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Blue Jackets' Umberger: 'Caps play the wrong way'

TSN.ca Staff

4/4/2010 2:05:51 PM

Although the Washington Capitals have all but secured the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top team, there is at least one player who does not believe they have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.

Columbus Blue Jackets' forward R.J. Umberger was surprisingly critical of the Caps playoff chances in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch following the Blue Jackets loss to Washington on Saturday.

"I don't think any team in the West would be overmatched by them," Umberger told the Dispatch.  "They play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes.

"A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they're going to get frustrated because they're in their zone a lot."

The Capitals sit at 114 points entering play on Sunday, some 17 points ahead of their nearest competitors in the East, the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.  The San Jose Sharks are second in the NHL with 106 points.