It’s been a rough start for the Washington Capitals thus far in 2013-14. After five games played, they’ve achieved one victory, a come from behind 5-4 triumph over the defensively suspect Calgary Flames. Much like the New York Rangers, the Caps have started the season on the road, in the Western Conference. Just like the Blueshirts, a collection of losses put them under the gun in the standings after two weeks of hockey. Unlike, the Rangers, no one is talking about the Caps lack of wins.
It’s tough luck, starting on the road in the west. The Caps have played one game against Eastern Conference rivals the Carolina Hurricanes. They lost the contest 3-2, unable to stop the Canes from winning the game with a decisive 3rd period goal.
The Oilers are on the schedule tonight for the Caps. They have struggled as well, allowing an opportunity for Adam Oates’ squad to capture their second victory of the season, and begin turning things around.
On Saturday night, the Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs participated in a wild, high scoring game. Edmonton let a 5-4 lead slip with 31 seconds remaining in the 3rd period. The Leafs completed the comeback in overtime, winning 6-5 on a David Bolland goal.
The Caps roster a high scoring bunch, led by last season’s Rocket Richard winner, Alex Ovechkin. Tonight’s contest against the Oilers provides a perfect opportunity for Ovie and his club to get back in the win column against a team that struggles to keep pucks out of their own net.
The Edmonton OIlers have allowed 25 goals against in 5 games, tying them for last in the league with the New York Rangers – good news for the Caps and their snipers. However, don’t be surprised if this evening’s contest is high scoring for both clubs. The Capitals have allowed 20 goals to start the season, ranking them only slightly less incompetent defensively than their Western Conference counterparts.
It’s early in the season. The numbers will balance themselves out over the course of 82 games. For now, the Caps can’t seem to win and prevent goals, which they share in common with their opponents tonight. Something has got to give between these two high scoring, defensively sloppy squads. Expect a lot of goals tonight, and perhaps, the Caps second win of the season.