There are multiple bold predictions that can be made about the Washington Capitals during the 2017-18 season. But there’s only one that matters to Capitals fans: will they win the Stanley Cup?
It’s about time the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup. They’ve been a favorite for years, despite the fact that they continue to lose. Every year, faith is renewed, every year, that faith and the hope that comes with it are squashed. It’s a vicious cycle with no rewards.
So why renew it? I don’t think that the Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup. But I think there are other predictions that can be made that could be just as important. You’ll especially want to pay attention to the last one.
1. Ovechkin Scores More than 50
Last year, the national hockey media was in a frenzy predicting the downfall of the greatest goal scorer in the history of the NHL. After all, Alex Ovechkin was 31, played in all 82 games, and scored just 33 goals. That was coming in off a 10.5 shooting percentage, which was low. So Ovechkin was due to be better.
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But this much better? After 21 games this season, Ovechkin has 13 goals. That’s on pace for 52. It’s nowhere near his career-best of 65, but it would be his best total in three years, and his highest since the 2014-15 season. That’s really good, especially for somebody who keeps getting further into his 30’s. It would also make critiquing Ovechkin after this season harder.
Ovechkin’s comeback couldn’t have come at a better time. There were rumors of the Washington Capitals trading him this offseason, as well as hockey writers saying he wouldn’t be the same. This is Ovechkin’s response to those rumors and writers, that they were wrong. That he’s still the same old “Great Eight” and is still capable of bigger and better things.
And who knows. Maybe this put Ovechkin back on an upward trajectory or helps the Washington Capitals past the long regular season.