Nicklas Backstrom tallied his 500th career assist, Braden Holtby recorded his second straight shutout and the Caps won their fifth straight with a 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. Washington will give up at least four power plays - Wrong
If there’s some aspect of the Caps’ game that you think they need to fix, just let me know so I can predict it and that will put a stop to it. Washington had taken no fewer than four penalties in each of their last six games. They took three on Saturday.
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2. The Capitals’ top line will not be the highest scoring for Washington - Wrong
Washington’s top line was not only the highest scoring line, it was the only scoring line. T.J. Oshie’s first period goal proved to be the lone tally of the night in what was a very low scoring affair. The good news is that they didn’t need more than one goal to earn two points.
3. Erik Karlsson will have a multi-point night
It’s hard to get multiple points in a game if your team can’t even get one. Karlsson played fairly well, managing four shots on goal and logging a whopping 28:58 of ice time, even more than his average of 27:08. But, neither Karlsson nor the rest of his teammates were a match for Holtby.
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