The Washington Capitals fell to the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in overtime on Sunday. For many Capitals fans the conclusion was somewhat reminiscent of last season, and the struggles the Capitals had in overtime. But fear not, it’s preseason, the lineup was filled with prospects (which is a good thing) and the game results meant nothing.
Another similar result from last season was found in the stats line for Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary. Fehervary recorded a whopping nine hits in sunday’s preseason game. (I had to do a triple take, and even re-checked the stats this morning in case it was a typo) The next highest hit total by a Capitals player was two (Nic Dowd, Brett Leason, Ryan Hofer, Vinny Iorio and Dru Krebs). The highest hit count for a Sabres player was also two.
Fehervary with 9 hits…in a preseason game.
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Fehervary led the Capitals team in total hits last season with 251, and it looks like has full intention of retaining his title this season. The only real question is does he really need to be laying so many hits in a preseason game?
The answer is apparently yes. It’s his style of play, and a style he would have difficulty adjusting, even in the preseason. In addition, Fehervary came into camp in tremendous shape (no surprise), with what appears to be several extra pounds of muscle when compared to last preseason. He’s ready to go.
It will be interesting to see if he tones it down a bit in his next preseason start. I’m betting he won’t.
By Jon Sorensen