The Capitals have headed down to sunny Florida to face off against the Panthers tonight before they take some time off for the All-Star break.
While some people think that the Capitals haven’t been looking too hot, the Panthers are actually not doing well. Not only have they lost six of their last eight games, but their two top goaltenders are injured. So now some stranger named Harri Sateri is in net and I can’t stop saying tonight is going to be a “Harri Sateri Parti” (all pronounced to rhyme). But they do have two things going for them. First, their shot attempt percentage is slightly higher than the Capitals. And second, they are based near Miami. There are worse places to be located in Florida.
The game starts at 7:30 PM, just enough to throw you off. You can meet Pat Holden back here for the recap.
|Shot Attempt %||48.6%||48.3%|
From sweet, sweet Jesse Dougherty at the Washington Post. Apparently, it looked like Chiasson and Vrana were rotating during rushes, so we might have a lil’ change coming up. For now, we have the following from morning skate:
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Burakovsky – Backstrom – Oshie
Stephenson – Eller – Connolly
Chiasson/Vrana – Beagle – DSP
Djoos – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Bowey
The 1974-75 expansion Capitals, who went 8-67-5, were the opposite of the Golden Knights. https://t.co/ELgTxpHnpl
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) January 25, 2018
Yeah yeah yeah, it was definitely a different draft then but still……woof.
We all know how the Vegas Golden Knights are kind of a big deal right now. They have pretty good ticket sales, they’re not doing too shabby in the standings, etc. Now, they’re making waves in a whole different way.
According to VGK beat writer Steve Carp, the big autograph-craving crowds are becoming a bit of a safety hazard, especially in parking lots. So, what did the Golden Knights do to try and resolve the issue? They’ve decided to say, “hey, you can only get autographs inside the rink and in a designated area by the player benches.” They have also put an age restriction on who can have the access to the area. You have to be 14-years-old, at the most.
The report from Carp at the Las Vegas Review-Journal said things were very out of hand, especially with professional autograph collectors (this is Vegas after all). After five practices, apparently the new policy is working a whole lot better.
It will be interesting to see what happens, mainly with parents making their kids go get a million autographs…but I think I’m super for this.
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