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The Case For John Carlson Winning The Hart Memorial Trophy

from Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post,

... That start includes a 21-4-5 record with an NHL-high 47 points in 30 games, making Carlson the best player on the best team with a case for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s MVP.

Forwards have dominated the award. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price won it in 2015, and the last defenseman to win it was Chris Pronger in 2000. Before that, it was Orr in 1972. Nicklas Lidstrom, a seven-time Norris winner and four-time Stanley Cup winner widely considered to be one of the best defensemen ever, never finished higher than fourth on MVP ballots.

Despite those odds, Carlson is making a strong case.

Let’s start with the last two defensemen to win the award, Pronger and Orr. Differences in season lengths, roster sizes and scoring environments make it difficult to compare season-long stats, but two advanced metrics, goals created and point shares, make era adjustments, allowing a more direct assessment of their respective performances. Goals created accounts for assists and adjusts them to the team level. Point shares is an adaptation of the win shares metric Bill James created in 2002 for baseball. In hockey, point shares estimate the number of standing points (two points for a win in regulation, overtime or a shootout and one point for an overtime or shootout loss) each player is responsible for. The higher the number, the more that player contributing to winning.


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Video- Late Night Line- Joe Thornton And Tom Wilson

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Video- Evander Kane With A High Hit On Radko Gudas

two minutes for elbowing and a game misconduct.


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Nicklas Backstrom Negotiating His Next Contract

from Samantha Pell of The Washington Post,

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who is in the final year of a 10-year, $67 million contract, confirmed Monday that he is negotiating his next deal on his own.

Putting trust in himself and the Capitals organization, Backstrom parted ways with his agent, Mark Levine, just before the season started. Backstrom said he ideally wanted to get a deal done before the season, but he is in continuing talks with Washington’s front office.

“I feel like I’ve been here long enough and I feel like I’ve seen everything, and I don’t think it’s anything to hide,” said Backstrom, who was drafted by the Capitals with the No. 4 pick in 2006 and made his NHL debut in 2007. “We will see what happens here moving forward. We will see what happens. I just believed that I wanted to do this myself. I feel like I have a good enough relationship with the organization that we can be honest and talk, and that is how it is.”


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Garnet Hathaway Suspended Three Games For Spitting

TORONTO (November 20, 2019) – Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway has been suspended for three games, without pay, for a spitting incident involving Anaheim defenseman Erik Gudbranson during NHL Game No. 316 in Washington on Monday, Nov. 18, the National Hockey League announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:26 of the second period. Hathaway was assessed a match penalty.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Hathaway will forfeit $24,193.53. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Watch the incident below.

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Garnet Hathaway Will Meet With Hockey Operations Tomorrow

via the NHL,

Garnet Hathaway will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Hockey Operations on Wednesday.

The Washington Capitals forward is facing discipline for spitting on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson with 34 seconds left in the second period of Washington's 5-2 win at Capital One Arena on Monday.

Hathaway received a match penalty. Gudbranson received a roughing minor and a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

Following the incident, the following penalties also were assessed: Hathaway and Anaheim forward Derek Grant each received a fighting major; Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic and Ducks defenseman Brendan Guhle each received a double minor for roughing; and Anaheim forward Nick Ritchie received a game misconduct for being the third man into the fight between Hathaway and Grant.

If you missed it last night, you can watch it here.

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Video- Ducks/Capital Brawl And A Goal Too

Brawl starts, puck goes in the net, good goal.

Recap of the penalties can be found below the video.

added 8:59pm, Longer version of all the action is below.


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Video- Hometown Hockey Feature On Barry Trotz

Christine Simpson with the feature.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Barry Trotz might be the most celebrated name from Dauphin the hometown moments he has experienced may have helped shape Trotz as a Stanley Cup champion, a Jack Adams Award winner and one of the most successful head coaches in NHL history.



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Video- Alex Ovechkin Hit On Jonathan Drouin

Game was 0-0 at the time of the hit. Then boom, Montreal up 3-0.

Isn't it supposed to work the other way?


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John Carlson Remains Hot

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Bet against Natick-born John Carlson reaching 100 points at your own peril. Headed into the weekend, the Capitals’ hard-shooting defenseman led the league in points and assists with a 5-16—21 line over 12 games.

Not likely that he could keep up that kind of pace, which would deliver 35-109—144, but it’s equally true that Carlson’s production is no fluke.

The 2018 Cup winners like to push the pace and Carlson, who will be 30 in January, has finished the last two seasons with 68 and 70 points, respectively (both career bests). A lift to 100 would be hefty, but not impossible, particularly with such an outsized start (as of Friday morning, Nashville’s Ryan Ellis was second on the D-man scoring list with 12 points)....

One wrinkle to the Capitals’ attack has Carlson, typically the lone point man on the No. 1 power play, switching spots on the fly with hard-shooting Alex Ovechkin in the left circle. Ovechkin slides back toward the blue line and is sometimes the guy who tosses the diagonal down for Carlson to launch, giving him a shorter and sharper-angled looked at the net. The Boston equivalent would have Torey Krug drifting off the blue line and switching off with David Pastrnak as the one-time specialist at the left dot.

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