Not sure what
*gestures broadly towards the last 2.5 hours*
that was all about.
The Caps were just plain terrible against the Philadelphia Flyers in their second game of round-robin play, which is fake hockey and doesn’t matter, and yes this is how I have decided to rationalize this.
Scott Laughton put the Flyers up in the first period after a defensive-zone turnover that we will discuss. Travis Sandheim made it 2-0 in the second period during a rare moment when the Capitals were not on the penalty kill. The third period happened, unfortunately, bringing with it another goal by Laughton. With mercy, new boy Travis Boyd ended the shutout a few moments later.
Flyers beat Caps 3-1.
— Aaron Lichstrahl (@AJ_Lich) August 6, 2020
Talk about the splits! pic.twitter.com/DovcOjrWqp
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) August 6, 2020
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) August 6, 2020
My understanding of the reasons for round-robin goes like this:
It’s that last one I’m worried about. Are the last two games a reflection of this team working on their craft? If that’s the case, shouldn’t they have gotten better since the last game? If this was progress, it was in the wrong direction.
We’re going to need to see some major progress when the Caps take on the Bruins this weekend. Real hockey that matters is coming soon, and this team doesn’t look ready for it. Yet.
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