Washington Capitals: Trouble On “Capital Hill”

The Washington Capitals were going to be a contender, or at least that is what they thought. Things are not going well under new head coach Barry Trotz. The Capitals are sitting in 13th place in the East with 11 points. Only three points better than the laughable Buffalo Sabres.

Unlike last season Ovi has been more mindful of the defensive zone, or at least looking at his stats line that’s what one would assume. Currently the Capitals star has 13 points in 12 games, and is only a minus 2. As usual he is leading the team in scoring and shots on goal, but his strong stat line is not enough to power the Capitals to the top of the East.

The problem as I see it in Washington is once again goaltending. It seems that Braden Holtby despite his 2.67 GAA is not stopping a darn thing. His sad and almost AHL like save percentage of .891 is killing the Caps. That .891 translates to allowing 22 goals on 202 shots for a record of 3-3-2-1. To be fair Holtby’s counterpart Justin Peters is carrying a 3.04 GAA, and .880 SV% (12 goals on 100 shots, and a record of 1-2-1). Clearly the front office misread the ability of their goaltenders and now they are left to hope the Capitals can claw their way into the playoffs.

There is not much Trotz can do; the Washington Capitals are near the ceiling of the NHL’s salary cap. According to Cap Geek the Capitals have only $972,372 of working room. Simply put they are in big trouble if the playoffs were the goal this season. If the goal was to contend for a lottery pick than well done guys. You are well on your way to a possible top-five draft pick.  With that being said I don’t think a lottery pick is even close to the objectives put forward by GM Brian MacLellan.

You don’t spend o the cap and hope you are a bust. The question now becomes who will be traded, and how will the Capitals fix the trouble on “Capital” Hill?