The Caps season that looked so bright when the club beat Philadelphia on December 16th to go to 15-10-7 has come unraveled in an 8-16-1 stretch since that night. What happened? Here's a clue . . .
The quartet of Alex Ovechkin, Dainius Zubrus, Chris Clark, and Alexander Semin have scored a total of 45 goals in that span of 25 games. The rest of the club?
That's right, on any given night, the rest of the club can be counted on for one goal. One. Now, let's break it down among the forwards who have logged significant time:
Matt Pettinger: 24 games, 2-6-8, -12
Kris Beech: 18 games, 3-4-7, -6
Ben Clymer: 23 games, 4-6-10, -2
Boyd Gordon: 25 games, 1-7-8, -2
Brooks Laich: 25 games, 3-5-8, +4
Brian Sutherby: 24 games, 2-1-3, -6 (14 games without a point, and counting)
Donald Brashear: 23 games, 2-2-4, +1
17 goals in 162 man-games. The Caps are not a difficult team to figure out.