Author Archives: Justin Trudel

About Justin Trudel

Justin is a lifelong Caps fan, with some of his first memories of the sport watching the team in the USAir Arena and the 1998 Stanley Cup appearance. Now a resident of St. Augustine, FL, Justin watches the Caps from afar. Justin graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from Towson University, and a Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology from Towson University. Justin is currently a product manager at a non-profit in Jacksonville, FL. Justin enjoys geeking out over roster construction and cap management.

Evaluating The Capitals’ Free Agent Defensemen Signings With WAR and SPAR

Through the first day of unrestricted free agency, the Capitals and General Manager Brian MacLellan have been busy adding players to their NHL roster. Thus far, the Capitals have signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a four year deal with a … Continue reading

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A Deep Dive Into Peter Laviolette’s Coaching Resume

Photo by Jacob Kupferman On September 15th, the Washington Capitals announced the hiring of former Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette as the 19th head in franchise history. Coming off of a disappointing 2019-20 season with the Predators, Laviolette looks to … Continue reading

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Fixing The Washington Capitals Defense

One of the most glaring issues with the Washington Capitals during the 2019-20 season was the performance of the team’s defense. The team struggled to find consistency on the back-end, resulting in then head coach Todd Reirden regularly mixing up … Continue reading

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A Head-to-Head Comparison of Peter Laviolette and Gerard Gallant

Two of the top candidates for the head coach of the Washington Capitals are Peter Laviolette and Gerard Gallant. The veteran coaches fit the bill for an experienced head coach who can hold veteran players accountable and get solid post-season … Continue reading

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Postgame Analytics: Shut Out and Sent Out of the Bubble

Photo: @Capitals In what is likely Braden Holtby’s last game as a Washington Capital, the Caps’ offense never got started in a 4-0 rout at the hand of the Islanders, losing the series 4-1. With a pair of goals by … Continue reading

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Postgame Analytics: Capitals Flip the Script on Islanders, Dominate at Even Strength in Game 4

The Washington Capitals were able to finally notch a win in their first round series with the New York Islanders in Game 4, pushed by a dominant performance at five on five play, after falling to a 2-0 deficit early … Continue reading

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Postgame Analytics: Capitals Now on the Brink, Dominated at Even Strength Again

Capitals’ Head Coach Todd Reirden made several lineup tweaks prior to Game 3 against the Islanders today, but those tweaks came to no avail, with the Caps losing 2-1 in overtime.

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Postgame Analytics: Despite Strong Start, Capitals Turn in Clunker and Lose Game 2, 5-2

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images The Capitals rushed out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first period with Alex Ovechkin scoring his first of the playoffs 56 seconds in, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Islanders’ … Continue reading

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Postgame Analytics: Isles Dominate at Even Strength, Down Caps 4-2 in Game 1

Photo: @Capitals After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second period of Game 1, the Capitals were thoroughly outworked and outplayed at even strength, leading to four unanswered goals by the Islanders en route to a 4-2 victory.

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Analytical Preview: Washington Capitals Face New York Islanders in First Round Matchup

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Following the Washington Capitals‘ 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in the final game of the round robin portion of the NHL Playoffs, the Caps solidified the third seed in the Eastern Conference and a … Continue reading

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