Saturday, October 6, 2007

Game #2 Washington Capital vs. Carolina Hurricanes


Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: October 6, 2007, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 5-3-0-0
Caps Game 2 Record: 9-20-3-0
All-Time vs. CAR: 20-14-5-3
Last Season vs. CAR: 3-5-0
Last Meeting: 3/22/07, WAS 3 CAR 4

This Year:
WAS Record: 1-0-0
Division Rank: Tied 2nd
Conference Rank: Tied 3rd
Last Game: 10/5/2007, WAS 3 ATL 1
Streak: Win 1

CAR Record: 1-0-1
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 2nd
Last Game: 10/5/2007, CAR 4 PIT 1
Streak: Win 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 Ovechkin, 25 Kozlov, 43 Fleischmann
Forward Line 2: 19 Backstrom, 92 Nylander, 17 Clark
Forward Line 3: 18 Pettinger, 15 B.Gordon, 10 Bradley
Forward Line 4: 87 Brashear, 39 Steckel, 21 Laich
Defense Pair 1: 3 Poti, 23 Jurcina
Defense Pair 2: 2 Pothier, 26 Morrisonn
Defense Pair 3: 4 Erskine, 52 Green
Goalie: 37 Kolzig
Back-up Goalie: 1 Johnson

Carolina
Forward Line 1: 13 Whitney, 17 Brind’Amour, 11 Williams
Forward Line 2: 61 Stillman, 12 Staal, 26 Cole
Forward Line 3: 16 Ladd, 8 Cullen, 24 Walker
Forward Line 4: 59 LaRose, 51 Hamilton, 27 Adams
Defense Pair 1: 5 Kaberle, 6 Hedican
Defense Pair 2: 7 Wallin, 42 Gleason
Defense Pair 3: 22 Commodore, 2 Wesley
Goalie: 30 C. Ward
Back-up Goalie: 47 Grahme

Injuries:
Washington – 14 Fehr (hip), 28 Semin (Ankle), 44 Eminger (Ankle)
Carolina – 6 Hedican (illness), 61 Stillman (torso)

Caps Milestones:

Alex Ovechkin needs 2 Goals to reach 100 for his career
Alex Ovechkin needs 1 Points to reach 200 for his career
Alexander Semin needs 5 Point to reach 200 for his career
Chris Clark needs 7 Points to reach 200 with the Capitals
Matt Pettinger needs 8 Points to reach 200 for his career

Preview:

Both teams are coming off impressive wins last night. Carolina impressively handled the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 while the Caps defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 3-1. Olie Kolzig will start the game in goal for the Caps. Brent Johnson was solid in the net last night for the Caps. The Caps will have to keep up the impressive puck possession show they put on last night as the Hurricanes have several players that have been absolute Cap killers the last two seasons. Rod Brind’Amour 19 pts in 16 games, Erik Cole 17 pts in 11 games, Justin Williams 17 pts in 16 games, Eric Staal 17 pts in 16 games, and Ray Whitney 15 pts in 14 games. The Caps will debut their new red uniforms and want all their fans to wear red to the game. It should be an exciting game with the Caps pulling out a 4 to 3 victory in overtime.

Associated Press Preview
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