Monday, November 28, 2011

Capitals Week Preview

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This week marks the beginning for new Head Coach Dale Hunter. Hunter will attempt to turn around the Capitals who have fallen from first to eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. He will be thrown to the wolves early, however. His upcoming week looks to be a tough one.

Tomorrow night the Capitals welcome the 13-8-2 St. Louis Blues to the Verizon Center. The Blues rank 2nd in the NHL in goals against with just over 2. The Capitals rank 5th in total goal per game with just over 3. This game should be a shootout and will certainly test the ability of Hunter to make in game adjustments.

This coming Thursday night the will play host to their hated rivals: the 14-6-4 Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins are currently ranked in the top ten in the NHL for goals per game, goals against, power play percentage, and penalty kill percentage. Washington won the only meeting between these two team back in early October.

The Capitals the round out the week on Saturday in Ottawa to play the currently 11-10-2 Senators. The Senators rank toward the bottom of the NHL in goals against. The Capitals should be able to showcase their powerful offensive attack. Washington won the only meeting between the two teams.

The Capitals face two very tough teams to start the week. It will test their ability to adapt to new head coach Dale Hunter. They certainly have the game against Pittsburgh circled on their calenders.