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This mix of personnel selected almost entirely on skill level and skating ability by head coach...

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This mix of personnel selected almost entirely on skill level and skating ability by head coach John Tortorella and GM Glen Sather is as passive as a hockey team gets. There's not a single mean one on the back end. Not one. The Rangers play Washington and have to deal with John Erskine, Shaone Morrisonn, Milan Jurcina and Brian Pothier, every one of whom will come from behind and use the stick.

Larry Brooks in the New York Post this morning, lamenting NY Rangers team toughness and citing...the Washington Capitals?

Caps Sparklines

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I love figuring out new ways to represent data. I learned about sparklines from an Edward Tufte book a number of years ago, and was curious about how the Caps' collective performance would look when distilled down & represented in a simple manner. I hope you find the results interesting.

5 Cringe-worthy things at VC

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  1. Caps fans booing the refs for no-calls on clean hits
  2. The VC ice... it's an abomination (not the worst I know... but still)
  3. Cap fans reaction after game 7 against the Flyers (classless... so much for claiming superiority to Flyer fans)
  4. Fans trying to influence pre-canned animations (audio meter, Roulette, etc.)
  5. "C.A.P.S. CAPS CAPS CAPS" chant - don't ask my why, but to me It just seems... off

Want some more proof that the Caps tend to get complacent when they are winning?

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Behind the Net analyzes shots for and shots against in different game situations. Check out where the Caps are on the list.

When Channeling Your Inner Ovechkin Goes Wrong

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When Channeling Your Inner Ovechkin Goes Wrong

Caption Contest!

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Caption Contest!

Great Interview With Scott Hannan

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Really good interview with Scott Hannan, which begins about 1:12 into this week's puck podcast. He talks about beaking into the league and about big hits and respecting other players. It's good stuff.

New EHM 2007 Database Available!

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Cancel your dates! Take the phone off the ringer! The updated database is finally available!

List of Longest Winless Streaks. Guess Who Appears Twice.

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Behind the Net's SBN blog posted a list of the longest winless streaks in NHL history. Two entries on the list were logged by Capitals squads from the 1970's. My how times have changed. And thank goodness.