Washington Capitals Clicks: Complacency, Line Tinkering, Dancing

Yesterday was an eventful day for the Washington Capitals, both on the ice and in the world of blogging.

There has naturally been a growing concern as of late due to the uninspiring play by the Caps, especially with a looming contest against a struggling team. The game against the Senators would prove to be a great opportunity to get back on track.

The Washington Capitals will now have two full days off before continuing their road trip on Friday in New Jersey.

Here are some of your top news stories involving the Washington Capitals.

  • The Caps stormed through the first period in Ottawa last night. and still haven’t lost consecutive contests in regulation this year.
    • Say what you want about their recent play, but this is an incredible statistic and says a lot about this team.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov says that he would trade in all of his points for a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals (RMNB)
    • This is the mindset you love to see from one of your top stars…
      • …on the other hand, hearing that the team essentially hasn’t given a you-know-what in weeks, if not months, is not what you want to hear (RMNB)
        • To clarify – I think we all knew that a lack of motivation was a valid problem.
  • With the Eastern Conference locked up, maintaining the intensity should be the main focus as the season winds down (ESPN)
    • If they can’t do that, they may be looking at a quick exit from the playoffs (RMNB)
    • If they continue coasting, they better be able to flip the switch very quickly (Japers Rink)
      • Regarding both of these – even at their worst, the Caps are one of the top teams in the league. However, when they’re at their best, they’re nearly unstoppable, as we saw earlier this season. It’s time to focus on getting healthy and gaining that consistency back.
  • Outstanding human being Justin Williams has shown off his dance moves this year – first to the “tricky, tricky” song, and now “Cotton-Eye Joe” (SB Nation)
    • Number 14 saw time with the first line last night, as Barry Trotz once again tinkered with his lines and pairings (Caps Outsider, WaPo)
      • Williams is one of the most dominant possession players in the entire league, so he could help the Washington Capitals’ first line crawl out of the crater that they have fallen into as of late.
  • Speaking of the first line – where, oh where are Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin? (Stars and Sticks, RMNB)
    • Just kidding, they each had a goal last night – but that doesn’t mean that all is well.
      • Luckily, this year, the Washington Capitals can afford to rely on more than just Ovi, and that is a great thing (iSportsWeb)
        • If Ovechkin continues to be bothered by his lower body injury, playoff hockey will do him no favors. This team’s depth will have to prove their worth.
  • Here is why Andre Burakovsky is primed for a Kuznetsov-esque breakout in the 2015-16 postseason (Stars and Sticks)
    • Burakovsky is one of the most talented young players in this league. There is a whole lot to look forward to.
  • For some fun off-beat reading, learn a little about the Washington Capitals’ chef, Robert Wood (Friends In Cold Places)
  • We’ll finish today’s news recap off with some more Kuzy – check out how you can collect his bobblehead this weekend (Caps Outsider)
    • Hint – it looks absolutely nothing like him.

Since the Washington Capitals don’t play again until Friday, gear up for some more line tinkering and news about John Carlson’s progress towards a return over the next couple of days.