Dmitry Orlov Tries to Grow Playoff Beard, Fails

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I headed up to Arlington today to check out Caps practice. There wasn’t much news out of Kettler but that won’t keep us from trying way too hard to make some.

Twenty-year-old Dmitry Orlov does a lot of things well. He’s plays solid defense, can provide some huge blasts from the point, and is having an all-around fantastic rookie year. One thing, however, is not Dima’s forte: the playoff beard. Karl Alzner’s day job is safe, it appears. 

Sadly, this ‘stache-scruff combo may never see the ice as Orlov has been — and looks to continue to be — a healthy scratch. Ever since Viktor Stalberg out-hustled the young defenseman for a goal in a late March loss against the Blackhawks, Dima has been in Dale Hunter’s dog house.

Still, having puck-moving defensemen in the press box for depth is a welcome problem to have if you consider the Caps woes last May in that department.

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  • Guest

    That’s better than what I’ve seen from Semin in the past years…even last year…and he was 27 yrs old. lol

  • Jason Kravec

    I’d love to have Orlov out there when you compare his play as a whole to that of Hamrlik and how Wideman’s been playing this series

  • Bryant Thomas

     Alzner and Holtby have better neck-beards than I have with my face-beard.

  • Nick Braun

    Agreed on Wideman, IMO he does more harm than he actually helps the team. Hammer has been pretty solid though. 

  • Brian Zupruk

    Dima has lots of hockey ahead of him, and for all of Wideman’s miscues, the Bruins have only scored two goals, so no need for the shakeup  juuust yet. 

  • Igor Kleyner
  • Kelli Greene

    Backstrom is still working on decent facial fur too. I did notice this year he has a bit on his chin and not just the fuzzy sideburns.