Feb 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Martin Erat (10) and Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) battle for the puck in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-5 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Could Olympics Be What Erat Needs?


 

A struggling Martin Erat is in need of a change that much is known.  Is getting selected to the Olympic team the change he needs to get him going for the rest of the season?

After getting traded to the Capitals late last season the Martin Erat experiment hasn’t gone as planned.  Looking to add secondary scoring trading for a proven veteran with 3 twenty goal seasons and an average in the high teens seemed to be sound, but injuries stopped chemistry from forming and the Capitals eventually got eliminated in the first round yet again.  After an off season with the team, and second year head coach Adam Oates, Martin Erat still could not find a place in the line up starting the season as a fourth liner and eventually requesting a trade.

While Erat has still not found the back of the net his play has been much improved as of late, posting 5 points in his last 5 games.  The injury bug has bitten the Capitals again with Brooks Laich, Mikhail Grabovski, and Mike Green missing games over the past two weeks causing the line up to be shaken up, giving Marty a chance on the top line with Ovechkin and Backstrom.  With the promotion in the line up, the improved play already, and now the news of being selected to the Olympic team will he finally break through and reach the back of the net, or will he just continue to be unhappy and not help the Capitals reach the goal of the playoffs?

This good news couldn’t hurt and could be just what Marty needs to get going.  My prediction Erat scores tonight versus the New York Islanders!

Tags: Adam Oates Alex Ovechkin Martin Erat Mike Green New York Islanders Washington Capitals