Post-Game Talk: Kings @ Caps, 7PM

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  1. Sam Spade

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    When you have a number one center, number one Dman, and a number one goalie you are legit. Quick was hurt all of last year and Kopitar probably was as well.

    I def agree with the bolded. I was actually going to post about this as I was kinda shaking my head during the game. I mean if this was the first or second of the back to backs I can see it, but tonight?
     
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    I agree. Caps played a good game.
     
  3. CapitalsCupReality

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    Doughty blowing smoke. He planning ahead for some party with Ovy later in the season? Awards weekend?
     
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    classic holtby playoff game.
     
  5. ovikovy817

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    ****ing tired of those lucky bounces for the opponents. It was the case in the game against Tampa, Toronto and now.
    And on the other side, we can't have a bounce, a weird deflection in our favor.

    edit: wonderful game by Kuzya.
    He has 28 points in 26 games, and haters will still criticize his contract?
     
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  6. CapitalsCupReality

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    26 games out of 656 possible. Let's give it time before boasting. When I see a complete year, a good regular and postseason, I'll be more comfortable with the commitment. Things are looking up that's for sure.
     
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    Kings generally took shorter shifts than the Caps. Did this have an impact on the game?
     
  8. Ovie's Neighbor

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    That's because other teams shoot the puck from everywhere and we wait for the perfect scoring chance to shoot. Eller and Oshie had multiple opportunities from the high slot to shoot and passed instead. We aren't that highly skilled a team anymore and can't afford to pass those opportunities up.
     
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    AlexBrovechkin8 Playoff chokers, they said.

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    When are we allowed to be concerned about Nicky?
     
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    I agree that both Eller and Oshie passed up some good chances. I felt this game against the Kings was a pretty even game. We may even outplayed them. The Kings just happened to Capitalize on some of our mistakes. Holtby wasn't at his best. This game could have gone our way
     
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    2nd game in a row that Backstrom had zero shots. No goals, 4 assists in last 5 games. I don't know if he's injured, worn down, or just in a funk, but this team needs him to start creatng more offense, 3 goals and 16 assists so far, isn't helping. And at some point, I'd like to think that BMac recognizes the lack of offense on this team, relying on the same 3-4 guys game after game to contribute won't get this team far, and crossing fingers that the bottom 6 emerges is futile.
     
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    Bottom 6 was a trainwreck again. Burakovsky should help but it's apparent that they need an upgrade pretty badly. Connolly should 100% be back in the lineup or traded, the current situation is untenable.

    Also give Djoos more minutes. He's been a great defensive option thus far, especially alongside Carlson.
     
  13. ovikovy817

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    Maybe it's because he's playing lesser minutes that he's that good
     
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    Maybe, but the same arguments were made with Orlov and Schmidt and oddly enough they were able to be just as good with more minutes.

    The only way to find out is to give Djoos a chance with second pairing minutes. Not like the 44-74 pairing is doing well, so what else is there to lose?
     
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    Maybe Backstrom is just going the way of the Sedins? He can reference hockey IQ all he wants but the game has changed. If you can't back defenders off it's incredibly difficult to create, esp. if you're also not really grinding/puck protecting.
    It doesn't help that one of the four fourth-line 5-on-5 goals was waived. Or that for some reason Graovac is on the third line and Stephenson has to play with two boat anchors. Ridiculous.

    I don't trust their instincts enough to conclude they've turned the corner just yet. They've got CBJ, SJS, CHI & NYR at home to finish off the home stand...all very decent challenges. They get their chances but they've got to both bear down more when they get them and better prioritize interior opportunities (for & against). It was a predictably too easy game from them after the time off.
     
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    Backstrom is gonna be fine
     
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    Eh I don't really agree with this. Backstrom is struggling for sure but his speed hasn't deteriorated much if at all since last season (it's never been a strength) and he was great last season.

    He's going through a funk that we're not accustomed to seeing but his underlying numbers are still relatively strong. Even superstars like Crosby have gone through this (under Mike Johnston, of course). Something needs to change but it I don't think it's the beginning of the end. Speed is great but there are plenty of slower guys who can still be incredibly productive even in the new NHL, Tavares comes to mind immediately, Bergeron as well, and Thornton a few years ago.
     
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    Random thoughts watching last night: Beagle has been terrible. Not sure what's up with him but he's provided nothing offensively and is a liability in the defensive zone. I know he has a high FO% but it seems like he always loses draws in the defensive zone. The Graovic experiment should be over. Stephenson should be on the third line. Oshie needs to shoot the puck. Djoos needs more minutes and Orpik needs less. Bowey's hockey IQ is not high.
     
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    Yeah but those slower guys protect the puck really well and are able to create off of it. Backstrom can still do that but he doesn't create off of puck protection and forechecking nearly as much as he used to. His role has changed at times but the game isn't getting any slower. I don't see him dropping off altogether to a 40-50 point guy but he needs to find ways to have more routine offensive impact 5-on-5. Trotz hasn't been worried and tends to support him due to his all-around game but patience isn't the solution. Urgency and determination are more important than a baseline belief in the inherent inevitability of success based on consistent low-level buy-in. But that's Trotz's MO. (An easy tie-in rant but this game was indeed very predictable. Their whole cycle of urgency to complacency and back and forth is made much more stark by inferior depth. Their adherence to the actual process remains pretty flimsy and almost entirely effort-based.)
     
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    Thought the Caps played about 59:00 of a great game. The minute or so when they were off it was really bad. You're not going to see the mix up between Holtby and whoever and Backstrom miss on a wide open net very often. Sucks to see them work that hard and have it taken away by a potentially missed penalty leading to a break away and a dumb luck deflection. Did they ever show a center ice replay before Gaborik's goal? Carlson is fairly clam on the ice so it does make me wonder about the play if he is getting worked up.
     
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    Pretty much agree with this post (you're not going to get an argument from me regarding Trotz being a negative impact on pushing players to be better offensively), but I think a lot of Backstrom's struggles are probably correctable unlike the Sedins who are just in the twilight of their careers and simply don't have it in them physically to be highly effective players any more.
     
  22. CapitalsCupReality

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    If you're not seeing a dropoff in Backstrom's wheels, not sure what you're watching. He looks like he aged 5 years over the summer.
     
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    I’m not seeing him as much slower, but his hands/passing/playmaking in general have seen a big drop off. I could be wrong about his speed/quickness, I just haven’t noticed it.
     
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    I haven't noticed 19 being any slower this year, but his vision and playmaking haven't been up to his usual standards.

    FWIW I was pleasantly surprised by the team effort last night. They looked good. If Nicky doesn't wiff on that tap in they at least get to OT. Ovie looked good. Kuzy was electric. They carried the play for the majority of the game.
     
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    CapitalsCupReality It’s Go Time!!

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    Last month?
     
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