The Kid Michal Neuvirth, #30 Scoop: A 23-year-old goaltender from the Czech Republic, he saw his first regular action last season and went 27-12-4 with four shutouts. Catches: Left Most shots faced in a game: 45 Ambitions: “Now that I’m in the NHL, I want to win the Stanley Cup.”
The Vet Mike Knuble, #22 Scoop: The backbone of the Capitals’ second line, the 39-year-old Knuble finished third on the team in goals in 2010–11 with 24. Words to live by: “Be a good teammate, work hard for your teammate, and have fun with your teammate.” Superstition: “I stop at Starbucks for coffee for every home game. It’s the same Starbucks and the same coffee. I drink it on the way to the rink, and then I’m ready.”
ON KNUBLE: Wool vest (sold as full suit), Polo Ralph Lauren ($2,195). 1245 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-965-0905. Check shirt, Hart Schaffner Marx ($98.50). Dillard’s, 11824 W. Broadway, Richmond, 804-253-0182. Jude trousers, Club Monaco ($130). Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Arlington, 703-413-6642. Slim wool tie, Burberry($165). 1155 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-463-3000. Watch and socks, Knuble’s own. Penny loafers, Bass ($99).
FROM LEFT: Matt Hendricks; Nicklas Bäckström
The Bruiser Matt Hendricks, #26 Scoop: Six feet of solid, Minnesota-built muscle, Hendricks may lack the scoring grace of Ovechkin, but he certainly matches Ovi’s physical prowess. Style of play: “Powerful. It’s not the smoothest, but it gets the job done.” One article of clothing that you love to wear: “An old trucker shirt that says MY NAME’S RICH on it and some transit company out of Minneapolis that I’ve had since college.”
The Champ Nicklas Bäckström, #19 The Scoop: At 23, the Sweden native already has four stellar seasons under his belt, including a 101-point campaign in 2009–10. Superstition: “I don’t have any. I think if I did, I would go crazy.” Greatest accomplishment: “When I won the World Championship with Sweden in 2006—and, obviously, my first NHL game.”
The Phenom John Carlson, #74 The Scoop: Just 21 years old, Carlson is well on his way to becoming one of the league’s top defenders. Greatest Accomplishment: “I won a gold medal with the US in the 2010 World Junior Championship.” Personality trait: Modest—Carlson actually scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Canada to take home that World Championship. Personal style: “I think I’m all over the map. I have a bunch of clothes, and I’m just unique in my style.”
ON HENDRICKS: Button-down shirt, Rogan ($225). Lost Boys, 1033 31st St. NW, 202-333-0093. Striped tie, Band of Outsiders ($130). Lost Boys, 1033 31st St. NW, 202-333-0093. Pants, Rag & Bone ($395). 3067 M St. NW, 202-295-9072. Olympic Timeless Speedmaster, Omega ($24,200). Tysons Galleria, 571-633-9710
ON BÄCKSTRÖM: Cashmere V-neck sweater ($298) and Prince of Wales collar shirt ($89), Joseph Abboud. Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, 240-744-3700. Slim striped wool blend tie, John Varvatos ($125).