When Adam Oates took over as Washington Capitals head coach, all surrounding the organization knew the expectations were high for the former Capitals player to lead Washington to the promise land. Now, in just his second season, Oates may be on his way out after Washington dropped their fifth consecutive contest 4-1 at the hands of the New York Rangers. The Capitals are now watching as their playoff hopes dwindle as the rest of the Metropolitan conference has increased its quality of play. During the drought, the goalie issues remain a question to be answered as none of the three goalies has solidified themselves on top of the depth chart.
Washington was drubbed early and often against the conference rival New York Rangers. Rick Nash netted two first period goals followed up by a Derek Stepan goal, chasing Phillip Grubaurer out of the game. The only real positive drawn from the contest was Alex Ovechkin, who snapped his Rangers nine game scoreless streak by slapping home his 35th goal of the season. Washington must increase their overall level of play and have averaged just 1.2 goals per game within in the five game stretch. If the poor plays continues you must expect a change on the Capitals sideline.