David Steckel: Caps 'haven't faced adversity like this in a long time'
The Capitals have not consistently put all of the pieces together over the past 11 contests, but with back-to-back games this weekend against Colorado tonight and in New York Sunday, they have an opportunity to get back on the right track in rapid fashion.
"We have a chance to come out and be 2-2 in our last four games if we do well this weekend and that's what we all want," David Steckel said. "When you're in this kind of slump, you have to find a way to get yourself out of it. We haven't faced adversity like this in a long time -- if ever with this group. We have to find ways to get through it, and it starts again tonight."
The mood is not light in the Capitals' dressing room these days, but several players have acknowledged that it's better to learn how to get out of this kind of streak now rather than in April, when facing the abrupt ending of a season.
"I think everybody likes it as easy as you can have it, but I think you look for the silver lining -- and there is a silver lining," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We'll get out of this, we'll find what we're doing wrong, we'll correct it and we'll push forward and we'll be a better team and better individuals for it. If that's the price we have to pay to be a successful team, then we'll pay that price."
Here are some other notes from the morning skate at KCI:
--Boudreau said that he is not using an every-other-game rotation with goaltenders Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov, but rather that neither one has been in net for a win.
"It's if they win, they're in," Boudreau said. But "we haven't won. We haven't been able to do it. If Michal wins today, there's a good chance he'll play tomorrow."
--The ill players who did not skate on Friday -- Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, John Carlson and Boyd Gordon -- should be in the lineup tonight against the Avalanche, but Boudreau did say that "they're not as strong as they'd like to be."
Mike Green, who is also sick, is "doubtful," however, Boudreau said. If Brian Fahey does play in his sixth NHL game tonight, he'd most likely be paired with John Erskine, whom he's skated with in each of his call-up stints.
| December 11, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
Categories: Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, David Steckel, Mike Green
Save & Share: Previous: Michal Neuvirth first goaltender off the ice
Next: Familiar faces on both sides of Caps-Avalanche meeting
Posted by: Fletch22 | December 11, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zmega | December 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: gratefuldid | December 11, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zmega | December 11, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Justafan | December 11, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Political_Stratgst | December 11, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Political_Stratgst | December 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Political_Stratgst | December 11, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: JohnWWW | December 11, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: digster1013 | December 11, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse