The Washington Capitals are currently one game from being .500 and still very much alive in the Southeast division race. Saturday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres was crazy, much like their entire season.
They battled tough through the entire game and even played from behind. Mike Green forced the game into overtime with a shot that went in the net, and Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks scored in the shootout to give Washington their second point and send the Capitals packing to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia Flyers. The game will start at 6:00 and will be broadcasted nationally on NBC Sports Network.
For Washington, a player to watch has to be Mike Green, who did play a great game on Saturday including his beautiful, clutch goal. Green has been crucial to the power play unit, and I expect him to keep that up in this game in Philly.
A guy that could be dishing the pucks to Green in the game is Mike Ribeiro. Ribeiro has been leading the team in assists all year, and he currently has registered 24. If Ribeiro, who is in his first season in Washington, can keep this trend going, the power play and Mike Green could make all the difference in this game.
14 games are left in the Capitals’ race for the shot at a playoff berth after their season. A win against the Flyers will give fans in Washington a reason to cheer. Once these fans start seeing good play against great teams, it will make home-ice advantage during this stretch even better!