There’s a lot riding on tonight’s appointment with the Bruins, and it all merits serious discussion. Unfortunately, the Russian Machine is staffed by morons, so we’re going to swap genuine gravitas with overblown stupidity.
If the Caps win tonight, they will break the team’s record for consecutive games won (10, by the 83-84 Caps). They will also break the Bruins’ record for consecutive games lost (8, by the 56 Bruins). The Caps team is playing at their acme right now, whereas the Bruins are hoping they’ve already hit rock bottom. What does this portend for tonight’s game?
Well, if you flip a coin, your chances of getting heads are the same from one toss to another. Ideally, all binary competitions (one winner and one loser) would be like this. If the principle could be extended to sports, the Caps would likely win tonight just because they are the better team objectively. But first we much deal with a few others factors, and also, we must maul intelligent statistical theory until the results please us. Please join us behind the jump.
If you ever needed another reason to hate ESPN (beyond Barry Melrose’s Hair, Holding Gary Thorne hostage, or introducing us to Steven A. Smith), earlier today they came out with their new NHL Power Rankings. Where did Washington rank?
Yes, ESPN ignored a ten game winning streak, where the Capitals plowed through the Flyers, Red Wings and Penguins like they were soft snow. Hell, ESPN even ignored their video-game-on-easy goal totals where the Capitals finished the month with 70 goals in 15 January games – 13 of those games were victories, 4 of the Free Wings Variety. Washington Post Columnist Tracee Hamilton even wrote about the team in this morning’s paper!
The last time the Washington Capitals won 10 games in a row was nearly 26 years ago: February 18, 1984. In order to help us better appreciate the significance of this achievement in context, the RMNB staff has compiled this list of cool ’84 stuff.
If you can think of more splendid cultural happenings from February 18, 1984, please share them in the comments below.
Photo used at top via the Washington Capitals Website.
January has been a spectacular month for the Washington Capitals. With newly crowned Captain Alexander Ovechkin at the helm, the team has lost only one game. Entering tonight’s appointment with the Tampa Bay Lightning, their nine-game winning streak was imperiled. After all, it was the Bolts that handed Washington their most recent defeat, the only under the Russian Machines’s reign, and nearly demoralized the team (if not for some histrionics from Matt Bradley). Compounded by the teams’ history is the Caps’ tendency to play down against lesser opponents and give lackluster performances at matinee games. In spite of all these factors and the lack of my wearing the undefeated RMNB t-shirt, the Caps snuck past the Bolts with a 3-2 victory and finished the month of Janaury with an incredible 13 wins.
Let’s get these bullet points out so you can fall asleep watching the Grammys:
Since everyone is discussing on Twitter, please let us know what you think of the Mike Green suspension. What would you have done? Here’s the Russian Machine’s Take. Lastly, if you want to help Mike Green make up for the 81k he lost due to the suspension, please buy these autographed bobbleheads from his online store for $80!. We only need 1,000 of you to buy to make it happen. Easy.
For raising an elbow on Michael Frolik during last night’s game against the Panthers, Mike Green will be suspended for three games [Tarik!]. The hockey powers that be in Toronto have said all season they were going to start getting tough on elbows and shots to the head, and apparently they’re starting with Canada’s best defenseman.
The angle of the shot broadcasted over CSN-DC made the hit look like nothing more than a stiff shoulder to Frolik’s dome. Seeing that view first will likely spark outrage of Caps fans, but the perspective below removes any doubt about the penalty’s provenance:
It would be one thing if the Caps squeaked another narrow win to keep their 9-game streak alive. It’s another thing entirely when the Caps secure that win in another blowout and without the presence of any their typical superstar antics. The 4-1 victory over the Florida (America’s groin) Panthers is owed mostly to garbage man Mike Knuble, who continues to find ways to score that look horrible in a highlight reel. So although the streak continues, this fan’s worries abound.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
In olden times, victorious warriors would gather in the great mead halls to celebrate battles well fought. They would drink ale, swap war stories, consort with wenches, and tear into massive legs of meat. Our world today is not much different. Sports fans– proxy warriors themselves– return from high-scoring games to gather at a modestly priced, appetizer-crazy sports bar to drink diet soda, talk about the game, flirt with disinterested waitresses, and eat complimentary buffalo wings. Such is the tale tonight.
[Ed. Note: Capitals fans, humor us. With this post, we’re just going to come out and say it: We here at RMNB are trying to build unrealistic expectations and create buckets full of hype for Capitals Defensive Prospect Dmitri Orlov. He’s currently playing over in Mother Russia in the KHL, but that hasn’t stopped us from keeping tabs on him. Fedor checks in with video of one of his more uhhh, let’s say, easy goals. Also, if you haven’t already, please check out our Getting to know Orlov Post & our post with updates on all the former Capitals Players playing in the KHL.]
Last night, I received an e-mail from my friend Evgeni Starikov, who is a huge fan of Metallurg Novokuznetsk. What did he tell me?
Basically, he gushed over Caps 2009 second-round pick and fellow Russian Dmitri Orlov and told me for maybe the 100th time that he’s been pretty awesome this season. Orlov’s been averaging 15:47 of ice time this year and has scored 4 goals already. In his last three games, he’s averaged 18:00 of ice time.
The last goal he scored was in game against Avtomobilist last night that was actually pretty funny. Please, please, please check it out the video here. (Fast forward in the video to 1:30. Orlov is #9)
Metallurg, his current club, won the match 4:0 and goalie Denis Franskevich was god awful. Orlov’s goal was the first of the night for Metallurg.
Another funny goal (not Orlov’s) came at 4:50 of the video.
Pretty nice for one of the worst teams in the KHL, isn’t it?
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