Who will be Alexander Ovechkin’s Next Linemates?
After the Washington Capitals‘ 6-5 victory thanks to the Florida Panthers, the Caps are secured their first road win and offensively, things are clicking for them early. They have had an good burst of offense through the last two games, scoring 11 goals. Through his first few weeks, coach Adam Oates has been known for mixing up his lines and trying to make anything work.
One interesting line combo has been the grouping of Alexander Ovechkin working with players that he hasn’t been with in the past. Oates explained the reason for switching earlier in the season. He explained that his logic behind the move was really because they “needed something.” He clarified by saying that they needed creativity and a spark for the offense.
In the game against the Panthers, Oates decided to put Ovechkin with the linemates he had been with in their previous win against Florida. He let the trio of Ovechkin, Jason Chimera and Mike Ribeiro do their jobs and they did just that.
I can understand the logic behind the move. Ribeiro is a very crafty center who has done a good job transferring his success previously to his first season in Washington so far. His ice time has surpassed many of his teammates and if he can continue working with Ovechkin, I can see him having many more points in the near future.
Chimera is a great grinder who has tremendous upside. Being on the same line as Ovechkin will have its advantages as he can provide many more opportunities for “The Great Eight”.