The Washington Capitals have three games this week as they look to extend their hot start into the month of November.
The Washington Capitals are off to a great start to their season. They are currently 8-2-0. They look to improve upon that record this week as they have a full slate of games with three. They play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center on Thursday, and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on Saturday.
The Capitals will face a tough test against the Rangers. It will be their first chance to get revenge after the Rangers eliminated the Capitals in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. First place will be on the line and Madison Square Garden is never an easy place to get two points. The Capitals will come into the game having won eight of their first ten games while the Rangers will come into the game as winners of six of their last ten.
It’s no secret that the game will likely come down to who has the better goaltender. Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist battled back and forth during the playoffs last season. That will most likely be the case on Tuesday as well, as the two goaltenders seem to bring out the best in each other. The Capitals will have the advantage on offense (34 goals in 10 games compared to 31 goals in 11 games for the Rangers). The Rangers will have the advantage defensively (21 goals allowed in 11 games compared to 23 goals in 10 games for the Capitals).
The Washington Capitals will square off against the Boston Bruins on Thursday at the Verizon Center. The Capitals and Bruins both enter this week with a lot of momentum. The Caps have won eight of their first ten games while the Bruins have won four straight. They both have excellent goaltenders. Rask is quite unappreciated, especially considering that he arguably been the best goalie in the NHL over the past three seasons.
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Forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are excellent forwards who match up well against forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Capitals. The Bruins also have one of the best defensemen in the NHL and arguably a future Hall of Famer in Zdeno Chara. The Bruins love to play physical and the Capitals love to play physical as well. That should make for an exciting matchup. The Bruins will be looking to score on Braden Holtby after he shut them out three times last season.
The Washington Capitals end their busy week on Saturday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center. Toronto has just one win in their first ten games. However, this could be a trap game for the Capitals. The Caps must be careful and take the Leafs seriously or they could wind up costing themselves two points.
Should be an exciting week for the Caps.