Around The NHL In 30 Days: Washington Capitals

The Fansided NHL Network, that SenShot is proud to be a member of, is embarking on its NHL preview. Each day in September, one of its members will be posting a preview for their club.  SenShot will look at their preview, and let you have a look.  After that, we will provide our own perspective.  Jared will handle the Western Conference teams while Tony will look at the East.

Today, we’ll preview the Washington Capitals.

 

Here’s what Capitals Outsider‘s writer, Taylor Lewis had to say:

It takes less than a glance at the Capitals’ offense to know Washington is a Cup-contending team. Cup-contending, but not necessarily Cup-winning.

General manager George McPhee’s moves this past summer were made in expectation of changing that, and if everything goes well, he may succeed.

The organization let go of a number of players: Jason ArnottMatt BradleyEric Fehr, Boyd GordonAndrew GordonMarco Sturm, and less notably, Brian Willsie. Statistically, the seven represent a loss of 78 points (based on last season).

Enter center Jeff Halpern and wingers Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward. Among their former teams; Montreal, Chicago, and Nashville, respectively; the three combined for 91 points. So on paper, everything so far works out for the Caps.

The only offensive problem for the Caps is the unpredictability of reality.

Who will get injured and how seriously? How will the new players adjust to the system? Is there a slump in store for anyone?

Click here to read the entire Capitals Outsider Washington preview.

You can follow Capitals Outsider on Twitter here for all your Cap’s news and info.

Here’s SenShot’s take on the upcoming Cap’s season:

The Caps are most of the prognosticators choice to take it all this year. However, the perennial failures in the post-season, the Caps re-tooled their roster this off-season hoping they have found the right mix to get them to the promised land.

No matter what additions they brought in, the Capitals success will center solely around their biggest star, Alex Ovechkin. With a down year last season from Alex the Great, it was no surprise that the Caps were bounced from the playoffs early this past spring. If Ovechkin enters this season with a mindset that nobody can stop him and the Cup is his to lose, then the Caps have a shot.

But if the Caps suffer another disappointing playoff defeat, major changes are in their future. My prediction, the Caps burn out and fail to live up to expectations.

Check back here tomorrow when we preview the Winnipeg Jets and their upcoming season.

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