Well…that certainly did not go the way many thought. With two of the best offenses squaring off against two questionable defenses, the goals were expected to come fast and furious on Tuesday between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead, Braden Holtby and Frederik Andersen allowed only one goal between them on the night with Toronto adding and empty netter for the exclamation point in a 2-0 win over the Caps.
So this was a game that did not go at all the way anyone expected. With that in mind, let’s go over the predictions!
Mathews will score a goal— Eddy DRG (@DrgTwo) October 17, 2017
After allowing eight goals to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Caps did a good job stifling one of the NHL’s bright young talents. Matthews only managed one shot on goal for the game.
Burra gets a point.— Chad Schrock (@ThisIsChad) October 17, 2017
After a strong start for the Caps’ offense, no one was able to get one past, least of all Andre Burakovsky despite four shots on goal and seven total shot attempts.https://twitter.com/Daisey804/status/920332233323446272
There was no overtime and I really liked just how bold this prediction was, so I will give it a push.
Both teams will combine for at least 10 goals – Wrong
I was close though, only eight goals short.
Evgeny Kuznetsov will score a goal – Wrong
Had Kuznetsov shot the puck before he was caught on the backcheck on his power play opportunity in the second period, I may very well have gotten this one right. But Kuznetsov once again resorted to the bad habit of waiting too long to get the shot off and it turned a great opportunity into a much more manageable one for Andersen.
Toronto will outshoot Washington by at least 10 shots – Wrong
Heading into Tuesday’s game, the Caps had only managed to outshoot their opponents once in six games. Toronto had been held to fewer than 31 shots only once in five games. So what happened? The Caps and Leafs each managed 30 shots on goal. Go figure.
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Both the fans and I are off to a roaring start. Better luck next game.
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