The Olympics ---- by the numbers


The Olympics ---- by the numbers

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LONDON (AP) -- The London Olympics this summer is big, big, big by any measure. Here are a few numbers from Olympic organizers that put the July 27-Aug. 12 event into perspective. THE GAMES THEMSELVES: -- 10,500 athletes from 205 national Olympic committees -- 26 sports; 39 disciplines -- 34 venues around the U.K. -- 302 medal events -- 8.8 million tickets -- 21,000 media and broadcasters THE TORCH: -- 8,000 torchbearers to carry the flame across Britain and Ireland -- 8,000 miles (12,785 kilometers ) : Length of the torch relay --300 meters: Average distance each torchbearer has the flame -- 95 percent: Portion of the U.K. population within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the flame THE PUBLIC: --1 billion visitors to --14 million meals to be served at the games --70,000 volunteers --2,012 official pin badge designs --28 "Olympic live sites" across nation with big screen televisions --203,000 pieces of luggage leaving Heathrow on Aug. 13, the day after the Olympics end EQUIPMENT -- 1 million pieces of equipment -- 600 basketballs --541 lifejackets (canoeing, marathon swimming, rowing, sailing, and triathlon) --510 adjustable hurdles for track events --356 pairs of boxing gloves --99 training dolls for wrestling and judo --53 sets of lane ropes for swimming ATHLETES VILLAGE -- 45,000: number of meals served there per day --165,000: number of towels --22,000: number of pillows SECURITY --12,000 police officers on duty on the busiest days --23,700 security personnel, not including police

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After brief slump, Capitals power play showing signs of life

After brief slump, Capitals power play showing signs of life

Arlington, Va. — When trying to explain the Caps’ recent struggles, many point their finger at the power play. Against the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders, Washington failed to score on ten opportunities with the extra man. The result was two losses.

On Friday, the Capitals only scored once on six chances, but it was a critical goal as it tied the game in the third period and forced overtime. Then on Monday, the power play came through again with a third-period goal on the team’s third chance to force overtime.

Two games with no power play goals and the team lost both. Now, however, the Caps have scored critical goals in their past two games and the result is three points.

“I think they're getting their confidence back,” Trotz said. “They've been difference makers. I know for quite awhile the power play's been a focus of a lot of articles, but they've come through big for us in the last couple games and that's what you want is the power play to come through big.”

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Overall, the numbers still aren’t great. Washington ranks 23rd in the NHL with only a 15.2-percent power play. Considering the offensive talent this team boasts, it’s hard to believe they sit among the bottom ten in the NHL and that may actually be part of the problem.

“If you look at it, for the last couple years we've been so successful in power play, we haven't had any really downs with it,” Nicklas Backstrom said. “I don't know, sometimes it's going to happen, they get into the slump in power play and that's now. So you just have to get out of it. You have to work hard and get out of it and make sure we do something about it.”

The Caps have boasted one of the top power plays in the NHL for four years, never finishing the season outside of the top five since the 2011-12 season. When facing the first prolonged power play slump in recent memory, the Caps lost that killer instinct and have been working to restore that mentality ever since.

“For a while there, we were pass around, we were getting chances, but we weren't really getting goals,” Trotz said. “We're getting chances, let's get some goals. And I think that mindset’s changing. We can be a difference in a game and you need to have some success to have that mindset sort of take root, take hold.”

Now with two goals in their past nine opportunities, the power play is showing signs of life again. It also appears like it’s going to get a big boost in the form of T.J. Oshie who practiced fully on Tuesday and will likely be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Boston Bruins.

“He's a great player and a big key in the middle there for us,” Backstrom said. “It's huge.”

“Without a doubt, I think [Oshie] in that diamond spot is as good as anybody in the National Hockey League,” Trotz said. “I think he's tenacious, I think he understands that position, especially on our power play. I think his retrievals of keeping pucks alive for sustained pressure is exceptional and then his hand skills to make something out of nothing to keep that power play alive is one of the best.”

That’s good news for a power play unit that may finally be turning things around.

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Oshie practices fully Tuesday, considered 'possible' against Bruins

Oshie practices fully Tuesday, considered 'possible' against Bruins

T.J. Oshie’s return to the Capitals’ lineup appears imminent.

For the first time since suffering a shoulder injury on Nov. 18, Oshie was assigned to a forward line during Tuesday’s practice. Oshie also worked with the first team power play unit.

Coach Barry Trotz wouldn’t commit to playing Oshie on Wednesday night against the Bruins. But he wouldn’t rule it out, either.  

“We’ll make that decision tomorrow,” Trotz said. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow. He’s possible.”


Oshie sounded a little more confident that he’ll play.

“I don’t think it’s official [and] I still have to talk to Trotz,” Oshie said. “But yeah, I got into a real practice for a change here, and felt pretty good out there. We’ll see where we go.”

Oshie said there were no limitations put on him by the medical staff prior to practice, during which he did some corner battle drills with Nate Schmidt and Brett Connolly. It marked the second straight day that Oshie participated in contact drills.

“I told Schmitty not to let up on me; I hope he didn’t,” Oshie said. “And it felt good. It’s still day-by-day and we’ll see where we get to tomorrow morning. But right now it feels great.”

Oshie practiced on the second line with Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom. Assuming he feels good in the morning, that’s probably where he’d line against the surging Bruins, who are 4-0-1 in the last five games.

The Caps are 3-3-1 in Oshie’s absence, with 15 goals in that span. Oshie still ranks third on the team in goals with eight, despite missing the past seven-plus games.

“It’s been a pretty good progression,” Oshie said. “Getting better, getting better. Pushing it [and] if it was sore, we would back off. Everything has been positive so far.”