Breaking down Dylan Strome’s hot start to the season

Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Dylan Strome, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals season has been a roller coaster. Lots of downs. A little bit of ups. And a big drop to start the month with the Nicklas Backstrom news. But there has been a bright spot and that bright spot has been Dylan Strome’s hot start to the season.

Strome is currently on a three game goal streaking, scoring four goals in those three games. He leads the Capitals with six goals on the season. That sixth goal came the other night on Oct. 29 against the San Jose Sharks which ignited the Capitals third period comeback.

Strome’s six goals have come in his last five games. Of those six goals, four of them have come in the third period. Two of which have been game tying goals.

Strome is also effective on the face off dot. On Oct. 29 against San Jose, he won a career high 21 face offs which is good for 77.8 percent.

Strome was re-signed in the middle of last season and he was the hottest player on the ice down the stretch. That stretch included 28 points in his final 22 games. He talked to the media after Monday’s practice about the relief that comes from signing a midseason extension.

“At the end of last year, you just kind of played with a little bit more free of mind. You don’t have to worry about where you’re going to be the next year or trade talks or whatever you may be involved in. I had to deal with that the last couple of years but that’s part of being a hockey player. And then tried to battle through it and get rewarded and luckily that’s what happened so just got to keep showing that they signed me for a reason,” said Strome.

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Strome has done great on the top line and he looks to continue the momentum he had from October well into November beginning tonight when the Capitals host the New York Islanders.