With his team mired in a goal drought, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said Monday that his patience with scuffling big-minute forwards like Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky is beginning to run thin.
We need some production from [Kuznetsov]. Burakovsky got the two goals opening night and he's been dry every since. They are put in a position to be in the top six forwards. We need production or we're just going to have to change that out somehow. ...They are guys that have to produce. If not, then you’ll probably just spread [the talent] right through the lineup and start moving people up. I’ve done that in small samples all year, just trying to get a spark. You know, maybe we have to do something drastic here.
Trotz did not elaborate on what he meant by “drastic.” But it’s tough to blame him for feeling a bit exasperated at this point.
Kuznetsov has three points (two goals, one assist) in the past 14 games.
Burakovsky, meanwhile, hasn’t scored a goal in 22 games and he's just got two shots in the past four games, as well.
The Capitals return to the ice on Monday night against the Sabres. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. ET on CSN.
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