SWOT Analysis of Washington Capitals

Welcome to our new feature: SWOT analysis of the Washington Capitals based on what we have read by you, the experts, and our own in-game experience. SWOT analysis is a way of looking at the strengths and weaknesses of an organization and then considering the threats and opportunities. For us we will be considering the positive and not-so positive aspects of the team in the previous week and areas in which we think they could improve and the threats to winning if they don’t make some changes.

For the week of 6 to 12 November the Caps played the San Jose Sharks (at home), the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Carolina Hurricanes (away games.) Based on those games we offer the following analysis:


Coach Trotz has a plan

Dmitry Orlov blocking & shooting

TJ Oshie can play any line

Daniel Winnik on the PK

Marcus Johansson is a scoring machine


Defense in front of the net

Jumbled lines- inconsistency

John Carlson not fully himself

Threats to Scoring

Too many penalties

Travel with back-to-back games

Opponents trapping Ovechkin

Potential injury


Increase shooting and number of shots on goal

Tighten the  defense

Increase power play goals (John Carlson)

Spread the scoring power across all lines

All-in-all the Caps are playing well. They had the five-game winning streak and were able to bounce back from the loss to San Jose with a narrow OT win in Chicago. Coach Trotz is flexible with the inter-changeability of the lines; he knows TJ Oshie brings energy to any line he plays and probably is one of the strongest assets to the team.

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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