Welcome to our weekly edition of Penn Quarter Sports Tavern’s 6-Pack of Questions, where we aim to keep it real while answering your most pressing questions regarding the Washington Capitals.

Let’s get started.

@majonesy88 Aside from the obvious, what do the #Caps need to do/work on to start getting even strength goals?

Through their first 19 games the Caps rank 12th in the NHL with 36 even-strength goals. Of those, 35 have come 5-on-5 and one has come 4-on-4. Alex Ovechkin leads the Caps with seven even-strength goals, followed by Joel Ward and Jason Chimera with five, and Nicklas Backstom and Mikhail Grabovski with four. The reason for your question lies in the fact that the second line of Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer has combined for just four even-strength goals this season. Simply put, that line, whether it was with Johansson or Grabovski or Eric Fehr, has played far too many shifts in its own zone this season. In most cases the key to getting even-strength goals is to gain a territorial edge. The Caps’ third line has been outstanding in that department and the top line has done a better job in recent games. I still believe the Caps’ fourth line has some offensive potential, but if they can stay even or on the plus side, they’re doing their job. For whatever reason, that second line is struggling to connect with passes in all three zones and it’s really stunted its productivity at even strength.

@TMac239 If the Caps had 2 goalies get injured during the same game, who would be their emergency goalie?

OK, so we’re going hypothetical here, right? As you may know, on Dec. 12, 2008 the Caps signed their website producer, Brett “Stretch” Leonhardt, to a one-day contract after Jose Theodore went down with a hip flexor injury during a morning skate before a home game against the Ottawa Senators. Leonhardt backed up emergency starter Brent Johnson while the Caps waited for Semyon Varlamov to arrive from San Antonio. Leonhardt dressed but did not play and Varlamov replaced him on the bench 9:03 into the game. I’m guessing the Caps would pull a similar move if their hands were forced. As for which Capitals skater would make the best goalie, if I had to choose, it would be between defenseman Steve Oleksy, who played catcher in junior college, or Brooks Laich, who was asked to play defense for the Capitals under former coach Bruce Boudreau. Come to think of it, defenseman Karl Alzner has a knack for diving behind his goalies to make saves, so he’d be in the mix as well.