Well, the 2010-2011 NHL Season is finally upon us and with it comes the wave of predictions: award winners, final standings, division winners and, most importantly, the winner of the Stanley Cup. Without further ado, I enter the Capitals prediction fray!
-The Caps will finish second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Southeast Division.
-They won't score as many goals as last season, but goals against and PK% will both be much better.
-Semyon Varlamov will play 60+ games this season. That is including the playoffs. And rehab games in Hershey.
-Alex Ovechkin will again lead the Capitals in points, but will not lead the team in goals.
-In a related note, Alex Semin will score 50+ goals.
-Ovie will not be suspended this season, but loads of people will insist he should be.
-John Carlson and Karl Alzner will answer any questions about the Caps blueline youth.
-GMGM will make no moves at the trade deadline. Or 3.
-The Caps will not run into Pittsburgh in the post season.
-Brooks Laich will be the most focused human being ever and keep it up for the whole season.
-Marcus Johansson will be better than you expect... more than 50 points, +/- of +20 or more. And he'll do something jaw-dropping at least once this season.
-The Winter Classic will be a blowout. Also, it'll be almost 60 degrees in Pittsburgh that day.
-The Caps will play more than 16 playoff games.
-Carlson, Ovechkin and Green will be finalists for NHL awards.
We'll see how everything works out next June...