The Washington Capitals are set to play their home opener this afternoon against the Montreal Canadiens. Here are three key points to think of as we get ready for this intense rivalry.
1. Nathan Walker is set to make his NHL debut.
Nathan Walker was drafted in 2014 in the 3rd Round by the Washington Capitals. Today, he will make his debut and will be the first Australian native to play in the NHL. Walker has showed us, in the preseason, that he can work hard and can make plays happen. In his preseason debut, Walker notched a shorthanded goal and a few nice hits. Despite being 5 foot 8, he can really pack a punch and lay the body on the bigger guys. He reminds me of a newer Jordin Tootoo or Tie Domi. That style of play could help the Caps overcome certain aspects of the game.
2. The Return of Karl Alzner
This’ll be the first time Karl Alzner will set foot at the Capital One Center (formerly known as Verizon Center) not in a Washington Capitals uniform. This’ll probably be a very emotional for both him and the Caps’ veterans. We’ll just have to see how they both handle it.
3. Who Could Be The Star Tonight
As we all witnessed the other night, Alex Ovechkin stole the show with the hat trick to send the game into the shootout. Evgeny Kuznetsov then won the game with a dazzling move. Should we see the same players step up today? Yes, we should. We should also see Niklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, and Andre Burakovsky seek to get on the score sheet. Maybe a show from the debuting Nathan Walker, too. We’ll have to see at 7 p.m. tonight.