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Zack Damon writes: I could be wrong, but I accept the Caps now accept a accident almanac (or .500 at best), adjoin the Metro. Don’t abatement for the fools’ gold of the best credibility in the alliance and “best aggregation in hockey” due to accepting the best points.
You can’t accept it both ways. You can’t acquaint me their all-embracing almanac is meaningless, but achieve they are absolute frauds because they are alone 7-7-1 in the Metro. Either regular-season after-effects amount or they don’t. You wrote aftermost anniversary that you anticipate Carolina would calmly exhausted Washington in the playoffs because of their two beforehand losses to them this season. Well, Washington was 19-7-2 adjoin the Metro aftermost division and 4-0-0 adjoin Carolina.
Didn’t amount abundant in the playoffs, did it?
I am abundant added absorbed to accept that approved division after-effects do not amount so continued as a aggregation can cord abundant credibility to accomplish it into the playoffs. You accept to actuate how a aggregation will accomplish in the playoffs based on how they play, not on head-to-head records.
Elias Rohan writes: This aggregation is a affected contender. They accept the “we’re acceptable abundant to aloof cast the about-face aback we charge to” mentality. It’s a VERY bad look!! Also, this aggregation has NEVER apparent in its history the adeptness to handle & win in the playoffs with aerial expectations. The ONLY times in the franchise’s history they’ve apparent able-bodied in the playoffs accept been with no expectations. Additionally, the ability comedy is non-existent & has been in abatement aback aftermost year, with no signs of improving, which it won’t due to predictably, as you’ve affected on.
I anticipate you are accepting bent up in change bias. The Caps accept not been at their best the aftermost few weeks and that is appearance your acumen arch to some overreaction. Aloof as it was abortive to alpha planning the Cup array in November, it’s too aboriginal to address them off.
The “flip the switch” mentality would be bad if the Caps abide arena like they are currently into April. Otherwise, this is an overreaction. Did you absolutely apprehend the Caps to comedy consistently able-bodied from Bold 1 through 82? Tampa Bay aftermost year was an aberration because never accumulate up that clip for 82 games. I anticipate you are actuality a tad unrealistic with your expectations if you are affairs off the Caps for not actuality as acceptable in December and January as they were in October and November. Like I said, if the Caps abide arena the way they accept over the aftermost few weeks into February, March and alike April, afresh it is time to be concerned. For me, two months of inconsistent comedy do not abate an absolute season, abnormally aback we saw beforehand in the division how acceptable this aggregation can be.
As to your additional point, I accept never bought into the approach that the Caps were acknowledged because of low expectations. Aback you advertence authorization history, let’s attending back. In 1998 the Caps accomplished fourth in the appointment and went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. With all due annual to that team, I anticipate the actuality that the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 seeds in the East all absent in the aboriginal annular had added to do with that run than the actuality no one had expectations for that team. The 2012 agitated of Boston accepted to me the sad actuality that Bruce Boudreau is not a acceptable playoff coach. Aback they played with a atom of arresting awareness, they concluded up defeating the arresting champs.
Sure, anybody anticipation Tampa Bay would win the appointment in 2018, but I don’t get this abstraction that there was somehow no burden on Washington branch into the postseason. What do bodies anticipate happened in the additional annular aback the Caps played Pittsburgh? Do you candidly accept there was no burden on them because anybody anticipation they were activity to lose to the Penguins again?
Hey, this is the aforementioned aggregation that beats us every year, our absolute agenda may be dismantled if we don’t acquisition a way to buck our archrivals, but at atomic there’s no pressure!
OK, no one absolutely paid abundant absorption to the Columbus series, but do we all anticipate there was aloof no media scrutiny, no absorption paid to the Caps-Penguins rematch because they were declared to lose? That there was somehow a weight aerial activity into the alternation because of that? I aloof don’t buy it.
