T.J. Oshie, a key member of the Washington Capitals leadership group, told media following the Capitals practice on Tuesday that the players have held players-only meetings following the team’s two recent losses. The Capitals have lost by a combined total of 11-2 on home ice in their last two games.
“Any time you’re in a rut like this and this is in my opinion … we’re not playing to our identity. I don’t think any amount of coaching would get you out of that,” said Oshie.
T.J. Oshie said the Caps have had some player-only meetings after their two bad losses to Carolina and Minnesota.
“Any time you’re in a rut like this and this is in my opinion … we’re not playing to our identity. I don’t think any amount of coaching would get you out of that”
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“We’ve been talking as a group as players and just getting some thoughts out there on what things need to change. So I think we got a pretty good handle on it. And our next two games there’s probably no one else I’d rather play to get us going again,” said Oshie.
Oshie on the Capitals’ players’ meetings: pic.twitter.com/blnlWBH62L
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“We’ve gotten away from having 20 guys in the lineup come with a purpose to win and win a certain way and we haven’t had that. Sometimes you can get away with it if Ovi goes out and scores a bunch of goals or Kuzy does his thing. But a lot of times, you can’t.”
Oshie said the Capitals’ practices the past two days were, “Maybe two of the best practices we’ve had this year, I think, as far as working and focused.”
The Capitals return to work Wednesday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM.
By Jon Sorensen