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Kevin Shattenkirk shined in his debut on Tuesday as the Caps downed the Rangers 4-1.

Here's a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. Shattenkirk will record at least one point - Wrong

Shattenkirk registered four shots on goal, three in the first period, and set Alex Ovechkin up right in his wheelhouse on the power play. Despite all of that, he walked away without a point.

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2. Washington will outshoot the Rangers in the first period - Wrong

The first period was yet again, the Caps' worst of the night. Washington has generally played well in the opening 20 minutes this season, but played perhaps their worst period of hockey in their last matchup against the Rangers. I expected a better start from the Caps Tuesday, but New York controlled the play and held an 11-8 edge in shots on goal.

3. Shattenkirk will finish with a minus-rating - Wrongish

Shattenkirk finished with an even plus/minus rating on the night, but the Rangers' only goal came with Shattenkirk and Nate Schmidt on the ice. I was wrong in that he didn't finish with a minus, but the point was that Shattenkirk's pair would give up at least a goal. So I was wrong, but for the right reason and I am giving myself half a point because I can.

 

2017 results: Me taking half a point is the only thing that kept me from getting shutout on the night. Good thing I make the rules.

Correct: 23
Wrong: 45.5
Push: 3

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