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2010-2011 Capitals Predictions: Part IV September 10, 2010

Posted by CapitalSpirit in Uncategorized.

Today, we’re going to look at some issues from the more recent past. Yesterday, we looked at some more long-term concerns; today, in the Recent Past position, we’re going to take a look at what’s been going on recently, and see if there’s more we need to know about the recent past. The cards that are in this position are the KNAVE OF SWORDS REVERSED and the 9 OF SWORDS.

Normally, when I see court cards, I’ll try to put a player to the card, and evaluate how his performance fits into the overall message of the position. What I sense here, with the Knave of Swords reversed, is that this is not one player, so much as it is a rank and suit type of message. Knaves are the “learners” of the tarot court. Swords represent the intellect. And a reversal is, as you’ve no doubt gathered if you’ve followed this so far, tarot’s way of saying, “Well, not quite.” Put that together, and it’s Learner, Intellect, Whoops–the wrong lessons learned, perhaps, or rookie mistakes. I don’t think it’s entirely the latter–I can’t hang the entire postseason on Alzner, Carlson, and Varlamov. The blueliners were ready when called, and did what they could; and poor Varlamov was not going to beat the .978 save percentage in the opposing crease during the final three games of the series. What I think this card is advising here, is to “learn it right.” The Capitals, in four series over the past three springs, have now learned 15 ways to NOT win in the playoffs. That experience needs to manifest itself as a corrected course come April.

Now, to the 9 of Swords. This card is no fun, and that’s an understatement. For you Texas Hold ‘Em players, this is about as much fun as trapping a maniac, making a crying pre-flop push on pocket rockets, getting called, and seeing him turn over 7-2 off-suit…only to see him suck out Huey Dewey and Louie full of Sunset Strip. Are you kidding me?! That’s similar to what the 9 of Swords represents: put concisely, Life Sucks. The 9 of Swords traditionally represents cruelty and despair, and if I really need to draw you a picture of how the Capitals’ recent past has been marked by despair and cruelty, then you weren’t watching the Montreal series. That series was approximately 32 flavors of suck–which is about as 9 of Swords as you can get at the rink. Now, the silver lining to the 9 of Swords is that it can portend a later redemption: have faith, hang in there, and after it’s over, you get a fresh start. And starts don’t get much fresher than the beginning of a new season.

But how will that season go, exactly? Starting tomorrow, we’re going to look at what might lie ahead for the Capitals this coming season.

So, what about Part V?

Back up. What was Part III, again?

Take me back to the beginning.


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