Feinstein: Still too early for Caps fans to panic

Ben Krimmel
January 25, 2019 - 11:56 am

The NHL All-Star break is coming at a good time for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

(And there's no better time to repeat those words to yourself, Caps fans, than amidst a losing streak: "Stanley Cup champions.")

Despite the loses and reports of a player's only meeting, now is not the time to panic, The Washington Post columnist John Feinstein told The Sports Junkies.

"I don't think you panic," Feinstein said. "I mean obviously this has been a terrible stretch, seven straight loses, and what did they give up 30 goals in the last six games, they're not playing good defense. Look, January doldrums happen."

"I wouldn't panic," Feinstein said. "If I'm the Caps I would be concerned, I would want to look, you know, and see what the heck is going on."

Unfortunately, these doldrums are currently taking the wind out of the Caps' sails as they watch the coach who led them to the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz, go on a great run with the New York Islanders.

"Trotz has done an amazing job with the Islanders. I mean, my god he's done an amazing job," Feinstein said.  

The Caps have a chance to turn things around after the break, opening with six-straight home games. 

"They've gotta take this break and use it to, kinda, focus more on defense. And they've got, I think, six-straight home games coming out of the break," Feinstein said. "That's when you've gotta get things started is when you play those six-straight home games."

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