Jason Chimera’s Back to His Scoring Ways
Putting aside the Washington Capitals’ disappointing loss last night to the Vancouver Canucks, let’s focus on a positive. In case you didn’t notice, Jason Chimera has scored more goals this season than in all forty eight games last year.
Chimera has exploded in the last few games now that he has been paired with Mikhail Grabovski. Yes, I was one of the backseat coaches who bashed Adam Oates for demoting Grabo and I’m eating a healthy portion of humble pie.
Erat has been a delight on the second line and Oates’ changes certainly improved our even strength offense on this road trip. However, it’s Chimera that has really stepped up his game.
The spacing and hard work of the third line has really paid off and allowed Ward and Chimera to be better offensive options. Perhaps Oates has a deal with GMGM to boost trade value?
At the end of the day, though, Chimera’s scoring, while a plus, doesn’t excuse the fact that this team had a chance to build on a great start to the road trip and threw it away with two abysmal losses.
Next up is a matchup with in Philadelphia against the Flyers. If you want to see Chimera work his magic in person, Capitals vs. Flyers tickets are still readily available for purchase.