Alex Ovechkin’s play has been critiqued what seems to be a lot more than normal this season. Mike Milbury has done plenty of it, from getting off the ice to avoid a -, to having the leagues worst +/- combined with the league lead in goal, something no one has ever done in the NHL. While +/- is a broken stat that is effected by your linemates shooting percentage combine with your goalies save percentage, it is still an indicator of how many even strength goals you are on the ice for. And Alex Ovechkin is one the ice for a lot of even strength goals against.
The Capitals continued their push for the playoffs Tuesday against the Dallas Stars, who look to do the same in Verizon Center. The Last times the two faced each other was in early October, when the Dallas Stars won at home. The Capitals come in with a shootout lose in their last game on Sunday, when they traveled to Nashville. Dallas, however, won their last game against the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Saturday. The Capitals could have moved into a playoff spot with a win and a Columbus Blue Jackets loses, but with the loss the Caps must now scoreboard watch hard.
The Washington Capitals have found themselves in a rare situation. At the moment they in the middle of a three day break. The team also finds themselves in a four way tie for the two wild card playoff spots. So why no go bowling?!
Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper body injury during Tuesday’s game verse the Los Angeles Kings, forcing him to miss most of the second, and all of the third period.
Tonight is gonna be a long night, on to the game!
The LA Kings welcome the Capitals in LA for an unfriendly East Coast start. I am not a fan of 10:30 starts at all, but that is neither here nor there. This is the first of two times the Capitals play the Kings this season, the second is in a few days, March 25th. A big game for the Capitals, third straight against playoff teams. They won the previous two, one in VC over Toronto 3-2 and one in OC against Anaheim with the same score. Continue reading
Kuznetsov on draft night, happy as a clam. (Photo by Harry How)
In the 2010 entry draft, the Washington Capitals took Russian-born Evgeny Kuznetsov with the 26th overall pick in the first round. The 21-year old was ranked as the third-best European skater at that time. He started his career in the KHL with Traktor Chelabinsk in 2009-2010. He played a total of 35 games, registering 8 points. In the 2009 World U18 Championships with Team Russia, Kuznetsov scored 6 goals and had 7 assists for 13 points in the games to help the Russians to a second-place finish.