Capitals Net Presence: Who are the Caps and what do they need at the Trade Deadline?
Mon, 4 Mar 2013|
But for the capitals net presence Kellie -- JP and this week -- like to welcome mr. Al Coke into the -- welcome Johnson. Figueroa is going to marry this week we will be talking at the three nothing shutout in Winnipeg it recapping that little bit lessons learned from that. And we'll get into trade deadline -- never too early for that -- And finally we'll wrap it up with a playoff predictions and or whether or not which you -- talking about the playoffs but let's get into the Winnipeg game at 30 shutout after a kind of dismal showing against Philly Al what are the lessons that we can learn our what did you see there that they didn't show in Philadelphia. I'm just very impressed that your restraint when you were dismal because it was a lot worse than dismal against the Philadelphia Flyers. The the problem having with his his. What are we seen they have been playing some good games than they have so we had a horse show against the Philadelphia Flyers. And rebounded against Winnipeg so. How we've seen a team that still trying to struggle to find themselves what we've seen a team that pretty much knows what they are. But just when they get against better teams in certain situations don't have enough to compete. The Winnipeg game if you look at. What Winnipeg was doing Winnipeg -- was record and the fact that it was on the road where the caps have been less than stellar may have been their best performance of the season so. Now you'll find out. Against the Boston Bruins do you carry that over to a true. Powerhouse in the in the NHL and the Eastern Conference and JPD give them any sort of pass seeing as it was you know -- back to back game when we went into Philly. I mean this start in Philly is terrible and -- is over you know quick and you know whatever the reason he's top to bottom terrible effort even though. When players talk about. Was different for me. They -- from. But back to the Winnipeg game you know you saw them play. But I think -- is as good -- road team as adamant as you get this team right now I saw them you know the shot differential in the first period was. Heavily in Winnipeg table where he's not a -- it was a lot of -- chasing. Taking the crowd out of it I think whatever they did. If it's slow things down and they weathered the storm for counterpunch in the second period that's exactly what happened that's not what happened at Philadelphia. Is that probably the game plan there too and it just didn't happen. And so. You end up with good game a good wind like Al said probably there. Best win of the season so far has their wins have come against mostly dregs of the Eastern Conference. And you know excluding themselves. Yeah but one of the things that really kind of stands out about these two games in particular that we're talking about is. For all of they hue and cry over the fact that the caps. Elite players aren't scoring enough goals consider consider. It's not the offensive told this team back particularly with the way this power play is working. It's all about the defensive end. And even though we think about at a moments because of his great offensive skills as a player. He comes in as a coach trying to change the defensive mindset. -- a much different way -- dale hunter tried to approach it last year and when you see the zone coverage against Philadelphia compared to the zone coverage against Winnipeg Jets. You're coming in the. On Sunday the Bruins still have played two less games the capitals. But they have scored one less goal in Washington the difference was they had given up I think sixteen -- goals. Then the Washington Capitals and that is I think where Adam -- challenge. Still remains the most. Did detailed and how this team functions beyond that JP to me determines where -- where you evaluate this team moving forward already. On -- part of that that discussion is the personnel. On the Blue Line and frankly it's. It's not. Where Adam most of like it to be I don't think I he had John Carlson and -- -- -- there were. You know they are what they are quite good -- -- John -- playing out of his mind right now you have -- contract has stepped up. But he's you know career a -- today. The back and defense core is very slow footed not very good at moving the puck. And those are two things that that Adam Oates wants to emphasize with my screen out to -- you are a lot about. The personnel on the back -- is is not where it needs to be. See you can do you need your goalie coming up real big is pray and hope he has into last three games. Real quick before we leave this topic this discussion of defense. Eleven -- -- physical -- Colts -- -- that he was struggling at the beginning with you know over thinking things out there maybe and not necessarily doing things by muscle memory and now he feels like it's becoming. Less that he's thinking about where he needs to be what he needs to be doing. But it's becoming natural to -- you get the sense that that's going on as well. Yeah I definitely see that and and one of the things that that Bears remembered as last year that combination of on balls -- Carlson. Weren't particularly good during the regular season until the end and then by the end and particularly in the post season. I'll wager to say that there were no defense pairings better there may be just a few just as good. But during that New York series and that Boston series all -- Carlson were shut down guys so maybe it is going to take these guys a little time to adapt. But I still go back to the idea that. As we put a lot of focus on the defense and goaltending. There's still has some problems up front when it comes to. Turnovers and where do you need to be on that transition game and right now there are a lot of guys who still seem to be lost. When it comes of that inning and because of it what you saw against Winnipeg is the best example. Hit a good offense or at least it neutralizes offense is their best defense. I looked good in this trade deadline time that I promised we're about a month away from the trade deadline let's break this down in two with three different scenarios if the caps are buyers Al. Who are they looking to -- You'd have to anticipate that the decision on what they do I think is going to be predicated a lot. Not only on just where they are in the standings because I still think they'll be that mathematical range where you would want to do something. But they've got to make that determination can they get anything this year. Potter books like if not they're going to have to think about -- Left Winger in particular a guy who obviously then could play on one of their top two lines because that right now seems to be. They don't. The game too sure who's up there on that first line on the left wing side. -- -- there was in -- we've seen other guys there and that's the spot that's crying out for Brooks like. And they can use that left hand shot to on the power play as well you saw that goal -- back and scored against Philadelphia. That's a rarity to see a left hand shot in there in that slot and that was a position that you knew Adam -- was thinking about -- like on. And without him that's been impressive at their power play has been as good -- that to me is the determination before you decide. Who to trade that's the spot you gotta figure out where you can get anything out of. -- certainly. You know you look at the skill deficit on this team and it's it's pretty much in the top six win. Top six wings and then on the back into the Blue Line I think that you wanna add some guys who could. Escape with the puck and move the puck and that's you know that's one of the reasons you saw them bring in. Jack -- a little bit of -- desperation move. Wish my. You know sort of like wool ski fair injury crap we're -- you know airfares worked out but the other guys maybe not as much. That you want a little more skill and your top six wings and obviously back comes either be Brooks like coming back. Or trade. And then on the back end of the Blue Line you know and I don't think those guys grow on trees either so you know that you're gonna have to give something to get something and we'll see if there have -- a position where that makes sense. A guy you mentioned earlier to -- Ichiro off could be the answer what you're talking about on the back him. But I don't think Marcus Johansson is the answer when he gets healthy to take over Brooks like. I still don't want to see the caps give up on Marcus Johansson until you answer -- one question. Could he be your ideal third line center I think that is his. Absolute perfect position and I think they're doing a little bit of an injustice and Marcus Johansson. By playing him on the wing he's not a Winger he is a center and I think he could be a dynamite third line center. But Mathieu -- -- fill that role very nicely and that then -- starts to roll the dice on. Who do you trade if you want to do something. She lives in Washington dot com.