After the Capitals dropped the season opener 6-4 to the Chicago Blackhawks there was a common focus: find a way to generate more offense five-on-five. Washington recorded three of its four goals and 13 of its 32 shots against the Blackhawks on the power play.
There’s nothing wrong with a highly-efficient power play, but the players know they can’t solely rely on it for offense.
“We were talking about that after the game that we’ve got to get some more going 5-on-5,” Jason Chimera said. “You’re not going to get three power play goals every game to keep you in the game. Other lines have got to pick it up. We can’t take it easy 5-on-5 we’ve got to go. We’ve got to do more as a team to create more offense.”
Key will be limiting the turnovers that were commonplace in Chicago. The Blackhawks can force teams into more of those types of mistakes, though, so it will be interesting to see how the Capitals fare in taking care of the puck against teams that aren’t the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Faceoff: 7 p.m. Verizon Center | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM and 1500 AM
Here’s the Capitals lineup.
Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Aaron Volpatti, Alexander Urbom and Steve Oleksy.