After the Washington Capitals improved to a franchise best 7-0-0 by beating the unbeaten Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, they had a day off on Sunday to prepare for a Western Conference road trip later this week. The Capitals beat the Red Wings quite easily on Saturday night by a score of 7-1. The Capitals will be making a trip to face the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Tomas Vokoun improved his record to a perfect 6-0-0, a 1.80 GAA, and a .944 save percentage. It seems as though the Capitals have finally found their big-time starting goalie in Vokoun. However, don’t count Michal Neuvirth out yet, even if he has been injured for the past two weeks. The Capitals don’t want to have to take a third goalie on the road trip, so expect to see Neuvirth be the backup, or possibly even start one of the games. Neuvirth’s injury seems to be getting better and he has passed Bruce Boudreau’s test of participating in a full practice.
The superstars of the Capitals team have come out to play early in the season as well. Expect them to continue their hot streaks on this trip. Nicklas Backstrom leads the team with ten points (2 G, 8 A), and has been the pace setter to acquire points this season. After a somewhat slow start, Alex Ovechkin has turned it up of late. Ovechkin has four points in his last two games (2 G, 2 A) and seven points overall. Dennis Wideman also has seven points, with one in each game tying his career record of points streak. Mike Green and Alexander Semin round out the top five with six points apiece as well.
The Capitals will try to remain the only unbeaten team left after this road trip and if they do they will be within one game of the NHL record of best win streak to start off a season. While this is only the regular season, this could be a sign of good things to come in the future. Expect to see previews of each game later in the week.
Until then, Rock the Red.
Call up Brayden Schenn, lose two straight. Coincidence? Well, yeah.