Following the Washington Capitals seems comparable to a roller coaster ride – one minute you’re at the top of the hill and the next you take a sudden drop.
After Tuesday’s commanding win over Carolina 3-0, the Capitals had a disappointing 4-1 loss on the road in Philadelphia, but then shut out Winnipeg Saturday 3-0.
The game was the third shutout of the season for Capitals’ goalie Braden Holtby, who stopped an impressive 35 shots on goal. Capitals’ Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist, while Matt Hendricks and Troy Brouwer each had goals in the win.
Now, as the Capitals sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, six points out of the final playoff spot and with 28 games left in the regular season, the team needs to string together some wins and fast.
And the Capitals will certainly be put to the test this evening, with the Boston Bruins in town. Last time these two teams played, the underdog Capitals celebrated a 2-1 win in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series, ending the Bruins’ chance of defending their 2011 Stanley cup title.
Coming into tonight’s game the Bruins will be looking to bounce back after a very physical 4-3 loss to the red-hot Montreal Canadians. As for the Capitals (8-11-1), they will be looking to keep their momentum going, something that seems to be hard to do lately.
“We need to play good hockey and get our two points,” Capitals’ head coach Adam Oates told the media. “That’s what our focus is about.”
One aspect of the Capitals’ play that could continue to work in their favor, is their ability to convert power plays into goals. The team is currently ranked 3rd in the league (26.6%), and with the expected physical play of the Bruins, they will be given opportunities.
When a team like the Bruins comes to town, any scoring advantages you may have, you take. Puck drops at 7PM.