Things started out well for the Caps Thursday against the Nashville Predators, but they didn’t end that way. Nashville earned the 2-1 overtime win to hand Washington its fifth loss in six games.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. Jay Beagle will score - Wrong
Beagle has been on a tear against Western Conference teams this season, but he was held in check on Thursday. To be fair though, everyone was held in check on Thursday. This game became a defensive slobber-knocker that neither team could win until overtime.
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2. The Capitals will give up at least four power plays - Wrong
How about just one? Thursday’s game was the polar opposite of Tuesday’s. On Tuesday against the Wild, just about everything went right for the Caps except they took too many penalties. On Thursday, the Caps took only one penalty, but could not get much else right.
3. Alex Ovechkin will get at least two points – Wrong
Ovechkin saw my two and raised me…zero. He had opportunities. If anyone is under the illusion that the offense doesn’t run through Ovechkin, you need only to watch this game to know that’s not the case. The first line seemed desperate to get him the puck, even to their detriment at times. It did not translate into any points on the night, however.
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Kids part of the American Special Hockey Association had no idea they were going to meet one of the NHL's biggest stars during a game of street hockey on Friday afternoon.
But that's what happened when Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin surprised a handful of youngsters playing in a tournament in front of Capital One Arena.
Ovechkin wasn't just there for pictures and autographs, he also joined in on the action for the next hour and did not hold back in one of his last major games before before the regular season.
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ASHA and Ovechkin have been hosting events together for four consecutive seasons. The organization was created in 2000 and enables players of all ages who have developmental disabilities to enjoy the sport of hockey.
You can watch the full video of Ovechkin's surprise above.
Here’s how Coach Barry Trotz will have his players line up Friday night vs. the Blues...and a few notes about forward combos and D pairings you'll see at Capital One Arena:
Vrana – Backstrom – Oshie
Burakovsky – Boyd – Smith-Pelly
Stephenson – Eller – Wilson
Bau – Graovac – Peluso
Johansen – Carlson
Djoos – Chorney
Ness – Lewington
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- After scoring a power play goal while skating on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on Wednesday, Jakub Vrana is getting an audition on the other top-six line.
- Stephenson is the only player to appear in all three preseason games. Tonight, he’s skating on the wing after playing center in the first two contests. He’s a prospect the Caps are hoping makes the opening night roster but the reason he’s played so much is because fourth-line center Jay Beagle is “trying to manage his body a little bit,” according to Trotz.
- Beagle has not played yet this preseason, but Trotz said he’s been practicing and scrimmaging full-go. “He’s not hurt,” Trotz said. “He’s got some tightness. We’re going to work through the tightness and he’ll be fine. There’s no reason to rush guys.”
- Winger Mathias Bau wasn’t originally slated to see any game action, but the Denmark native impressed Trotz so much in a scrimmage earlier this week that the coach found a spot in the lineup for him. Bau, the tallest player in camp at 6-7, is skating on a line with Graovac (6-5) and Peluso (6-3). “He’s gotten better and better,” Trotz said of Bau, who signed an AHL deal with Hershey this summer. “So he deserves to get in a game. He’s been standing out. Originally I had another guy in there but Bau has sorta overtaken him.”
- Peluso is another player who is emerging as a candidate to earn a spot on the fourth line. This will mark his second straight preseason appearance.
- Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov will make their preseason debut Saturday vs. the Hurricanes, according to Trotz, who has already said they’ll open the regular season as the top pair.
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