Maybe Capitals coach Adam Oates’ job is even in jeopardy after five straight defeats and nine in the last 11 games.
The Capitals reach the midway point of their season with tonight’s home game with Carolina. At 20-15-5, Washington is second in the Metropolitan Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
One could say the Capitals 6-4 defeat to the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks was a disappointing way to start the 2013-14 season, but head coach Adam Oates took a more positive approach with the narrow loss, telling his players it just proves they can play with the best in the world.
Ilya Kovalchuk’s sudden retirement from the NHL shocked the entire hockey world, along with the Devils, and if rumors prove to be true that he’ll sign with the KHL, it could create distrust in future Russian stars, especially as it relates to long-term contracts.
New York has relieved John Tortorella of his duties after more than four seasons as head coach of the Rangers, WFAN’s Mike Francesa says.
Not that he would, but John Tortorella should never challenge Adam Oates to a fight. Oates doesn’t like that Torts has been bad-mouthing the Capitals, and when he was asked what would happen if the two were in a a one-on-one fight, well … he didn’t have to think about it.
In an interview with the Junkies Thursday that came off more like a state-of-the-franchise, Caps head coach Adam Oates seemed to lend some wisdom as to what direction the team will go in with its once young core of Ovi, Backstrom and Green.
Coach Adam Oates emphasized the importance of the Caps not letting up when they get a lead, a mentality they exercised in Game 1, scoring their third goal just 46 seconds after the second Thursday. They’ll have to “keep the pedal down” to hold serve at home against the Rangers in Game 2.
The Washington Capitals, a team breaking hearts every year in the playoffs. Along comes Adam Oates, and they go farther than ever before in his first full season. That was 1997-98, when the Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, when Oates the player had six goals and 11 assists in the postseason.
The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets broke the seal on firing season in the NHL, showing some teams are short on patience even in a lockout-delayed year.