Found October 15, 2013 on The Farm Club:
  With the lackluster hockey they’re playing, the Washington Capitals seem to have forgotten that they’re playing in a more competitive division this season.  The Metropolitan Division with Pittsburgh, Carolina, NY Islanders, Columbus, New Jersey, NY Rangers and Philadelphia is tougher than playing Carolina, Florida, Winnipeg, and Tampa Bay.  The Caps sit in 7th place with 2 whopping points after five games. AO has been off to a hot start but his team has not. They started slow last season under then rookie head coach Adam Oates, but they had the excuse that there was barely a training camp ahead of the strike shortened season.  This year they played decent hockey during training camp and preseason, but they’ve struggled to gain their footing since then. The Positives ·         A focused Alex Ovechkin with 5 goals and 2 assists.  He can’t continue to carry this team though, because that strategy does not and will not work in the playoffs. ·         The power play, tied for 3rd in the league, continues to score like it did last season. ·         Mikhail Grabovski started his season for the Caps with a hat trick.  So far, I like his play.  He battles. The Negatives ·         The defense – sigh.  Once again, the Caps enter another season without depth or strength at defense.  This defense can’t possibly scare any team with their 27th place GAA of 4.00. Karl Alzner is playing the best defense on the team. John Carlson continues to struggle with inconsistency and the periodic ill-timed bone-headed play. John Erskine’s too slow and is now injured, along with Jack Hillen. Mike Green is playing okay on the power play, but is -4 overall on the blue line. ·         Lack of even strength scoring.  This concern started last year and continues on this season. The Caps even strength goals for/against is 0.46 for 27th in the league.  Ouch. ·          The net minding.  The Caps do not have the type of goaltender in Braden Holtby or Michel Neuvirth that a hockey team needs to be successful in the playoffs.  Neither one gives me the confidence that they could steal a game for their team, when needed.  The Caps defense isn’t helping them, but they are not helping themselves either and are near the bottom of the league in GAA and save %. The Merely Irritating ·         Nathan MacKinnon scored his first career NHL goal against the Caps.  Elias Lindholm the 18-year old, scored his first career goal in the Carolina game. This happens so often against the Caps that it’s an inside joke among diehard Caps fans. Coach Adam Oates seems unconcerned with the slow start, according to the Washington Post, and likes to accentuate the positive, like the 41 shots on net that Caps had against the Avalanche.  I’m more concerned about the 20 goals against in 5 games.  That’s horrendous. The Caps held a team meeting on Saturday so we’ll see what that does to the energy level when the Caps take the ice again. Let’s go Caps! The post A Slooooow Start For The Washington Capitals appeared first on The Farm Club.
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