Saturday, November 24, 2007

Game #23 Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: November 24, 2007, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 3-9-2-0
Caps Game 23 Record: 10-15-6-1
All-Time vs. CAR: 27-16-7-3
Last Season vs. CAR: 3-5-0
Last Meeting: 11/5/07, WAS 0 CAR 5

This Year:
WAS Record: 7-14-1
Standings Points: 15
Division Rank: Tied 5th
Conference Rank: 15th
Last Game: 11/23/2007, WAS 4 PHI 3 (OT)
Streak: Win 1

CAR Record: 13-7-3
Standings Points: 29
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 2nd
Last Game: 11/23/2007, CAR 4 TAM 3
Streak: Win 1

Game 1: 10/6/07, WAS 2 CAR 0
Game 2: 11/5/07, WAS 0 CAR 5

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington

Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 25 KOZLOV, 17 CLARK
Forward Line 2: 43 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER,
21 LAICH
Forward Line 3: 18 PETTINGER, 39 STECKEL, 15 GORDON
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 19 BACKSTROM, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 2: 2 POTHIER, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 3: 3 POTI, 23 JURCINA
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Carolina
Forward Line 1: 61 STILLMAN, 17 BRIND’AMOUR, 11 WILLIAMS
Forward Line 2: 13 WHITNEY, 12 STAAL, 51 HAMILTON
Forward Line 3: 59 LAROSE, 8 CULLEN, 19 LETOWSKI
Forward Line 4: 16 LADD, 18 BAYDA, 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 WARD
Back-up Goalie: 47 GRAHME

Injuries:
Washington – 14 FEHR (hip) IR, 28 SEMIN (ankle) DTD
Carolina – 26 COLE (neck) IR, 24 WALKER (torso) IR

Caps Milestones:
Donald Brashear will play his 100th game as a Capital
Alexander Semin needs 3 Points to reach 100 for his career
Matt Pettinger needs 5 Points to reach 100 for his career
Brian Pothier needs 5 Points to reach 100 for his career
Michal Nylander needs 6 Goals to reach 200 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals will try to build on their success in Philly yesterday. Carolina is coming into Washington after escaping with a win over division rival Tampa yesterday. The Caps will try to pressure the Canes and take advantage of turnovers and attack on offense. This is a similar strategy used by the Canes so look for this game to be very high tempo and these two teams like to hit each other. There may be a lot of scoring in this one but I’m giving the edge to the Caps because they should have a bit more emotion.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 Car 3.

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