The second month of the NHL season is upon us. Remember November last year? Us fans were begging for hockey, now this November us Caps fans are just begging for BETTER hockey! The month starts in Philadelphia tonight where the Capitals wrap up a 5 game road trip against the miserable Flyers.
In October the Washington Capitals played a total of 12 games, and walked away with only 10 points. With those 10 points in the standings the Caps sit uncomfortably in 6th place in the Metropolitan division. Two other teams also have 10 points, the New York Rangers, and the New Jersey Devils – two teams that have been playing dreadful hockey. The Pittsburgh Penguins sit atop the division with 18 points, and have played one more game than the Capitals.
November is a new month though, and the Capitals will play the majority of their games at home! 15 games are scheduled for the month of November and 9 of them will be played at the Verizon Center. The Capitals split their time evenly on the road and at home in October – hopefully playing more games at home will spark a fire. Once back from Philadelphia, Washington will enjoy three games in a row at home, which is also the case in the middle of the month.
During their time away from D.C. the Caps will take the ice against some strong opponents. On Sunday November 10th they will head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche, a team that is currently 10-1 and sits in third place in the Western conference. Road trips to Phoenix, Detroit, Toronto, and Long Island are also part of the November schedule.
In October the Capitals only played 3 games against Eastern conference opponents, in November 11 out of 15 games are played within conference. A winning record this month could allow the Caps to jump up in the conference standings significantly. Also an important note – 5 out of the 11 Eastern conference opponents in November are within the Metropolitan division. Not that every month isn’t a must win month, but November is truly a month that the Caps need to step up their game.