The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes are working out some early season kinks, and the former Southeast Division rivals are hoping a win Wednesday night will give them firmer footing in the new-look Metropolitan Division.
The Capitals (1-2-0) have been idle since a 2-1 defeat at Dallas on Saturday. Alex Ovechkin continued his quick start with his team-high fourth goal, but Washington has been plagued by defensive breakdowns and been outscored 10-3 while playing at even strength.
"We had lots of chances - lots of crossbars and posts," said Ovechkin, who has scored on the power play in all three contests and has 24 goals and 65 points in 52 games against Carolina.
The time off has allowed coach Adam Oates to evaluate some of his younger players, with 19-year-old defenseman Connor Carrick drawing most of his scrutiny - and some praise - in the early going.
"I think the one thing we're conscious of is are we hurting his learning curve, has he stopped learning because he's ...