Mike’s hurt again. Or he was never really better.
He missed three games in late February after aggravating last season’s groin injury, then came back for two matches. All was not well – he did not practice Friday or make the weekend trip to Winnipeg for the Caps’ 3-0 win on Saturday.
What else is there to say?
There is currently no timetable for Mike’s return. My depression is multiplied by the fact that everyone knew this would happen – and only 30 minutes into the
After losing 6 of their first 7 games, the Caps are mounting a little comeback. They’ve won 6 of 10 – 5 of those against Southeast Division opponents. It doesn’t hurt that the Southeast is still the worst division in the NHL. The Caps play Boston and Florida at home this week, then spend the weekend against the Islanders and Rangers.
At this point, it’s not a question of “Can the Caps win without Mike?” It’s a matter of figuring out a reliable, practiced backup plan for replacing him whenever he’s out. One that (please) is not Jeff Schultz. Increasing the role of rookie D Thomas Kundratek [link] and workload of Tom Poti are fine stopgaps, but not solutions. Just as Ovi seems to find his mojo and teams above them get hot (Winnipeg won 5 of 7, Carolina won 4 of 5), the Caps can’t afford to lose a big on offense or defense.
But hey, we’re winning some games, right? On the subject of Caps D, let’s love on iCarly for a minute. After an abysmal start to the season, John’s got 8 points including 1 G/1A last week vs. Carolina – a game in which he had 6 shots. See what happens when you cut your hair?! And help a kid?
So maybe it’s not that bad. For the sake of optimism, enjoy Bleacher Report’s Washington Capitals: 3 Bold Predictions for the Final 2 Months of the Season, including:
- Ribero will finish in the Top 5 in points
- Ovi will reach the 20 goal mark
- The Caps will win the Southeast Division
I’m trying to keep my Capitals glass half-full… of beer.