Mr. Murphy writes: The Caps about ALWAYS giving up the aboriginal goal, additional their AWFUL admiration with the amends box has been advancing ALL year. It’ been absolutely unsightly. ADDITIONALLY, their ability comedy isn’t “slumping,” it’s been sliding advancing aback basically backward aftermost year. Their 3rd band is annihilation abbreviate of a antic so don’t get bent up in the aggregation & allege with your affection artlessly because you awning them.
Mr. Murphy, you are acrimonious and allotment what genitalia of my assay to pay absorption to. As I wrote, I do not anticipate this aggregation can win with the aegis as it is currently constructed. I additionally remember, however, that the Stanley Cup is not awarded in January. The St. Louis Blues were asleep aftermost in the NHL in January 2019. How’d that assignment out for them?
I am not adage don’t calculation out the Detroit Red Wings, I am adage don’t calculation out the aggregation that bedeviled the NHL for the aboriginal two months of the division aloof because they accept flaws. Every aggregation in this alliance has flaws. Every one of them.
The Caps accept to stop demography so abounding penalties. They can advance on that. The ability comedy has to be better. I don’t agglomeration it into aftermost year because the botheration aftermost year was that the ability comedy couldn’t breach the bogie into the abhorrent area to save its life. That has not been the botheration this year so to artlessly say the ability comedy has been bad aback aftermost division ignores the actuality that the botheration has acquired from break-ins to the set up. Offensively, the third band is not activity to appear abutting to expectations, but it has accurate to be pretty complete defensively so it is not a accountability and in actuality was a key allotment of the team’s win over Carolina on Monday.
Again, I do not accept the Caps can win with their aegis as currently constructed. They charge to advancement there, but I absolutely put them amid the contenders if they do that.
Fred W. writes: If you took a snapshot of the teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today, what would be our almanac adjoin those teams?
Here is the Caps’ almanac adjoin anniversary aggregation in a playoff atom or abutting to one as of the time of writing:
Eastern Conference0-0-0 adjoin Pittsburgh (2nd in the Metro)1-1-0 adjoin the New York Islanders (3rd in the Metro)2-1-0 adjoin Boston (1st in the Atlantic)3-0-0 adjoin Tampa Bay (2nd in the Atlantic)2-0-0 adjoin Toronto (3rd in the Atlantic)2-1-1 adjoin Carolina (1st Agrarian Card)1-1-0 adjoin Philadelphia (2nd agrarian card)1-2-0 adjoin Columbus (1st aggregation out)2-0-0 adjoin Florida (2nd aggregation out)
Western Conference1-0-0 adjoin St. Louis (1st aggregation in the Central)1-0-1 adjoin Dallas (2nd aggregation in the Central)0-1-0 adjoin Colorado (3rd aggregation in the Central)0-0-1 adjoin Arizona (1st aggregation in the Pacific)0-0-1 adjoin Edmonton (2nd aggregation in the Pacific)2-0-0 adjoin Calgary (3rd aggregation in the Pacific)1-0-1 adjoin Vancouver (1st agrarian card)0-0-0 adjoin Winnipeg (2nd agrarian card)1-0-0 adjoin Vegas (1st aggregation out)
Benjamin Cross writes: What are we activity to do about Jensen? He mishandles pucks, holds assimilate it too long, turnovers and alone 2 credibility offensively. I alpha to admiration what he’s doing?
Jensen has absolutely struggled. At this point, I anticipate aplomb is arena a factor.
I anticipate Jensen can be a decent third brace defenseman. He’s arena in the top four which brings with it added burden and added minutes. He showed in Detroit that he can be a acceptable player, but the mistakes he is authoritative are arrant to the point that I absolutely do anticipate it is in his head.
I’ve accounting this before, but this is addition bearings in which accepting alone six defensemen on the agenda hurts. He could use a few nights off to get his bold aback together, but instead he has to comedy because there is no one abroad on the agenda to booty his place. Also, in the absorption of fairness, he was appealing acceptable on Monday adjoin Carolina. Hopefully he can body on that.
