The Capitals have won two-straight, but they’re not happy with the way they’ve played. The team had a player’s only meeting after Wednesday’s game to address their issues. Will they take the message to heart or will we see the same sort of play Friday against the Buffalo Sabres?
Here are three bold predictions for Friday’s game (CSN, 7 p.m.):
1. Washington will have at least 15 shots in the first period
If this team is ready to put their recent struggles behind them, it needs to start with getting shots on goal. After taking a 3-0 lead against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, the Caps went through a stretch of 26:27 without a shot on goal and managed only seven total in the last two periods and overtime. How this team looks in the first period will be a major indication of whether they got the message from Wednesday’s meeting.
2. The Caps will score a power play goal
Buffalo’s 29th ranked penalty kill has been getting torched lately killing only 11 of the last 19 power plays they've faced. That's a rate an abysmal rate of 57.9 percent.
3. T.J. Oshie will register a point
Oshie made his return from an upper-body injury on Wednesday and registered 15:11 of ice time. He was the team MVP before suffering the injury and will begin returning to that form on Friday in Buffalo.
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