The Caps will look to stay perfect on their five-game road trip against the Arizona Coyotes (10 p.m., CSN Plus).
1. Arizona will score one goal or fewer
Hockey is a random sport and you never know what can happen. Two bad bounces and this prediction is wrong. The Coyotes, however, has scored one goal in each of their last four games and guess who is back in net for the Caps tonight? Even if you are worried about the Caps playing down to their competition, Braden Holtby never does.
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2. Caps will score two or more goals before the third period
When these two teams met on Saturday in Washington, it was uncomfortably close heading into the third period because Mike Smith was standing on his head. Arizona even tied it at 1 before the Caps finally broke through. Smith is capable of those kinds of performances from time to time, but he won’t do it on Friday, party because Louis Domingue will be starting in his place, but also because Washington will get to him early.
3. Andre Burakovsky will score
The third line is due, especially Burakovsky. He scored two goals in the first game of the year when his conditioning was still an issue. Since returning from a broken hand, Burakovsky has looked phenomenal, but he still hasn’t managed to sneak one into the back of the net. That changes on Friday.
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Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.
Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.
The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.
Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.
With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)
Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.
Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.
Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.
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