Found February 07, 2013 on
In a shortened season the effect of a fast or slow start will be more significant than in a normal season. The team currently in last place is far from the weakest team in the NHL but they are off to a slow start. The Washington Capitals have a 2-8 record with one regulation tie point for a total of five points. This is currently the worst record in the NHL.
This result is in contrast to my pre-season prediction where I had the Capitals leading their division. What has gone wrong?
The biggest problem with the Capitals is their inability to keep the puck out of their goal. Washington has the fourth worst goals against per game in the NHL. The bottom teams are closely bunched enough that if they allowed one more goal they would be in a dead heat for worst in goals against.
Their goaltending has been below average. Braden Holtby has a .862 saves percentage and a 4.52 GAA. Those numbers do not belong in the NHL. Michal Neuvirth has been a bit better. He has a .893 save...
BEST OF MAXIM
TRAVELOCITY GNOME DIGS IT
During last night’s home game against the Maple Leafs (another loss), the Washington Capitals handed out Nicklas Backstrom Gnome’s to the first 18,000 fans in attendance. This prompted twitter to explode with fans taking all kinds of pictures with the Backstrom Gnome doing different things like watching the game, drinking a beer, or otherwise just having a good old gnome time...
The talk of the NHL these days is the fall of the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin in particular. This is a pretty telling table in regards to Ovechkin’s fall in offensive production. Stats are Ovechkin’s 5v5 stats over the past 6 seasons. Season TOI G A Pts Shots Sh% TOI/G TOI/Shot 2012-13 149:14 0 [...]The post The fall of Alex Ovechkin appeared first on HockeyAnalysis.com.
When Sergei Fedorov was hired as CSKA Moscow's general manager last summer as part of a Vladimir Putin's impetus to rejuvenate Moscow's professional hockey teams, and coming with Fedorov's hiring was an infusion of cash via a sponsorship deal with Russia's second-largest oil and natural gas giant, Rosneft (the largest oil and natural gas company, Gazprom, is a...
To good news for Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin: Capitals coach Adam Oates in playing with offensive players again, Wojtek Wolski and Mike Ribeiro.The bad news: Oates really wants to see what he can do at right wing, where Ovechkin isn’t as comfortable. Alex has yet to score an even-strength goal this season.At least he got busy offensively during Washington’s grim...
It was Nicklas Backstrom Garden Gnome Giveaway Night on Tuesday at the Verizon Center in D.C. as the Washington Capitals hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs. And by the looks of all the photos uploaded to the interwebs, a grand time was had by one and all. Especially those who were fortunate enough to get their hands on one of the adorable little Garden Gnomes, not to mention the many...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the Caps' locker room, the players were suitably chastened, as you would expect from a team that is now 2-8-1.
Troy Brouwer suggested the team wasn't mentally prepared to play.
"I agree," offered captain Alex Ovechkin.
"Yeah, no emotions. Nothing."
Before Thursday's game, rookie head coach Adam...
from Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Think maybe the Washington Capitals are having second thoughts about firing Bruce Boudreau after a 12-9-1 start last year? Since then, they’ve used Dale Hunter and now Adam Oates behind the bench and things are getting worse, not better. The Caps were 30th out of 30 teams entering play Thursday, which is also where they were when...
Washington Capitals (2-7-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7-3-0)
ROOT, NHLN-US. CSN-DC - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
This feels almost exactly like the kind of game that the Penguins overlook, doesn't it? The struggling Capitals visit Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won four-in-a-row. The Pens have a big home-and-home with the Devils coming up...