Here we are friends – it is the end of the regular season for our Washington Capitals. They have one last game against the New Jersey Devils before they begin practice for the NHL Playoffs.
There should be no big surprises come Saturday. The Caps are sitting pretty and don’t “have” to win on Saturday. Neither do the Devils. So it will be interesting come morning as both coaches decide who to play. New Jersey will be heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Its a complex process for both teams who may want one more look at certain players to determine if they make the cut for the playoffs. Other players may sit out to protect them from injury.
Play – sit – star?? Who knows???
The only thing we know for sure is that Braden Holtby will be the Caps goaltender on Friday. Philipp Grubauer played Thursday against the Predators and will sit this one out, unless he is called in for Holtby. Lets hope not.
An injured Jay Beagle was at Kettler on Friday, although he did not skate. He should be back for the playoffs and there is a slight chance he could play Saturday. We’ll see if he is on the ice for morning skate.
Alex Ovechkin needs three more goals to reach the 50 season goal milestone. But is it worth taking the risk when he was already banged up the other night? We know Ovi plays hurt in the playoffs all the time; however, can you imagine a healthy strong Alex instead???
Which rookies will go in? We vote to see Jakub Vrana and Christian Djoos. Throw in Travis Boyd and Devante Smith-Pelly as well to see if they should get a spot for the playoffs. We feel fairly confident that coach has already settled on DSP.
They are coming to DC feeling pretty good about themselves. They had a pretty rocky start to the season, sort of like the Caps, and they rebounded.
Will we see Rookie Superstar Nico Hischier? The Hottest Devil – Taylor Hall?
Marcus Johansson will most likely still be out with his injury but some speculate that if he is ok, he will play to shake the rust off before playoffs. We would like to see that.
Do they put in Corey Schneider in the net just to give him some time in case he needs to step in for amazing starting goalie Keith Kinkaid?
Any way you look at it – we expect it to be a spirited night at Capital One Arena. It is Fan Appreciation Night after all and that means Jersey’s Off Our Backs. Can’t wait so see what antics the guys are up to for that!!