You might remember our special edition of the Prognosticator last season when we assembled a collection of esteemed medicos to explore the injury bug that hit the Capitals.
“…a pleasure, Peerless.”
“truly an honor to be back..”
[nods under a brooding stare]
Doctors, Tarik El-Bashir reports in this morning’s Washington Post that Alexander Semin, Chris Clark, and Boyd Gordon are on the shelf with a variety of injuries. Semin’s ankle has been re-tweaked,
Dr. Welby…”uncommon, yes…unusual, no. This is hockey, and hockey players get hurt, it’s part of the package.”
Dr. Ehrlich…”well, I just remember Dr. Craig would tell me that you just have to suck it up…and he’d roll his eyes and say something nasty after that, but he did that so often, I’ve forgotten what that was.”
Dr. Kildare, what would you advise in this situation?
A health maintenance organization?
Dr. Kildare…”no, a ‘hockey mentality, Oscar.’”
Dr. Casey…[deep sigh, followed by frown with furrowed brow]
In the meantime, what do you prescribe for the Caps?
Dr. Kildare…”oh, I agree”
Dr. Ehrilich…”I don’t know; let me ask Dr. Craig and get back to you on that.”
Any other remedies in the meantime?
Dr. Welby…”you mean, ‘quinine,’ son?”
Dr. Casey…”no you ossified fart, he said ‘Quintin’…as in “Laing?”
Dr. Kildare…”you mean Lumicaine?...for excessive sweating?”
Dr. Casey…”no, pretty boy…Laing…Laing…Quintin Laing…played with Hershey?...called up for this game?...get with the program, fellas.”
OK, so the depleted Caps will take the ice tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes, and Quintin Laing has been called up from the Bears to fill in for the injured. For the Caps, it is a chance to build on last Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Hurricanes at
This is the front end of a back-to-back for
Sixteen of the 19 goals the Hurricanes have scored in the last ten games come from the sticks of five players: Rod Brind’Amour (5), Cory Stillman (4), Eric Staal (4), Justin Williams (4), and Ray Whitney (3).
For the Caps, a recovery is in order. After winning their first two games under interim coach Bruce Boudreau (outscoring opponents, 9-5), they’ve stumbled with losses in their last two, one in a shootout (outscored in real goals, 4-2). The old problems resurfaced in those last two…no goal scoring. Decent performances by Olaf Kolzig (0-1-1, 1.95, .930) were wasted as the Caps could manage just the two goals on 64 shots. Of that total, Alexander Ovechkin has one goal on 20 shots. That the rest of the squad could manage but a single goal on 44 shots is of no minor concern. That the rest of the squad had only 44 shots (1.3 shots-per-skater/game) is just as troubling.
The Caps also have a back-to-back set, with tomorrow’s contest in
The Caps are 2-1-0 against
Caps 5 – Hurricanes 3