Thursday, October 27, 2011

Caps Look for Eight Straight

"We're getting lucky bounces at the right times, and Thursday we might not get any of the bounces," Boudreau said. "Things are going our way right now, but as we all know in sports, they can change in a heartbeat."

MoJo is a big reason for our early success
Lets hope that doesn't happen tonight. It's been four days since the Caps outplayed Hockey Town's own Detroit Red Wings to the tune of 7 goals to 1. Seven goals will get you a win just about every time but I give a lot of credit to Vokoun and the Caps penalty kill. The Caps sandwiched two great periods around one where they spent most of it in the penalty box. As head coach Bruce Boudreau noted, "Those two 5-on-3s were difference makers. . .We took four penalties in about eight minutes there. It could have been 3-3 in a heartbeat. If you look at the past history, they're always in the top five on the power play."

Last Saturday night's game was about the last two undefeated teams playing for the right to be the only undefeated team. Tonight's game against Edmonton has a much different vibe to it. Edmonton comes in at a respectable 4-2-2 record, with all of their wins coming against 2010 playoff teams. They are going to be looking to add to that list in front of a hometown crowd who haven't hosted a playoff game since 2004. 

The Washington Capitals are favored today but here is the one key to becoming only the sixth team in NHL history to start a season 8-0-0. Keep doing what you are doing. The Caps know that they can beat any team in the league, but they need to make sure they don't mentally skip by any games. Four days off is a long time in this league and they need to avoid coming out sluggish in this one. Alex Ovechkin needs to come out and make a few big hits early and establish the tempo of the game. The Oilers just caught Vancouver sleeping. Give them an early lead, and they will have the confidence they need to do the same to us. 


Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle vs. Karl Alzner and John Carlson

The Oilers win or lose with their first line of Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins and Hall. Keep them frustrated and they will have a tough time beating us.