Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 2/1/13
Let’s face it, this whole Adam Oates this is not working out for the Washington Capitals.The rookie NHL head coach is off to a 1-5-1 start. He is playing superstar Alex Ovechkin on a line with two muckers. He buried 2012 playoff hero Braden Holtby after two starts in goal, starting Michal Neuvirth in the nets for the next five games. (Holtby will start tonight’s game against Philadelphia.)The Capitals are struggling to master his offensive and defensive systems. They are awful at even strength and they earn far too many penalties.Washington has already sunk to the Eastern Conference cellar, five points out of the No. 8 playoff spot. Pittsburgh looms next on its schedule after the Flyers game.How long will general manager George McPhee let this slide? And how much longer will owner Ted Leonsis allow McPhee to oversee the team?In Thursday night’s 3-2 loss at Toronto, the Capitals were outshot 41-22. They took eight minor penalties, all of them bad. They have taken five or more penalties in six of their se
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