Shoot 'Em UpPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
In dropping a 5-2 decision to the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday, the Capitals did manage to record 30 shots on goal for the first time in 10 games. The Caps had nine straight games south of the 30 shots mark for the first time since late in the 2003-04. In those days, a far less potent Washington club patrolled the ice. The Caps managed a 6-2-1 record in those nine straight games in which they recorded fewer than 30 shots on net. Washington even outshot its foe in three of those nine games, winning all three. The Caps are 12-5 this season when they outshoot opponents, and they're 9-11-2 when they don't. The Caps have allowed an average of 29.7 shots per game this season, 12th fewest in the league. On Monday, they'll be facing a Kings team that has allowed 28.9 shots per game this season, eighth fewest in the league. Los Angeles has allowed fewer than 30 shots on net in 13 of its last 16 games. Washington might be playing without center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman Mike Green on Monday, two of the team's most potent offensive weapons. The Caps have had exactly two power play chances in their last two road games, and they've cashed in on both. But they can't count on extra-man largesse against Los Angeles. The Kings have killed 34 straight opposition power plays, and have not allowed an extra-man tally since Dec. 17 against Detroit.
Washington puts its 7-11-1 road record on the line in Los Angeles tonight against the Kings, who are 5-1-3 in their last nine games. The Capitals will be without Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green tonight. Backstrom is missing a second straight game – and just the seventh game of his five-season NHL