Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How to fix the Caps

One of the Washington Post's football beat writers, Jason La Canfora, is on the Caps beat for the playoffs, and he had a great blog post today with some suggestions and observations on the series' first three games.

Good stuff.
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At 8:13 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Costa said...

His outlook on the Caps' season to this point seems well observed, but he lost me around the 4th or 5th paragraph when he started spouting off lineup changes. I'm not a fan of "I know so much better than the coach, if only they listened to me" type articles.

I tend to prefer to Boudreau's line of thinking. Three sub-standard games is too small of a sample size to justify making changes to a formula that worked so well for over half a season.

 
At 8:40 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger JP said...

LaCanfora had the Caps beat for years (until he got a WaPo sports writer's dream beat - the Skins), so he knows the team and the game a bit.

 
At 8:49 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't mind that he's throwing all kinds of lineup suggestions out there. Washington obviously needs to get more on the power play and take some pressure of players who are underperforming, which is his main point.

And you can't deny the pluggers have played well against the Flyers.

 
At 10:15 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger tj said...

LaCanfora has not been writing about hockey for a while, especially about Caps, and I believe he has lost his touch... He probably last time watched hockey in 1998 as a beat writer for Red Wings.

I guess I have no clue since you, James, are supporting him. Your blog is one of my favorites, if not my favorite.

Oh well, another bad day... :-)

 
At 10:58 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

There is a right way and a wrong way to approach this. You don't start changing things around based on three games, when you have fifty in your pocket to tell you about your team. Maybe a little tweaking, but wholesale changes don't make sense.

If you think that there are specific matchup issues against a particular team, then you take that knowledge acquired over 50 games, and make some changes. That's not panicking, while the first is.

I'm also leery of arguments that playoff hockey is drastically different from other hockey. I haven't seen any actual evidence to support that.

 
At 11:09 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I guess I have no clue since you, James, are supporting him. Your blog is one of my favorites, if not my favorite.

Well, I've never heard of this fellow, so maybe I'm out to lunch, but that's the best hockey post I've ever seen on a football blog.

:)

 
At 11:19 PM, April 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny but more than half of what Jason wrote was experimented with at today's practice earlier in the day.

He's on point for the most part, especially on Jurcina and Erskine (if they never wear a Caps jersey again I'll be fine with that). There has been a rigidity in Boudreau's gameplan that's taken too long for him to ditch. I assume he simply figured that it would come with time and further experience but they're pretty short on time and some of the problems they've been facing are really nothing new. It's just that they were papered over for a while.

 
At 11:31 PM, April 16, 2008, Blogger Costa said...

I'm also leery of arguments that playoff hockey is drastically different from other hockey. I haven't seen any actual evidence to support that

I tend to agree with this.

 
At 9:04 AM, April 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a very well thought article that actually attempts to analyze and offer well thought out suggestions on how the Caps should modify their game. It better than reading platitudes like this team should play better, needs to score on the PP and have a stronger PK.

I don't think he is calling for drastic changes in the lineup, but you do need to modify your lineup based on what team you are playing. The regular season and playoffs are different. The tempo is higher and there is more pressure (see the give away by the Caps D that lead directly to a Flyers goal). - Hockey1919

 
At 5:21 AM, April 19, 2008, Blogger Jason Cohen said...

If memory serves he wrote for the Hockey News every week when he was on the beat.

 

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