The Washington Capitals have been anything but explosive during the last few games.
So what happened their attack?
The Washington Post focused on two fronts. First, the No. 1 power play unit has become predictable. After converting 7 of their first 12 opportunities with the man advantage, the whiffed on their next seven.
Opponents are focusing on denying Alexander Ovechkin the cross-ice pass for the back door shot and yet the Capitals keep working the puck toward the Great 8.
Ovechkin has taken 42 percent of that team’s power-play shots this year. Only defenseman Mike Green (24 percent) has posed a secondary threat. Pass-happy center Nicklas Backstrom has taken only 9 percent of the shots.
Mikhail Grabovski has taken just three shots on the power play and Troy Brouwer just one. Their struggles have carried over to even strength, where they and linemate Brooks Laich have failed to produce much.
“I feel pretty good, just a little bit frustrated because our line doesn’t score goals,” Grabovski told the Washington Post. “But every game is better, we try hard and I think it’s coming. Last game we have three or four chances to score, other lines play pretty good last game. We just need little bit of luck and [to be] smarter in our zone.”