Blues to face new-look Capitals

Blues to face new-look Capitals

Credit: AP

New Washington Capitals hockey head coach Dale Hunter, right, talks with team captain Allex Ovechkin, left, from Russia, during the team's practice in Arlington, Va., Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. Hunter, a former Capitals captain, takes over for Bruce Boudreau, who was fired. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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by HockeyStL

HockeyStL

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 28 at 1:34 PM

(HockeyStL) – Can the St. Louis Blues weather the storm against the new-look Washington Capitals on Tuesday night? 

The Capitals get a fresh start now that the team fired Bruce Boudreau on Monday.  The Blues can expect the Capitals to start the game strong under the team’s new head coach Dale Hunter.  

Hunter has spent the past 11 seasons as a coach in the Ontario Hockey League and played in the NHL for 19 seasons with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche.

Despite starting the season 7-0-0, Boudreau and the Capitals went 5-9-1 since and reportedly he and star-player Alex Ovechkin did not see quite eye-to-eye.

Ovechkin has only 17 points (nine goals and eight assists) this season and now with a new head coach, the NHL and the Blues will expect Ovechkin to be his normal high-flying self starting on Tuesday night.

The Blues, on the other hand, come to Washington with a three-game winning streak and a 7-1-2 record in their last ten games.  The Blues also sit in fifth place in the Western Conference and three points out of first.  The Blues are only 5-6-1 on the road and the Capitals are 8-2-1 at home this season.
 

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