Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 1/25/13
New Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates has a massive mess on his hands. The former NHL playmaker and New Jersey Devils assistant coach is off to a rocky start in his first head-coaching gig in the NHL.His winless team hasn’t been anywhere near competitive in its games. The Capitals have been ahead a grand total of 2 minutes, 31 seconds in their first three games. Opponents have outscored them 14-6.Let’s review all the issues in play: The Capitals are struggling to adapt to Oates’ system, which mirrors the system Pete DeBoer installed in New Jersey. It isn’t as defensive as the Dale Hunter system or as free-wheeling as the Bruce Boudreau system. “We gotta find each other better and we need to get a better forecheck, too,” center Nicklas Backstrom told CSN Washington. “I think it’s embarrassing the way we’re playing and we’ve really got to regroup and play better. It’s up to us. Even if we have a new system it’s not such a big difference from the other system. It’s a matter of wor
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