Nicklas Backstrom may return this weekend from hip surgery, but Evgeny Kuznetsov is making his case for top-line pivot, as crazy as that sounds. In 20:15 of ice time, Kuznetsov showed poise with the puck and was a forechecking demon. He finished the game a plus-two in on-ice shot attempts (17 for, 15 against) for a 53.12 percent shot-attempt percentage at even strength.
Kuznetsov also tallied the primary assist on TJ Oshie‘s first goal as a Capital, a power-play marker. And this insane highlight-reel goal by Alex Ovechkin.