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NHL Power Rankings: Too soon to panic


NHL Power Rankings: Too soon to panic

While this season's Washington Capitals team does not look destined for a run at another Presidents' Trophy, that does not mean it is time to panic. While they will return home after losing two out of three games on their Canadian road trip, that does not mean it is time to panic. While the injuries seem to continue mounting, that does not mean it is time to panic.

Why? Because it is an 82-game season and the Caps have played just 12 of them.


Of course the team would have liked to get off to a better start than just 5-6-1, but this is still a team very much in transition. The makeup of the roster is very different than in recent years meaning the team has to adjust how it plays. That was a realization the players talked about while in Canada. It was also fully on display Sunday in Calgary when the Caps failed again and again to cleanly enter Calgary's defensive zone to put on consistent offensive pressure.

Let's also not discount the injuries.

Whenever we talk about injuries in sports, everyone is quick to throw up their hands and say, "I'm not making excuses." Let's be real for a second. The Caps are currently dealing with injuries to Matt Niskanen, Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly and Tyler Graovac. They also lost Nicklas Backstrom to one game when he was sick. You may not want to use that as an excuse, but it would be naive to think injuries to so many different players does not effect the team's play.

There's no denying the team needs to play better than it has if they hope to make the playoffs, but the outcome of this season will ultimately not be dictated by 12 games played in October.

Though one month of the season, there are a lot of surprises, both good and bad, across the NHL. See where all the team's land in this week's NHL Power Rankings.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!


But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.


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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.