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Prediction recap: Washington earns long-awaited win over Stars

Prediction recap: Washington earns long-awaited win over Stars

The Washington Capitals came back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and earn the 4-3 win, their first over the Dallas Stars since 2008.

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Caps will score fewer than four goals - Wrongish

Washington managed only three goals through regulation, but Jay Beagle’s overtime goal made it four. So I will take a half point for this because I make the rules and because I can.

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2. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will not get a point - Wrong

Benn scored Dallas’ third goal which came off an assist from Seguin. So I’m wrong on both fronts as each player registered a point. The goal was somewhat controversial as it was waved off for goalie interference, then reviewed and then declared a good goal.

3. Three goalies will play - Wrong

Philipp Grubauer fumbled a rebound that resulted in Dallas’ second goal, but otherwise he played incredibly well and made a game-saving save on Seguin in the third period. Kari Lehtonenwas adequate in net which is about as good as you can hope for in Dallas so there was no need to pull him in favor of Antti Niemi.

2017 Results: Part of my reasoning for taking a half point? Because I knew it would be my only point of the night.

Correct: 9.5
Wrong: 23.5
Push: 0

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Need to Know: Is there a surprise coming for the Redskins defensive coordinator job?

Need to Know: Is there a surprise coming for the Redskins defensive coordinator job?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 22, 95 days before the NFL draft.


Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 38
NFL free agency starts 46
First Sunday of 2017 season 231

Sunday morning quick hitters

Talk that Greg Manusky is the favorite to get the promotion to Redskins defensive coordinator seems to be based more on deductive reasoning than from any reports from Ashburn. I think he is likely to be the guy but I’m not sure that there won’t be a surprise selection for the job.

The four-year, $42 million contract extension the Rams gave WR Tavon Austin will set the market for DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. Both of their expiring contracts averaged about $8 million per year so they could be in line for healthy raises the year after turning 30. As in other sports, the market is often set by what your dumbest competitior is willing to pay. 

I didn’t give a second thought to leaving DeAngelo Hall off my projection of the defensive roster for the coming season. He said that he would be willing to redo his contract, which calls for him to make $4.25 million this year. That’s fine but I think that the organization will look at the 32 games he missed in the last three seasons combined and decide that they can’t keep a player that they can’t rely on at any price.

How hot is Jay Gruden’s seat in 2017? Assuming he keeps his quarterback, I think that he will be fine with a 10-win season and he will be toast with double-digit losses. The tough call will be if they finish 8-8 or even 9-7 with a playoff miss.

There was a lot of talk about how the Redskins’ salary cap spending on defense last year ($36 million) was dwarfed by what was spent on offense ($78 million). As of right now, the Redskins’ spending is about even, with $57.3 million going to offense and $59.2 million to defense. We’ll see how even the expenditures wind up being when the season starts in September.

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