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The Washington Capitals always win their home opener, don't they? Saturday night's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3 in overtime, makes it 10 straight for them. So you don't want to draw too many conclusions, make too many sweeping statements, off 60 (or so) minutes at the rink — not when, as Bruce Boudreau reminded everybody, there are still "81 more to go."
It's the dream of owner Ted Leonsis, who said he'd "cry like a baby" if it happened. It's the dream of public address announcer Wes Johnson, who said he wouldn't be able to hear himself if it happened. It's the dream of every kid who wants to play in the NHL.
Previewing the Washington Capitals offense
When Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee began making roster changes this past summer, he didn't target skaters who could score goals or stop shots.
Over the past couple weeks, the Washington Capitals played seven games that don't count. Ice conditions for the Baltimore Hockey Classic made that game hard to judge, and coach Bruce Boudreau sprinkled in varying degrees of NHL lineups on other nights.
With just two preseason games left, coach Bruce Boudreau said it was time for the Washington Capitals to "get our act in gear and start playing better."
Last season, if Mike Knuble was healthy you could write his name into the first-line right wing spot for the Capitals. But this training camp it appears that's not a certainty anymore.
Training camp is barely a couple of days old, so the line combinations that Bruce Boudreau throws out there for the Washington Capitals aren't set.
George McPhee's offseason additions to the Washington Capitals have been hailed by many around the league and just about everybody within the organization. It's tough to discount - at least on paper - that bringing in players such as Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward add something substantial.