The Washington capitals and Nashville Predators last played on November 15 in the Music City. For 55-minutes net minders Tomas Vokoun for Washington, and Pekka Rinne for Nashville stopped every shot they faced, 62 to be exact.
Troy Brouwer scored in the 56th minute of play, and gave the Caps the game’s first goal. However, just 28 seconds later, Martin Erat evened it up for Nashville. Then Erat set up Colin Wilson’s game-winner with just 24.3 seconds left in regulation. Shea Weber then hit the empty net to begin a brutal stretch of offensive futility for the Capitals.
That loss began a three game road trip, which the Caps would score just one goal in each contest. The last time a Capitals team was held to one or zero goals in each of three straight contests was Dec. 27-31, 2003 when the Caps were outscored by a combined total of 13-3 in three straight losses.
Since that loss to the Predators, Washington has endured a coaching change, and a system change, but the offensive futility continues. The Caps have since gone three straight games with exactly one goal three separate times in the last 33 days.
Washington has scored one goal in nine of their last 15 games and won exactly one of them. They are 6-9 since then and have been outscored 51-35. While I hate this expression, it's important to note that if the season ended today, Washington would not be a playoff team, as they are currently 11th in the eastern conference.
Head coach Dale Hunter's team is two points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the final playoff spot. The Caps are third in the Southeast, one point behind the Winnipeg Jets, and nine points behind the surprising Florida Panthers.