The Capitals went into Nashville hoping for a spark on offense and a win that would right the ship. Unfortunately, the very talented Predators had other ideas. With a hat trick from Viktor Arvidsson and 2 goals from Nick Bonino the Predators took control from the start and ran away with a convincing 7-2 win snapping their 2 Game losing streak.
- The power play actually looked and felt like the Power Play that was so dominant last season. The passing was crisp and the execution was near perfect. Going 1 for 2 is a step in the right direction.
- The penalty kill is also getting on track with 5 penalty kills out of 5.
What Didn’t Work:
- The Caps started the game sluggish for the third straight game. These slow starts have had the Caps behind early and the team has struggled to gain any consistency.
- The offensive production we are so used to seeing out of this team has been struggling to score. Only 4 goals in the last 3 games.
- The Caps are giving up a lot of goals on the road ranking in the bottom 5 of the league in GAA on the road. This even though the team has 13 wins away from DC.
Should we be concerned?
No. The Caps has a similar stretch of games last season where the team seemed to be struggling. Each team battles adversity at some point throughout the season. They need to figure it out quick as the metropolitan division is closer than ever before.
The Caps and Head Coach Todd Reirden get a few days to lick their wounds and go back to the drawing board before Former Coach Barry Trotz brings the red hot Islanders to Capital One Arena for a Friday night matchup. There will be a pre-game ceremony to honor Brooks Orpik’s 1000th game before the game so be in your seats early.