Series Talk: ECQF: (1) Washington Capitals vs. (WC1) Columbus Blue Jackets | Series tied at 2

Discussion in 'Stanley Cup Playoffs' started by CBJSTH, Apr 7, 2018.

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Who ya got?! Caps or CBJ?

Poll closed Apr 14, 2018.
  1. WSH (sweep)

    20 vote(s)
    2.7%
  2. CBJ (sweep)

    6 vote(s)
    0.8%
  3. WSH (in 5)

    96 vote(s)
    13.0%
  4. CBJ (in 5)

    16 vote(s)
    2.2%
  5. WSH (in 6)

    232 vote(s)
    31.4%
  6. CBJ (in 6)

    129 vote(s)
    17.5%
  7. WSH (in 7)

    114 vote(s)
    15.4%
  8. CBJ (in 7)

    125 vote(s)
    16.9%
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  1. filinski77

    filinski77 Registered User

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    The caps have 3 players (ovi, kuznetsov, backstrom) who all have equal or higher talent than the Jackets player - Panarin (who has been absolutely outstanding so far mind you). As well, Carlson and Oshie are both on the same talent level as Jones and Dubois/Atkinson.

    The caps as a whole have a lot of problems right now, but a 'lack' of high-end talent most certainly isn't one of them.
     
  2. g00n

    g00n He'd have gotten away with it, too

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    They're 4 of 8 on the PP despite being at 17% during the regular season. Enjoy it while it lasts.
     
  3. ClevelandJacketFan

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    ...Really?
    The two teams are fairly close, I believe the Caps have more forward top end and the Jackets more top end in defense.

    The biggest difference has been Bob. If he was on Washington, it would be a very different series.
     
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    There are some great stats that show how much improved the Jackets' PP was over the last half of the season (top 8? with Vanek).

    But that info aside, it's pretty nice to see your team kick it into a higher gear when the games really count. Wouldn't you agree?
     
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  5. CarolinaBlueJacket

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    The Jackets were 30% on their PP through the last 15 games. Enjoy your season while it lasts.
     
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    Viqsi chief justice, HFCBJ morality court

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    DSL was being his usual sarcastic self. The point is that the theme of this thread so far has been, by and large, about not giving the Jackets credit for anything at all and instead insisting that some mysterious Washington malaise is the sole and exclusive reason for the series being 2-0 Jackets. There've been exceptions to that, but they're in the minority.
     
  7. nothingbeatshockey

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    This.

    The series is obviously close, two OT games, each could have gone either the way. Each team has been undisciplined, frustratingly so at times. Each teams' PP has over-performed, or the opposing PK under-performed.

    The simplest explanation as to why CBJ is up two games is pretty simple to see:
    Bobrovsky > Grubauer/Holtby.
     
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  8. Double-Shift Lasse

    Double-Shift Lasse Just post better

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    But it's true that the Caps have carried play for significant stretches of both games, yet have come up short, surrendering goals against as the Jackets high-end skill makes the most of opportunities its creating for itself. Meanwhile, the Caps are grinding but you can just tell they don't have enough to keep up with the Jackets' talent.
     
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    There's more to it than just the goalies. For some reason for the last twenty years, regardless of players or coaches, most of Washington's hockey smarts simply goes out the window come playoff time.

    Didn't see the whole games but what I did see was the Caps being extraordinarily stupid with penalties, turnovers, etc. Pretty even talent-wise but not mentally.

    And their inability to get things done at home. 1-5 or 1-6 in their last few there? Bad.
     
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    Well last night Torts/CBJ didn't exactly employ the bastion of "Smart hockey", preferring to turtle the 3rd period and almost choked up the lead in doing so. CBJ was very lucky and Bob had much to do with how the 3rd and OT went
     
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    and #8 in the league since the trade deadline. They were 0-3 vs Washington prior to the deadline and now are 3-0 since the trade deadline.
     
  12. Double-Shift Lasse

    Double-Shift Lasse Just post better

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    But that's been exactly what people expected, that the Jackets aren't always the most hard-working or diligent team but their high-end skill allows them to overcome it. And it's not like it's been a secret the Bobrovsky is a playoff demon and that the Caps' grinders would have difficult solving him.
     
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  13. g00n

    g00n He'd have gotten away with it, too

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    Of course, seeing how my team has won a playoff series before.
     
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    Glad to see the Bob and the jackets PP is playing to its potential.
     
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    Carlson on the same talent level as Jones LMAO.

    And I really like Carlson too.

    But Jones is just that damn good
     
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    I expect PP opportunities for both teams to drop off significantly in Columbus, which will be tough on Caps comeback chances. Even strength goals are 5-2 in Jackets favor.
     
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    Yes...Torts game plan was to give Caps 4 PPs in 3rd period. Very discouraging for Caps fans. They won't get another game like that in the series and now have to figure out away to beat Jackets 5on5.
     
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    This should surprise no one- Vanek is a noted PP wizard.
    Yea he's got other holes in his game, but man if you had a bad PP Vanek can almost single highhandedly improve it
     
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    Well when you sit back, you're inviting penalties to go against you by chasing the play
     
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    The Caps were somehow a minimal pressure top seeded team with no expectations and have still found a way to lose in heartbreaking fashion. If they lose this series I don't see how you can't drastically shake things up, or at least attempt to.
     
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    Carlson (28 years old) just put up 11 more points (as a defenseman) than Jones (23 years old), Carlson has been outstanding this season (so has Jones). But to say that they aren't on the same level is pushing it. I truly expect Jones to surpass Carlson next season going forward, but Carlson is a more experienced player who put up one of the best offensive seasons of any D-man in the NHL this year.
     
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    And an added note on Panarin vs Backstrom, OV, Kuzy..

    As a Ranger fan I've probably seen the most of Capitals playoff hockey of anyone on this board other than Caps fans themselves.

    Last night in the OT I saw Panarin make an incredible play in the defensive zone, single handedly stripped Connoly and then cleared the puck on a backhand all in one fell swoop.

    I don't think I've ever seen OV make a play like that. As a matter of fact, I know I haven't.

    Or else the Caps would have gotten out of the 2nd round long ago.
     
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    Don’t really agree here. Two were offensive zone penalties (Slash and Goalie interference). One was bad play by Zach with delay of game trying to flip puck out.
     
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    As a Caps fan I don't watch CBJ as much as I do the Caps, so I hesitate to comment on your players. But, from what I've seen, I'd agree with you that to say that Carlson = Jones is laughable.

    Carlson is the best D-man the Caps have and that's mostly because of his offensive numbers, which should be good given that he's usually the one feeding Ovie on the PP one-timers. His defense is spotty, at best. He was shielded for years by being paired with Alzner, who was a steady stay-at-home defenseman who covered up for Carlson's glaring mistakes.

    He's a UFA and a lot of Caps fans fear that management will panic and pay him market rate and we'kk be stuck with yet another over-priced under=performing defenseman. We can add him to the Niskanen/Orpik collection.
     
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