The Capitals won big in Jersey last night, but it cost them at least 10 games of their best defenseman, Matt Niskanen, who went onto IR this morning. For this evening’s dance in Philadelphia, the Caps will debut defenseman Madison Bowey and desperately hope to get another four points out of Nick Backstrom. It’ll be hard to win without another big contribution from the top six.
NBC Washington has your TV coverage for the 7 PM game, and Chris from the Comments has your recap.
Saturday, defenseman Madison Bowey will make his NHL debut against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Capitals called him up after Matt Niskanen suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s game against the Devils. Niskanen has been placed on LTIR, which could give Bowey 10 games to prove that he belongs in the NHL.
Friday night, the Vegas Golden Knights faced off at home against the Detriot Red Wings and unveiled their brand new mascot. His name is Chance, he is a Gila monster, and I strongly believe that he is not being given enough love.
The Capitals’ second line has started the season on fire. While Alex Ovechkin has garnered much praise and publicity thus far, flying under the radar is Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov, while he hasn’t scored a goal, has tallied 10 assists this season, including games with three and four helpers. Oh yeah, and he’s done that in only five games.
Kuznetsov is the first Capitals player to start a season this way. Ever.
Flyers Insider for NBC Sports Philadelphia, John Boruk, shared this tweet on Saturday morning.
Capitals are prime example why Corsi/Fenwick don't make sense. They've outscored their opponent 20-14, but they've been outshot 170-127
— John Boruk (@johnborukNBCS) October 14, 2017
As a critique of shot-attempt statistics, this is incorrect. As an analysis of the Capitals, this is clumsy. As a work of responsible journalism, this is a failure.
The Capitals went to the garden state to play the undefeated New Jersey Devils and came away with a convincing 5-2 victory. Led by a dominant two-way performance from Nicklas Backstrom, the Caps put together an organized and efficient performance that we hadn’t really seen yet this season.
They out-attempted the Devils 43 to 37 at five-on-five and outshot them 28 to 23. When you adjust those numbers for score and venue, the possession gets even more lopsided in favor of the team from DC.
Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen left last night’s game early after a collision with Devils forward Jimmy Hayes. We now know more about the degree of Niskanen’s injury. The team has placed him on LTIR, which means Niskanen must miss at least 10 games and 24 days. To fill the spot, the Caps have recalled Madison Bowey from Hershey.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his ninth goal of the season during the Capitals 5-2 beatdown of the New Jersey Devils.
Ovechkin now leads the league in goals by four, but there’s another stat that puts in perspective just how dominant the Russian machine has been so far this season.
Fighting Tom Wilson is never a good idea and Blake Coleman learned this lesson the hard way.
Early in the third period, Coleman fought Andre Burakovsky, after knocking Dmitry Orlov awkwardly into the boards. Coleman must have felt cocky after pushing the Swedish cinnamon roll around so nearly ten minutes later, he engaged heavyweight enforcer Tom Wilson. He instantly regretted it.
2:33 into a wild third period, Swedish forward Andre Burakovsky got in his first career NHL fight against Devils forward Blake Coleman. Young Dre dropped his mitts after teammate Dmitry Orlov was pushed off balance by the Devils pest and slammed feet-first into the boards.
Before we go any further: Yes, you read that right. The former teen shampoo model did his best Tom Wilson impersonation, throwing hands with a gritty opposing player.
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