Around the NHL: Barely Anyone Played Edition

Weak night last night.  Only two games on the schedule.

– Kings 5, Capitals 2 – Back to back 5-2 losses for the Capitals on the West Coast.  This was a truly ugly performance out in L.A. against a Kings team that hadn’t scored (in regulation; Doughty had the game winner in Phoenix last week) in almost 3 full games.  Vokoun looked really shaky.  The Caps look like they are really missing Nicklas Backstrom.  The Kings, however, got themselves a very solid win on their home ice.  They’ve hopped back into 8th in the West.  Jack Johnson scored a goal for the first time since 1996.  And don’t look now, but Drew Doughty is beginning to pick up his game (3 points and a plus-3 in his last 6 games).

Here’s all you need to know about the Capitals:  they’re 10th in the league in scoring (2.9 gpg), but 22nd in goals against (3.0).  Remember when this team had too many goalies and traded away Semyon Varlamov?  Do you think they could call Colorado and ask for him back?

– Panthers 2, Canucks 1 – Eesh.  Rough loss for Vancouver, who fell into that classic trap game mentality after the huge win against Boston on Saturday.  They took an early lead, but just couldn’t get anything going after that.  The Panthers, who really needed a win here, got a big one on a night when the Capitals lost.  Here’s the thing:  this Panthers team is probably going to make the playoffs (they’d be 5th in the conference if they weren’t leading their division), but Vancouver should have run circles around them.  I guess everyone deserves a stinker now and then, but you’d really prefer to lose the games against the good teams and bank points like these when you have a chance.

That’s it for last night.  Blueshirts are hosting Phoenix tonight.  I’m hoping to have a few more posts between now and then.

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