Category Archives: Data and Analytics

March of the Capitals – Coming in Like the Hard-Hitting Lamb

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The month of March is nearly upon the Washington Capitals and with the arrival of March, comes the final playoff push. Often, March will come in like a lamb, but a hard-charging battering ram. In this … Continue reading

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Insert Here: How Carl Hagelin Fits With The Washington Capitals

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images As the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat em’, join em’.” Well, it isn’t exactly like that, but the Washington Capitals got tired of playing against Carl Hagelin almost every playoffs the last eight years and … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals Third Quarter Review: 2018-2019 Season

Photo: Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images With the Washington Capitals having played 61 games in the 2018-2019 season, it’s time for our third quarterly assessment of the team. In this piece, NoVa Caps’ Diane Doyle looks at the third quarter … Continue reading

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Defensive Disappointment: The Capitals’ Defensive Struggles This Season Uncharacteristic Under Todd Reirden

Photo: NHL Heading into this season, there was a mixture of both uncertainty and assurance when it came to the Capitals’ coaching staff, specifically first-year Head Coach Todd Reirden. With an all-but identical roster to the one that captured the … Continue reading

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Puck and Player Tracking in the NHL: The Basics

Photo: NHL NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Friday that the league is officially partnering with Jogmo World to deploy puck and player tracking technology in all 31 NHL arenas at some point during the 2019-20 season. The new tracking systems … Continue reading

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Breaking Down Boyd: A Look At Travis Boyd’s Performance Through the First Part of the 2018-19 Season

Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images After the departure of longtime Capitals center Jay Beagle in free agency last summer, the team had a void on the fourth-line that needed to be filled, and had a few in-house solutions to solve … Continue reading

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Contract Checkup: How Are John Carlson & Tom Wilson Living Up To Their New Contracts?

The Washington Capitals had a very busy summer. Between winning the Stanley Cup, celebrating with the Stanley Cup, and drinking half the world’s supply of alcohol out of the Stanley Cup, they also had to re-sign some key players to … Continue reading

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Aging Like a Fine Wine: Alex Ovechkin’s Fantastic Start to the 2018-19 Season More Spectacular Than Meets the Eye

Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images With the Capitals at the Christmas break of the 2018-19 season, captain Alex Ovechkin has already scored 29 goals and added 14 assists for a total of 43 points in the 34 games … Continue reading

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The Capitals’ Biggest Surprises Among 5-on-5 Point Producers This Season

Photo: Flipboard Through almost 30 games of the season, there are plenty of surprising 5-on-5 point producers on the Washington Capitals, some good and some bad. In this piece, NoVa Caps takes a look at some of those surprises on … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals First Quarter Review: 2018-2019 Season

Photo: Will Newton/Getty Images With the Washington Capitals having played 21 games in the 2018-2019 season, it is time to do a quarterly assessment of the team. In this piece, NoVa Caps’ Diane Doyle looks at the first quarter of … Continue reading

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