To good news for Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin: Capitals coach Adam Oates in playing with offensive players again, Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro.
The bad news: Oates really wants to see what he can do at right wing, where Ovechkin isn’t as comfortable. Alex has yet to score an even-strength goal this season.
At least he got busy offensively during Washington’s grim 6-3 loss to the Penguins. He earned lots of good scoring chances in that game.
“If I don’t have the chances, I say, ‘Okay, what’s wrong with me? What’s stopping me?’” Ovechkin told the Washington Post Tuesday “But last two games, last three games, I have chances. I have opportunities, especially against Pittsburgh. I feel like I have really good chances to score. Sometimes I have to be more concentrate on the puck . . . A couple times the rebound right there and my stick was high.”
Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel is going through the same thing. He hasn’t scored a goal, period, in nine games this season. The Capitals would like to extend that slump in their game tonight.
“We’re all streaky at times, and I know it’s frustrating for both of those guys, I’m sure,” Oates told the Post. “But are you getting chances. If you’re not getting chances, then you’ve got to look in the mirror like, ‘What’s going on?’ Figure it out. But if you have opportunities, then I think you’re doing a lot of good things … [Kessel] is getting chances. Hopefully he still struggles tonight.”