It’s hard to believe that after the sorry start for Washington, the Caps are in the catbird seat as they ready to face Toronto Tuesday night at Verizon. 4 points up over Winnipeg but the key is that one more game exists between the 2 and it will be played in DC next Tuesday night. The schedule maker threw the Caps a bone because Winnipeg will be playing in Buffalo Monday night, thus a back to back with the biggest game of the year on the tail end. Six games left, the Caps are playing off the charts but why do I think next Tuesday will be crucial?
As #8 and Backstrom continue to pile up the stats, who do you think the leading producer at Verizon has been this year. Surprise it’s Mike Ribeiro. #9 is a magician. When you factor in the fact that Ovie gets the true prime offensive scoring opportunities, it’s easy to make a case for Ribeiro being the guy who might just take the Caps to the promised land. Ribeiro has turned Troy Brouwer into a think score first guy. Everyone Ribeiro touches steps up a notch. He has been the missing link in a playoff run that has been non-existent in DC.