The Washington Wizards released their 2012-13 regular season schedule on Thursday, the team will open up at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 30.
The Wizards' second and third games feature a home-and-home split with the Boston Celtics on Nov. 3 and Nov. 7. The Wizards will finish the season on April 17 against the Chicago Bulls.
Check out the full schedule here.
Following the Capitals’ 4-1 loss in Edmonton, Barry Trotz said he needed his players to be “all in.”
On Friday, Justin Williams gave his take on Washington's two-game slump. And, not surprisingly, it sounded a lot like what Trotz was getting at on Wednesday. (The Capitals were off Thursday.)
Hockey is about second efforts and not letting anyone take the puck away from us. And bearing down when you have chances. We’re just a little off in that aspect. And it certainly shows with the last two losses.
Williams spoke to reporters in Vancouver for several minutes. But the above quote pretty much summed up his sentiments as the Capitals prepare to visit the Canucks on Saturday night.
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With the Capitals’ offense sputtering near the bottom of the NHL, Coach Barry Trotz has shaken up his forward lines — again — in the hopes of sparking a resurgence.
Based on reports out of Vancouver, here’s how the lines looked at practice on Friday:
A few observations...if these are, indeed, the lines Trotz rolls with Saturday night against the Canucks:
- Ovechkin and Backstrom, together again. And for the first time this season. Trotz said recently that a reunion was possible. The continued offensive struggles seem to have expedited things.
- Williams vaults from the third line to the first line. He's got one goal and no assists.
- Wilson jumps from the fourth line to the second line. He’s the only full-time forward who has not recorded a point.
- Burakovsky will have now seen at least one game on each of the top three lines, having started the season on the all-Swede second line before spending Wednesday on the top line with Ovechkin. Burakovsky has one point since tallying a pair of goals in the season opener.
- This is also the first time all season that Sanford and Connolly will be in the lineup at the same time. Both are still looking for their first point.
- Winnik, who scored two goals against the Islanders, comes out for the first time all season.
Is Trotz sending a message or two? Is he simply trying to find the right mix? A little of both?
Whatever the reason, this much is clear: when a potentially potent offense musters only 14 goals in six games (and is ranked 28th entering Friday night's games) changes will be made.
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