Over the past two weeks, the Washington Capitals have played some of their best hockey not only for Dale Hunter, but for the entire season. They have won four straight games, their longest winning streak since starting the season off 7-0-0, and have worked their way back into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Could this be the turning point of the season where the Capitals round the corner and play good hockey consistently? It’s hard to tell, but I believe this could be the time where the Capitals begin to string multiple wins together in streaks of six or seven.
That is why this two-game road trip could be a defining point of this season. The Capitals have gone 7-10-1 away from the Verizon Center this season, and will have to overcome their road woes as they take on the Sharks and Kings on this trip to California.
The first team the Capitals will take on is the Sharks, where the Capitals haven’t won since October of 1993. The Sharks are currently 3-0-1 in their past four games and 13-7-2 at home this season. More importantly than snapping the losing streak in the HP Pavilion is getting the win to extend the Capitals current winning streak to five games.
Capitals veteran winger Mike Knuble believes that the team needs to come out strong and have a quick start against the Sharks to take the crowd out of the game. Coach Dale Hunter believes the same, stating that taking the crowd out of the game will give the Capitals an advantage. If the Capitals are able to get the early lead, they are 9-1-1 when leading after one period this season.
The Capitals will practice tomorrow morning at 11:30 PST at the HP Pavilion. Stay tuned for a game preview tomorrow.