“I’ve never experienced a start to a season like this,” Karl Alzner said after the Capitals’ 3-2 loss Tuesday to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Capitals, however briefly, have the worst record in hockey right now, although they’ve played three more games than the Calgary Flames, who are second to last.
The regression has been across the board. The offense does not produce. The defense does not prevent. The goalies can’t put 60 good minutes together, either. At first, special teams were killing them. On Tuesday, they won the special teams’ battles and still lost by a goal.
The core of this team has been there long enough to see the other side of the curve. This, despite a rookie head coach and a new system, is not an inexperienced roster.
This is a team that took the Stanley Cup champions on last year in a playoff series and beat them. This is a team that took an adept New York Rangers club and forced a Game 7. This is a team that has had goaltenders practically do headstands in pl...