Ovechkin & Caps on Collision Course

As the NHL verges on completion of the first quarter of this shortened season, one topic that is growing louder by the day is the fact that the Washington Capitals are the worst team in the Eastern Conference and are already on the verge of missing the playoffs. A major factor to the dismal start in DC has been the sheer absence of dominant play from the team’s top two stars, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. With new coach, Adam Oates, shaking things up by splitting the pair and placing Ovechkin on the right wing, a position he hasn’t played in all 8 years of his NHL career, the Caps have reverted into a pre-Bruce Boudreau style of play. Once known as bottom-feeders, the worry around the team and spreading through the fan base is that the Caps may be reverting to their old selves. A distinction of how real this is lies in the fact that the fans simply are no longer rocking the red at the Verizon Center. Whatever the case may be, through 11 games of play, Ovechkin has but 3 goals to his name and the team of which he is captain has but 2 wins. Needless to say, trouble is on the horizon for the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin.