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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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Senators Defeat Washington 3-1

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Senators Defeat Washington 3-1

Posted on 30 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Capitals were on the road again for a second consecutive night tonight in Ottawa. Just a night after the Caps generated a lot of shots on goal with little result, the game ensuing was a near mirror image. Washington was not getting the lucky bounces against Buffalo goal tender Ryan Miller, but they got a good bounce early in the first period against the Senators.

Just two minutes went by into the first frame of action and Martin Erat threw it into the slot to Joel Ward. Ward shot a backhand toward the goal and it deflected in off of goalie Craig Andersons stick. Joel Ward now has 12 goals so far this season. An early lead on the road was a good start for the Caps after a night as frustrating as the game prior. The Capitals did a nice job offensively for the majority of the first period in possessing the puck and getting pucks to the net. The Senators would cash in with under seven minutes to go in the first period. Defensemen Dmitri Orlov pinched into the offensive zone, which was costly. It caused a 2 on 1 breakaway with Cory Conacher setting up Mika Zibanejad with the easy tap in goal. This was not the only defensive mistake on the night for the visiting squad.

Over three minutes fresh into the second period, Ottawa got behind the defense again. Bobby Ryan backhanded a perfect lead pass up the seam, behind Mike Green, that led to a beautiful finish by Kyle Turris for his 10th of the season. Turris was hooked on the play, but still finished inside with the smooth hands. The Caps had plenty of scoring chances in the second period, but were unable to finish. Mikhail Grabovski had a one on one chance against net minder Anderson. Anderson saved Grabo’s backhand attempt. Grabovski gathered the puck after his miss near the boards and found Troy Brouwer in the slot. Brouwer missed high on a wide-open chance; it is certainly one shot Troy would like to have back. Joel Ward even had a tap in from in front that went just wide that could have tied the game. Instead, Washington headed to the locker room down one at the end of two.

The Capitals had eleven shots in the third period, but fell short. Coach Adam Oates pulled Philipp Grubauer to give the offense an extra man chance. They had their opportunities, especially Eric Fehr with a nice shot in the slot. Craig Anderson made the great save on Fehr in point blank range. Anderson was the NHL leader in goalie save percentage just a season ago, so he is used to making big saves. The game was sealed shut once Clarke MacArthur scored the empty net goal.

The Senators outshot the Caps 38 to 35. Washington’s special teams had a decent night. The penalty kill unit held their own, as they killed all four of Ottawa’s power play chances. The power play unit went 0-2 tonight; the Senators did a nice job of not giving the Caps extra man chances. Tonight’s loss was a hard fought game by the Caps and goalie Philipp Grubauer shined once again. He recorded 35 saves on 37 shots faced and finished with a .946 save percentage. The young goaltender has been spectacular so far and is making the goalie position interesting for the hockey club. The Caps get a break for a few days after consecutive road games. Washington returns back to the Verizon Center as they take on their division rival Carolina Hurricanes.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-UMBC @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm Reitz Arena)

10. Beyonce (Wednesday 8pm Verizon Center); Switchfoot/New Politics (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Kix (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); The English Beat (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Saves The Day (Saturday 8:30pm Ottobar); Michael Bolton (Tuesday 8pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), Carbon Leaf (Thursday & Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Chatham County Line (Wednesday 8pm Jammin’ Java)

Switchfoot: you have no idea how much you enjoy them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_5oE0ijhKg

New Politics does the song you’ve heard a ton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVOUTkFkMNU

Carbon Leaf should stop spending any more than a day or two out of the area every month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOo7ZzwOI9I

Chatham County Line is worth finding out more about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaZEWxy3S8

9. A John Waters Christmas (Thursday & Friday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Kick-Ass 2” and “The Lone Ranger” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Wednesday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” out in theaters (Friday)

I will be seeing ALL of these movies this week. I enjoy this.

And this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQyPVBtLXk0

AND this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awR-XUHCMd8

AND this.

I will see all of these.

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 1 to watch the Capitals host the Dallas Stars in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

Pickup Location
Mobile contact #

Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for L.A. Kings (March 25)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for L.A. Kings (March 25)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 25 to watch the Capitals host the Los Angeles Kings in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

Pickup Location
Mobile contact #

Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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