Larry Thibodeau writes: I generally apprehend the ‘systems’ that NHL teams comedy are agnate with attenuate differences. So what makes a amateur attempt in aback they about-face teams? If they’re all similar, why is Jensen disturbing to comedy aural the Caps’ system? Is it that he isn’t as acceptable as the Caps GM / scouts thought, or is it added that he’s not a top 4 defenseman?
The bigger aberration amid Detroit’s arrangement and Washington’s is that in Detroit, defensemen break in their lane. If you are a appropriate defenseman, you comedy the rigth ancillary of the ice only. In Washington, there is a lot added crisscrossing, abnormally in the abhorrent zone. Aback you get up the ice, accepted to your off-side makes it easier to booty one-timers.
There are beneath appropriate defensemen than larboard defensemen at aloof about every akin of hockey which agency appropriate defensemen do not comedy the larboard ancillary about as generally as larboard defensemen accept to comedy on the right. Aback advancing to Washington, Jensen has never absolutely looked all that adequate arena on the left.
Jensen has to avert adjoin Warren Foegele advancing bottomward the larboard side. You would be hard-pressed to comedy this worse than Jensen did there and it’s because he was on his off-side.
So the affair with Jensen is he came into a arrangement that he did not and acutely still does not feel adequate arena in and he is arena for a aggregation area mistakes matter. OK, so you let in a ambition with the Red Wings. Who cares? They stink. You let in a ambition with the Caps and it is added apparent because these amateur amount a heck of a lot more.
Ryan Jones writes: I’ve apprehend for absolutely some time now that you accept that the Caps charge to advance at the top 4 appropriate defenseman position. What moves do you anticipate they would accomplish to get the cap amplitude to access a top 4 defenseman?
Blake Boynton writes: What do the Caps accept to accord up to barter Nick Jensen… accompany in a top 4 – appropriate shot- defenseman… AND break beneath the bacon cap?
Michael Fleetwood writes: I anticipate at this point it’s accessible that Nick Jensen has struggled this season. Do you anticipate the Caps will attending to accomplish an advance over Jensen or will they stick with him accustomed he is beneath arrangement for the abutting three seasons and they are bound adjoin the cap?
I’ve lumped these three questions calm because the answers are related. I don’t see the aggregation authoritative any trades to afford bacon at this point. The two guys best bodies ask about are Richard Panik and Jensen. There is no way they barter Panik. The third band may not be anywhere abutting to what the aggregation had hoped in agreement of offense, but it is proving to be appealing acceptable defensively. I don’t anticipate they blend with that now.
I am ambiguous they barter Jensen for two reasons. First, you would accept to amalgamation him with an asset to get a aggregation to booty that contract, as Blake suggested, or you would accept to bandy him for addition amateur with a bad contract. That’s all you are accepting for him. If you anticipate you are activity to get a top-four defenseman for him, afresh the amount of that asset the Caps would be sending with him goes up significantly. Second, with Radko Gudas on the aftermost year of his contract, this aggregation may charge a third-pair appropriate defensemen abutting season, a role Jensen is abundant added ill-fitted for than the top-four one he is currently playing.
So how afresh does the aggregation advance the defense? I anticipate there are two accessible solutions. First, accompany up Martin Fehervary. He is a left-shot, but he has been arena the appropriate in Hershey. See what he can do. Maybe he’s not ready, maybe he can get abroad with arena on the right in the AHL, but not in the NHL, or maybe he would be an upgrade. You don’t apperceive unless you try.
The additional band-aid is to attending for the abutting Michal Kempny, a appropriate defenseman with a low cap hit who scouts anticipate is actuality undervalued by his accepted team. Those guys are adamantine to acquisition and you may not hit on him, but that to me is the best acceptable option.
The actuality that the aggregation was able to anamnesis Christian Djoos at the end of December agency the aggregation has at atomic abundant cap amplitude to add a amateur with Djoos’ cap hit of $1.25 million. That will go up as the aggregation continues to coffer amplitude so I anticipate they could potentially add a cap hit of about $2-2.5 million. You can additionally get artistic with bacon assimilation aback authoritative trades.
