Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Sittin' at the end of the bar...

In the five years leading up to the lockout, the eventual Stanley Cup champion employed two and only two goaltenders through the regular season and on their way to the Cup. But in the five years since the lockout, four of the eventual champs employed more than two goalies, and two of them (Anaheim in 2007 and Pittsburgh in 2009) used four. Remember that when you think about goaltending for the Caps this season.

Some early notice on career regular season milestones Caps might reach this season…

Alex Ovechkin: 300 goals (he is at 269)
Alex Ovechkin: 600 points (529)
Alex Ovechkin: 100 power play goals (91)

Nicklas Backstrom: 300 points (258)

Mike Green: 300 points (220… ok, that’s pushing it)

Brooks Laich: 100 goals (84)
Brooks Laich: 200 points (189)

Mike Knuble: 500 points (482)

Eric Fehr: 100 points (73)

Matt Bradley: 500 penalty minutes (463)

Jason Chimera: 100 goals (88)
Jason Chimera: 200 points (189)

Boyd Gordon: 100 points (76…ok, now you’re really pushing it)

Bruce Boudreau: 300 NHL games as head coach (225)

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