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Prediction recap: Ovechkin to the rescue

Prediction recap: Ovechkin to the rescue

The Capitals opened their season in Ottawa on Thursday and walked away with a 5-4 shootout win thanks to a late rally from an Alex Ovechkin hat trick.

Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Capitals wills core three or more goals - Correct

With no Erik Karlsson and with the typical sloppiness of the first game of the regular season, I had a feeling this would get weird. Washington scored only three goals against the Senators all season last year. Alex Ovechkin managed that by himself on Thursday.


2. We will see three or more slashing penalties - Wrong…barelyrsay

There were two slashes called on the night, but I could not get that last one. The emphasis of cutting down on slashes has contributed to some terrible games in the preseason, but when I needed one on Thursday, that’s when they decided to put away the whistles.

3. Alex Ovechkin will score – Correct Correct Correct

Ovechkin scored a hat trick in the third period and it’s a good thing because the Caps needed all three of those goals.

2016-17 results: Just like the Caps, I am off to a good start and it also took some late heroics from Ovechkin.

Correct: 2
Wrong: 1
Push: 0

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Can Pittsburgh's past be a goalie rotation blueprint?


Can Pittsburgh's past be a goalie rotation blueprint?

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

We are down to the home stretch. Only 10 games remain in the Capitals' regular season. Those 10 games will ultimately decide if the Caps finish in first place in the Metropolitan Division and who they will play in the first round of the playoffs.

Washington currently sits in first place in the division, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. Of those 10 remaining games, only three come against teams currently in playoff position. The most critical of these comes on April 1 when the Caps travel to Pittsburgh in a game that could ultimately decide the division.

The Caps still hold a narrow lead in the standings, but where do they stand in the rankings? See this week's updated NHL Power Rankings here.