Just when you think the Washington Capitals‘ season could not get any uglier, they find a way to amaze fans everywhere. In a 6-3 demolition thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins, everything that could have gone wrong for the Capitals did go wrong. Even against their biggest rival on the ice, the entire team found nothing good to come out of the matchup and sent their fans at the Verizon Center frusterated, confused and very much on edge.
It was a very one-sided game with Pittsburgh taking advantage of every opportunity and the Capitals struggling to find even a gilmmer of hope. Alexander Ovechkin laid a few hits and had one assist, but he again failed to be the spark that this ailing team needs.
On Tuesday, the Capitals will stay at home to welcome a very well-known rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington just played Toronto on Jan. 31 and like the story of the season, they failed to produce in a 3-2 loss. It was a very sloppy game filled with penalties and poor performances. Everyone knows that you can’t win a game with sloppiness and the Capitals proved that as they ultimately ended with eight minors.
On Tuesday night, it should be interesting to see who is between the pipes for both teams. Each side has a bit of a “controversy” at the moment. For Toronto, James Reimer received his 5th straight start on Monday, but it is possible that the coaching staff gives Reimer a break and let Ben Scrivens take a shot at stopping Washington.
On the Washington side, it is a battle between Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby. Both guys have had their ups and downs and it could soon be time for Washington to go out looking for the goalie of the future.