The Caps will look to extend their point streak on Tuesday as they take on the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m., CSN+). Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. Both teams will combine for five goals or fewer
Translated for all you betting fans out there, take the under. Washington could easily score five by themselves these days, but Ottawa plays them tight. In their first two games, the Caps and Senators combined for only four goals. That’s not in October before Washington got hot, both of those games were played in January.
2. T.J. Oshie will score
Oshie has scored in each of the last four games and in five of his last six. He also scored the lone goal in Washington’s 1-0 win in Ottawa on Jan. 7. He will extend that streak to five straight games on Tuesday.
3. Washington will give up a power play goal
With Jay Beagle a late scratch due to illness, the Caps’ penalty kill may suffer as a result. They certainly won’t generate the offense we usually see and they lose the team’s best faceoff man.
2017 Results: With the back to back games, here’s a very abbreviated prediction recap from yesterday:
1. The Caps will give up at least four power plays - Correct
2. Carolina will score first - Correct
3. Marcus Johansson will score - Wrong
The Colts want to interview Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta for their vacant general manager position, according to Albert Breer of MMQB.com. It was unclear as of Tuesday whether DeCosta would have interest in pursuing the Colts job. He has declined numerous opportunities to interview with NFL teams in the past, content to remain in Baltimore as the successor-in-waiting to general manager Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta has been with the Ravens since 1996.
However, the Colts job could have appeal to DeCosta that previous jobs have not. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was a defensive coordinator with the Ravens. Meanwhile, the presence of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck makes their general manager vacancy an attractive one. There is no need to worry about finding a franchise quarterback in Indianapolis. A general manager who can put the right pieces around Luck can build a contender very quickly.
The Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson earlier this month, and their interview list reportedly includes Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard; the Seahawks’ co-player personnel duo of Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner; Vikings assistant general manager George Paton; Colts interim general manager Jimmy Raye; and Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf. Adding DeCosta to that list would give Colts owner Jim Irsay another strong candidate to choose from.