Up to this point,
NEWS THAT MADE YOUR MONDAY EVEN WORSE THAN IT WAS
Mike Green is having abdominal surgery, and will be out four to six weeks. Sob.
I hate to say that we're getting used to life without him, but we're getting used to life without him. I would love nothing more than for him to come back, healthy and strong, in fact if I meet a genie this will be the first thing that I ask--but in the meantime, he's going to be out for awhile, so I hope that Wideman and Carlson and Orlov are ready to step up long-term.
SUPER BIG DEAL JOHN TAVARES
Guy is on a nine-game point streak. It's not going to get any longer. You can take that to the bank.
Sometimes I feel bad for John Tavares because he has to play on the Islanders, but then the Islanders play us and I don't feel that bad anymore. It's worth keeping an eye on this punk. He's always getting scorey and dangerous with us--plus, his eyebrows freak me out.
WHAT THE FUCK AWARD
Blue-chip prospect Nino Niederreiter has been spending a lot of the time on the fourth line with very limited ice time, which sounds like a great idea to NOBODY WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING, ISLANDERS.
NYI's idea of development does not resemble our Earth idea of development at all. However, this can only work in the Caps' favor, as he's playing with pretty poor talent and that line has become a defensive liability for the team overall. They were on the ice for the first two goals against in the Nashville game, and are a combined -27 for the team on the season.
Basically what I'm saying here is hey look, Caps, a wounded gazelle at the watering hole. Feel free to pounce.
The Caps got knocked out of their temporary division lead by the Bruins' inability to win a game the ONLY TIME IN THE SEASON that I wanted them to, which just figures. If we want want that good third-place feeling again, they're going to have to win this game. Not to mention, after this one they're headed out to--cringe--the road again, and given our record there, a little bit of a buffer would make me feel much more comfortable.
Two points. Two points. I am a woman obsessed. Islanders suck.
Let's go Caps.