Week in Review: Long Term Power Play Time for Chimera?

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Posted November 29, 2015

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This past week, the Capitals enjoyed the backend of a season long five-game home stand as well as a trip to Toronto, winning five in a row and taking over the Metropolitan Division lead with a game in hand.

A few things caught my eye this week, starting with Karl Alzner. I have noticed Alzner is jumping into the rush more often, but lucky not to get burned in the process.

Secondly, even though the Caps are winning, we miss Brooks Orpik. Orpik, although not known for his offense, is a great puck mover. The Caps have not been very good at exiting the zone since he was injured. This has hurt them in the last few games. Braden Holtby has needed to come up big, and he cannot do it every time.

Lastly, Jason Chimera is playing amazing hockey, especially on the power play. When teams force you to dump the puck in, having a great forecheck is always key. His speed allows him to be the first on the puck and help maintain possession. Chimera is also great in front of the net, similar to Joel Ward. Over these last five games, Chimmer has 7 points (2G 5A) and 4 of those 7 points came on the power play. So long as this is happening, he’s bound to keep that spot on the second-unit power play.

Chimera also talked to Alzner about his mustache this week. Watch til the end.