It’s not the holidays without some hockey!
Nov 26, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a power play goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sure, the Washington Capitals haven’t been what they were a few years ago, but this team definitely has some talent and can get back to the playoffs.
Barry Trotz is working wonders with the power play, as the Caps are second in the NHL in power play percentage at .279.
Oh yeah, and they still have Alexander Ovechkin. He’s good.
Barry Trotz: Speaking of Ovechkin, Trotz is definitely thankful for him. Ovechkin isn’t just contributing with goals, but he’s putting his teammates in better positions to succeed. He’s assisted nine goals and is second on the team in points with 20. And Ovechkin isn’t the only left winger putting up numbers. The other two, Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky are third and fourth on the team in points, respectively, with 14 and 12.
Alexander Ovechkin: Just as Trotz is thankful for him, Ovechkin is thankful for Trotz! Trotz put Ovechkin back on the left side of the ice – he played right wing last season – and it’s paying off. He also has to thank the men who started No Shave November, because he’s sporting one hell of a ‘stache right now.
Braden Holtby: Holtby has to be thankful for Justin Peters. As Holtby struggled in the early part of the season, Peters was just as bad, if not worse. That gave room for Holtby to become the regular starter after Trotz was going back-and-forth with who was in the net each game.
Now it’s your turn. As a Washington D.C. fan, what are you grateful for this season? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @AllOverTheHill.