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The Capitals might want to get things right tonight

Nov 21, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

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We’re all caught up in what’s going on with Sidney Crosby, but the Washington Capitals have a bit of drama set up for themselves tonight. The Caps come stumbling back home after being outscored 14-3 during their three-game road trip that saw each game get progressively worse. The Caps have dropped four straight on top of all that and the storm clouds are building around just about everyone in this franchise.

If ever there was a team that needed a win for their own sanity, it’s the Caps but is there reason to think they can just snap out of it at home? It’s tough to find positives here. Bruce Boudreau is trying to shake things up a bit by calling up rookie defenseman Dmitry Orlov to see if his speed and youthful energy can make things a bit better defensively.

There’s also the chance we’ll see Alexander Semin taking in tonight’s game from the press box as a healthy scratch. If that happens at least the Capitals won’t need to worry about killing off one or two dumb penalties as Semin’s been a magnet for those this season. There’s also the effect that move might have on Alex Ovechkin as well as Semin is a good friend and a fellow star on the team. Helping Ovechkin snap out of his funk would be a welcome change.

The Caps dealing with the defensive minded Coyotes who continue to grind out wins regardless of who’s in goal for them will be a struggle for the offensively struggling Caps. Scoring just one goal and hoping either Tomas Vokoun or Michal Neuvirth can hold things down isn’t proving to be a winning strategy of late.

If things go ugly again tonight for the Caps, and in front of the home fans no less, change could be on the way.

  1. stakex - Nov 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Bruce Boudreau needs to go.

    Look at all the issues the Caps have. Its not just Ovechkin. Its not just Semin. Its not just the offense. Its not just the defense. Its the fact that the Caps as a whole are playing awful. They are clearly not respoding to the coach anymore, or his system is not working with the group he has. Either way, change is needed.

    The question is, is there anything that can actually get Bruce Boudreau fired? The Caps have failed early in the playoffs several times over the last few years when they should have gone deep. They cratered in the middle of last season, which was documented great on HBO. Sure they picked themselves up and ended up with a first place finish in the east…. only to lose a very un-inspired 4-1 decision to Tampa. The team has been so up and down over the last 5 years, yet Boudreau’s job seems as secure as ever.

    With that said, perhaps another 7-1 blowout in front of the home crowd would be enough to shake things up… and that would probably be the best thing that ever happened to the Capitals.

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