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#41 JeremyStrain

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:37 AM

Interesting article, but the issues are kind of non-issues.

 

A lot of worry about the bottom 2 defense pairings, but much like the argument of if someone is a LW/RW does it really matter?

 

Ok, so perception is the problem here. People hear 3rd pair and go, oh, the guys that get 10 min or less a game and never any important minutes, they are just there to give the other 4 a breather. BUT not all teams are built like that. SOMETIMES, you have a team deep enough that the bottom 2 pairs are actually pretty even, so you have 1 top pair, and 2 2nd pairs. With these, you'll see the minutes balanced more between the bottom 4 guys, but you don't see it an awful lot, because it's usually expensive and in these days of the cap, the bottom 4 is not where you want to spend money.

 

It's actually usually what happens after a contender acquires a rental down the stretch, just done before the deadline. There's no issue moving Radko and Jensen around on the 2nd/3rd pair, you just balance the minutes out.

 

Hopefully Ilya steps up and can fill Holtby's shoes, cause that solves the cap issues, and it may be easier to recover from than losing a legit #1 Center.

 

As long as they can stay healthy, they are lined up really well right now. Most complete team since the dominating presidents trophy winning team that failed in the first round. Season starts over again in the playoffs.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 09:49 AM

Went to the Caps-Flyers game last night (Drexel Night!). Fun game for a 1-1 result with a shootout.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 09:51 AM

Went to the Caps-Flyers game last night (Drexel Night!). Fun game for a 1-1 result with a shootout.

Good game to be at. Flyers are really playing well. That goalie had some real nice moments. 


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 09:53 AM

Good game to be at. Flyers are really playing well. That goalie had some real nice moments. 

 

Yeah. IANAH(ockey)E(xpert), but it felt like the Caps came out hard, then from about the 5:00 mark in the first period the Flyers took over and just didn't get the right bounces.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 09:57 AM

I'm not either, as much as I wish I was. But I agree. Really, once Philly tied it up, the momentum changed completely. Holtby was on his game last night, as was the defense. 

 

But hey, you know you're good when this is considered one of your slumps (for the Caps). Having lost in a shootout to Phoenix Monday, needing a shootout to get 2 points against Philly last night, and needing OT to defeat the Panthers last Thursday. This is what really good teams do - find a way to scratch out points when things are necessarily going as well as you'd like.


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:28 PM

Washington Post: Winning too much?

https://www.washingt...dents-trophies/



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 08:54 AM

Caps and Backstrom have begun discussing an extension!  Even better #19 is doing this without an agent, clearly Nick wants to stay and you have to think this gets done.



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 03:32 PM

Caps and Backstrom have begun discussing an extension!  Even better #19 is doing this without an agent, clearly Nick wants to stay and you have to think this gets done.

 

Figured that was coming. Especially with young kids, uprooting is tough.


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 08:34 AM

Washington Post: John Carlson scores twice as Capitals keep rolling on the road
https://www.washingt...6ff7_story.html






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