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#101 DuffMan

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:12 AM

I've been so wrapped up in some other stuff going on in my personal life... I've heard a lot of rumblings that Caps fans aren't at all pleased with Shattenkirk yet. Your thoughts?

He's only been in uniform for 6 games, not sure what fans were expecting to this point but no complaints from me.   Granted I didn't see the games on the West coast which means I've only seen him play in a handful of games but he looked fine to me.  I'm sure there's going to be an adjustment but I haven't seen (read) anything that says we should be concerned.  He's been playing 20 minutes a night since he got here, I don't think he would be getting that many minutes if he was struggling (also being used on the #1 pp unit).


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:45 AM

I've been so wrapped up in some other stuff going on in my personal life... I've heard a lot of rumblings that Caps fans aren't at all pleased with Shattenkirk yet. Your thoughts?

 

Don't worry, those are those "caps fans" that don't have a clue what they are talking about. They are just seeing a slump, coinciding with his arrival and blaming it on him. It's got a lot more to do with the team taking a week off right when they've been playing their best all season.

 

He's a good player, and he's been doing well the little his been in there.

 

I'd much rather have them slump a little bit now than do it in the first round of the playoffs.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:51 AM

Speaking of slumps,  former Caps HC BB seems to be slumping when it comes to properly tying a tie.

 

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:13 AM

Solid win from the good guys against a Flames team that has been playing really well lately.   Eariler Ricker had asked how Shattenkirk was doing, well if you were able to see him on the PP last night the answer is pretty well.   Scored once on the PP and had a fantastic set up for Ovie's PP goal.

 

Speaking of Ovie, he had his best game in weeks last night.  All over the ice, getting shots on net (a dozen or so), generating chances, drawing penalties.  Let's hope that he's starting to get on a roll hear heading into the playoffs.

 

Nick Backstrom, is there a more underrated guy in the NHL?  He's 5th overall in scoring and with 3 more helpers last night he's tied with Conor McDavid for the league lead in that category.  

 

10 games to go until the playoffs (we clinched already in case you missed that) start.  Having said that the division remains up for grabs.  Caps currently have a one point lead on the Pens and a two point lead against Columbus.  We don't play the Pens anymore in the regular season, but we do have two more against Columbus including tomorrow nights showdown at the phone booth.   Do I think the Caps need to win the division to go on a deep run, no.   Having said that, winning the division will make their path easier.  1st place gets you a matchup in the first round against probably the Leafs, Bolts or maye the Isle.   Finish 2nd or 3rd and you get a 1st round showdown against PIT or CLB then probably playing the other team in the 2nd round.  


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:40 AM

Yeah in the Metro, you want to finish 1st or 4th. That's it. They are going to have to figure out re-seeding this offseason.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:16 PM

Tonight's the night.  Hopefully the Minnesota fans don't give me crap for wearing my Caps gear.  Could be a Finals preview.



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 01:02 PM

Tonight's the night.  Hopefully the Minnesota fans don't give me crap for wearing my Caps gear.  Could be a Finals preview.

Not the way the Wild have been playing lately.  Although if they did square off in the finals what would happen in a hypothetical game seven?  BB on one side, Caps on the other, I'm guessing this would cause the formation of a Blackhole and both teams would be swallowed up!



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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:46 PM

Damit Oshie I was right there if you really wanted to throw down.
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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:30 PM

Both boring goals by Ovie standards.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:36 PM

That was a bit lucky.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:24 PM

Hat trick!!!!!!

Who's paying for my playoff tickets, I might be his lucky charm.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:29 PM

Negated by the fact that I'm Holtbeast kryptonite. Geez.

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 09:49 PM

Great one to be there for.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:27 AM

Great one to be there for.

 

Yeah it was. I heard there were a bunch of CAPS fans too, 4 players from MIN on the team and they all had good sized groups too.


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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:37 AM

A smattering of hats were thrown on the ice for Ovies hat trick.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:06 PM

Yeah it was. I heard there were a bunch of CAPS fans too, 4 players from MIN on the team and they all had good sized groups too.

 

There definitely were, I randomly happened to sit in a cluster of them actually.  Definitely worth the price of admission, although hockey is one sport I actually think is better in person.



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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:07 AM

Big win last night against the Blue Jackets that all but wraps up the division.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 09:18 PM

Washington Post: Mike Milbury: ‘I think the Caps are going to win the Stanley Cup’
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Posted 09 April 2017 - 08:01 AM

Meaningless game today between Toronto and Columbus determines who we play in the 1st round.  Leafs win we get the Bruins, Columbus wins we get the Leafs.  Either way bring it!



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Posted 09 April 2017 - 09:57 AM

Yep, not worried about either of those opponents. I'd rather play Boston probably. I'm glad it isn't TB, when they got Stamkos back a couple weeks ago that scared me for a minute. That is a team that finds a way to win in the playoffs. Glad they slid late.






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