The Washington Capitals are doing much better lately, and that’s a big relief. It surely makes life easier for Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan. It’s less easy, however, to figure out why the Caps have improved. Matt Niskanen’s return to health is surely a driver, and the Ovechkin/Backstrom reunion before Thanksgiving seems to be one as well. But when we look at the team’s overall shot-attempt numbers, it’s not apparent that the Caps are doing much better than they were a month ago. And yet, the Caps are winning.
It seems to me like Niskanen’s return and the Ovi/Backstrom reunion have made the Caps far more fearsome – but also far more top-heavy – than they were before. In this week’s snapshot, we look at all the important progress made so far – and what’s left to be fixed. I’m not sure that line tinkering will be enough.
Headline photo: Rob Carr
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