Unless the team is from Chicago, no hockey club can be prefect. The Washington Capitals displayed that on Tuesday night. After they had a three-game winning streak where they did just about everything right, they showed their flaws as they returned home to the Verizon Center. Facing off against the New York Islanders, the Capitals were outscored 3-2. It would have been a record streak. Now, they will have a very long break as they will not play until Saturday when they battle the Buffalo Sabres.
Unfortunately for Washington, their other division rival won as well. The Winnipeg Jets gained a game on the Capitals to inch closer to the playoffs.
Coach Adam Oates will let his players have some rest, and they certainly need it. They have played a ton of games in a very short span, and Oates’ Capitals need some time to dwell on their latest loss and improve. One of those things is timing. During Washington’s three-game streak, they started games very well! Scoring early is key, and that is something that Oates needs to preach to the team.
Tuesday night was a prime example of what happens when you fall behind quickly. The Caps allowed two very weak goals early to New York, and were playing from behind most of the game. Even when they managed to tie it up, things just weren’t the same. Hopefully Oates can work on game-planning from the start during his four day break.