Kukla's Korner Hockey
Finally we are coming down the homestretch of a long summer. With the start of the NHL season just a few weeks away, I wanted to let Caps fans out there know what the team has going on in the next couple of weeks.
Rookie Camp (Ongoing): The rookies have been at Kettler all week, but there are still a couple of opportunities to see the kids in actions. Tomorrow will be the end-of-camp scrimmage starting at 11:45 a.m. This will mark the lone rookie camp activity I will attend. If you can make it, I suggest doing it. Rookies worth watching include Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, and Mattias Sjogren (who has a decent shot at cracking the opening-day roster).
Rookie Flyers Game (September 15): This has become an annual event over the past couple of years. Unfortunately, this year it will be played in Philadelphia. If for some reason you find yourself in Philly on Thursday with free time, the game starts at 5 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.
This is a stat based blog. I realize that many readers get easily bored with stat blogs, as I am one of them. While I am not stat-crazy, I do see a purpose in them and will discuss them in varying levels of detail. If a post is overly obsessed with stats, I will do my best to warn you in some way.
In 1968, in an effort to quantify defensive proficiency, the National Hockey League decided to officially begin recording +/- as an official stat. What was intended to simply be a way of determining a player’s ability to play sound, defensive hockey has become one of the most argued over stats in use today. The fact that Nicklas Lidstrom won the Norris Trophy, while tied for 177th in +/- with a -2, this past year and Jeff Scultz was not even on the ballot last year, despite a league leading +50, should show that this stat seems to come up short.
Please welcome Matthew who will be blogging about the Capitals for KK this year.
Welcome to the home of the F Street Faithful. A place for all news related to the team that calls the Verizon Center home: The Washington Capitals. This blog is entirely for the Capitals, not me, though I do feel some introductions are in order.
For me, it all started in 1996. At the time I was 6 years old and couldn’t tell a Canuck from a Canadien. My father took me to my first Washington Capitals game in the old Caps Centre. It was some game against the Pittsburgh Penguins that I honestly remember very little of, aside from the taunts the crowd was making at Tom Barrasso. Fifteen years later, I still get the same feeling of excitement watching the game.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
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