Washington Capitals Must Improve Defense for 2011 Postseason Run

August 13th, 2010 by Tyler Hobbs Leave a reply »
If Evgeny Kuznetsov is anything like Alexander Semin, then Washington will be twice as dangerous offensively in 2014-15 as they are now.

The former put up nine points in 35 games in Russia before scoring five goals and assisting on seven more in seven games during the 2010 Under-18 World Championships. 

Semin on the other hand, had three goals and seven assists in 26 games for Khimik Moscow Region in Russia before scoring three goals and three assists in seven games during the World Championships for Russia in 2006. 

For a team that averaged 3.82 goals for per game despite Alex Ovechkin missing 10 games due to injuries and suspensions in 2009-10, one might ask: How many goals can the Capitals score in one season?

Washington did lead the league with 318 goals and a plus-85 goal differential in 2009-10, but nothing in their team strategy seemed to haunt them more than their inability to score goals.

Not to mention the Capitals being unable to keep the puck out of their own net during their last three playoff games of 2010 to clinch the series. 

They already had a 3-1 series lead over the Mo ...

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