Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 2/17/13
Jason Szenes for The New York Times For the first time this season, the Washington Capitals come to town to square off against our Blueshirts. The Caps weren’t too busy this offseason, but they made two significant moves that altered the makeup of their club. First, they let winger Alex Semin head for Carolina via free agency. Second, they traded for Mike Ribeiro to fill the role of second line center. Ribeiro has been better than advertised, and currently leads the team in scoring. Under new coach Adam Oates, the Caps were got off to a horrendous start to the year, finishing January with a 1-5-1 record. They’ve played better hockey since then, albeit barely above .500 hockey. Oates represents the third coaching change in two seasons for the Caps, who fired Bruce Boudreau in the middle of last season, replaced him with Dale Hunter, and then replaced Hunter with Oates in the offseason. Under Boudreau, the Caps played 2-1-2 forecheck, much like what the Rangers play today. When Boudr...
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