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Capitals 2011-12 season preview: On Frozen Blog

We asked some of our favorite Capitals bloggers to weigh in on the upcoming season. Next up, the gang from On Frozen Blog:

What will end up being the best offseason move?
Scheduling the conditioning test to kick off both the rookie and training camps. That shouts “means business” more than T-shirts with catchy slogans. The test kept the guys accountable, and one player said it helped them bond as teammates.

Biggest concern entering the season:
NOT Alex Ovechkin’s stomach. The power play, however, continued to look out of shape in the preseason.

Who will have a bounce-back or breakout year?
To the extent that fourth liners have breakout years, it will be one for the Capitals’ fourth line (Jeff Halpern, Matt Hendricks, Jay Beagle). All three retooled over the summer and are ready to go.

Ideal season-opening line combos:



What should be the 2011-12 theme song?
Destination Unknown, from Top Gun.

Season preview in haiku form:
Hmm, may be easier to fix the economy. Here’s our try:

Sasha thinks outside the box
Ovi’s shot, Hendy’s fists
The Caps will go the distance.

Previously: Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japers’ Rink.


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