My first day in the state of Texas has been a long one already. Suffice to say, the next time anyone is in Dallas, make sure you know WHICH Dr. Pepper Star Center the hockey team of your choice is going to be skating at. Ugh.
Anyway, a little more than half of the team did practice today. Bruce Boudreau spoke at American Airlines Center. He was adamant that it was not time to panic because of the struggling offense, reminding us that “the sun still came up today” and the Caps are still tied for first place in the Southeast division.
He said as many as two of the three injured guys (Viktor Kozlov, Tom Poti and John Erskine) could play tomorrow, or none of the three could. He wasn’t budging on who the two might be. Kozlov and Erskine definitely skated today, but I didn’t see Poti walking to the bus. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t or won’t play, it just means I didn’t see him.
Alex Ovechkin did not practice, but he spoke to us shortly after Boudreau. He was pretty upbeat about the team’s and his own stuggles putting the puck in the net. Boudreau said he thinks teams are paying even more attention to him than last year (if that is possible) and Ovechkin thinks the puck just isn’t going in for him right now. He seemed to think that if this is going to be his one prolonged goal-scoring slump, he’s glad to get it out of the way this early in the season.
More on Ovechkin and the team’s offensive woes during the past three games in the paper tomorrow. It is Friday night in Texas, so naturally since it is my first time here I will be attending a high school football game. The finalists are games at Carter (of Friday Night Lights fame), Southlake Carroll (Chase Daniel’s alma mater) and another game out in the suburbs.