At the start of this week, you might have thought the Capitals had just embarked on Carnival’s five-day trip to nowhere. “It’s a mess,” NBC Sports Network analyst and former Capitals agitator Keith Jones told NHL.com. NHL Network and TSN analyst Craig Button agreed. “There’s a difference between a team that is trying to find their way and a team that looks completely lost,” Button said, “and to me the Capitals look completely lost. “They’re 23rd in goals scored, 29th in goals against. Five-on-five, they’re terrible. Their penalty killing is awful. Faceoffs, they're awful. It's not one area of the game they’ve got to clean up; it’s every area of the game. It’s every aspect of their game. You just can’t play like that.” If the 2-8-1 Capitals were lost a week ago, are they found today at 5-8-1 after their first three-game win streak of the season? Not exactly. The Caps had to rally from a late two-goal deficit to beat the Panthers 6-5 in overtime and nearly blew a three-goal lead in their 4-3 win over the Lightning. But they are making progress in some very key areas, namely special teams. With power-play goals in six straight games the Caps have improved from 18th in the NHL at 17.9 percent, to fourth at 27.1 percent.
Have the Caps turned the corner?
CSN Washington | Feb 15