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3 bold predictions: Kevin Shattenkirk suits up for the first time as a Cap

3 bold predictions: Kevin Shattenkirk suits up for the first time as a Cap

What will Kevin Shattenkirk do for the Caps in his first appearance with his new team (CSN+, 7 p.m.)? Here are three bold predictions for the Caps' game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

1. Shattenkirk will record at least one point

No, this is not me being a prisoner of the moment or jumping on the hype train. Shattenkirk was a midseason trade in 2011 when he was traded from Colorado to St. Louis in his rookie season. He made the transition appear relatively seamless with an assist in his first game with the Blues. He would close out that season with 17 points in 26 games for St. Louis. He will likely find himself on the third pair Tuesday in New York, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him get on the scoresheet.

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2. Washington will outshoot the Rangers in the first period

The last time these two teams met, it was the second game of a back-to-back with a start time less than 23 hours after the first leg's game in Detroit. The Caps were also coming out of the bye week. The first period of that game was perhaps the worst period of hockey the Caps have played all season. That will be on their mind when they take the ice Tuesday and they will look to start strong right out of the gate.

3. Shattenkirk will finish with a minus-rating

The Rangers are a very hot team that has won nine of their last 12 games. They use a lot of speed and push the attack with quick transitions to force odd-man breaks. Shattenkirk is a good player, but he is also playing his first game with a new team against a tough opponent with a new partner in Nate Schmidt. I expect them to get burned at some point. Bonus point to me if it happens because both players get caught trying to jump into the offensive play. It's hard to know what your partner is thinking if you've never played with them before.

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Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Like the rest of us, Capitals' winger Garnet Hathaway is just trying to stay sane and helping out where he can.

His charity, Hath's Heroes, which provides meals to first responders, is especially important in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Hath's Heroes started working with Capitals' Chef Robert "Robbie" Wood to provide even more meals to first responders, which Wood is matching, plus an additional meal to a high-risk individual in need.

“Chef Robbie has been serving the Caps for a long time and makes unbelievable food, I can attest to it, and they also have a great initiative with Kid Power and DC Central Kitchen," Hathaway said on the Capitals Talk Podcast.

While many are fortunate to be able to work from home or be with family during the pandemic, first responders are out on the front lines.

“It’s the social responsibility of staying safe, keeping your distance and trying to stay healthy and protecting those around you," Hathaway said. "So I feel that’s where we can all feel great about helping somebody, by taking responsibility for your actions and helping out if you can."

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Doing one's part is important to flatten the curve and Hathaway says donations of any amount are appreciated.

“For donations, if you can, if you have the opportunity to and you’re capable of, any amount really does make a difference.”

When he's not working with Hath's Heroes, Hathaway has been spending time with his fianceé and dog and trying to learn the Harmonica he got for Christmas. "Silent Night" was the first song he learned to play.

“Months away from the Christmas season, but I think I’ll be ready by then," Hathaway said.

Aside from downtime, Hathaway has taken solace in finding structure in his day.

“I think the biggest thing is trying to find a structure that works, that I can stay physically healthy and mentally healthy." 

“For everyone that’s feeling cooped up in their house, they gotta stay active and they gotta get some fresh air and they gotta stay healthy," Hathaway said.

While everyone has been binge-watching Netflix's hit documentary "Tiger King," Hathaway says he hasn't had the opportunity to watch yet.

“I might be the only person in America not watching Tiger King, but that’s not to say that I won’t get there at some point."

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Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

In a fun Twitter thread Wednesday, the Nashville Predators said which NHL teams notable Bachelor and Bachelorette alum align with.

The Caps lucked out and got the dependable Dylan Barbour who is "solid" and "committed," a testament that Barbour himself agreed with.

"It's the Caps' year," Barbour told NBC Sports Washington in a private message on Twitter. "They're dependable. Committed is great."

Although Barbour doesn't consider himself a hockey fan, he said he would most identify with "whoever the nice handsome one is."

Though Barbour doesn't seem to be a big enough Caps fan to know that most fans would give that award to Tom Wilson, he was nice enough to say he thinks it's the Caps' year.

And we've successfully created a new Tom Wilson stan!

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