First and foremost, Stars and Sticks would like to wish our American fans a very happy Thanksgiving. We also hope our Canadian friends are having a wonderful Thursday.
The Washington Capitals are, without a doubt, enjoying their day off. Last night’s game was a disappointing one, as the Caps surrendered a 2-goal lead before ultimately falling to the Ottawa Senators 6-4. While the Caps’ losing streak was extended to four games, there were other troubles concerning the team–namely the trade requests from Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov respectively. However, it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for the Capitals.
For starters, Woody Leydig was honored for working over 2,000 NHL games. As the Capitals’ equipment manager, Leydig has a tough, demanding job that often flies under the radar. Troy Brouwer weighed in on the importance of Leydig’s work, which he says loves and we know we appreciate. [Capitals Insider]
On the other hand, the game itself was a letdown. The Caps faced an unusual problem, one they haven’t encountered much this season: they got off to a roaring start, with a 3-1 lead by the end of the first. However, they eventually crumbled, losing 6-4. Bobby Ryan‘s empty netter sealed the Caps’ fate. Check out a recap from Russian Machine Never Breaks.
Being a healthy scratch once again probably didn’t change Erat’s attitude toward the team. He first spoke of his desire to be traded on Wednesday. I wrote about where he belongs in the Washington Capitals organization, both now and in the future. But Erat isn’t the only one looking for a change of scenery–and perhaps coaching–Russian prospect Orlov was the next to announce his interest in other teams, via his agent. Katie Carrera of the Washington Post had previously revealed why the Capitals keep calling up Orlov, before sending him back to Hershey–all without playing a single game thus far. It appears as though Dima isn’t fond of this arrangement. [Stars and Sticks, Capitals Insider. CSN Washington]
The Caps didn’t have a particularly impressive showing last night, and neither did their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. But there’s a bright spot in the minor leagues: Stanislav Galiev has been sent up to Hershey, where he seems to be doing pretty well. [The Hockey Writers, Penn Live]
In light of last night’s defeat, it was hard not to flash back to each lackluster game the Washington Capitals have dropped. Do their problems lie in their mindset, coaching staff, or the roster itself? We’ll leave that for you to decide, but not without a friendly reminder that there is a lot we can give thanks for. Chuck Gormley spoke to several Capitals, who revealed what they’re thankful for this holiday season. And with that, Stars and Sticks hopes you enjoy your turkey. If you’re not going Black Friday shopping, check back tomorrow for pre-game coverage, as the Caps are taking on the Montreal Canadiens. I’m also pleased to announce that I’ll once again be a guest on Montreal Hockey Talk’s pre-game show. Be sure to check them out! [Yahoo! Sports, Penn Live, Montreal Hockey Talk]