Washington Capitals (53-16-5, 111 points)
Columbus Blue Jackets (30-37-8, 68 points)
Puck Drop: 7 p.m.
Well that game on Saturday was embarrassing. The Capitals were shut out for the first time since November in a 4-0 drubbing by the St. Louis Blues (see post-game article for more.) The team played flat and with no life, looking like a team that had no drive after accomplishing two of their three goals for the regular season. Ovechkin tried to fire the team up late but it was not enough.
That’s Why They Call It The Blues
The Blue Jackets are only three points better than the dead-last Toronto Maple Leafs (65 points). John Tortorella has definitely not been enough for a team that once looked like a playoff contender with all their talent. They come into Verizon Center Monday just looking to earn enough points to not be the worst in the NHL.
- Center Boone Jenner leads the team with 28 goals and 17 assists
- Columbus is last in the Metropolitan, trailing the Devils by 12 points and the Capitals by 43 points.
The Capitals hopefully had a wake up call on Saturday. Even with Grubauer in net, they played flat and if they do that at any point in the playoffs, they will be knocked out fast. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a clean slate no matter what your seeding and teams will be hungry to knock them off. Hopefully we will see a different team Monday night.
- The 1st Period woes continue for the Caps as they failed to score once again. They have been outscored 10-3 in their last 12 games in the 1st.
- Braden Holtby is three wins shy of tying Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record (48). He’s coming off a shut out Friday Vs. the Devils and will most likely be the starter Monday after getting Saturday to rest.