NHL Trade Deadline: Teams Needing to Add Players for Playoff Push

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NHL Trade Deadline: Teams Needing to Add Players for Playoff Push
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Washington's Braden Holtby attempts to make a save against the New York Rangers on March 10.

As teams embark on the final leg of the 48-game regular season, the race for the playoffs is on. Points are a must. They come at a premium. Teams are vying for the best possible position as the postseason draws nearer.

That said, a few teams desperately need to make a move as the April 3 trade deadline approaches.

The Washington Capitals are perhaps this season’s biggest disappointment. After losing to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring, the Capitals continue to spiral downward this season.

At 12-15-1, Washington sits in 13th place in the East, way behind the pack.

Scoring hasn’t been the issue. The Capitals average nearly three goals per contest. Keeping the puck out their own net has been the ongoing problem for first-year coach Adam Oates and his club.

Washington ranks 25th in the league in goals allowed per game, an even three. What’s more, the Capitals have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games this month.

Braden Holtby is 10-9-0 with a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage. Likewise, Michal Neuvirth is just 2-5-1 on the year, with a 2.99 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

That turnout is a cry for help.

Roberto Luongo—the highly coveted and aging goaltender in Vancouver—could be good fit in Washington.

So far, Capitals general manager George McPhee hasn’t been in contact with the Canucks in regards to Luongo.

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Kings forward Jeff Carter celebrates after scoring a goal against Dallas on March 7.

“We have not had one conversation about goaltending,” McPhee said, courtesy of The Globe and Mail. “And on TV they’re talking about what prospect I’m going to give up. Well, I could never take [Luongo’s] contract.”

However, if the Capitals are able to land Luongo, they could make a real push for the playoffs. 

The Los Angeles Kings are finally starting to revert back to their championship form of last season.

Having won two straight, the Kings look to be emerging in the Western Conference.

However, the defending Stanley Cup champions could use a boost offensively. Someone other than Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown need to light the lamp on a more consistent basis.

Detroit is sitting in sixth place in the West, one point behind St. Louis, Los Angeles and Minnesota, but 18 behind Central Division-leading Chicago.

The Red Wings could certainly bolster the back end of their defense, especially with Kyle Quincey sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks.

Ansar Khan of MLive.com, believes the Red Wings are showing interest in Edmonton defenseman Ladislav Smid.

At 6’3’’, 207 pounds, Smid would bring both size and strength to the Red Wings defense. He’s a physical body capable of blocking shots and making plays.

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