No hockey season ever goes according to plan. Players that were counted on get hurt or underperform and unexpected surprises always emerge. Last year for the Capitals it was forward Eric Fehr
The Wild finished 8th in the Western Conference last season. Can they take the next step this year?
The numbers were encouraging for the Capitals and defenseman Mike Green, but it can take a year before an athlete fully recovers from sports hernia surgery.
It’s been more than two years since the Capitals traded goalie Semyon Varlamov to Colorado, but the first-round pick (23rd overall) from the 2006 NHL Draft still hasn’t faced his former team. But that could change early next season.