Capitals: Nic Dowd making the most of NHL break

There might not be any hockey until May but Washington Capitals center Nic Dowd seems to be doing okay.

The fourth line center who became a star in Washington last season, Nic Dowd has since made his own podcast with his other linemate Garnet Hathaway. Dowd is more than a hockey player and a podcast recorder though. He’s also a dad.

On Monday morning Nic’s wife Paige posted a video of Nic playing with their baby Louie. Louie was born on New Years Eve at 8:18 p.m. prompting Nic to miss the Capitals contest against the New York Islanders that afternoon to witness the birth of his first child.

Louie was actually expected a month early. Now with the NHL season being suspended for perhaps two months were seeing more players spend quality time with their families while they self-quarantine. It’s the little things like this that’ll help make the time pass.

Dowd has seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 56 games with the Capitals this season primarily centering on the fourth line. Last season Dowd recorded 22 points with eight goals and 14 assists in 64 games.

The Capitals currently sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division though the season has hit a pause button due to the novel coronavirus. The CDC recommended no large gatherings for up to eight weeks so if the NHL follows these guidelines we won’t see hockey till at least mid-May.

There is no word on whether the Between Two Blue Lines podcast will go on but I’m sure fans are hoping so.

Speaking of the podcast his buddy Garnet Hathaway had a funny response on his Twitter with his dog, tweeting “Afternoon chats with dad.” Just a funny response from another player who’s become a fan favorite this season.

It’s apparent Garnet Hathaway and Nic Dowd have great chemistry and the advanced stats numbers don’t lie. Their Corsi For percentage together is 56.73 percent. Dowd without Hathaway has a Corsi For percentage of just 44.91 percent.

Dowd and Hathaway’s Fenwick For percentage is at 57.71 percent while their expected Goals For comes out to 60.36 percent. Their scoring chances for is 57.95 percent while their High Danger chances for is 57.98 percent. These numbers came courtesy of Natural Stat Trick.

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While we all practice our social distancing I encourage you to give Between Two Blue Lines a listen. It’s just two hockey bros talking about life in the NHL. You can listen to and download the episodes here.

With no hockey due to the novel coronavirus outbreak we can be thankful for content such as this.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.


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