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3 bold predictions: How will Wilson look in his return?

3 bold predictions: How will Wilson look in his return?

The Capitals will look to end their two-game slide and hand the New Jersey Devils their first loss of the season on Friday (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. Tom Wilson will get a point

Wilson has served his four-game suspension and will make his return to the lineup. If there is a silver lining to the fact that he is now in the crosshairs of the Department of Player Safety, it is that he will now be forced to focus on his offensive production rather than his physical play. Washington needs more offense out of Wilson and Friday he will respond with at least a point.

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2. Both teams will combine for eight goals or more

It’s early, but Washington and New Jersey are two of the top-scoring teams in the NHL. Add in the fact that the Caps are struggling on defense and we should see plenty of goals on Friday.

3. Washington will have more power plays than penalty kills

Penalties are a concern for the Caps, but they actually aren’t among the most penalized teams in the league. In fact, they rank 15th in penalty minutes per games played with 11:00. New Jersey, on the other hand is 29th at 18:39. For the first time this season, the Caps will finally have the advantage in penalties.

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

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10 changes that would make the NHL better

Hockey is one of the most incredible, compelling sports in the world. As fun as it is to watch on TV, it is even more compelling in person and fans in North America are treated to the best hockey in the world as played in the NHL.

But the NHL's not perfect.

SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

Just like every sports league, the NHL is always adjusting and making changes to the game in order to improve it through things like rule changes, expansion, playoff formats, etc.

No sport is perfect and hockey is not without its flaws, but there are a number of clear changes that could be made that would improve both the game and the league.

 SEE THE 10 CHANGES THAT WOULD MAKE THE NHL BETTER HERE

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Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Brian MacLellan got his day with the Stanley Cup over the weekend

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan finally got his day. 

Over the weekend, MacLellan played host to the Stanley Cup, taking it home to his offseason house in Minnesota. 

MacLellan brought the Cup to Powderhorn Park, where a youth hockey tournament was being put on by the Herb Brooks Foundation. 

MacLellean talked with local media about the experience:

"It's a fun day, a fun day to see people react to the Cup," MacLellan told FOX 9 TV. "You know, it brings a lot of smiles to people's faces, people that sometimes don't get a chance to get close to it are getting an opportunity and it's fun to watch them enjoy it."

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