“We’re Chasing Too Many Games”: Todd Reirden Speaks After Capitals’ Loss to Vegas

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With a loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday evening, the Washington Capitals have drawn their record in their last 20 games to 10-10-0 and are in the midst of their toughest stretch of the 2019-20 season. After the loss in Vegas, Head Coach Reirden spoke to the media and discussed the team’s struggles.

“The start has not been where we wanted, and we’ve been chasing the game far too often”, Reirden told Caps Radio Play-by-Play announcer John Walton, “It’s really been putting us behind the eight-ball…and then we have to overuse our top guys chasing games now…When we’re chasing games, I’m not able to use four lines and six d-men”.

When talking about the Capitals’ ability in the defensive and offensive zones, Reirden cut straight to the point, saying, “We’re obviously spending a lot of time the last couple games working on getting better in terms of our d-zone coverage around our net. We’re getting players to the front of the net to defend better and then we’re not doing our jobs. We’re not hard enough around that area and we’re losing battles in that area….but now you have to do your job”

Reirden did have some positives to take from the game, however, praising the team’s physicality against the Golden Knights, “I thought our physicality tonight was at a much better level, that I didn’t have a problem with. I think that is the reason we come back often”. Reiren also praised starting goaltender Braden Holtby’s performance and the team’s resilient mindset. “Like I said, Braden keeps us in it, we have a couple good kills, and our guys don’t quit, are guys do not quit, until the final buzzer. Regardless of the situation this entire year, the one thing that stays truest to our team is that they don’t quit until the final buzzer, but we don’t deserve to [come away with a point] with how we start the game.

The Capitals host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, February 20 at Capital One Arena and will look to shake out of the rut that has plagued them for the last few weeks.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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4 Responses to “We’re Chasing Too Many Games”: Todd Reirden Speaks After Capitals’ Loss to Vegas

  1. Anonymous says:

    Anyone not doing their jobs takes the bus home – only players that work get the private jet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Correction: “only players and coaches that work” – coaches deserve the bus when they unsuccessfully run the same PP plan over and over again.

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Didn’t watch. Refuse to watch. Caps are checked out of the season and so am I.

    Nats and Orioles Spring Training! Nats have a great team, the Orioles great prospects, and each franchise has a REAL Head Coach — er, Manager. They have pretty good GMs too.

    “Chasing too many games.” No Kidding!

    Maybe Baldy needs to lose five more games in a row before he gets the axe. But I would have cashiered him weeks ago

  3. Anonymous says:

    Some coaches this season got the boot for way less underperforming. But because of optics, the organization will let him ride this train wreck into the first round embarrassment in the hands of CBJ/NYI/CAR/PEN/PHI or into missing the playoffs entirely.

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