Lars Eller: Capitals have ‘very deep confidence' they can handle the Hurricanes


The Washington Capitals had the Carolina Hurricanes' number during the 2018-19 season, coming out victorious in all four of their matchups.

The Caps will see them once again during the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and as Caps fans know too well, regular season success goes out the door come mid-April. 

For center Lars Eller, the man behind the team's Stanley Cup-clinching goal, there's confidence within the team that they can get the job done. 

"If you don't think you can win, then you're not going to win," Eller said Monday on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies. "I think you've gotta have a certain confidence. We have a very deep confidence within our team that we can handle it and that we can go a long way." 

On paper, the Caps look to be the better team. The Hurricanes scored the second-lowest goals per game (2.96) among playoff teams in the Eastern Conference during the 2018-19 season and lack offensive depth, despite having weapons like Justin Williams -- who has a ton of playoff experience with the Caps -- on his resume. 

Nonetheless, it won't stop the Caps from being ready for whatever. 

"But at the same time, you gotta respect what they bring to the table as well," Eller said. "So, you've gotta show some respect but not too much either."

When asked if this Caps team is confident heading into Thursday's game at Capital One Arena, Eller, without hesitation, said, "Yes."


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