New York Islanders Three Keys Against Washington Capitals
Do What Ottawa Did
At this point, it seems like Ottawa Senators backup Mike Condon is the only answer to the absolutely red-hot league-leading Washington Capitals.
It’s difficult to think, but the former Montreal Canadiens backup netminder is the enigma that the Washington Capitals just can’t solve. In three head-to-head matchups, the Sens and Mike Condon limited the Capitals to a 2-1 win, a 1-0 win, and then a 3-0 loss.
Through the month of January, the Capitals have gone 12-1-1. Decimating just about every team in their path, except Ottawa, in that stretch. In the month of January, the Capitals have outscored their opposition 63-26.
The Ottawa Senators were the only team to limit the Capitals scoring depth to get less than three goals. So maybe key number one is for Doug Weight to give Guy Boucher a call and just ask him: “What was the plan Guy?”
It might just be as simple as clogging up the neutral zone so that the Capitals can’t get their superior North-South game going. Or maybe it’s just man-defence. Every covers their guy and doesn’t leave his side.
Or maybe Ottawa just has some sort of cure on Washington?