The Capitals played the Islanders twice during the preseason, defeating them both times. On October 9, the Caps shutout World Cup of Hockey stellar goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Clearly the Isles were shaking the rust off earlier this month. Cal Clutterbuck caused the normal stir for the Caps with his hard-hitting abrasive style of play. Expect more of that.
It was a bit of fun as former beloved player Jason Chimera and the boys squared off a few times. Don’t expect it to go that way on Saturday. However, the Caps will likely honor his last seven years with the team. Even though he isn’t walking the red carpet this year, fans are sure to cheer loudly for his return.
Last game Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie notched goals. In the opening game in Pittsburgh Andre was the big star. Expect more of the same Saturday.
And yes, we are sure there will be fighting. The question is whom has more penalty minutes by the end of the night: Justin Williams or Tom Wilson?
Enjoy the night. It’s time to celebrate the return of hockey to DC!!