The Washington Capitals are struggling, and they will get no breaks in trying to snap out of it. The red-hot Vancouver Canucks visit the Verizon Center tonight, hoping to extend their stranglehold on the NHL's best record.
The Canucks had gone 17 games without a loss, compiling a 14-0-3 record before a loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. They're a scorching 28-9-6 on the season and have drawn comparisons to, well, last year's Capitals. A high-scoring club that's tearing up the league ... yeah, sounds kind of like the Caps of last year.
The Capitals' primary challenge will be stopping the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. They are tied for third in the NHL in points, with 55, and have been carrying the Canucks all season long. It'll be an interesting test for young defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson in particular. Of course, the Capitals will also need to score some goals in order to pull through.
Regardless of what happens, this will be a key test for the Capitals to see if they can match up with the league's best. A win will go a long way towards quenching the concerns about the team's play.