After a wild 6-5 shootout loss to Florida on Friday night, the Capitals are hitting the road for Western Canada. The Capitals will spend the week in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, and conclude their 4-game road trip East in Montreal. The Capitals are looking to hit their stride, as they have recorded a 3-2-2 record in their first seven games. Puck drop in Vancouver is on Monday night at 10 PM ET.
The Canucks (5-3-0) are missing their star young rookie Elias Pettersson due to a concussion, but they are hanging tough in the Pacific Division race. The Canucks have played a lot of road games so far, as 6 of their 8 games have been away from Vancouver.
While Elias Pettersson has been sidelined, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser playing well for the Canucks. Horvat and Boeser had a sweet overtime connection against Boston on Saturday night to give the Canucks the 2-1 victory.
The Canucks are young and very talented. Head Coach Travis Green has his young squad playing well and giving good efforts every night. While the Canucks are rebuilding, their prospect pool is very deep and should begin to show within the next couple of years.
The Capitals had a very slow start against Florida on Friday night. The Panthers jumped on the Capitals early and late in the 1st period, and put up four goals against the Capitals in the frame.
While the Capitals fell behind early, they rallied back in the 2nd period, only to fall short in the shootout. The Capitals also committed 7 penalties in the game, however, the officiating was not up to par.
The Capitals must find a way to play more disciplined and stay out of the penalty box on their upcoming road trip, especially against the Canucks who are averaging over 3 goals per game.
The good news for the Capitals is that their top players are producing and their powerplay is clicking. Alex Ovechkin is scoring rapidly, as he has 6 goals in the first 7 games. Evgeny Kuznetsov has 12 points in the first 7 games too. The Capitals powerplay is very hot right now, as the Capitals are rolling at 38.5% effectiveness.
The Capitals went 1-2 in Western Canada last year, so this is a big test coming for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
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A LOOK BACK IN TIME
The Capitals last faced the Canucks on January 9, 2018 in Washington. The Capitals took the 3-1 victory.
By: George Foussekis