By Reed S. Albers
Two games are hardly a great sample size and both of were losses so it’s hard to hand out a proper ranking this week, yet we’ll carry on.
Games like the past two are best forgotten in the grand scope of a season, but since they’re the only games we have to evaluate players, here’s who we think were the Caps top six.
1. Alex Ovechkin – two goals, two points, one power play goal
He’s baaaackkkk….sort of. Ovechkin climbed to second on the team’s scoring and his pace of play as of late hints that he’s rounding back into the Ovi we all know and love. The only criticism is that he’s scoring in spurts. Of his five goals, four are from two goal games.
2. Dennis Wideman – one assist, one point, plus one
Wideman’s point scoring streak ended against Edmonton, but we’re giving him a nod for finishing as a plus one after a two-loss week and being among the team leaders in ice time. He’s also yet to take a penalty this season.
3. Nicklas Backstrom – two assists, two points
Two assists in a blowout versus Vancouver is enough to land Backstrom in the top six, but that just kind of highlights what a poor “week” it was for the Capitals.
4. Troy Brouwer – one assists, one point, plus one
It’s a shallow week for player standouts, but Troy Brouwer’s plus one finish in a 7-4 loss to Vancouver is enough to place him here. He also led the team with five hits against the Canucks, so here’s a thumbs up for bringing the physical play.
5. Karl Alzner – one goal, even in two games
Fans can stop holding their breath. The Karl Alzner scoring drought is over. OK, just kidding, but Alzner did tally the Caps only goal against the Oilers and managed to finish as a minus-one against Vancouver in that ugly affair.
6. Mike Knuble – one penalty shot goal, one point, minus one
As the Caps attempted to mount a comeback, Mike Knuble drew a penalty shot and made it count. Of course he had a bit of help from Roberto Luongo, but a goals a goal and that’s enough to earn a nod this week.