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Who is the top left wing in the NHL? EA Sports releases its ratings

Who is the top left wing in the NHL? EA Sports releases its ratings

There are few questions in sports, nay, in life that create such heated debate than a sports player's video game rating. There have been riots in the streets, wars have been fought and thousands have died all because of arguments stemming from player ratings in the annual installments of all the various sports video games.

NHL 18 will be released Sept. 15 and to generate excitement, EA Sports has been releasing the top 10 players at different positions. On Sunday, the company released the top 10 left wings in the game. Caps fans will be pleased to know that Alex Ovechkin clocks in at No. 1 with a rating of 92.

 Writes EA Sports:

Alex Ovechkin is perhaps one of the best goal scorers in NHL history. On the power play, there might not be a better player to score. You know exactly where Ovi is going to be and the Washington Capitals feed him the puck to his spot where he uses his accurate (95) and powerful (95) Slap Shot. With five 5-star categories, Ovechkin's got a lot of tools in his arsenal to dominate the competition.

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Yes, Ovechkin scored 33 goals last season, but 33 is still pretty darn good and even at 32 years old, which he will turn in September, EA Sports still sees him as a top threat.

Here is the full list of left wingers. Quick note, Caps fans should probably stop reading the list at No. 7.

1. Alex Ovechkin 92
2. Jamie Benn 90
3. Taylor Hall 87
4. Brad Marchand 87
5. Johnny Gaudreau 87
6. Max Pacioretty 87
7. Artemi Panarin 86
8. Filip Forsberg 86
9. Eric Staal 85
10. Gabriel Landeskog 85

Some other takeaways from the rest of the list:

Wow, a hockey list that actually acknowledges Hall as one of the top offensive players in the NHL? Odd. EA Sports' hockey credibility just went up in my book, though I would consider Eric Staal a center rather than a wing. Is Artemi Panarin really one of the top 10 left wings in the league? He will have to prove it now that he is in Columbus rather than Chicago playing on a line with Patrick Kane. If he is that good, watch out for Columbus this year.

What do you think of EA Sports' rankings?

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How a faster shot from Evgeny Kuznetsov could have changed Tuesday's outcome


How a faster shot from Evgeny Kuznetsov could have changed Tuesday's outcome

With the score tied at 0 in the second period, the Caps had a chance to put the first goal on the board on their second power play of the night. Specifically, Evgeny Kuznetsov had a chance to score the first goal of the game and his first of the season. But with a golden opportunity on his stick, Kuznetsov waited too long to shoot the puck the opportunity was lost. It is an issue that has seemingly plagued Kuznetsov throughout his career and one that may have cost the Caps a chance at two points on Tuesday.

After a scrum in the left corner, the puck was fed over to John Carlson on the right near the blue line. With some room to work with, he advanced to the top of the right circle and then fired a pass cross-ice to Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov had set up shop in Alex Ovechkin’s office in the left faceoff circle and the Leafs evidently forgot about him.


With the puck on his stick and no one between him and Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen, Kuznetsov waited. He waited so long in fact that forward Connor Brown was able to backcheck and turned what would have been a very good opportunity into a much easier save for Andersen.

“A guy caught him,” Barry Trotz said after the game. “Just get it off quick. Guys close quick on you defensively.”

Would Kuznetsov have scored if he had fired the shot? Would the Caps have won if he had scored? We don’t know, but Kuznetsov would have had a better chance at scoring had he shot the puck quickly and Washington would have been in a better position to win if they had gotten the first goal on the board.

It was just another moment that made fans watching in Capital One Arena and at home yell in unison, “Kuznetsov, shoot the puck!”


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Tarik El-Bashir's three stars from Caps vs. Maple Leafs

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Tarik El-Bashir's three stars from Caps vs. Maple Leafs

In a rematch of last year’s ridiculously entertaining first round playoff matchup, the high-flying Maple Leafs skated away with a 2-0 victory over the Caps on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The Caps are now 3-3-1 on the season.

Here are Tarik’s three stars of the game.

1-Connor Brown, Maple Leafs

Most people had Brown scoring the decisive goal, right? The winger started the season on the fourth line but was promoted to the third line ahead of this game—and he made the most of the opportunity. At 5:53 of the third period, Brown fought off Evgeny Kuznetsov, pounced on a rebound and pounded the puck between Braden Holtby’s pads. Interestingly, the Leafs came into the game leading the league in goals per at 5.20.

2-Braden Holtby, Capitals

The Caps’ starter did all he could, turning away 28 of 29 shots he faced. Holts was at his best on the penalty kill, where he stopped all three shots the Leafs put on him. His best save of the game likely came in the opening moments of the game—a right pad stop on James van Riemsdyk, who was looking to finish a 2-on-1.

3-John Carlson, Capitals

With Matt Niskanen week-to-week with an upper body injury, the minutes load has fallen on No. 74’s shoulders. And it did again vs. Toronto. Carlson finished with 27:33 of ice time. He also had a couple of good looks early on but he couldn’t finish.

Do you agree? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

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