Ah the preseason, a short period of time where all sports fanatics attempt to predict exactly how the entire season will go for their team based on, well, 6 or seven games. They put their all-star sniper, the goaltender, that off-season pick-up that’s supposed to slingshot their team in the playoffs and in some cases the new coach under deep scrutiny. Is the new coach’s system effective? Is the sniper firing bullets like he did last year? Why isn’t the checking line as aggressive this time around? They ponder questions like these all day long, claiming that it’s their out most loyalty to their favorite team coming out.
I for one, do not particularly care for the preseason period of the NHL schedule. Why? It’s the preseason. Yeah sure, I love finally being able to watch the game I grew up around but really that’s the only reason I’ll tune in for the games. I don’t get excited if my team pummels the other into the ice or if they get massacred because the points don’t count. Even if your team goes 0-6, the stats get wiped after the season begins anyhow. But alas, to each his own I assume.
That being said, the Caps have played 2 games so far and I felt like dishing out some opinions. I wasn’t able to tune in to watch the games live primarily because a) I don’t have cable seeing as I’m a big fan of streaming online and b) I haven’t convinced myself to dish out the 159$ for NHL.com’s gamecentre live. I did however see some of the highlights and clips from the games and there have been some promising signs so far from the 2 games that have been played.
The good old Washington run’n'gun style. It’s games like these that make you realize how easy Varly’s job is in net. When I first saw the score sheet I thought Ovechkin would have at least 5 of them but I was pleasantly surprised when I read that Hendricks ( a free-agent camp invitee) scored a hat-trick and Fleischmann netted two. Varlamov stopped all the shots he faced in his half of the game and Braden Holtby allowed 2 on 19 during the other half of the game. Overall looks like a good ol’ Washington-style game.
From what I’ve seen it seems that both teams we’re trying out some defensive systems this game, with the shot totals being 25-23 in favor of the Preds. Green and Beagle connected with a goal each to edge the Caps past the Preds. For some reason I get the impression that this game wasn’t a very exciting one to watch.
If I was to tread into the world of speculation, I would have to say that the Caps have shown some great depth so far. Other than Green, none of the big guns have scored so far but yet the Caps manage to come away with two wins. The offense might prove to be very deep this season. 3 goals allowed in two games isn’t too bad either. But then again, they haven’t faced any high-caliber teams yet so we can’t brag about these two victories yet. And also….
It’s the preseason.
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Written by Philippe Lemire