Jets soar over Caps, 4-2; Not time to panic yet
Tonight's game was the 154th consecutive sellout for the Washington Capitals in the Verizon Center, what turned out to be a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Nobody would want to watch what just happened.
On Comcast now all the players are saying things that they've said before--didn't make enough of their opportunities, didn't execute and the like. They say that because it's easier to say those things than what actually happened.
They didn't show up.
The worst was the penalty kill. Going on the kill 12 times in two games is no good, conceding nearly half the time (5-of-12) is worse. Between the third period of the Lightning game and the first period of the Jets game, the Caps conceded four goals on the kill.
These two periods cost them these two games. They weren't mathematically out of it tonight but the Caps might as well have hit the showers.
One thing that stood out about that press conference was that Adam Oates talked about conditioning.
Yes, there's a lack of conditioning on the team. Only having a week of training camp caught some guys slipping.
But it's my understanding that all the other teams were also locked out and most likely are facing similar problems with conditioning.
Nice try, Oates. Not pulling a fast one on us.
Two games into the season is no time to panic but there were a lot faces that looked like they were trying to hide it in the Caps locker room.
It's time to be nervous a little bit. Not quite full-on panic.
Two games a season does not make. These games are more important because of the lockout but wins aren't totally necessary in the next few games.
Showing up and competing would be a nice start.
Practice is at 11 tomorrow morning. Hopefully there will be improvement.
Michal Neuvirth should start on Thursday against the Canadiens.
Anything less than a 5.00 goals against average would be an improvement on Braden Holtby's first two games. Or it's just Neuvirth's time to be behind a truly uninspired defense.
Holtby's numbers were always going to come down after the playoffs last year because duh.
After two games, the goal scorers are as follows: Joel Ward (2), Wojtek Wolski, Matt Hendricks, Troy Brouwer.