Here. This spot right here is the closest the Washington Capitals have been to a championship in two decades. The problem is they’ve been in this spot for a week now. Since winning Game Two in Florida, the Caps have dropped three in a row to the Tampa Bay Lightning and are now one loss away from elimination.
They’ve gotta win at home, tonight at 8 PM, to keep their season and our hopes alive. They’ve just gotta.
The final regular season stats:
|Shot Attempt %||52.3%||48.3%|
This is a good look.
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Vrana – Backstrom – Oshie
Burakovsky – Eller – Connolly
Stephenson – Beagle – DSP
Kempny – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Djoos
The line is shot attempts during 5-on-5 play. Except for the end of Game Four and the beginning of Game Five, this series has belonged to Washington. That applies to shots, scoring chances, goals, but not high-danger chances.
There, Tampa has had the edge. That red blob low at the right side? That’s Braden Holtby getting abused. The main defenders failing to defend Holtby surprised me: It’s Carlson and Kempny.
Goaltending will decide this series, and the Caps crew need to make their goalie’s life just a bit easier.
Everyone take the time out of your day to please watch this pic.twitter.com/RtUsNpV3Ef
— Gabrielle Geno (@GabbyGeno) May 16, 2018
Headline photo: Mike Ehrmann
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.