Man to man defense might be the dumbest thing I've ever seen. This is hockey, not lacrosse. You play a defensive zone system, zones with pressure. Not man to man. It puts way to much pressure on the wingers and if the D pinch in, it just creates more space for the other teams forwards.
Such a focus to get pucks to point. Which is great to see. We so under utilized it in past. But d needs to get pucks on net. And ovi can't be making lazy play/turnover on pass to point when slight pivot and an indirect pass off boards gets it to target.
if neuvy can have a confidence builder game and provide another good game v colorado, things will start to improve.
this style of hockey that huntsie wants to play seems to invite these first period barrages. the caps only push the play when its safe. that means unless they have the momentum they are sitting back and letting the other team set the pace.