If the Washington Capitals were underdogs entering their series against the Boston Bruins, they are the ultimate underdogs now. Trailing in a series 3-1, the team that is a win away from the next round is suddenly in the driver’s seat and the favorite.
The one with their back to the wall is the underdog and has to climb out of a deep hole. That is where we’re at right now with the Caps. They are heavy underdogs and are in a plight trailing 3-1 with their season on the line tonight.
It isn’t over till it’s over so here are the top 3 ways the Caps can upset the Bruins and get back in the series.
#3 Win the face off battle
If there’s anything the Caps have struggled on this postseason one of their weaknesses has been on the face off dot. Part of it is the Lars Eller injury. Another part is they’re simply getting beat.
In Game 1 the Bruins had the edge in face offs 60 percent to 40 percent. Game 2 was even worse as the Bruins had a 63%-43% edge. In Game 3 the Caps actually won the battle 52%-48%. In Game 4 the Bruins had the edge 56%-44%.
The Caps centers need to step up especially on the dot. I’m looking at you Evgeny Kuznetsov.