The Capitals start their season today in Atlanta, then catch a flight home for their home opener (and the debut of the red jerseys) Saturday night against Carolina. Since the off season acquisitions of Micheal Nylander, Tom Poti and Viktor Kozlov, there has been a huge buzz about the Washington Capitals.
It's not just the fans that are impressed with the team's attempt to move from a rebuilding franchise to a competitive one, but many others in the hockey world are taking notice. One thing is for sure - the expectation level for this team far exceeds that of previous years.
For the Capitals to be successful they must find that chemistry level fast. The Capitals have probably the two best trigger men in the league in Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin. Now those acquired have to compliment the dynamic duo. If that chemistry fails, the Caps are looking at an uncomfortable season and lost opportunity.
The Caps must play well against their division rivals. Even though the season schedule will have a different look next year, the Caps still play their rivals 8 times this season. If they have hopes of making the playoffs, they must dominate the Southeast.
I will be watching the line combos for this game since Semin did not make the trip to Atlanta nursing a sore ankle. The anticipation for this game is at it's peak. It's finally time. Drop the puck.
Capitals at Atlanta Thrashers - 7:30 pm
Local TV: Comcast SportsNet
XM Radio: Ch. 207
Terrestrial Radio: 1500 AM, 107.7 FM and 820 AM