Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 1/27/13
Through four games, the Washington Capitals appeared to be dazed and confused under new coach Adam Oates.Fans hoped the former Blues star would revive Washington’s lagging offense. Thus far he hasn’t done that.Instead Oates applied the principles learned during his assistant coaching stint with the Devils.For instance, he tried to move Alexander Ovechkin from left wing to right, as the Devils did with winger Ilya Kovalchuk. That shift paid big dividends for the Devils last season, but thus far Ovechkin has bristled at the change.He kept drifting back to his accustomed left side. So Oates move him back there, but stuck him with fourth-line forwards Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb at even strength.Let the war of wills begin!Playing Ovechkin with two muckers is one of the strangest coaching moves you’ll see in a long time.“I wouldn’t call it the first line,” Oates told the Washington Post. “It’s just more to give Jay and Crabber – Crabber played a lot of hockey games so he had some real good jump –
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