Tuesday, October 23, 2007

NHL's Biggest Capital Killers Part 1

In a this two part segment I am going to run down the 10 NHL players that have hurt the Capitals the most over the past two seasons.

#10 Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning - Boyle, a defenseman for the lightning, has played in 16 games vs. the Caps the past two years. He amassed 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points with 1 game winning goal. He is especially dangerous on the power play with 2 goals and 6 assists. To go with the offense he also had 13 hits, 14 takeaways, 18 blocked shots and a +5 rating. Boyle was originally signed as a free agent by the Florida in 1998 and was traded to Tampa in 2002 for a '03 5th round draft pick. Currently, he is on injured reserve for a wrist injury following a freak skate incident in the locker room after a preseason game with Washington.

#9 Jozef Stumpel, Florida Panthers - The Florida forward racked up 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points against the Caps in 15 games. Special teams is where he hurts the Caps the most with 4 goals and 7 assists on the power play and 1 shorthanded goal. In the shootout, Stumpel scored 1 goal on 2 attempts. He is tied for the lead among all opponents with 3 game winning goals against the Caps. Stumpel was taken in the second round of the 1991 entry draft by the Boston Bruins. He was traded to LA in 1997 and then back to Boston in 2001. Boston then traded him to Nashville in 2003. He signed as a free agent with Florida in 2005. This year he has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games.

#8 Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes - Staal had 17 points against Washington in 16 games. He recorded 7 goals and 10 assists with 2 goals and 4 assists on the power play. Staal led all opponents with 83 shots on goal with an additional 19 missed shots. Staal was drafted 2nd overall by the Hurricanes in the 2003 draft. This year he has 6 goals and 3 assists in 9 games. He was held pointless against the Caps in the October 6th home opener in Washington.

#7 Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes - The Carolina winger also had 17 points in 16 games vs the Capitals. Of his 8 goals and 9 assists, he had 3 power play assists, 2 shorthanded goals, and 2 game winning goals. He also blocked 17 shots and has a +6 rating against the Capitals. Williams was drafted in the 1st round by Philadelphia in 2000. He was traded to Carolina in 2004. This season he has 3 goals and 8 assists in 9 games. He too was held pointless against the Caps in the October 6th home opener in Washington.

#6 Erik Cole, Carolina Hurricanes - Cole played 11 games against the Capitals scoring 17 points with 9 goals and 8 assists. He took 33 shots on goal giving him a 27.3% shooting percentage. His points include 3 power play goals, 4 power play assists, 1 shorthanded goal and 1 game winner. He has a +5 rating against the Caps and recored 23 hits. Carolina drafted Cole in the 3rd round of the 1998 draft. This year he has 2 goals and 3 assists in 7 games and is currently day-to-day with a foot injury. The Caps held Cole without a point or a shot on goal in the Caps October 6th home opener in Washington.

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