Brandon’s Caps Look Ahead
This week, it is essential that the Caps continue to play better in the first period. In the last two games, Carolina and Pittsburgh, I thought the team played well in the opening frame compared to what we have seen in recent weeks. This week, the Caps need to continue that drive in the home stretch.
First up, the battle of the nations capitals as the Caps travel to face the Ottawa Senators at 7:30 Tuesday. The Senators are not likely to make the playoffs. The Caps should dominate them, but easy games do not exist at this level. I look for the Caps to come out angry after the horrible game against the Penguins on Sunday. The team needs to keep the “not losing in back to back games” streak alive.
If they win in Ottawa Tuesday, they will clinch the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference top seed.
Second comes the New Jersey Devils on Friday, March 25, 7:00. The Devils once held hope of making the playoffs, but when All-Star goaltender Corey Schneider went down with an injury, it all vanished. The Devils still play a heavy defensive game. When the Caps get chances, they will need to convert on them. This is game one of a back-to-back and the Caps will need the ability to run all four lines.
Third we have the St.Louis Blues on Saturday, March 26 at 7:00. Troy Brouwer will make his return to Verizon Center with the St.Louis blues who, as of today (Tuesday) sit two points back of the Dallas Stars for first place in the Central. The Blues are fighting for a playoff spot and will definitely come out strong. The Caps will need to be ready for a playoff team and won`t be able to “flip the switch”with this one.
The Caps need to continue to focus on gaining and keeping the lead. We are in the home stretch, it is time to show up or shut up.
Lets GO CAPS!!!!