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Key questions for the 2020 postseason: How will the deadline acquisitions adjust?

Key questions for the 2020 postseason: How will the deadline acquisitions adjust?

The 2020 postseason will be unlike any other and, as a result, there are a lot of unknowns. As the July 10 start to training camp approaches, let's look at the biggest unknowns facing the Capitals.

Today's question: How will the deadline acquisitions adjust?

The Capitals acquired two players at the trade deadline: defenseman Brenden Dillon and forward Ilya Kovalchuk. Dillon played in only 10 games for Washington, Kovalchuk for seven before the NHL paused its season.

The transition to a new team during the season can be a tough one for players. They have to adjust to new teammates and a new system on the fly and, when talking about deadline acquisitions, without much time left in the regular season. Not all players are able to make that transition very well. But what happens when the season is suddenly paused for several months?

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The immediate assumption would be that it should help those players. If they just need more time, well, they have plenty of time now. Plus, once the season resumes there will be a training camp that will give them more practice time to adjust. That could be a huge boost for Washington when looking at Dillon in particular. Defense is the major weakness of the team and Dillon has taken on a top-pair role with John Carlson.

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On the other hand, while the number of games Dillon and Kovalchuk would have gotten before the playoffs would be limited, its more than they are getting now. Ultimately you're not going to be able to adjust to a new system without playing in it. Instead of a few regular-season games to adjust, Dillon and Kovalchuk's next game will be in the round-robin when the games count again.

A training camp is definitely a luxury that most trade deadline acquisitions don't get, but the best way to learn is through game action and they will be getting even less of that during the pause. 

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Alex Ovechkin passes Sidney Crosby for most playoff goals since 2008

Alex Ovechkin passes Sidney Crosby for most playoff goals since 2008

Alex Ovechkin’s first-period goal didn’t just give the Capitals an early 1-0 lead over the Islanders – it knocked Sidney Crosby off his throne too.

Ovechkin’s score became his 66th career playoff goal. Since his postseason debut in 2008, the Great Eight now ranks first in the league in playoff goals and passed Crosby with 65.

Just 56 seconds into Game 2 of the Capitals’ first-round playoff series with the Islanders, Ovi controlled a loose puck that bounced off his skate, setting up an unassisted backhander that slipped past Semyon Varlamov for the early lead. 

The goal was his first of the playoffs, and he loved every bit of it.

In all-time playoff goals, Ovechkin now ties for 20th in the NHL with Joe Nieuwendyk and Denis Savard and trails Crosby who ranks 19th overall with 68 goals. Ovi didn’t make his playoff debut until the 2007-2008 season while Crosby had the edge with a 2006-2007 appearance and racked up two more career tallies. 

However, with the Penguins now eliminated from the playoffs, Ovechkin has a shot at passing Crosby once again.

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In The Loop: Capitals pregame soccer volley, Kevin Durant returns to the court

In The Loop: Capitals pregame soccer volley, Kevin Durant returns to the court

First up in our look around the sports world, there's been no shortage of entertaining moments from the NBA bubble. Listen, these guys have to find ways to keep things exciting and you certainly count on Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell to do just that.

Following Utah's 118-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Jazz guard Rayjon Tucker's postgame interview was interrupted by Mitchell pouring a full water bottle on Tucker's head. Impressively, Tucker was still able to answer the question despite his meddling teammate. That's a true professional.
 

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Meanwhile, in the NHL bubble, the Washington Capitals continue their pregame antics with a little soccer ball volley. Although it's all fun and games until someone busts the light in the ceiling out. For real though, who in the heck put that light there?! As the expression goes, you break it, you buy it.

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Lastly, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant looks solid after he was spotted back on the court playing some pickup with friends. Durant is still rehabbing an Achilles injury that he suffered back in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals while a member of the Golden State Warriors.