Caps Lunchbox, Episode 4- 2/7
Tue, 8 Feb 2011|
CS in Washington dot com. Everybody I'm Jennifer Williams for CS and Washington I'm here with Russ Taylor and JP and welcomed here -- -- box. Guys let's start off let's talk about this weekend. The -- has some significant wins they'd beat Tampa Bay 52 they shut the pens out. But the pens -- without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby arguably their two best players. How optimistic should weepy about the caps recent hot streak. I think they're two big wins there a significant because there were against good teams you know notwithstanding the Penguins injuries and it really showed that the caps. You know they can sort of flip the switch on after when when they need to I think that was encouraging. I wouldn't necessarily say things have fully turned around and not. A 100% confident without a few more of these efforts that things are headed back and repression it's certainly could start. And the good thing is the -- understand that action -- practice and speak a little bit. I'd be -- understand it's just to know that they need more catch Tampa Bay up in the Eastern Conference standings. The other thing out significant is that -- experts who drew a change their entire focus heading into the on Friday. What it did on top of getting them ready to beat Tampa Bay which they did and they look great doing it kind of refocus them because the guys who. Used to their system that they were playing and they fell into the same patterns of -- -- ice and where they would be where the puck would be and suddenly think a little bit more. And it sort of snapped something in the head. And it carried over. Until Sunday and they have their attention and we saw them play sixty minutes which is you've been a big thing for this team they can play period -- Lakers have sometimes -- but rarely a full game was softball game that this team so -- there's one thing I think they can put the -- that maybe the caps have actually. Kind of -- the little bit. I don't know but turning on turning -- but it's like. Bruce who -- -- tour not not only got them ready for camp day. But turned the switch on -- their heads alike. -- we start concentrating now a lot more than world more than we thought we were and I think that's that's the significant and they are your -- your optimism. Yeah and you saw you so you've seen a different power play -- more umbrella focused power place Mike Knuble brooks like it chances on the power play against the pens. That were close to clicking but just missed there's -- -- start clicking and you know it if Alex -- gets back in the lineup in adds to it if my greens -- ago we them maybe not tomorrow night but whenever he has. You know there's reason to think that the power play might be back on the right track as well. -- PI wanna touch on something you set a little earlier you weren't too concerned. You didn't think that injuries on the pens team. Meaning not mattered much but wasn't much of an impact on yesterday's. 30 shut out now we were just discussing Marc Savard before we started rolling. With that what you think that the impact of some of the injuries -- Eastern Conference are gonna have on the caps. Well I think that the biggest impact is gonna have is around the trade deadline mean when you've got the Penguins. Now looking for. A senator maybe wings yet the Bruins looking for another senator. You know the desert teams looking for the same things maybe that the caps are looking for and it's going to drive up price obviously. Yeah and that's gonna affect the caps in. You know move towards the trade deadline of everyone's going for the same thing and certainly we've been talking about a prolonged time Mitterrand capitals -- -- Anything -- really capitals need a second line Saturday -- guy that we put in there and just say that's the guy. -- you bro Marcus Johnson in the sort of sharing duties and Johansson looked played great against the Penguins but he that he knows. They he is not quite there to the point where he can do it every single -- twenty years old they go experts from Derosa look some you know it's in my -- -- You know some nights that come home on time for dinner and other nights I'm wonder like what happened to this guy -- needs loses maturity and that. That happens to anyone at that age but it they're going to be looking for the same thing his other teams are. It'll be very interesting -- is gonna throw it out there and I know that it's not definitive answer well but. It also might make the -- rethink about what they really neat when other teams in the Eastern Conference are struggling at certain positions and also make the reassessed themselves. In relation to average one. Surprised let's just look forward to cut and that's a little bit. That caps are going to be playing a bunch of teams in the Pacific division what should we expect -- I think that the most important thing is that they carry forward the effort they've put forth this past weekend you know maybe -- Easy to get up for Tampa Bay news -- a year in the division and and you know you never need extra motivation against Pittsburgh. Can they maintain that level of intensity and San Jose and Phoenix and Los Angeles these teams. Who they see once a year maybe twice here sometimes. You know I think that's the thing I'll be looking for even more so then than actual results is whether they can maintain their discipline into the system and maybe whether they can get that power -- -- You're right in line with a lot of the players actually in the restaurant today -- with big openly said Tampa -- we're chasing in the Southeast Division the Penguins for the Penguins. Now comes to the San Jose Sharks San Jose seven old one in the last eight games of that right there. For the caps they know that they don't play well. They're gonna get run out of town on the road ice you know against San -- of -- -- -- already thinking like the wheels are turning how we gonna turn each game the motivation kinda like knew -- would miles. These guys are always looking for something to sort of piqued their interest in that goes back to what would. Drew -- did before the Tampa game what little shift what little thing you gonna use what is the one. Mark that you're gonna set for yourself and say we have to do better than that. The caps are looking for right now they seem to have there tension in the right place at this point let's see that can keep it up on the -- Well -- he -- for stopping by that fit for this week Catholic. CS in Washington dot com.