Friday, November 2, 2007

Game #13 Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers


Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: November 2, 2007, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 2-6-4-0
Caps Game 13 Record: 15-13-4-0
All-Time vs. PHI: 62-90-19-0
Last Season vs. PHI: 4-0-0
Last Meeting: 1/9/07, WAS 6 PHI 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 5-7-0
Standings Points: 10
Division Rank: Tied 3rd
Conference Rank: Tied 12th
Last Game: 11/1/2007, WAS 0 NYR 2
Streak: Loss 1

PHI Record: 7-4-0
Standings Points: 14
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/1/2007, PHI 2 MON 5
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 15 GORDON, 25 KOZLOV,
Forward Line 2: 19 BACKSTROM, 92 NYLANDER, 18 PETTINGER
Forward Line 3: 87 BRASHEAR, 39 STECKEL, 21 LAICH
Forward Line 4: 43 FLEISCHMANN, 16 SUTHERBY, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 23 JURCINA
Defense Pair 2: 2 POTHIER, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 3: 52 GREEN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Philadelphia
Forward Line 1: 19 HARTNELL, 48 BRIERE, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 20 UMBERGER, 17 CARTER, 9 UPSHALL
Forward Line 3: 32 COTE, 18 RICHARDS, 15 LUPUL
Forward Line 4: 55 EAGER, 34 DOWD, 24 KAPANEN
Defense Pair 1: 21 SMITH, 44 TIMONEN
Defense Pair 2: 28 KUKKONEN, 5 COBURN
Defense Pair 3: 8 FITZPATRICK, 29 GUENIN
Goalie: 43 BIRON
Back-up Goalie: 30 NIITTYMAKI

Injuries:
Washington – 14 FEHR (hip) IR, 28 SEMIN (ankle) DTD, 44 EMINGER (ankle) IR, CLARK (ear) DTD, 3 POTI (groin) DTD
Philadelphia – 2 HATCHER (knee) IR, 12 GAGNE (dizziness) DTD, 6 JONES (suspended), 36 BOULERICE (suspended)

Caps Milestones:
Alexander Semin needs 4 Points to reach 100 for his career
Chris Clark needs 3 Points to reach 100 with the Capitals
Matt Pettinger needs 5 Points to reach 100 for his career
Brian Pothier needs 7 Points to reach 100 for his career
Michal Nylander needs 7 Assists to reach 200 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 2 Shots on Goal to reach 900 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals swept the season series from the Flyer for the first time in their history last year. This year, however, the Flyers are in first Place in the Atlantic Division and the Caps are struggling with injuries and finding a hard time scoring. Alex Ovechkin meets up with his good buddy Daniel Briere for the first time this season. The Caps secondary players need to find a way on to the score sheet to make up for the absence of Clark, Semin, and Poti. Look for this to be a tight checking game with lots of hitting.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 2 PHI 1, The Donald KO’s Ben Eager.

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