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New Capitals coach to utilize Alex Ovechkin at left wing

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:56:21 +0000

Cesar Tordesillas - 4E Sports Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) - New Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz plans to put captain Alex Ovechkin on either wing during this season and back at left wing to start training camp next week.

Ovechkin was successful on the right wing during the past two seasons, scoring an NHL-leading 51 goals in 2013-14 and had 83 goals in 126 games.

But Trotz feels putting Ovechkin on the left ing maximizes his scoring chances.

"He moves his feet better on that side, he's able to go laterally better," Trotz explained.

The Capitals are expected to be better defensively under Trotz.

Ovechkin was a team-worst minus-35 last season (third-worst in the NHL), but the coach doesn't want to do anything that will limit Ovechkin's scoring chances.

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