by misterd 12. December 2009 03:38

Attention all "playahs"!  CAPECE SPORTS is on a nice little "Holiday Roll" with the NHL going 11-4 in the last 15.  With the NHL, it can take a little time for stats to really tell the necessary story for the strongest of plays, but now at this point in the season even game stats within the divisional games are bearing "fruit".  Take a look at our home and view the link to 2008/2009 and you will how this played out last year just the same.  Remember, it is a "marathon, not a sprint" when it comes to the "play".  All this in time for the upcoming OUTDOOR January 1st "Winter Classic" game for 2010 that will feature the Philadelphia Flyers against the Boston Bruins at HISTORIC Fenway Park.  The NHL has put this game on the last few years to recruit new fans to the game, kick start their national television schedule and from my perspective to bring a little of the old time flavor to the present day game that is so special and unique to the history of the NHL.  Look for some special NHL packages to start up right after the New Year, but for now, sit back, relax and let CAPECE SPORTS do the "grunt work" for you and reap the benefits.

NHL trends beginning to emerge

by misterd 14. November 2009 03:56

Well, we are finally deep enough into the NHL season that certain statistical trends are beginning to make it much easier to recommend plays to "playahs" looking to get into some NHL ACTION at Capece Sports.  So today, as Capece's NHL specialist I have made Saturday, November 14th "FREE PICK TO ALL" Saturday with 6 plays in the NHL that I hope will wet some appetites for "action on the ice" heading into the main portion of the NHL campaign.  Things such as divisional game stats, home and road scoring differences, goalie home and roads stats, team home and road scoring are all beginning to show strong patterns that I analyze hoping to give Capece members an advantage over their "man".  I will always include key statistical evidence to support plays and since I finished both of the last two years (entire 2008/2009 posted on home page) at 64% or above you can do the math and see for yourself that treating the entire season like a marathon, not a sprint can bear nice results.  Good Luck

NHL Free agent thoughts

by misterd 27. July 2009 05:04

Thoughts on some NHL free agents still without a new team:  I really tried to stay away from familiar names, but these two, Petr Sykora and Mats Sundin stick out to me as "curious".  Sykora had a solid regular season but seemed to disappear in the playoffs and Sundin was a much ballyhooed pick up for Vancouver that supposedly guaranteed a Stanley Cup run for the Canucks.  At 32 and 39 respectively the two may be looking at greatly reduced roles wherever they may land.

From defensemen the one that sticks out to me is Darryl Sydor of Dallas.  A leader on and off the ice, he would be a good fit looking for a team that needs to improve defensively quickly.  This could apply to a contender looking for a specific role to be filled, or a young team that would benefit from a "player coach" of sorts.  At 38 and a couple of Stanley Cups to his credit the idea of teaching while finishing his career might be appealing to him.

Goaltenders, a soft spot for me.  Olaf Kolzig and Curtis Joseph are out there, but lets stretch our imaginations a bit here as both those storied netminders have had long successful careers.  Manny Fernandez (Boston) comes to mind for me.  Every time I get to see him I think he could be that dependable #1, but only in Minnesota did it happen for a long stretch of games.  Is he one of those guys that perhaps despite solid numbers there is something under the surface that scares teams from bestowing #1 status to him?  Hard to tell, so perhaps if you are a team a year or so away with a young netminder in the pipeline, Fernadez could be your man at the right price to fill the gap and solve the mystery once and for all.


trading deadline around the corner

by misterd 24. July 2009 06:50

Ok, I'm from Cleveland so here are some baseball thoughts as the trading deadline nears.  The Tribe has two guys that are very attractive to contenders in Cliff Lee & Victor Martinez.  I don't necessarily think the Indians are that far from contention in the near future, so I don't think they will "push" getting rid of either.  A small, but potentially interesting move they did make was moving Rafael Betancourt to Colorado to clear his 5mill for next year from payroll.  Reports also from inside the Indians are that other non baseball related jobs are being cut such as ushers, ticket takers and such as cost cutting measures since attendance and revenue are way down.  Since the team on the field right now isn't producing any excitement or has any real identity with fans it shouldn't come as a surprise that steps are being being taken to reduce the entire organizations payroll.  Another thing I have noticed as an alarming pattern with the Tribe, is how ex-Indians seem to thrive when given a chance elsewhere that started under Eric Wedge.  Two that stick out are Franklin Guttierrez and Jeremy Guthrie that seem to have become very solid players when out from under what appears to be Wedge's extremely thin line of failure.  Young players seem to be afraid of making mistakes in his lineups.  Another example for this year is Jeremy Sowers.  Admittedly he cannot seem to get past the 5th inning, but isn't that what development is about, taking your lumps?  Why is he not pitching every 5th day for the seaon as David Huff is?  Toma Okha, are you kidding me?  It could be because the Tribe has too many of the same guy in Sowers, Huff, Laffey and even Scott Lewis, soft tossing lefties.  They all can benefit from being around Cliff Lee, so that is why I think Lee may stay and Martinez may go.  Chris Jimminez made his 1st ML start at catcher yesterday and that could be a sign that Martinez will be on the move in the next few days.  Just a few thoughts to consider.


Penguins Take The Cup!!

by misterd 16. June 2009 14:10

At the beginning of the series I felt the fact that the first six games of this series would be played within 10 days was going to be the downfall of the RedWings.  They expended so much energy winning the frst two at home that with their injuries the Penguins were able to get back into the series using their speed.  I'm not at all surprised that they won a game seven on the road as they did it in their series with Washington as well.