The Capitals started the new year off with a loss against their Division rival the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals have now dropped 5 of their last 6. The Capitals awkward, heartbreaking, yet amazing season continues in Minnesota against the Wild. The Capitals look to start a hot streak and start winning games to create a better distance between them the rest of the Metropolitan teams. The Capitals are only two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Capitals will travel to Xcel Energy center to play the Minnesota Wild. The Wild are having a resurgent type of season, even though they barely made the playoffs last year. The Wild have heavily leaned on their goaltender Josh Harding. Harding is having the best season of his 8 year NHL career. Harding has posted .933 SV% and is 18-7-3 this season. Leading the charge for the Wild is Mikko Koivu who has 8 goals and 25 assists. The Wild are in their season slump. They have lost 6 of their last 7 games.
The Capitals look to get back in the win column. The Capitals are banging their heads trying to figure out what is going on with their season. The Caps are having trouble scoring 5v5, goal tending issues, and cannot hold onto a lead for longer than 2 minuets. No one knows who will be starting in net for the Capitals. Braden Holtby hasn’t started in net since December 21st. Philipp Grubauer has been outstanding but the Capitals continue to lose. Alex Ovechkin is stilling having a season for the ages. He currently has 31 goals in 39 games.
What to look for:
— Expect Backstrom, Ovechkin, and Mojo to be reunited on the first line again.
— More goals from Ovechkin to come in this game (assisted by Backstrom of course)
— Braden Holtby will most likely start against the Wild.
— Josh Harding will play outstanding. Capitals will need to put bodies in front of the net and shoot the puck.
— The Capitals will look to establish 5v5 offensive play fast.