With the 2018-19 season getting ready to begin, we are going to take a more in depth look at the Washington Capitals and see how they stand and what the lineup could, or should, look like. In today’s article we will be looking at the defensive pairings for the Capitals.
Michal Kempny – John Carlson
Once deemed expendable by Chicago to becoming a Stanley Cup Champion, Michal Kempny, who was acquired at the Trade Deadline, quickly slotted himself alongside John Carlson, and the two became an amazing pair that complimented themselves. Both Kempny and Carlson are going to look to continue to grow as a defensive duo, and build upon what they started wen Kempny came to the Capitals.
Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen
Last season Dmitry Orlov and Matt Niskanen were the most consistent defensive pair for the Capitals, but they also had their headaches too in regards to turnovers and poor executions. Niskanen and Orlov will have a lot that they will need to work on this season to improve upon last season, but this pair is definitely an important pair for the Capitals.
Christian Djoos – Brooks Orpik
Last Season Christian Djoos and Madison Bowey spent time learning under Brooks Orpik, but it would be Djoos who’d play 22 of the 24 playoff games that the Capitals would play, while Bowey watched all 24 games from the press box. This season it is expected that Djoos will be on the third pair Orpik, with Bowey as the team’s seventh defenseman and will possibly split time with Orpik as a way to giving the kids more opportunity this season.
Tomorrow on TXHTHockey.com we will have our Washington Capitals Goalies Preview focusing on the goaltenders for the Capitals.