Having torched the Florida Panthers in both ends of back-to-back games over the weekend, the Caps may be proving just how deep they are. They scored 13 goals in three games last week without Alexander Ovechkin, and Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom accounted for none of them
The Caps are now tied with the Penguins atop the Eastern Conference with 24 points and lead the league in goals for with 65, four ahead of the second-place San Jose Sharks. Tomas Fleischmann has scored five goals in six games since returning from a blood clot. His offseason conditioning program in which he put on 10 pounds of muscle and strengthened his core are allowing him to take his game to new heights.
Also, Brooks Laich has 18 points in 17 games, Mike Knuble has 12 and Brendan Morrison has 13. Then there’s Matthieu Perrault, the lightning-fast callup who made Chris Clark and Tyler Sloan look gifted offensively this week.
The Caps have an opportunity now to make a statement to the rest of the league. If they can continue to attack in waves, fly to the puck and simply wear down the opposing D the way they did against Florida then they’re going to be extremely tough to beat.
Imagine how unstoppable they can be if they play that way with Ovechkin in the lineup.
- With any luck, the Michael Nylander debacle will come to a merciful end on Tuesday. GM George McPhee told reporters Monday that he has no comment for now, but hopes to have “something to talk about” tomorrow. Unloading the Nylander contract would open the door for a defensive upgrade or two, including highly-touted prospect Karl Alzner.
- How terrible was Alexander Semin last week? Five penalties taken in the offensive zone and just six shots on goal is not what the Caps were hoping for in Ovechkin’s absence.
- Thankfully, it appears Ovechkin was only joking when he told Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov that he will miss another four or five weeks. He now says it should only be one week or so. Quite a sense of humor the Great Eight has…