The Washington Capitals get back to it after their bye-week, where all players made sure to enjoy it with their family and friends. Long awaited, they open back up with back-to-back game. First game will be played in New Jersey against the Devils, then the boys head back home to host the Habs at Capital One Arena.
The New Jersey Devils are right on the Caps’ tail at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. They are a young, fast team with one of our previous own Marcus Johansson back in their lineup. I would look for him to make an impression on his team against his former club and help compete for the top spot in the division. The Diablos also have fearful offensive weapons like Taylor Hall and first overall 2017 draft pick Nico Hischier. The Caps will need to make sure they find their feet early and play well defensively.
The struggling Montreal Canadiens, however, are a different story. With their inability to play star goaltender Carey Price and having their main defensive weapon Shea Weber on IR, the Habs are trying to claw out any wins they can get at this point. With their recent acquisition Logan Shaw from Anaheim, I would look for them to try and find a spark with new lines and shake ups. Oh, and don’t forget about their offensive wepons Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. This is the perfect time to try and get Andre Burakovsky back into the lineup. Caps have been rolling with the lines they have now and adding Burky could be very beneficial, especially when he is on his game. Who would sit out in order to get him in? I personally foresee either Alex Chiasson or Chandler Stephenson sitting out this game. Both have been decent on the 4th line, but both are rotatable at this point in the season.
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