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Penn Quarter Q&A: Why a move at the trade deadline is a bad idea

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Penn Quarter Q&A: Why a move at the trade deadline is a bad idea

In this week's Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A, Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about why the Caps' recent hot streak is not a bad thing, why this may be T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams' last season in Washington and why we think a trade deadline move would be a bad idea.

Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan are back for another Q&A to answer your Caps questions! Ask away and watch them answer live!

Posted by CSN Mid-Atlantic on Friday, January 20, 2017

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Prediction recap: Offense stays red-hot in win over Blues

Prediction recap: Offense stays red-hot in win over Blues

The Capitals offense showed no signs of cooling down in Thursday’s 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. Alex Ovechkin will get more points than Vladimir Tarasenko - Correct

Ovechkin was not among the Caps’ seven goal scorers on the night, but he did record two assists. Tarasenko, meanwhile, was held off the scoresheet.

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2. St. Louis’ goaltending will have a save percentage under .900 for the game - Very, very right

The fact that Jake Allen was pulled twice in this game should tell you all you need to know about how good St. Louis’ goaltending was on Thursday. With seven goals, Washington would have needed 70 shots on goal or more to prove me wrong. Obviously that didn’t happen. No, the Caps recorded only 18 shots on goal leaving Allen and Carter Hutton with a combined save percentage of .611. No bueno.

3. Washington will get at least two fewer power plays than the Blues - Wrong

The whistles weren’t very active on Thursday with only three minors called in the game. The Caps actually had the advantage with two power plays compared to the Blues’ one.

2017 Results: I’m slowly climbing my way back to respectability with my predictions.

Correct: 9
Wrong: 21
Push: 0

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Caps getting goals from everyone on epic hot streak

Caps getting goals from everyone on epic hot streak

Since New Year’s Eve, the Capitals have been scoring goals at a ridiculous rate. In fact, they’ve scored more goals—54 in 11 games—than any other team in that timeframe.

And it’s not really all that close.

Consider:

  • Since the outburst began with a 6-2 over New Jersey on Dec. 31, the Caps have scored five or more goals eight times in 11 contests.
  • After Thursday’s 7-3 win in St. Louis, they’ve scored five or more goals in five straight games for the first time since February 2010.
  • They’ve chased four goalies from the opposing net: Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky; Chicago’s Corey Crawford; Philly’s Steve Mason; and St. Louis’ Jake Allen (twice).
  • Of the 54 goals, only seven have come on the power play.
  • Eighteen different players have scored. (Defensive defenseman Brooks Orpik needs to get with the program.)
  • During this prolific 11-game run, Justin Williams leads all Caps in with eight goals. Meanwhile, T.J. Oshie is second with six goals and Brett Connolly and Alex Ovechkin are tied for third with five.
  • The Caps are now averaging 3.20 goals per game, up from the 3.02 they scored a year ago.

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Over the first two-plus months of the season, offense was hard to come by for the Caps, who hovered around mid-pack in goals per game. These days, however, it seems almost every shot is finding the back of the net—and they couldn’t be enjoying it more.

“It’s always fun to score and see that a lot of different guys scored, too,” Marcus Johansson told reporters at Scottrade Center, where he recorded goal No. 15 on the season. “It’s good for the team and good for the confidence.”

The Capitals have also scored the first goal in each of the last nine games.

“It’s hard to score in this league, but it’s a lot easier and it’s a lot less draining when you score first,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “You’re not chasing the game. There’s a lot more demand on every detail when you’re chasing the game because if you give up another one, it’s a bigger hole.”

Williams is as a hot as anyone in the league right now, but he still felt the need to issue a bit of warning to his teammates: Just because the goals are coming easily (and in big bunches) doesn’t mean they can count on it every night. They've still got to remain committed to the details that vaulted them to the top of the NHL standings.   

“It’s actually kinda strange now that everything seems to be going in,” he said. “I think internally you have to recognize the process and not get carried away with [the fact] that we’re scoring five, six, seven goals a night. That’s not going to last. You ride the highs [but] we need to understand reality.”

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