After a weird three-day rest, the Washington Capitals are back to host the Philadelphia Flyers in a Saturday night division game. Alex Ovechkin is just two goals short of 700, and the Caps have made some lineup tweaks. Should be a fun night.
Puck drop at 7 PM. Hang out with me for recap stuff.
A couple interesting tweaks, by way of WaPo’s Samantha Pell:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Vrana – Kuznetsov – Wilson
Hagelin – Eller – Panik
Leipsic – Dowd – Hathaway
Kempny – Carlson
Orlov – Fehervary
Siegenthaler – Gudas
The Columbus Hockey Analytics Conference is happening this weekend, and there has been some great information so far. I’ve been watching the livestream (along with Overwatch League), and I’ve learned a lot. Some tweets:
Per Micah, primary cause of score effects: the leading team sitting back. Not the trailing team pressing. #CBJHAC
— Hannah Stuart (@HockeywthHannah) February 8, 2020
— Ryan (@rdryan33) February 8, 2020
— Kurt (@Kurt_BSH) February 8, 2020
- Martin Fehervary is back, Nick Jensen will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
- Some movement on the wings too, with Wilson and Oshie swapping spots.
- What’s working (a lot) and what’s not (not a lot) with the Caps.
- Holtby: Tom Wilson was meant to be a captain.
- Hype man Kuznetsov keeps going.
- Ovi needs to stop collecting stuff. He’s turning into Ian.
- Snovechkin was a decade ago. Magical day.
- Pretty good podcast if I do say so myself.
Peter’s Esports Corner
Overwatch League is back as of today. A bunch has changed since last season: rules, rosters, team colors, and the streaming platform. The players on my LA Valiant are almost entirely changed along with swapping out their green and gold colors for a beach-y blue and yellow. Last year’s champions, the San Francisco Shock, still look like the team to beat, but with so much tumult anything could happen. I’ll be spending most of the day before the Caps game watching opening day. My picks are above. If anyone can surprise folks, I think it’ll be Toronto Defiant.