The Washington Capitals offense is in a full-blown draught. The kind of drought that requires a benefit concert to fix. The numbers are sickening and there is no relief in sight. There is no quick fix and unless one is found, there will be no Stanley Cup in Washington, again.
I will, for the sake of the article, touch on just a few of these numbers you have heard and read time after time. The one's that just keep growing after each game.
Through 51 games this season, the Capitals have scored 55 fewer goals than this time last season. Their power play, which was ranked No. 1 last season, has become a severe power outage. The kind of outage that a state experiences when a major storm hits and power companies from all over the country come in and help fix.
In their last 29 games, the Capitals are a maddening 9-for-88 and show no signs of dumping and chasing their way out of it.
They are currently trailing in a division they led by 17 points a year ago at this time. With two of the top four leading scorers in the NHL on the team they are chasing (Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis), putting the puck in the net would be a good way to win the Southeast for the fourth straight year.
While defense wins championships, it will not win games when you score three goals or fewer in 26 of your last 32 games. Especially if names like Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin are in your lineup.
Here are the top five ways Bruce Boudreau can remove his backside off the hot seat and jump-start his drought-stricken, horribly anemic offense.