Friday, November 30, 2007

Game #26 Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

When: November 30, 2007, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 6-6-0-0
Caps Game 26 Record: 14-15-3-0
All-Time vs. CAR: 28-16-7-3
Last Season vs. CAR: 3-5-0
Last Meeting: 11/24/07, WAS 5 CAR 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 8-15-2
Standings Points: 18
Division Rank: Tied 5th
Conference Rank: 15th
Last Game: 11/28/2007, WAS 1 FLA 2 (OT-SO)
Streak: Loss 2

CAR Record: 13-9-3
Standings Points: 29
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/28/2007, CAR 1 PHI 3
Streak: Loss 2

Game 1: 10/6/07, WAS 2 CAR 0
Game 2: 11/5/06, WAS 0 CAR 5
Game 3: 11/24/07, WAS 5 CAR 2

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 92 NYLANDER, 21 LAICH
Forward Line 2: 43 FLEISCHMANN, 25 KOZLOV, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 18 PETTINGER, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 19 BACKSTROM, 53 LAING
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, 26 COLE
Forward Line 2: 13 WHITNEY, 12 STAAL, 11 WILLIAMS
Forward Line 3: 59 LAROSE, 8 CULLEN, 24 WALKER
Forward Line 4: 16 LADD, 19 LETOWSKI, 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, 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 15 GORDON (undisclosed) Week-To-Week
Carolina – 22 COMMODORE (broken finger) DTD

Caps Milestones:
Michal Nylander 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 5 Goals to reach 200 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals will try repeating their success against the Canes from last Saturday. However, they will be without the services of Team Captain Chris Clark and Boyd Gordon. Both were injured in Wednesday’s shoot out loss to Florida. Alexander Semin also aggravated his ankle injury and questionable for tonight’s match up. In response to the injuries the Capitals have recalled Quintin Laing from the Hershey Bears. Since losing to the Caps the Canes lost on Wednesday to the Philadelphia Flyers. Look for the Caps to again try and control the pace of the game by getting the puck in the Carolina zone deep and try to force turnovers.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 Car 3.

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