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Video: Milbury discusses Caps’ transition, McGuire spotlights rising Coyotes

Kings Capitals Hockey

Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, sits on the ice as the Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11), of Yugoslavia, celebrates his second period goal with teammates including Wayne Simmonds (17) at an NHL hockey game at the Verizon Center in Washington, on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011. At center skating away is Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


One of the NHL’s underrated storylines is the Washington Capitals’ transition from a devil-may-care attacking team to a club far more prone to institute trap-like strategies. The team’s regular season results have been less-than-inspiring, but the true test of the new worldview will come during the playoffs.

If you ask me, the Capitals should focus on their strengths rather than trying to dance to the rhythms of league-wide convention. It’s difficult to imagine a situation in which Alex Ovechkin will become Selke-worthy two-way players, but after some playoff frustrations, perhaps it is understanding for Bruce Boudreau to change his mindset.

Time will tell if this change of pace works out for the Caps, but Mike Milbury wonders if Ovechkin & Co. will buy into the system change, as you can see from this clip.

Later on in this video, Pierre McGuire discusses the surging Phoenix Coyotes and the excellent work by perhaps the league’s biggest under-the-radar star Keith Yandle. The team is climbing the Pacific Division ranks ... yet considering the fact that the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are also red-hot too, it’s going to be a dogfight until the end.
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