Nene and Kevin Seraphin kicked off their respective Olympic tournaments with a win and a loss respectively. I have yet to go back and watch more than highlights from Brazil's win over Australia, but outside of seeing how Nene fits in with his team's interior bigs, all we want is him to emerge from London healthy. Oh, win a medal, sure.As for Seraphin, after providingsignificant contribution during France's run-up to the Olympics, perhaps fears over his early foul trouble contributed to him only playing eight minutes. I also think facing a U.S. team, that fequently went "small" with LeBron James at center or at least not always using a traditional big man was a poor matchup for the 6-foot-10 wide body. Former George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu knocked down 12 of 16 free throws and tallied 22 points in Great Britain's 95-75 loss to Russia. He also made 5 of 9 field goal attempts. Might have taken more if Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng didn't chuck up 27 shots (Deng scored 26 points, but missed 19 of those attempts).Tony Skinn started and scored seven points in Nigeria's 60-56 win over Tunisia. The former George Mason guard dished out a team-high three assists, offsetting an 0 of 3 effort from beyond the arc. Ex-Terp Ekene Ibekwe did not play for Nigeria.Sarunas Jasikevicius, considered by some oneof the top FIBA players over the last decade, had six points and four assists, but Lithuania was routed in the second half by Argentina. Linas Kleiza, who played two seasons locally at Montrose Christian, finished with team-highs 20 points and 7 rebounds.
It’s a busy hockey weekend for the Caps. After a 4-3 win in Detroit on Friday, Washington returns to Capital One Arena for the quick turnaround against the Florida Panthers (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).
Let’s get bold and make some predictions!
Ovi scores multiple times #bookit— Ethan Noone (@enoone55) October 21, 2017
Let’s simplify this one to say Alex Ovechkin will score at least twice. A very bold prediction even for a player already with 10 goals in just eight games.
The Caps will give up <2 goals.— Greg Christian (@charmcitygreg) October 21, 2017
The Capitals’ defense is a concern, but the past two games give hope that perhaps the team has turned things around. After holding Toronto to only one goal plus an empty-netter, they followed that up with a fairly solid effort allowing three goals to the Red Wings on the road in Detroit. With this game in Washington, the Caps will get the second line change, but they also will be going up against a Florida team scoring 3.33 goals per game, tied for ninth in the NHL.
All four lines will get a goal tonight! Bold enough for you?— Lisa Desabrais (@LisaDesabrais) October 21, 2017
Yes, Lisa. Yes it is. Love it.
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The Caps will score at least two power play goals
The Panthers are dead last in the league on the penalty kill with a paltry 68-percent. Penalties matter a lot in today’s NHL with referees calling penalties for…pretty much anything. The Caps will get their opportunities and they will make them count.
There will be a fight
Roberto Luongo was injured in Friday’s game, the Panthers are on the road playing the second leg of a back-to-back and have won only two of their first six games. Tempers will flare at some point Saturday. Whether it is because someone gets too close to goalie James Reimer, there’s a hit they don’t like or they are just plain grumpy, someone on Florida is going to want to drop the gloves and will find a willing partner in red.
Philipp Grubauer will log a save percentage of over .900
Grubauer established himself as one of the top backup netminders in the league and a possible budding starter with a dominant 2.04 GAA and .926 save percentage last season. In two games this season, Grubauer has posted save percentages of .900 and .784. He will look a lot more like last season’s Grubauer against Florida.
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