Barry Trotz

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Osh has found the ability to score a little bit more in the last couple of years. I mean, every year he's gotten better and better in terms his offense, in terms of his goal-scoring. When he first got here, I put him with Ovi and Backy, and all he wanted to do was get the puck to Ovi and Backy. I think they have the mutual respect that all three guys know that they're all terrific players and they can make things happen. They've been good.

I had never met him, I don't think. There's sometimes overkill on some of the work.

He's been a little bit snakebitten. He's had some really good looks. For me, if he could do anything, just move the puck a little quicker and get it to his wingers. They'll get it back to him. He's really so strong down low. He's generally a good faceoff guy, and he can play against bigger guys and handle them. I think he'll get on track.

A little bit of good power plays, a little bit of good fortune. Most of the times in the last little while, it's probably been failed clears. Anytime you have failed clears, it's like in baseball when you get a couple extra strikes . . . and sooner or later, they're going to hit on it. I think we've had a couple failed clears and those type of things that ended up going into our net.

He keeps pucks and plays alive, and his skill set is such that it can complement Backy's playmaking ability, and now he's finding the back of the net and he's complementing Alex's ability to score, too. Now Alex is passing the puck more; I think Alex has more assists than he's had in a while. I think they're rubbing off on each other a little bit, and that's probably why it's working.

We'll see where he is tomorrow. He felt much better. Just got a little bumped up in the last game. We gave him a maintenance day. He was thinking about coming out. … I anticipate him skating tomorrow and then he'll tell me where he's at after tomorrow's skate.

I was talking to Schmidty out there today, and he's done a really good job when he came in there.

He was excited. He was ready to go, so I'm really happy for Andre. He played a lot of minutes.

You look at our record in the last 10, and for where our standard is, for me it's not acceptable. Let's get it squared away and let's get rolling the right way and let's make sure we're playing better.

We're sort of blessed in the Metro to have three teams that are vying for first in the Metro, but also first in the league. That's a good challenge. I look at it as it's important to finish first. If not, then you're going to play a pretty good team right off the bat, not that you're not going to play a pretty good team in the first round because the teams that are going to get in [as wild cards] are good hockey teams as well.

He's been very productive. Good signing for us. He's fit in well. We've been a good fit for him, and he's been a good fit for us. The coach has to get him more ice time.

He had pretty good strength. He was shooting. He didn't seem to have any problems. He's just smiling a lot right now.

Obviously, he brings another level of skill. He's chomping at the bit to get back in. He can make some pretty good plays. I think he'll be fresh, he'll be ready to go. They were pretty productive before he got hurt. When he gets back into the lineup, then hopefully that line will get going a little bit more.

Last year we were never uncomfortable because we had such a big lead [in the points race]. He's playing a pretty good game. I think he's not quite shooting enough of those one-timers. When he gets an opportunity, they're just not sitting flat for him right now. And he's just missing the net a little bit. If he starts shooting a little bit more off that one-timer and hitting the net a little bit more, they're going to go in. No question about that. But his work ethic and his skating and all that, it's all there. So it's going to happen for him.

Sometimes the numbers guys really don't play the game and don't understand the impact of an individual in your organization. There's certain things you can't measure and some of those things that you can't measure are some of the most important things that are part of a culture, development of a player, those things you can't measure, and he's got those intangibles. That's why he's been such a valuable player for us.

Brooks understands the whole process. He understands whatever is best for the team, he's going to do. He gets that part.

Last year we were never uncomfortable because we had such a big lead [in the points race]. He's playing a pretty good game. I think he's not quite shooting enough of those one-timers. When he gets an opportunity, they're just not sitting flat for him right now. And he's just missing the net a little bit. If he starts shooting a little bit more off that one timer and hitting the net a little bit more they're going to go in. No question about that. But his work ethic and his skating and all that, it's all there. So it's going to happen for him.

I thought Nate's come in and played very, very well. His ability to get up ice, his ability to skate, he's done a really good job. So, yeah, we do have a bit of an interesting scenario here. That's good. He's stepped in and is making our decisions tougher. I think that's an outstanding thing.

You're going to get their absolute playoff-mode best game, and that'll be a good test for you because that hardens us. It gets us prepared for hopefully what's ahead. This is my third year, and I have not been to a game where Philly and the Caps have not been a little bit nose to nose, so I think that's a good thing.

It will be a good game. Philly's a traditional rival. We played them in the playoffs last year. I mean, they're right there. … You're going to get their absolute playoff mode best game, and that'll be a good test for you because that hardens us. It gets us prepared for hopefully what's ahead. This is my third year, and I have not been to a game where Philly and the Caps have not been a little bit nose to nose, so I think that's a good thing.

He was tired. He was fine. Had to keep him from shooting a little bit, but he's been working hard, working on his conditioning. Gave him a good test today.

I don't think that's over. I think we're going to have to be selective in what we're doing. I think we're going to be a little more cautious if guys get a little nicked up. We may just create that opportunity by having people pulled out. I was just talking to him. He's working really, really hard. The doctors are going to look at his hand and evaluate it again today. He's on the right timeline, and they're going to re-evaluate at the game tonight. The next timeline will sort of come into play.

Obviously, that was a pretty heavy line. He brought that element to it. I thought he got pucks. … Sometimes, that line gets away a little bit from that forecheck and relies too heavily on a puck possession game, a rush game. Getting the puck off the forecheck a little bit more, I thought he brought that element.

I think you talk to him. Obviously, he has a lot of respect for Brooks and what he does, and then obviously, Shattenkirk's resume speaks for itself. … I think Schmidty knows he's a long-term guy for our organization. He's gotten better and better every year, and his minutes have gone up and up every year. His responsibility and his role on the team has increased every year. I don't think you have to do a lot of explaining, but you still want to talk to him and that.

I thought Ovi had one of his best games. He was back being heavy. I walked by him in the hall and said, It's good to have you back.

I think with the young defensemen, it's a hard position. When you start spiraling a little bit, it's hard to sort of straighten the ship out a little bit. It takes a little longer. It's more like a tanker than a speed boat.

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