Thursday, December 27, 2007

Game #38 Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

Where: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

When: December 27, 2007, 7:30 PM

Caps Record on this Date: 5-7-1-1
Caps Game 38 Record: 14-15-3-0
All-Time vs. PIT: 75-85-16-2
Last Season vs. PIT: 0-3-1
Last Meeting: 10/20/07, WAS 1 PIT 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 14-19-4
Standings Points: 32
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 15th
Last Game: 12/26/2007, WAS 3 TAM 2
Streak: Won 1

PIT Record: 18-16-2
Standings Points: 38
Division Rank: Tied 3rd
Conference Rank: Tied 8th
Last Game: 12/23/2007, PIT 4 BOS 2
Streak: Won 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 92 NYLANDER, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 43 FLEISCHMANN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 18 PETTINGER, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 21 LAICH, 53 LAING
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 2 POTHIER
Defense Pair 2: 52 GREEN, 23 JURCINA
Defense Pair 3: 3 POTI, 55 SCHULTZ
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Forward Line 1: 10 ROBERTS, 87 CROSBY, 20 ARMSTRONG
Forward Line 2: 12 MALONE, 71 MALKIN, 17 SYKORA
Forward Line 3: 37 RUUTU, 11 STAAL, 27 LARAQUE
Forward Line 4: TAFFE, 16 CHRISTENSEN, 18 HALL
Defense Pair 1: 55 GONCHAR, 3 EATON
Defense Pair 2: 58 LETANG, 5 SYDOR
Defense Pair 3: 19 WHITNEY, 4 SCUDERI
Goalie: 30 SABOURIN
Back-up Goalie: 35 CONKLIN

Washington – 14 FEHR (hip) IR, 17 CLARK (groin) IR, 15 GORDON (hand fracture) IR
Pittsburgh – 3 EATON (knee) DTD, 25 TALBOT (ankle) IR, 29 FLEURY (ankle) IR

Caps Milestones:
Matt Pettinger needs 3 Points to reach 100 for his career
Brian Pothier needs 1 Points to reach 100 for his career
Michal Nylander needs 4 Goals to reach 200 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 5 Points to reach 200 for his career

The Capitals will try and build on last night’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning as they head into Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. To keep winning they are going to need to get production from the third and fourth lines as they did last night. David Steckel had a goal and two assists and Matt Bradley had the game-winning goal and an assist in the victory. Pittsburgh has not been kind to the Capitals in recent history. The Caps are 0-4-1 in their last 5 games against the Penguins. Look for the Capitals to try and control the tempo of the game and try to match up against the Penguins #1 line. They will force the play from the offensive zone and force Pittsburgh to make plays against them. Also, look for the night’s feature bout between Donald Brashear and Big Georges Laraque. The game and the bout to Washington.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 PIT 2

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