The Caps were red-hot for weeks, but they finally cooled off on Tuesday as the Ottawa Senators handed them their first regulation loss of the calendar year.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. Both teams will combine for five goals or less – Correct
Washington was held off the scoresheet entirely while Ottawa contributed three goals. Three goals are more than either team had scored in either of their previous two meetings this season.
2. T.J. Oshie will score – Wrong
Oshie registered four shots on goal, but no one on Washington was able to beat Mike Condon. In truth, Condon was not tested very much at all on the night, despite the 31 shots the Caps managed to get on net.
3. Washington will give up a power play goal
Zack Smith’s tip from the high slot in the second period came with Evgeny Kuznetsov in the box. The goal took the wind completely out of the sails of the Caps making the eventual outcome of the game a foregone conclusion.
2017 Results: I expected a low-scoring, tight affair. It was certainly low-scoring, but I did not expect Washington to be held off the board entirely. Still, two out of three ain’t bad.
MORE CAPITALS: Chandler Stephenson had a very long day