Monday, December 31, 2007

Game #40 Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: January 1, 2008, 4:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 12-6-3-1
Caps Game 40 Record: 12-16-3-1
All-Time vs. OTT: 26-26-5-0
Last Season vs. OTT: 2-2-0
Last Meeting: 12/29/07, WAS 8 OTT 6

This Year:
WAS Record: 15-19-5
Standings Points: 35
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 14th
Last Game: 12/29/2007, WAS 8 OTT 6
Streak: Won 1

OTT Record: 25-9-4
Standings Points: 54
Division Rank: Tied 1st
Conference Rank: 1st
Last Game: 12/29/2007, OTT 6 WAS 8
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 43 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 53 LAING, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 21 LAICH
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: 35 CASSIVI

Ottawa
Forward Line 1: 15 HEATLEY, 19 SPEZZA, 11 ALFRESSON
Forward Line 2: 20 VERMETTE, 22 KELLY, 10 DONOVAN
Forward Line 3: 37 MCAMMOND, 12 FISHER, 25 NEIL
Forward Line 4: 71 FOLIGNO, 27 ROBITAILLE, 16 MCGRATTAN
Defense Pair 1: 4 PHILLIPS, 14 MESZAROS
Defense Pair 2: 6 REDDEN, 7 CORVO
Defense Pair 3: 5 SCHUBERT, 2 RICHARDSON
Goalie: 29 GERBER
Back-up Goalie: 1 EMERY

Injuries:
Washington – 14 FEHR (hip) IR, 17 CLARK (groin) IR, 1 JOHNSON
Ottawa – 24 VOLCHENKOV (fractured finger) IR, 44 EAVES (shoulder) IR

Caps Milestones:
Matt Pettinger needs 3 Points to reach 100 for his career
Alexander Semin needs 5 Shots on Goal to reach 400 for his career
Michal Nylander needs 2 Goals to reach 200 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 4 Points to reach 200 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals will rematch with Ottawa on the back half of a home-and-home series on New Year’s Day. The first game was an exciting 8-6 win by the Caps with Alex Ovechkin scoring 4 goals and an assist for a five point night. It was the second time the Caps went on the road into Ottawa and knocked off the #1 team in the Eastern Conference. With the last game fresh in their mind the Senators will look to exact a little revenge against the Capitals who climbed out of the Eastern Conference basement with Saturday’s win. The Caps who have registered standings points in 9 of their last 11 games are within 5 points of the 7th place team in the east. On the flip side, they are only 2 points out of the cellar. Look for the Caps to try and play the same style of game as they did on Saturday but with a little less scoring by the Senators. They need to start becoming more consistent at home as they have a 7-10-1 home record up to this point. No better place to start than against the Senators.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 OTT 2

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