In this new recurring post, I ask some questions to the editor of an opposing team’s FanSided Blog. This week, I interviewed the editor of the Washington Capitals site, Stars and Sticks, Mark Huss.
U&B: What has been the biggest strength for the Washington Capitals so far?
Mark: Special teams, both the penalty kill and the power play have been quality so far this season. The Capitals power play is currently ranked first in the league, and the penalty kill is ranked second. The power play at home is running at 33.3%, 7% better than their average.
U&B: Who should the Columbus Blue Jackets look out for on the ice?
Mark: Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been hot this year on the Power Play and it can be deadly if it gets going. Ovechkin has 7 power play goals (ranked #1 in the NHL), and Backstrom has 11 power play assists (ranked #1 in the NHL).
U&B: Who do you see as the biggest threat to the Capitals from the Blue Jackets?
Mark: Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky. Gaborik is one of those players who is always dangerous on the ice and can strike at any moment. Dubinsky is a defenseman’s nightmare. He has a strong forechecking ability and never stops working. He could easily disrupt the Caps defense.
U&B: What is one area in which the Capitals have struggled this season?
Mark: The defense has struggled at times, getting caught in their own zone and not being able to clear the puck, which ultimately puts them into vulnerable situations.
U&B: What are your expectations for the upcoming game?
Mark: I expect that the Capitals will come out playing fast paced, hard hitting hockey. They lost twice this weekend, once in a shootout (they squandered a 3-1 lead late in the third), and then were beat 4-1 by the Colorado Avalanche. They will be ready to redeem themselves.
A huge thank you to Mark Huss and Stars and Sticks for agreeing to this interview! Come back soon for another edition of “Behind Enemy Lines.”