It’s road trip time! Sadly, not for Stars and Sticks, but for the Washington Capitals as they head to the most obviously Southeast city of all to take on the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Not everyone is making the trip though, including someone kind of important who has had injury problems earlier this year… and last year, and some of the years before that.
But it’s not all bad news, as someone will get a chance to replace struggling (to put it mildly) Jason Chimera on the Caps’ top line. For all this and more, let’s go Around the Beltway:
- In case those not so subtle hints in the opening graf didn’t do it for you, Mike Green has tweaked his groin again and won’t be on the road trip. The Caps managed okay without him for a few games earlier this season, but anything long term obviously runs the risk of having the team flirt with disaster. (Washington Post)
- Since Chimera is still looking for his first goal of the season Matt Hendricks will get a chance to play left wing on the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro. Hendricks isn’t what you’d consider a stereotypical first line winger, but he has more goals than Chimera (though everyone does, really) and will keep opponents honest. Other tidbits: Aaron Volpatti will be in the lineup right away, and Braden Holtby will start in net again. (Washington Times)
- How’s Adam Oates doing in his first season at the helm? Here’s a report card that breaks it down, but we warn you: it’s in slideshow form! (Bleacher Report)
- From the “Hope for the Future” file comes word that Filip Forsberg has been named the top under-20 player in his league, the we-hope-we-spelled-it-right Hockey Allsvenskan. His quotes in that post were translated, but we trust the folks at RMNB. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
- Speaking of the Machine, they also took the time to transcribe the entire segment with Neil Greenberg on the Tony Kornheiser Show. Good stuff as the ESPN and Washington Post writer talks statistical analysis, whether the Caps are a bottom ten team five-on-five, and how Ovi is “certainly not Crosby.” (Russian Machine Never Breaks)