Found February 07, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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...
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