This one’s for you, Dad.
For one night only, this column should be renamed “Caps Crap.” That’s just what they did. If you thought the Caps’ other 5-0 loss last week was bad, this one takes the proverbial cake. The Capitals could not get anything going and made the New Jersey Devils, one of the worst teams in the NHL, look like the Devils of old, despite not having Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, Scott Stevens, or Ken Daneyko. Oh, not those last two. Let’s make this recap what this game wasn’t: quick and painless.
- Braden Holtby continues to go through the trials and tribulations of being a rookie. Holtby gave up five goals tonight, making that eight total in his last two outings, which consists of three and a half periods. And with the weird goalie situation going on in the background, Holtby had no escape route. With Varlamov back despite struggling in Hershey, what happens to Holtby now? Perhaps the Shuffle will head back to Giant Center.
- Some facts for you. Entering tonight’s game, the Devils had one win at home, scored 1.8 G/G and had a 10.2% power play.
- Alex Ovechkin, where art thou? Despite having five shots tonight, Ovechkin has one goal, two assists, 16 shots and is a minus-2 in his last five games. Tonight, he didn’t look so good.
Not much else can be said. The Capitals have three straight divisional games coming up this week. Things must change.