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Understanding the NHL’s real problem – Operating Income

In business, the sole purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value.  In other words, the goal and only goal is to make money.  Period. 

There are many financial figures that help us understand if a business is doing well, but the all-important one is operating income.  Operating income is not how much cash you make from sales.  Operating income is the difference of everything that goes into running the business minus everything from operating the business (costs, expenses).  If the business is operating at a loss, chances are they won’t be around for a long time.   A business can sell a hell of a product but they al...

Game Day: Capitals @ Canadiens

The Washington Capitals are in Montreal on Saturday for an early match-up against the struggling Montreal Canadiens. These two teams, while both out of a playoff position, are now in completely different situations. The Capitals, just two points out of a playoff spot, will be looking to avoid the unthinkable; missing the playoffs with a roster largely similar to the one they iced a year ago, when they finished first in the East. The Canadiens on the other hand, tied for last in the conference, are probably just waiting for this awful year to end.

 

The bad n...

Marshall Traded to Caps

Phantoms defenseman Kevin Marshall, who will most likely be remembered most for his dance in HBO's 24/7 series, was shipped to the Capitals Thursday afternoon for forward Matt Ford.

Marshall was drafted by the Flyers in the second round of the 2007 draft. The 6-foot 1-inch native of Boucherville, Quebec never made the impact that would be expected given his draft position.

It's been no secret that the Flyers have had trouble developing young defensemen in the past. Whether or not Marshall was a victim of the system or himself is yet to be seen. However, in 10 games with Philadelphia this season, Marshall failed to register a point.

With fellow draftee Marc Andre Bourdon playing well in his role on the team and Erik Gustafsson's return from injury, the Flyers obviously saw Marshall as a moveable commodity.

Caps fall to Panthers 4-2, fall to second in Southeast

Playing in the second of back-to-back games, the Washington Capitals looked out of gas on Wednesday night, the Florida Panthers took full advantage. 

Florida used three third period tallies to break a 1-1 tie after two periods to take the battle for first place in the Southeast 4-2 over Washington on Wednesday night in Sunrise. 

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice for the Panthers, who took a one-point lead over the visiting Capitals in the division. Stephen Weiss added a third period and Shawn Matthias' empty net goal capped the evening for the surprising Panthers. 

Despite playing the previous night into overtime in Tampa Bay, the Caps had a chance t...

Stamkos sinks Caps in OT 4-3

Too often the term "playoff-like game" gets thrown around in the NHL, but Tuesday night in Tampa Bay was not one of those oversights. 

The Capitals and Lightning battled with a playoff-like feel in regular season game No. 49 for both Southeast Division clubs. 

The game saw the Caps battle back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game early in the third period before going into overtime. 

After Matt Hendricks opened the scoring for the Caps with a highlight-reel spin-o-rama goal, Tampa Bay responded with three unanswered goals from Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis and Nate Thompson to put the Bolts up 3-1. 

But Washington hung around and battl...

Previewing the second half for the Washington Capitals

It was a wild ride in the first half of the season for the Washington Capitals, who endured a coaching change and long-term injuries to key cogs in the lineup. 

But despite all the turmoil, they still find themselves on top of the Southeast Division with 55 points along with the surprising Florida Panthers at the mid-season break. 

If you told me that Mike Green would play just 10 games and the Caps would still be leading the division I would have said that you were crazy. 

If you told me at the start of the season that Bruce Boudreau would be toast behind the bench before Christmas, but that the Caps would still find themselves on top of the division, I w...

Perreault's trick leads Caps past Bruins

Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault picked a perfect time for his first career hat trick, sending the Caps into the All-Star break with a win. 

The third-year pro's three-goal night, including the game-winner in the third period, helped the Alex Ovechkin-less Caps past the mighty Boston Bruins 5-3 Tuesday night at Verizon Center. 

With the game tied 3-3 heading into the pivotal third period, Perreault cleaned up a rebound off a Roman Hamrlik point shot in front of Bruins goalie Tuuku Rask to put the Caps up 4-3 at the 7:18 mark. 

Washington never looked back, holding off eight third period Boston shots befo...

Caps' Alex Ovechkin suspended three games

The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin three games for his hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek. 

NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan said in his review of the incident that Ovechkin was suspended for charging and leaving his feet while delivering the check. 

Replay of the hit clearly showed Ovechkin launch himself into Michalek, which is a violation of the charging rule, rule No. 42. 

Further, as Ovechkin launched himself into Michalek, he raised his shoulder toward the head of the player, resulting in a headshot that was deemed "reckless" by Shanahan in...

Lethargic Caps blanked by Nabakov, Isles 3-0

What a strange game was the Washington Capitals' 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night. 

The Caps took three consecutive penalties in the first, which the Islanders followed up by taking three penalties of their own in the second. But Dale Hunter's Caps held firm in taking the last set of three penalties in the third. 

Odd. 

But that was about the most interesting thing to take away from the game from a Caps standpoint. Frankly, in the NHL when you don't score you lose. Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun knows this all to well. 

"We didn't score a goal. Obviously that hurts the most, the veteran said postgame. "You can't...

Islanders get road win at Washington

Islanders get a huge victory over the streaking Capitals tonight, winning 3-0. The Islanders came into the game looking to rebound from a bad game yesterday against Nashville and rebound is definitely what they did. The Capitals who have been hot of late looked like a tall test for the tired Islanders who played yesterday and had to travel to get to Washington.

The game started slow as neither team could keep possession of the puck in the offensive zone. One play that stood out to me during the early going of the period was Nabokov’s handling of the puck. He came out to handle the puck in front of the net, mishandled it and left a great chance for the Capitals. Thankfully for the Islanders they were unable to get a good shot on net and Nabokov was able to recover. Nabokov needs to work on his puck handling as it has become a problem as of late and has cost the Islanders goals at certain points.