Thursday, April 23, 2009

What's wrong with Capitals Green?

Nikale Photos

You might have the different opinion but I think that Montreal and Washington has at least one problem in common. The problem is absence of an offensive defenseman who can transfer the puck forward. To be more specific the names are Markov and Green to Montreal and Washington accordingly. Markov is injured and did not play. No more questions and as result of yesterday game Canadiens can book their flights to summer holidays. But what is about Caps Mike Green? I don’t know. Maybe he has an undisclosed injury or he is tired after long successful season, but something wrong with him. He is not skating, not shooting, not finishing his checks, he is losing his one on one battles, taking lazy penalties etc etc. Shortly, he is not himself. I don’t think Ovechkin, Semin, Kozlov, Fedorov and Varlamov are in any hurry to join Russian National team in Switzerland. So if Washington doesn’t want to join Habs and Blues something supposed to be done urgently. Do you know what's wrong with Mike Green? Let me know

1 comment:

  1. I don’t know what it is with Mike Green, Alex “Nikale”. He does not seem to be injured — he’s taking part in all the optional skates, seems totally healthy when he talks to reporters in the dressing room and is getting tons of ice time during games. But you’re right, he hasn’t played very well in this series. He was good in Game 1, zipping passes around on the power play with the greatest ease, but in Game 2 he gave the puck away seven times and got caught up ice on the only goal, not making a huge effort to get back into the play. In Game 3 he was conservative while his teammates built an easy win. And in Game 4 only two of the eight shots he took reached the net. Between Games 3 and 4 both he and his coach, Bruce Boudreau, said he was trying to do too much. I don’t know, maybe that’s it.

    But I will say that even without Green’s input, the Capitals’ offence against the Rangers is a fantastic thing to behold. I think they’re doing fine — it’s just that Lundqvist is playing so flawlessly against them.

    — Jeff Z. Klein