Thursday, January 17, 2008

Game #46 Washington Capitals vs. Edmonton Oilers

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: January 17, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 7-6-1-1
Caps Game 46 Record: 14-17-0-1
All-Time vs. EDM: 28-25-6-0
Last Season vs. EDM: 0-1-0
Last Meeting: 10/28/06, WAS 0 EDM 4

This Year:
WAS Record: 19-21-5
Standings Points: 43
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 13th
Last Game: 1/15/2008, WAS 4 OTT 2
Streak: Won 1

EDM Record: 21-22-4
Standings Points: 46
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 14th
Last Game: 1/15/2008, EDM 1 LA 3
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 28 SEMIN, 15 GORDON, 43 FLEISCHMANN
Forward Line 3: 53 LAING, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 21 LAICH, 18 PETTINGER
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 23 JURCINA, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 3: 4 ERSKINE, 3 POTI
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Edmonton
Forward Line 1: 27 PENNER, 10 HORCOFF, 83 HEMSKY
Forward Line 2: 18 MOREAU, 19 REASONER, 34 PISANI
Forward Line 3: 12 NILSSON, 13 COGLIANO, 46 STORTINI
Forward Line 4: 8 SANDERSON, 51 BRODZIAK, 16 STOLL
Defense Pair 1: 24 STAIOS, 77 GILBERT
Defense Pair 2: 25 PITKANEN, 23 TARNSTROM
Defense Pair 3: 44 SOURAY, 5 SMID
Goalie: 32 GARON
Back-up Goalie: 35 ROLOSON

Injuries:
Washington – 14 FEHR (hip) IR, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 2 POTHIER (head) DTD
Edmonton – 14 TORRES (knee) IR, 2 GREENE (leg fracture) IR, 66 SPURGEON (undisclosed) IR

Caps Milestones:
Matt Pettinger needs 3 Points to reach 100 for his career
Matt Pettinger needs 6 SOG to reach 500 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 2 Points to reach 200 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 9 PIM’s to reach 2,400 for his career
Chris Clark needs 1 SOG to reach 800 for his career
Boyd Gordon needs 3 SOG to reach 200 for his career
Viktor Kozlov needs 5 assists to reach 300 for his career

Preview:
Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe was upset by the news that Alex Ovechkin had sealed his deal with the Caps, there is no doubt in my mind he had a huge offer for Alex on the restricted free agent market. Oh well, nobody wants to live in Edmonton anyway. Look for this game to be fast paced and spirited as both teams are young and trying to get into the playoff picture. The Caps need to attack the Edmonton defense, force turnovers, and get the lead early. Watch for Alexander Semin in this game it could be a breakout for him. I think the Caps even without Nylander and Clark have too much firepower in this one.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 EDM 2

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