Seating 8,500 and costing $88 million, construction begins once fundraising exceeds $12 million. Read more at JMU Sports Blog.
Nearly $200 is still a pretty high average cost, but Capitals-Islanders playoff tickets are down in price versus recent Caps first-round playoff matchups. I imagine this is because the Islanders don’t have the fanbase of the Rangers or Bruins, but it should be a good series nonetheless.
Either way, get in tonight for Game 1 starting at $35 by clicking on the image above.
Caps correspondent Brad Parker (@StoptheHats) returns to preview the Caps-Isles series. He’s joined by his longtime hockey teammate and friend LJ, who is a diehard Islanders fan (apparently those still exist). Brad asked the questions, LJ gave the answers. We thank them both.
1. The Islanders led the Metro division for most of the season. Why?
Main reason has to be the offense. The Islanders were 4th in the league in goals for.
An improved defense as well. Garth, who gets killed as a GM, made two incredible acquisitions before the season started in early October on the same day. Nick Leddy was acquired for a very good defensive prospect (Ville Pokka) and a pick, and Johnny Boychuk for a couple of second-round picks. The fact that Stan Bowman traded Leddy rather than Oduya is insane — Leddy would be the best defenseman on the Blackhawks not named Duncan right now. It goes to my theory that NHL coaches are by and large morons. Quenneville didn’t trust Leddy as much as he trusted others, and during their Stanley Cup and playoff runs, he was relegated to a sixth- or seventh-defenseman role.
Boychuk, meanwhile, given a first pair role after playing behind Chara and others, was also deemed expendable for salary cap purposes by Boston, and he shined with career highs in most categories. Ask Claude Julien whether he would rather have had Boychuk or Zach Trotman coming down the stretch. Boychuk is what Caps fans wish Brooks Orpik could be. As a plus, his brothers might be the funniest in the NHL family on Twitter (outside of Luongo).
— William Ladson (@washingnats) April 13, 2015
What would make William Ladson, who has covered the Nationals franchise since 2002, tweet that during Monday’s Nats-Red Sox game? Well, how about this:
Or maybe THIS from the SAME INNING:
Or maybe it was Ian Desmond’s fifth error in seven games (thankfully not pictured).
Can we just hit reset on this season?
Ovi got to 50 on the season the other night and 472 on his career, tying Peter Bondra for No. 1 in Caps history. A few cool stats/bits of trivia to celebrate the occasion, starting with:
Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur, and Mario Lemieux are the only other players to hit 50 goals six times. And they all played in eras with significantly more goal-scoring.
Putting 50 goals into further perspective for the modern era:
Ovechkin has six 50-goal seasons in 10 years. The rest of the NHL has 13. http://t.co/TvwmvqJUXy
— Mr. Irrelevant (@MrIrrelevantDC) April 1, 2015
And from a few years ago, Via Daily Sports:
Stick it, Crosby.
Big news out of Nats camp is they’ve released utility man Kevin Frandsen (via @ZuckermanCSN). He didn’t hit much in his one season with the Nats (.259/.299/.309 in 220 at-bats), but that doesn’t mean he didn’t contribute in other ways.
Kevin Frandsen: "THERE IS NO WRONG PIPE!" https://t.co/vd2toaBEiY
— Chris Mottram (@ChrisMottram) September 17, 2014
Happy trails, dude. There is no wrong pipe.
(Vine taken from last year’s division championship celebration.)
Read Dan Steinberg’s “5 things to know about Varun Ram, Maryland’s last-second hero”. I love them all.
Here with your semi-regular look at the Wiz is Mr. Irrelevant contributing writer Bryan Frantz.
Let’s recap the Wizards season so far.
They were really good up until the end of January, going 31-15 through January 27.
Then they were
godawful and excruciating to watch not as good the next five weeks, falling to 35-28 in a brutal stretch that included losses to cellar-dwellers such as the 76ers and Timberwolves (back-to-back in fact, by a combined 28 points).
Now, they appear to have regained at least some of their early magic, winning four games in a row by an average of 18 points an sitting at a very respectable 39-28.
So the million dollar question: Are the Wizards good again?