- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
- Tea Party Patriots call key GOP firing a declaration of war
Capitals well-prepared for busy week
Managing minutes in rout of Panthers could prove helpful in back-to-backs
Question of the Day
“We’ve got to throw the tape away,” coach Adam Oates said. “The league’s not that easy.”
Don’t take confidence from a 7-1 victory or get too high off it. Just like a bad loss, the Caps simply want to move on.
The one thing that could carry over to this weekend’s back-to-backs at the New York Islanders and against the Rangers is a lighter workload that Oates was able to give defenseman John Carlson and other big-minute players.
“That was probably the best thing about the game,” Oates said. “In the big picture, hopefully those minutes matter down the road.”
Down the road could be March 31, when the Caps play their 14th game in 25 days. Or it could be this weekend amid back-to-back afternoon games with plenty of travel mixed in.
Carlson, whose duties have been ratcheted up in the absence of No. 1 defenseman Mike Green, played a season-low 16:49 Thursday night. Captain Alex Ovechkin played just 17:32, center Mike Ribeiro 16:29 and center Nicklas Backstrom 16:20.
Because the game was so out of hand, recently signed defenseman Steve Oleksy led the team in ice time with 22:13.
That’s some good experience for a guy playing his second career NHL game. And it’s even better for Carlson to have a rest, given how heavily the Caps are leaning on him in all situations.
“I think that’s going to help a lot in the end, taking probably seven, eight minutes away from Carly, which can do a lot of damage to a guy,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “That’s huge.”
“I don’t make those decisions,” the 23-year-old defenseman said. “I just go out there and play when my number is called. And maybe a little rest will help me. I felt good today. So who knows? It’s gonna be a whacky month. So I guess any time you can get a chance we really got to take care of ourselves this month.”
With 16 games crammed into March because of the compressed schedule, Caps players were well-aware of this grind and how to handle it.
This particular stretch of three games in four days is a challenge.
“You’ve just got to take care of the body, get a lot of sleep, eat healthy, be ready to go and play smart,” forward Matt Hendricks said. “We don’t need to come out and play run-and-gun hockey. We need to play our system, play smart and it’ll take care of itself.”
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- WHYNO: Tomas Vokoun gets unexpected Stanley Cup shot with Penguins
- Brandon Meriweather, Redskins' secondary ready for bounceback year
- Kirk Cousins embraces role as Redskins' offseason starter as RG3 rehabs from injury
- Capitals notes: Realignment won't prompt roster remake
- Despite Caps' first-round playoff exit, Adam Oates' first season as coach left a positive taste
Latest Blog Entries
- Redskins injury updates (5/23): WR Pierre Garcon, CB Josh Wilson each had labrum surgery
- Capitals 'love' Matt Hendricks, but how much?
- Wojtek Wolski signs in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League
- Tom Poti won't return to Capitals, plans to continue his NHL career
- Is Tom Wilson ready to be a regular for Capitals?
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- N. Korean news agency: Kim Jong Un's uncle executed
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
- White House improvises again on patchy Obamacare rollout
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Jane Fonda Foundation fails to make single contribution in 5 years: report
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Chef Mary Moran discusses the food we eat, where it comes from and what it does for us.
An informed and often humorous take on the world of advertising, public relations and social media. 100% Pure. Not from concentrate.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow