Just looking over the Caps games from this season and found this...
Of the 13 regulation losses...they have only lost 6 of them by more than 1 goal....all others were 1 goal losses (along with the 9 OTL either by goal or shootout)
Sat, Nov 14 New Jersey Devils @ New Jersey (13-4-0) L 2 - 5
Wed, Dec 9 Buffalo Sabres @ Buffalo (16-9-2) L 0 - 3
Sat, Dec 12 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Toronto (10-14-7) L 3 - 6
Mon, Dec 28 Carolina Hurricanes vs Carolina (9-22-7) L 3 - 6
Wed, Dec 30 San Jose Sharks @ San Jose (24-8-7) L 2 - 5
Tue, Jan 12 Tampa Bay Lightning @ Tampa Bay (17-17-10) L 4 - 7
They've truly only been rolled on 6 times...out of 66 games. That's rather absurd when you think about it.
In comparison...San Jose has 10 regulation losses of 2 or more goals.
half of those games were one goal games or tied in the third period.
Three teams were pursuing Mike Modano at the trade deadline, but Modano said he did not want to waive his no-trade clause and leave the only team he has been a part of.
"We talked about this a couple of months ago, and we agreed at the time that if there were teams interested, I would bring the information to Mike,'' Nieuwendyk said. "I did that, and he decided he wanted to stay.'' Modano said it would have felt strange to leave the team.
"Honestly, I just couldn't do it,'' he said. "We were in pretty good shape in the playoff race, and there's no guarantee with a new team. I've been with this team my whole life and I want to stay with this team.'' Modano, 39, will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but he said he still has not decided if this will be his last season.
"That's something for Joe and I to talk about in the summer,'' he said.
I am halfway wondering if Bruce doesnt give OV and Nicky a game or two off. Of course OV is chasing his annual award haul. Would Bruce rest OV an hurt his Art Ross chances?
I think he'd give him the option to take some games off...and Ovie would respectfully decline. Dude loves playing.
Personally...if and when the the conference is clinched....I start resting those guys every other or every third game. Handcuff them to the locker coat hanger before the game. No question. **** that individual ****. Make sure the crew is playing well as a whole...and sit guys here and there so they are good to go when it matters.