Through the first two games in the 2018-19 regular season, the Capitals are off to a nice 1-0-1 start. The Capitals have already faced a back-to-back game scenario, and will face another one later this week.
The Capitals schedule does not get any easier, as they face off with the Vegas Golden Knights, New Jersey Devils, and Toronto Maple Leafs later this week. All three of these clubs made the postseason last year.
THE STARS ARE ALIVE AND READY TO PLAY
Through the first two games, the Capitals stars have come to play. T.J. Oshie leads the Capitals with 3 goals and 5 points. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in assists with 4.
The Capitals have gotten off to a solid start, and they are playing with very high tempo. The Capitals leaders have shown up to play, and it has rubbed off on the rest of the lineup.
MANAGE THE ICE TIME
During most back-to-back game scenarios, teams will make a few tweaks to the lineup. It is looking more likely that Dmitrij Jaskin will slot into this lineup this week on the 4th line. It is also expected that Pheonix Copley will get into net very soon to give Braden Holtby a short relief in net.
The Capitals have plenty of depth, even without forward Tom Wilson, who is suspended for the next month and a half.
STAY FOCUSED AND AVOID THE HANGOVER
The Capitals have looked very motivated in their first couple of games. They have played hard, despite making some mistakes along the way. The dreaded “Stanley Cup hangover” is still something that is talked about and discussed, but it appears that Todd Reirden has addressed this with his club.
The Capitals have a tough slate of games coming up, but this tough slate should be able to keep them motivated and focused throughout October. The Capitals must acknowledge and realize that they need to bring their best effort to the rink every single night.
KEEP HAVING FUN
It is very encouraging to see the Capitals playing loose and having fun on the ice. While there is pressure as the defending Stanley Cup Champion, the Capitals are embracing the role of Champion. The Capitals have come out and have showed what it means to play like a champion.
By: George Foussekis