For the fifth time in his National Hockey League career, Alex Ovechkin has reached the 50-goal plateau. This season. The victim was the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 victory for the Washington Capitals.
This marks the first time Ovi has hit the 50-goal plateau since the 2009-2010 season; however his Capitals do not look like they will be making the playoffs this season.
The Capitals currently sit four points out of a playoff spot with two games left to play. While not mathematically eliminated, it will take more than a miracle for them to squeeze into the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Ovechkin currently has a -35 on the season, which is really baffling when you think about that number. He has scored 50 goals but has been on the ice for 85 goals scored by opponents.
The Capitals are currently 14th in the league in Goals Per Game, which seems like it should be higher but only three players (Ovechkin, Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer) have over twenty goals. They rank 24th in Goals Against Per Game. Maybe the Capitals need to bring in Rex Ryan to help the defense?
While it may be easy to point the blame at 24 year-old goalie Braden Holtby, who has a 2.99 GAA and a .911 save percentage, which is good for 29th best in the NHL, there is no doubt an emphasis on defense may be in order for this Caps team next season.