota this Saturday night to take on the Wild.

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Grubauer a Bright Spot in DC

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Grubauer a Bright Spot in DC

Posted on 02 January 2014 by Nick Dorsey

The next man up is a common phrase used when teams look for some athlete to step up into a role usually unfamiliar. When it comes to goaltending in Washington, the next man up is a regular occurrence. Semyon Varlamov was once a young goalie for Washington that looked like he had a bright future in DC. Then after Varlamov came Michal Neuvirth. The 2010-11 regular season also had an interesting situation as well. Tomas Vokoun was the original starter until he suffered an injury, so back in was Neuvirth. Toward the tail end of the 2011 season, Neuvirth suffered an injury and the Capitals were down two starting goalies. The team was making a late season push and they needed a goalie to step up. Braden Holtby, the prospect from Hershey, had to fill the role.

Holtby was tremendous in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, especially against the Boston Bruins first round. Holtby was one of the main reasons why the Bruins did not have a repeat chance at the Cup. Holtby was also solid in last season’s playoff series against the New York Rangers nearly going toe to toe with Henrik Lundqvist.

Holtby came into the 2013 regular season as the main guy with Neuvirth filling the back up role. When Neuvy injured himself in pregame warm-ups before one of his starts, Holtby was back in. Neuvirth was put on IR and that left Washington with just Holtby as the lone net minder. Braden got a large workload, starting 14 out of 15 games. The wear and tear of starting so many games started to show on Holtby, so the Capitals needed to look for someone to step up.

Philipp Grubauer, a 4th round pick in 2010, was the next man up. Grubauer first saw action in a relief effort for Holtby, after a rough start versus the Hurricanes in early December. He was solid in that third period start against Carolina, so Grubi was called upon to start his first game against New York. On the road against the Rangers, Grubauer was fantastic allowing only one goal in a Washington win. After that, Grubauer started to see his starts increase.

He has now started nine games as a rookie and his numbers are extremely impressive so far. Philipp has a 5-2-2 record as a starter for Washington and has posted a .938% save percentage. His 2.02 goals against average is a great number as well.

His starting record is solid, but even better when looking into the shootout losses. Grubi gave his team great chances in those shootouts, forcing a 10 and 6 round shootout in those match-ups. So not only has Grubi been solid between the pipes over the course of a 60-minute game, but he’s got big-time poise when the pressure is on.

The Capitals goal-tending situation has become a topic of discussion as of late with the stunning play from the 22 year old. Michal Neuvirth seems like the odd man out, so his future in Washington is uncertain. Braden Holtby went into the season as the number one goalie unquestioned, but now things could be different. If Philipp Grubauer keeps playing at this level for the rest of the season, the Capitals could have a crucial decision to make at goalie heading into the post season. There has been so much turnover at the goalie position for years in DC with all the young goalies stepping up consistently. It probably has most fans in a craze because they so desperately want to know which goalies jersey they will be wearing to the games. While it could be frustrating to a fan in that sense, this situation is a good problem to have. Having two good goalies is better than having one or even none. Goalie is such an important position especially when it comes to the playoffs. The Capitals have a couple good goalies now and the decision for whom to start at that time will eventually work itself out. The number of young goalies that have come in and stepped up in recent years, shows how well Washington has done drafting goalies and also developing them in the minor leagues. Whether it is Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer that earns the number one spot heading into the playoffs, the Capitals are in good hands. The fans that rock the red have plenty to get excited about when it comes to their young goalies.

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