Shut Down the Caps’ Offensive Powerhouses
It is no secret that the Washington Capitals have a number of offensive juggernauts. Capitals’ mainstay and captain Alex Ovechkin, TJ Oshie, and Jakub Vrana (among others) are sure to be looking to light the lamp early on, and with great determination.
Newcomer Joel Edmundson, acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Justin Faulk trade, has been such a welcome presence on the blueline from a defensive perspective. His defensive prowess and size will be even more welcome tonight as a counter to the Capitals’ fast and effective offensive lineup.
The preseason saw the Carolina Hurricanes attempt to mount a comeback in both games they played against Washington; both attempts fell just short, but if the Canes can find a way to keep tabs on the Caps’ offensive threats and shut them down, the ball (or puck, rather) will be in their court (ahem, zone) all night.
Regardless of hurt feelings, past discretions, and mean words, tonight’s matchup will be another game that carries ‘big playoff energy’ with it, just like Thursday’s matchup against the Canadiens.
The Carolina Hurricanes have an opportunity to start the first half of the season with a winning streak for the first time in a very, very long time. If they can pull off a win tonight, they can get momentum early on in the season, and ride it to (hopefully) another playoff appearance.
Also, if Kevin Malone – I mean, Todd Reirden – has any additional words for Rod Brind’amour tonight, I’m sure he knows where the visitor’s locker room is.
Question for CC Readers: Who scores the first Carolina Hurricanes’ goal tonight?