Originally written October 12, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Adam Oates is preaching patience. Sure he’s not happy that the Washington Capitals have only one win in their first four games. It’s not ideal the second line has yet to record a single point as a unit at even strength. And the lack of NHL experience in the bottom half of the defensive lineup has made for some growing pains. But it’s not yet time to push the panic button the Capitals’ coach said after Washington suffered its third loss of the young season Thursday. The Capitals are 1-3-0 as they prepare to host the undefeated Colorado Avalanche Saturday at Verizon Center but Oates isn’t shuffling the line combinations. He’s sticking to essentially the same lineup he’s leaned on since the opener — with a few exceptions because of injuries — confident that the Capitals need only to clean up their game rather than make significant changes. “Obviously we want wins but I told the boys today we did a lot of good things” Oates said. “Our team is not a team that I think has problems scoring
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