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03-31-2008, 01:20 AM
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The Caps are 33-17-7 since Boudreau took over. They are 12-3 since Huet and Fedorov entered the lineup, and they really should be 14-1. In one of those losses, Backstrom accidentally shot the winning goal past Huet with 30 seconds left. In the other game, the referee called a double minor for an imagined HS to give the other team a 5-3 PP for the last four minutes of the game, during which they scored two goals to tie and take the lead. Otherwise, the Caps dominated both those games.

Fedorov has been a major improvement for their second line because he encourages Semin to be more responsible defensively, and covers for him when he is not. The second line was around -20 when Fedorov arrived and has remained about the same since. It isn't scoring much, but it is no longer bleeding goals like it was before Feds arrived. The Caps probably lost 30% of their games before the trade deadline due to irresponsible play on the second line.

The Capitals first line with Ovechkin is +26, but as mentioned above, their second line is -20 and their third and fourth lines are around -5. The simple reality is that the Capitals are not a complete team. They only have one line that consistently scores more goals than it allows. Limit that line to one goal and you'll win the majority of the games against the Caps.

Nylander will not be back for the playoffs.

Last edited by KenAF: 03-31-2008 at 04:57 AM.
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