With the Washington Wizards season over, having secured their fifth consecutive season under 30 wins, and the Washington Redskins looking ahead to the NFL Draft, we have just the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals involved in the current DC Pro Sports Stock Report. So, let's take a look at who we have on the UP report and who we have ont he DOWN report.
So who gets a THUMBS UP?
Alexander Ovechkin. He is one of the hottest players in the National Hockey League. Ovi has clearly embraced and has grow fond and comfortable in the new system of bench boss Adam Oates. In fact, you can say that Ovi has returned to old form under Oates. That is a good thing considering both will be in Washington for years to come. Ovechkin is clearly the main reason the Capitals went from last in the Eastern Conference to the lead in the Southeast Division and own the NHL's longest winning streak, now at 8 straight games. In the 8 games in April, in which the Caps are 8-0, Ovi has scored 9 goals and added 4 helpers. He now leads the NHL in goals (28), is fourth overall in points (48) and leads the NHL in shots (198). He also become the most powerful force on the power play, just like years past, leading the NHL with 15 power play tallies, 6 ahead of the nearest skater.
Nicklas Backstrom. Another big part of Ovechkin's surge has been the synergy with Nicklas Backstrom. Backstrom has rejoined Ovi on the top line and has had a terrific April, notching 13 assists in 8 games, most of those to Ovechkin. He has regained the mantle as one of the NHL's most prolific passers. He is 11th overall in the NHL in points (44) and third overall in assists (38). Backstrom has also posted a .513 faceoff percentage.no comments