One of the hallmarks of playoff-caliber teams is their ability to win games on the road. From the looks of the road records for the Wizards and Capitals, seems like fans of the local good guys may have a lot of free time on their hands this spring.
We know the Wizards aren’t playoff-bound, with their 6-22 overall record, with a paltry two road wins by mid-February. But the Capitals were expected to make another playoff run this season, even with the early-season firing of Bruce Boudreau. They weren’t expected to be six games under .500 away from Verizon Center, but that’s the reality staring them in the face right now.
The Caps have seven games left in February, and five of them away from home ice. Three of those seven matchups are with Southeast Division foes. Washington has to go 5-2, 4-3 in the worst case, to stay in the playoffs hunt. If they finish February on a losing note, there will be lots of empty slots on the Verizon Center calendar in early April. Our Program Director, CK, will be salty that he can’t gouge people on Craigslist for Caps playoffs ducats.
It was nice to see the Wizards score a rare road win last weekend, against the Pistons at the Palace, but that has been a rarity in this Hindenburg-esque 2011-2012 season.
The Wiz are 2-10 as the visiting squad this year, and are going for their first back-to-back road wins tonight, in Portland, since 2008. That’s not a typo…2008. David Archuleta and The Jonas Brothers were cranking out hits that year…Heath Ledger and Paul Newman passed away in 2008; that’s how long it’s been since the Wiz strung together consecutive roadie victories.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still fully in the tank for the Wiz and the Caps…I just fully expect them to get drummed when they’re playing on the road.