The Washington Capitals are currently caught up in what has become the longest losing streak the team has had all season long. To make matters worse, as they open the doors to the Verizon Center tonight to host the Ottawa Senators, they may have to find a way to overcome without the assistance of their captain, right wing Alex Ovechkin.
According to NHL.com, Capitals head coach Adam Oates said that Ovechkin was “a little banged up” on Sunday when the Capitals were overrun 4-1 by Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers. This was the Capitals fifth straight loss, which has become their longest losing streak this season.
In fact, in the nine games that they have played in the month of January, the Capitals have only found a way to overcome in two of them; a one-goal 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 9th in Tampa and a one-goal 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on January 10th.
Other than that, is has been pretty downhill for the Caps.
Should Ovechkin miss tonight’s game, this will be only the third game the right winger has missed this season. The other two were back in November when the captain was out with a shoulder injury.
Do you think the Capitals will be able to dig their way out without the Captain, or will they remain stuck in the rut their currently in?