- Craig Button
Images of the high-powered offensive team fans became accustomed to seeing are an increasingly rare sight in Washington this season. The Caps were shut out once during the 2009-10 season and scored one goal on only two other occasions. To date in the 2010-11 campaign, they have been shut out eight times and scored one goal in seven of their games.
Statistically, that explains the precipitous drop in scoring from almost four goals a game in last season to less than three goals a game this season. Furthermore, Washington's power play has seen a dramatic falloff in production, going from a 25 percent success rate to 17 percent.
Caps' fans saw a glimpse of this stagnation during the seven-game series loss to the Montreal Canadiens during the 2010 playoffs. Some concluded the loss was merely a case of facing "hot" goalie Jaroslav Halak. But based on the results this season, it appears the Caps are facing a ton of "hot" netminders.
What's really wrong? I see two things that are keeping the Caps down.
Craig Button examines why the Washington Capitals have been unable to score goals this season and what is wrong with their power play.