Benjamin Cross writes: The ability comedy is frustrating, all that aptitude yet Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are casted off to the ancillary and usually end up “quarterbacking” it to John Carlson which isn’t quarterbacking. Why can’t Kuznetsov and Backstrom alpha cutting or accepting added complex or Kuznetsov go to larboard ancillary of goal? Why doesn’t T.J. Oshie blow the bogie on bisected our ability plays?
The acumen why the ability comedy sets up absolutely on the appropriate ancillary is to draw the amends killers abroad from Alex Ovechkin as abundant as possible. If the aegis can’t set up in advanced of Ovechkin, it allows him to get his attempt off on target. A goalie adverse an Ovechkin attempt is already in trouble. Aggravating to stop an Ovechkin attempt aback it’s a cross-ice one-timer is absolutely boxy to do. Goalies about aloof accept to accelerate over and achievement the bogie hits them because they are not activity to be able to get set.
Oshie does not blow the bogie all that abundant because his job is the comedy the slot. He is there to take quick shots from in close. It is up to Backstrom and Kuznetsov to administer the bogie area anytime there is room.
Look, I’m not activity to criticize this set up and say anyone is actuality ashen by it. It was able for years so acutely it can assignment this way. My criticism of the ability comedy for a while now has been absolutely what you suggest, Backstrom and Kuznetsov charge to shoot more. Teams apperceive the ability comedy is aggravating to get the bogie to Oshie and Ovechkin so they accord Backstrom and Kuznetsov a ton of space. They can’t do that if they accept to annual for those guys cutting and that should accessible up added allowance to administer the bogie area they appetite to go.
Micah Reed writes: Why absolutely is the Capitals 6v5 assemblage so abundant bigger than the 5v4 unit? Teams accept been arena an advancing appearance adjoin the Caps powerplay to absolute time and space. Shouldn’t that aforementioned action assignment adjoin the 6v5 with alike added bodies acceptation there is beneath amplitude to assignment with for the bogie handlers?
Yes, ability plays are added alarming with beneath bodies on the ice. A 4-on-3 ability comedy should be added able than a 5-on-4 and a 5-on-4 should be added able than a 6-on-5. So why has it not been that way? To me this gets to the affection of one of the affidavit the ability comedy is struggling.
At 6-on-5, the Caps comedy with a faculty of urgency. With the goalie pulled, there is no time to decay and the aggregation plays at full acceleration bottomward the ice and distributes the bogie bound aback they get into the abhorrent zone. The bogie does not break in any atom for too long. Appropriate now, I anticipate the ability comedy is actuality aloof too accidental aback they get set up. Aback Backstrom passes to Kuznetsov, if there is no attempt and Oshie is not open, it needs to go appropriate aback to Backstrom. There’s no acumen for Kuznetsov to angle about with the bogie and stickhandle aback there’s annihilation there. I’m not singling out Kuznetsov, I’m aloof application him as an example. The players on the ice charge to accomplish quicker decisions with the puck. Faster passes will do added to draw a amends annihilate out of position than a slower bounce will.
JR Banks writes: NO PLAYER GOAL SONGS. This is a TEAM game.
I disagree with you entirely. The new ambition songs accompany electricity afterwards a ambition that I accept not apparent aback they played Rock and Roll Pt. 2 afterwards every ambition (the “Hey” song). You can comedy a aggregation action and still bless players for their accomplishments. This is one of the things that drives me basics about baseball. You bigger not celebrate. You bigger be accurate how you lay the bat afterwards a home run. You bigger not go too fast or too apathetic about the bases. You bigger not attending at anyone for too continued while you’re accomplishing it. You bigger not appearance one ounce of personality because it’s a aggregation bold and you are breaking the accepted rules of the bold if you do.
And alike with as asinine as baseball can get about these things, those players still accept accommodation songs.
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