Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: "Winning Is The Number One Thing"

January 22nd, 2011 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals took advantage of the struggling New York Islanders on Thursday night, winning by a score of 2-1. On Saturday night, they will look to put together two wins in a row for the first time since early January, when they won three in a row between December 26th and January 1st.

The Capitals will face the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto as the featured presentation on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada coverage.

The Capitals have allowed their opponents to score first in 26 of their 48 games played. The Maple Leafs have faced the same issue, allowing the first goal in 28 of their 46 games.

The Capitals have not just struggled to put the puck in the net first, they have struggled to put the puck in the net at all. The team is currently ranked 14th in the NHL with 133 goals scored. Last season the team was, by far, the NHL leader in goals, scoring 313. Their nearest competition was the Vancouver Canucks, who scored 268 goals.

Translating those numbers to goals per game, the Capitals are averaging 1.05 goals per game less this year than last season.

“You'd like everybody to score and ...

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