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.

A Look At The Capitals’ Slow Starts And Third Period Goal Deficits

Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images The Capitals have struggled with slow starts to games over the five games spanning from February 16th to the 23rd. In fact, the Capitals recorded zero even-strength goals in the last five games, prior to Thursday’s … Continue reading

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Why Are The Capitals Winless Against The Penguins?

Photo: AP After Sunday’s disappointing 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Capitals’ record versus their divisional rival worsened to 0-1-2. That being said, the interesting insight around this matchup is that the Capitals aren’t playing any worse than they … Continue reading

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Examining The Difference In The Capitals Play In First Six Games Versus Last Six Games

After the Capitals roared out to a nine game points streak and a 6-0-3 record, the team has fallen in regulation the last three games. Through the first 12 games played so far this season, the Capitals now sit in … Continue reading

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Assessing The Washington Capitals Goals Above Replacement (GAR) With 20% Of Season Complete

Prior to the start of the condensed 2021 NHL regular season, NoVa Caps previewed each division, including the East Division, using Goals Above Replacement (GAR) at the team level to determine how division standings could pan out.

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A First Look At The Performance Of The Washington Capitals’ Lines, Pairings And Goaltending

Eight games into the pandemic-shortened 2021 NHL regular season, the Capitals sit atop the thunder-dome that is the MassMutual East Division at 5-0-3, even with major contributors Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Ilya Samsonov, Tom Wilson, and Lars Eller … Continue reading

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Better than Expected: How the Capitals’ Actual ‘Goals For’ Outpace Expected ‘Goals For’

Photo: @Capitals Over the past five seasons and through the first four games of the 2021 NHL regular season, the Capitals’ actual goal scoring has routinely outperformed the expected ‘goals for’ metric. This can be explained by a multitude of … Continue reading

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Evaluating the NHL East Division Using Goals Above Replacement (GAR) Metrics

Following the divisional realignment imposed by the NHL for the shortened 2020-21 regular season, the path to the playoffs and beyond will be solely based on head-to-head matchups with divisional foes. The regional realignment sees all Canadian teams moving into the new … Continue reading

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Evaluating the NHL Central Division Using Goals Above Replacement (GAR) Metrics

Following the divisional realignment imposed by the NHL for the shortened 2020-21 regular season, the path to the playoffs and beyond will be solely based on head-to-head matchups with divisional foes. The regional realignment sees all Canadian teams moving into the new … Continue reading

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Evaluating the NHL West Division Using Goals Above Replacement (GAR) Metrics

Following the divisional realignment imposed by the NHL for the shortened 2021 regular season, the path to the playoffs and beyond will be solely based on head-to-head matchups with divisional foes. With the regional realignment, which sees all Canadian teams … Continue reading

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Evaluating the NHL North Division Using Goals Above Replacement (GAR) Metrics

Following the divisional realignment imposed by the NHL for the shortened 2021 regular season, the path to the playoffs and beyond will be solely based on head-to-head matchups with divisional foes. With the regional realignment, which sees all Canadian teams … Continue reading

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