Written By Clifford, Santa Monica
Look,Mike. The problem isn’t the officials–at least not where Washington is concerned. The issue is the exact same one that’s plagued them for the past three years: Their defense is deplorable. Their forwards stink at puck support. Mike Green STILL doesn’t take proper angles to the puck carrier and is a defenseman in name only as far as I’m concerned. The Caps should make him a forward where his defensive shortcomings would be (somewhat) easier to tolerate . They still have trouble clearing the puck out of their own end when they really need to. And their big guns on offense have all morphed into pip squeaks when it’s time to get things done–and I’m speaking here even more so about Niklas Bakstrom–their best all-around player– than I am about Alex Ovechkin, who I’ve pretty much given up on as a 50 goal scorer. The thought was that with an offensive coach behind the bench once more, this team would rediscover its lost scoring acumen. The problem with that is that Adam Oates is BEHIND the bench–not on the ice making genius passes like he once did for Brett Hull.
Cap fans, I’m afraid you’re in for a long (short) season…
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