The Capitals may need some extra guns to take some pressure off of Alex Ovechkin, which resumed his scoring against the Flyers. Even with multiple power-play opportunities including a :57 two man advantage, the Capitals needed another scorer to equalize the lopsided power play.
I am getting more and more impressed with the defensive end as they are growing up and keeping shots mostly to the outside where Olaf Kolzig can easily gobble up. The possibility of losing Brendan Witt seems more and more eminent. The Caps must either get a great defensive prospect or a great draft pick for Witt’s desired trade.
In this game the Capitals looked like they brought their “A” game, but the puck didn’t drop their way. It seems the Caps can play solid when playing the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Now if the Capitals can get those consistencies playing the Southeastern Division.
The Flyers played well enough to get the win. Now they take the 1st place standing in the league away from the sliding Ottawa Senators. The Caps just could not capitalize on the power play and the Flyers defense was able to shut the Caps offense down.
Overall Grade: B-
The Caps’ defense I thought did a good job in front of Kolzig. The aching hole for the Caps is goal support. Alex Ovechkin is on par for 50 goals, but their needs to be another sniper to ease all the defensive pressure on Ovechkin.
Wash Post has all the quotes and details to make one puke. Caps face the Florida Panthers Sunday for an afternoon matinee. Caps must play better against their Southeast Division foes. The Caps are only 4-9-1 versus the Southeast, and all four wins have been shoot-out victories.
-- Other Notes --
- Congratulations to the World Junior Hockey Champions Canada. Let’s see, playing in Vancouver, in front of a Canadian crowd and playing for gold, and there was some questions about the Russians dominating the game? Yeah right.
- Some thing that has flown under my radar the last couple of days: Alexander Mogilny was place on waivers by the New Jersey Devils. How long before he gets picked up? Surprisingly no one, he cleared waivers. Patrik Elias scores twice though versus Buffalo, to prove he was worthy to replace Mogilny.
That is all I got for now, see you back in DC, soon.