Monday, February 18, 2008

The Christmas Present

The old man still has some juice left in him, it would seem.

We're not talking about Father Christmas, but rather Olaf Kolzig, goaltender for the Washington Capitals.

Since Christmas, Kolzig is 11-3-2 in 17 games with a 3.04 GAA and .883 save percentage. Those latter two numbers are not especially noteworthy (although the one that matters is the 11-3-2 line). But in his last four contests, he is 3-0-1, 2.20, .934. Each of those four decisions represent games with points earned (seven of a possible eight) against Eastern Conference teams, two of them against Southeast Division clubs.

That's what the Caps are going to need as they head into their last 22 games of the regular season.

photo: Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images

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