The Washington Capitals are hoping to rebound against the Montreal Canadiens, following a disappointing shutout at the hands of their rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Tuesday night, the Habs built off a Max Pacioretty hat trick to secure a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Meanwhile, the Caps struggled to produce offensively and fell prey to the Penguins’ nifty puck handling.
Washington’s power play was held scoreless against the Penguins and thus dropped to fourth in the league. Interestingly enough, Montreal ranks second in the league with a power-play percentage of 24.1%. What about the penalty kill, you ask?
Well, the Capitals have the Habs beat in that department. The Caps have claimed the NHL’s fourth-best PK, though the Habs aren’t too far behind, as they sit in seventh. For an in-depth look at the Caps’ special teams, see isportsweb’s analysis. [isportsweb]
The Caps are one of two teams with a top-ten power play and penalty kill. However, things aren’t quite as bright on the even-strength front. The goaltending has been known to be problematic, too. After Braden Holtby’s dismal performance Wednesday night, his capabilities are being questioned yet again. Japers’ Rink breaks down the million-dollar question surrounding Holtby’s future in D.C. [Japers’ Rink]
Enough doom and gloom. How about something positive? After missing three games straight with a lower-body injury, Mike Green is expected to return for tonight’s game. Check it out here at FanSided. [FanSided]
Finally, for those that aren’t yet tired of hearing the Ovechkin-Crosby comparisons, USA Today’s analysis encompasses more than postseason successes and sheer point totals. Take a look at their breakdown, complete with Ovechkin’s infamous CCM commercial. [USA Today]
In other news, I’m pleased to announce that I will be repping FanSided tonight as a guest on Montreal Hockey Talk’s pregame show. Tune in to hear me discuss Caps hockey and be sure to keep listening for a good look at tonight’s matchup.