Record: 42-28- 12, 96 points
Division Result: 3rd
Point Leader: Nick Backstrom 85
Goal Leader: Alex Ovechkin 52
Assist Leader: Nick Backstrom 60
Wins: Braden Holtby 30
Team MVP: Alex Ovechkin
Capitals Rookie of the Year: Evgeny Kuznetsov
With free agent signings of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to shore up the defense, and new head coach Barry Trotz the Capitals are poised to make a return to the post season this year. Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom are set to be the offensive weapons that Trotz lacked in Nashville, while Evgeny Kuznetsov is ready to begin his first full NHL season since coming over from Washington.
8 – 19 – 16
90 – 92 – 20
25 – 21 – 42
46 – Burakovski – 67
74 – 44
27 – 2
52 (if ready) – 4
IR- Tom Wilson fractured fibula (expected to be back in November), Dmitry Orlov broken wrist (also expected to be back in November)
Aaron Volpatti and Jay Beagle are also expected to miss home opener
Home Opener prediction: (10/9 vs. Montreal) 4-3 Washington F/OT
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