Are the Caps Back On Track? Yes, No, Maybe So

With star Alexander Semin out of the lineup the past two games, Washington’s powerplay has looked less than exceptional.  Jose Theodore has been playing his heart out in the Caps Crease in front of a lack-luster defense.  Ovechkin has tallied only one assist in the past two games–a little less than what we expect out of the NHL’s premiere player.  However, the team is on a 4-game win-streak.  Soooo are the Caps back on track?
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Yes — The bottom line is the Caps have won their last four games…actually this is the top line but you get my point.  They are first place in the Southeast division and are third in points in the Eastern Conference.  They slowly but surely answered back to a desperate New York Islanders team to get an OT winner from Brooks Laich.  Mike Green assisted on the GWG and also got his second goal of the year showing signs of improving (maybe he figured out his glitches with his gloves and sticks).

Matt Bradley has stepped it up along with the rest of the third and fourth line players to prove Washington has the depth to take on any team in the league.  Out of the four games the team has lost–two have been one goal games, one in a shootout, and one in OT.  The main reasons they lost those games were due to stupid mistakes–making minor errors in the D-zone or in transition, taking dumb penalties at key points in the game–this hasn’t been the case in the past four games.

So yes, the Caps are on track.

No — I’m sorry I can’t make up my mind…the Caps haven’t had any real tests so far this year.  In games verse playoff contenders they have struggled, H-E-Double-Hockey Sticks, they’ve struggled against mediocre if not terrible teams as well.  Yea the Islanders are a young and determined team, but so are the Caps and they got outworked minus the last five-plus minutes they decided to play hockey. 

The powerplay is 0-11 the past two games and 2-24 in their last five–not to mention two-straight games allowing a short-handed goal against.  Obviously the PP loses some fire-power with Semin out, but Keith Aucoin and Alexander Giroux are showing more spunk with the man-up than the vets on the team.

So no, the Caps are NOT on track.

Maybe So — OK OK I guess they’re fine.  With fans in Washington having little to cheer about– cough cough, Deadskins–the Caps are all the D.C. area has right now.  They have the best player in the league and probably one of the best coaches as well.  I think it’s fair to let Ovie have a couple games of fumbling the puck a bit, he still draws the other team’s defense away from other players and gives them space.

Theo is playing exceptional in my opinion and Hershey keeps producing players that can step up with the big boys–S.O.S. Karl Alzner!!! There’s a few kinks in the system right now, but Boudreau will handle it.  So yea, maybe the Caps are on the right track.  It’s only 10 games into the season–72 more to go.

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  1. theodore looked pretty solid last night. did you hear his interview after the game though haha he said “i try to let in only 1 or 2 goals.” i’m pretty sure he didn’t mean it like that. flyers shoot from everywhere and they have a sweet powerplay. let’s go rangerrrrs

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