Nate Schmidt made his NHL debut this year thanks to an injury to veteran John Erskine, and on Saturday night scored his first career goal.
It took Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner 148 games at Verizon Center before he scored a goal in front of his home fans. He didn’t want rookie Nate Schmidt to wait as long.
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators Saturday night at Verizon Center:
Tom Wilson and Nate Schmidt have taken different paths to their rookie seasons with the Capitals, but are sharing the experience together as road roommates.