Fehr Game

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel

After scoring a career-high 21 goals last season, Caps right wing Eric Fehr is off to a slow start in 2010-11. Fehr scored twice in the season’s first three games, then went without a tally in his next nine. Seven games into that goalless streak, Caps coach Bruce Boudreau scratched Fehr for a game against the Flames in Calgary. Fehr scored against the Flyers on Nov. 7 and Nov. 20, but those are his only two goals in his last 24 games. He was scratched for a second time this season in Monday’s shootout loss to the Maple Leafs at Verizon Center. Although he ranks 10th among Capitals forwards in ice time, Fehr has 63 shots on goal to rank sixth among club forwards in that category. He has had several strong chances lately, but hasn’t been able to bury them. “For a guy like Eric, getting chances is one thing,” states Boudreau. “But he’s got to put them in. If goal scorers that are primarily goal scorers don’t put in their chances, then we’ve got a lot of guys on this team that work hard and can do that job. So he’s got to put the chances in when he gets the opportunity.” Fehr’s dry spell is not for a lack of effort. In logging just under 25 minutes of ice time in his last two games combined, he fired nine shots on goal. He had another six blocked and a half-dozen more that missed the net in those two games. Fehr has had 25 shots blocked on the season, with nearly a quarter of those coming in his last two games. He has had 32 shots miss the mark, with just under a fifth of those in the last two games. “I’m going to try to bear down a little bit more,” says Fehr, who will be back in the lineup tonight against Florida. “I think I’ve had a lot of opportunities the last couple of games but unfortunately I haven’t been able to put them in. Tonight I’m just going to be a little more selective and try to make some good shots.” With two extra forwards on the roster for most of the season, Boudreau has had some difficult decisions to make in setting his lineup from night to night. Tonight, Matt Bradley and D. J. King will be sitting out. Boudreau says he talks to his players about his reasoning behind the occasional (or, in King’s case, frequent) scratches. He also conducts regular one-on-one meetings with his players during the course of the season. “I’ll have a chat with all of them,” says Boudreau. “And then next week we have individual meetings. If anybody has anything else to say, they can say it to me. “We try to do it minimum every 15 games, or whenever the schedule allows it. I’d like to do it every 10 games but sometimes you’re playing every second night and to get a whole team in [for individual meetings] you need three or four days in a week of practice. I don’t want to do more than six a day because the meetings not only are draining but at the end, if you’re getting tired, you don’t say the things you want to say because you want to get them out of there.” Boudreau talked to Fehr this morning, just before he addressed the media. “I just talked to Eric,” says the Caps coach. “I told him what I thought he had to do and everything else. He’s ready.” Like many scorers, Fehr can be streaky. He had five goals in six games at one point last season and five strikes in seven contests at another. He is one such streak away from being right on pace for last season’s goal total. “If you’re not getting opportunities, that’s when you start to worry,” says Fehr. “I’ve just got to get back to scoring goals. That’s the bottom line. That’s my job here. If I’m not doing that then I’m not being very useful to the team.”

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On the day after the Caps dropped their fourth straight and were shutout for the third time in their last 11 games, these were the buzzwords around Kettler: “flu” and “panic.” Five Caps players didn’t partake in practice today because they were felled by the flu. Perhaps as many made it through

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