The Washington Capitals hope to come back from a miserable loss to New Jersey by hosting the high-scoring Toronto Maple Leafs. This will be a fun one: two high-event teams with tons of star power will collide in Chinatown tonight. We’ll see the head-to-head clashes of titans we’ve been waiting for forever – like Matthews vs Stephenson and Tavares vs Dowd. I can hardly wait.
Your recap will be delivered by Chris Cerullo. Game coverage is on NBCS Washington starts at 6 PM, and you can stream it all online.
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The indispensable Izzy reports on some relatively big shakeups in the lines. More on this below.
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Stephenson
Vrana – Backstrom – Oshie
Burakovsky – Eller – Connolly
Jaskin – Dowd – DSP
Orlov – Niskanen
Kempny – Carlson
Orpik – Djoos
It’s stunning how stupid this sport is sometimes. With all of five games in the books, the hockey world now asks itself if Toronto’s Auston Matthews (9 goals, 3 assists) is better than Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (the best player in the world). This debate has all the intellectual rigor of wondering if Ovechkin would maintain his 287-goalscoring pace after scoring seven goals in the first two games of last season.
Auston Matthews is currently shooting 52.9 percent, a tiny uptick from the 15.9 he shot in his first two seasons. Meanwhile, Connor McDavid is obviously and by far the best player in the world. We can revisit this in December if you want. Not before.
I discussed my spooky movie schedule for this spooky month on the podcast. Last night, Aileen and I watched Train to Busan, a 2016 Korean zombie movie. I liked it a lot. I’m an easy mark as a zombie-movie fan, but this film added thoughtfulness and specificity that are often missing from the genre (excepting Romero’s movies and 28 Days Later).
It’s not very gory, relatively, but it is relentlessly intense. If that’s okay with you, it’s on Netflix now. I recommend it.
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