The Washington Capitals will be facing St. Louis this afternoon at Capital One to take on a Blues team that has been a little Jekyll and Hyde this season. They have 54 points to sit third in the tough Western Central division but have struggled lately winning only four of 10 and are coming off a 6-3 beating to the Flyers. The loss of Jayden Schwartz certainly slowed the team down. Outside of Schwartz, you’d likely think Vladimir Teresenko is leading the Blues in goals and points?? Well, you’d be wrong…it’s old Capitals friend Brayden Schenn. He is tied with Teresenko in goals (17) and leads in points with 42. The Blues acquiring him from the Flyers could be argue as one of the deals of last summer.
Ok, friend is not a description he’d get in DC, especially with Tom Wilson as the two have scrapped on numerous occasions. Give Schenn credit, he will not back down (as does older brother Luke) with 43. This season he’s rounding out his game nicely as some thought he’d do when he took the jump to the NHL with Los Angeles after the Kings selected him fifth overall in 2009. It’s his five seasons in Philadelphia that Capitals fans remember of him though. He was infuriating to the Capitals and showed flashes of his offense.
Lets not forget that this is a player that tied a Canadian record for points (18) at the 2011 World Junior tourney, was named as the WHL Rookie of the Year with Brandon Wheat Kings, and had 99 points in 59 games his last year in Juniors. So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that he is on pace for his best season ever. He still plays a tough game and I am sure Tom Wilson and the Caps will bring that out today. Let’s hope the younger Schenn brother focuses more on the “chippy” stuff and not get burned by his offence.
Go Caps Go