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3 bold predictions: What will Alex Ovechkin do for an encore?

3 bold predictions: What will Alex Ovechkin do for an encore?

The Caps were able to get the win over Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Now they’ll look for another two points against Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane as Washington will host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday (7 p.m., CSN). Here are three bold predictions for the game.

1. A defenseman will score for Washington

Remember that uptick in defensive scoring? Well, the blue line has suddenly gone cold again. The team’s defensemen have not scored a goal in the last three games. That streak will end against Chicago.


2. Alex Ovechkin will not get a point

Ovechkin was red-hot when he scored his 500th goal last season with five goals in three games, but he was held off the scoresheet entirely for the next two games after getting No. 500. I expect a similar, albeit brief drop off especially with the Caps facing a stingy Chicago defense that allows only 2.41 goals per game.

3. Evgeny Kuznetsov will have a multi-point night

Kuznetsov pulled off some behind the net magic against the Pittsburgh Penguins to set up Justin Williams’ third period goal on Wednesday. After a lackluster start to the season, Kuznetsov’s confidence is growing with every game and that will result in a big night for him Friday.


Prediction Results for 2017: The climb toward .500 has begun. But this wouldn't be as much fun if it weren't "BOLD" predictions.
Wrong: 14
Push: 0

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

💛 @aleksandrovechkinofficial #hello #hellorussia @hello__ru

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!


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Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan


Capitals draft pick admits he is...a Flyers fan

Say it ain't so.

Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.

Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.

Insert dramatic music.

"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.

Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.

Shame, shame.

The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.

"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.

A likely story.

Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.