Capitals Monthly Review: October Was Full of Changes

 

The Washington Capitals played eight regular season games and five preseason games. Of the eight regular seasons, five were away games with three in Canada. The final cuts from training camp were made, adding Zach Sanford to the roster and sending Stan Galiev down to the Hershey Bears. All-in-all it was a successful, albeit a bumpy start, to the 2016-17 season with five wins, one OT loss, and two game losses.

So what did we like most about October?

Ok, we have to brag a little: we start with the players all dressed up for the Red Carpet. Our best picks were Tom Wilson and Nate Schmidt. Nate posted our picture of him while Tom liked his and then used it for his profile picture as did Nate (see header image). We’re kind of stocked about it. Here are the originals:

 

There was Orlov and that great hip check – many said it was the best in 20 years!

We liked the Justin Williams’ throw-down as he renewed his relationship with Evgini Malkin:

Grubauer played his first shut-out game.

Brett Connolly notched his first goal with the Capitals and new NHL player Zach Sanford earned his first point on the assist.

https://www.nhl.com/capitals/video/connolly-nets-first-goal-as-a-cap/t-277437440/c-45850703

 

It all started with a sign when Ovi gave his stick to eight-year old Cash for his birthday. That wasn’t enough for the GR8 who flew the young fan and his family from Edmonton to Calgary for the Caps game there. Alex met with the family after the game and signed memorabilia and talked with Cash about playing hockey. For all the negative stuff we hear about Ovi – this year he seems to be going out of his way to make dreams come true for his fans.

https://www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/videos/snapshots-ovechkin-meets-cash-10-30-16

You voted in the video of Kuzy celebrating at golf as only Kuzy could:

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And lets not forget about Karl Alzner and his empty net goal (Thanks RMNB)!

We think the Caps are off to a good start. It has been a bit of a bumpy start and we were all a little nervous when Coach Trotz changed up the lines –  moving Justin Williams to the first line and Tom Wilson to the second. Whatever reason he had for the change, it certainly worked in the past two games.

Marcus Johansson has been the big surprise for many fans who weren’t all that hap[y about the Caps signing him for another three years. However, he is turning into a top scorer for the team. We can only image the highlights for November.  Here’s just one example of what we are talking about:

https://www.nhl.com/video/johansson-nets-goal-off-tip/t-281165204/c-45821503

There is room for improvement. The fourth line stepped it up with scoring against the Flames. The power play hasn’t been the greatest but we are seeing a glimmer of improvement. They also need to stay strong for all 60 minutes. There is some worry about the second period sag – we’ll see how they overcome that in November.

We can’t wait to see what the Caps can do once they get home November 3. Thankfully they are here most of the month and we will be bringing you more great photos and posts from our awesome team. If you like what you see here, please invite your friends to give us a follow on Twitter (incoldplacesdc) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FriendsinColdPlaces/ )

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