This is the second and final regular season match up between the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals took the first game against the Kings by a score of 3-1 on February 16 at Verizon Center.
Your confirmed goaltending match up for this evening is Braden Holtby against Jonathan Quick. Holtby continues to prove he is one of the best goalies currently playing. As it stands right now Holtby has 41 wins, seven away from tying and eight from becoming the new record holder for most wins in a single regular season as a starter (48) which currently sits with the great New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur.
The Capitals are currently in the drivers seat and have complete control over the Metropolitan Division and the league with 102 points; 14 points ahead of the second place Dallas Stars, who have captured 88 points. I know most Caps fans have fear and concern in their minds because the Caps are playing so well and their playoff history makes it hard to be confident.
But look at the team now compared to every year before this season. Now tell me, when at ANY point has ANY hockey team looked as good as the 2015-16 Washington Capitals? The team is winning and is strong and confident. The community support for the Caps and the team’s support for the community is at an all time high. If that doesn’t motivate a professional athlete, then I don’t know what does.
The goalie is the key to a teams success. They are the fuel for the team. Without them, the team doesn’t run. Holtby has helped this team get to where they are now. It’s time for this team to finish the season strong and be ready for playoffs. Things will change when the playoffs start but the Caps should be ready this time. With veteran presence and the team in the top five of nearly every statistical category, Caps fans should be ready for a different type of playoff team come April.
This story is written in memory of the recently fallen Officer Ashley Guindon of the Prince William county police department, Her sacrifice and dedication haven’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank You to all the brave men and woman who work endlessly to keep to community safe!