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Maybe Dale Hunter does know what he’s doing

Mar 20, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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Ever since Dale Hunter took over as coach of the Washington Capitals, the scrutiny he’s been under has been intense. Taking over for a popular coach isn’t easy and not being all that talkative with your players won’t help you earn friends.

The tweaks Hunter has made to the Capitals lineup of late, subbing in Jeff Halpern for Joel Ward and Roman Hamrlik for Dmitry Orlov last night, helped the Caps stay in eighth place in the East and beat the always menacing Red Wings.

As CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley hears it from Hunter, his changes are ones that just made sense.

“It’s hard (scratching Ward),” Hunter said. “He’s a good guy, but we thought we would have more faceoff help against (Detroit’s Pavel) Datsyuk and that’s why went with Halpy.”

Those little tweaks combined with the stellar play of late from Alex Ovechkin have helped make Hunter look a lot smarter of late. Hunter won’t get a break from the fans and media alike unless he gets the Caps into the postseason, but seeing the team seemingly turn the corner, finally, might mean things are getting right in Washington.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I guess… What he should do is bench Schultz and put in Orlov. Then, When Nicky comes back, bench either Beagle or Hendricks… Aucoin is playing too well to scratch him. So is Beagle for that matter… I’d be fine with scratching Perreault… Can’t STAND HIM!

  2. murtdurt - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    I hope they make it. They’ll be one and done and make great preparation for who ever wins the Atlantic. And if your going to tell me they somehow pull a division title out of the mediocre southeast then I’ll take the devils in 6

  3. letangusespertplus - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    So what happened in Chicago?

    • fleurysteeth - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      He was busy helping Will Hunting find direction in his life, lol. Get it? Cause Dale looks like Robin Williams! lol. Boy am I a hoot.

      GFY.

      • bcjim - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Fail

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        hey, 2004 called. they want their catch phrase back.

      • kotteintheslot - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        do you like apples?

      • fleurysteeth - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        at the end of the season, its going to be Dale/Robin telling McPhee that it isn’t his fault, as he is crying into his hairy chest.

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