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.