Saturday, November 17, 2007

Caps @ Ning 11-16-2007 Wrap Up

The Local Yokels:

(Com)Post. Times.

The Neutral Observers:

NHL.com AP Wire.

The Other Side:

St. Petersburg Times: streak at five, ice time. Tampa Tribune: Ning win again, defense helping offense. Ning.com.

Final Thoughts:

After a game last night's you almost already know what the story is. The Caps play hard, but come up short. Two goals usually isn't enough to win when Olie Kolzig is in net but when it's Brent Johnson, you know it isn't. And that isn't a knock on Johnny as much as it is a hard truth. However, once again the Caps had almost as many shots blocked (25) as they had on goal (30) while some of that is shot selection; a good bit of it has to do with a predictable offense, especially when A.O.'s get blocked more than anybody else.

Now we're dead last in the NHL. See what talking about the Stanley Cup after just three games does? Memo to Ted: if you think the fallout from firesale season or any other low point was bad, you better start alerting Phone Booth Security to be on the lookout for pitchforks and torches if things don't turn around and soon. This is what the premature talk of "rebuilding is over" and "we expect to make the playoffs this season" is going to yield you.

19 down, 63 to go.

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