Thursday, January 24, 2008

Game #50 Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: January 24, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 3-9-2-0
Caps Game 50 Record: 12-15-4-0
All-Time vs. TOR: 50-46-10-2
Last Season vs. TOR: 2-2-0
Last Meeting: 1/23/07, WAS 2 TOR 3

This Year:
WAS Record: 22-22-5
Standings Points: 49
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 10th
Last Game: 1/23/07, WAS 2 TOR 3
Streak: Loss 1

TOR Record: 20-22-8
Standings Points: 48
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 13th
Last Game: 1/23/07, WAS 2 TOR 3
Streak: Won1

Game 1: 10/29/07, WAS 7 TOR 1
Game 2: 1/23/07, WAS 2 TOR 3

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

Toronto
Forward Line 1: 55 BLAKE, 13 SUDIN, 16 TUCKER
Forward Line 2: 23 PONIKAROVSKY, 80 ANTROPOV, 3 BELAK
Forward Line 3: 10 STEEN, 14 STAJAN, 22 DEVEREAUX
Forward Line 4: 18 KILGER, 42 WELLWOOD, 41 TLUSTY
Defense Pair 1: 15 KABERLE, 7 WHITE
Defense Pair 2: 25 GILL, 31 KUBINA
Defense Pair 3: 56 WOZNIEWSKI, 36 STRALMAN
Goalie: 35 TOSKALA
Back-up Goalie: 1 RAYCROFT

Injuries:
Washington – 14 FEHR (hip) IR, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 2 POTHIER (head) IR
Toronto – 8 COLAIACOVO (knee) IR, 9 BELL (cracked orbital bone) IR, 24 MCCABE (hand fracture) IR

Caps Milestones:
Brooks Laich needs to play 1 game for 200 as a Capital
Steve Eminger needs to play 1 game for 200 in his career
Matt Pettinger needs 2 Points to reach 100 for his career
Matt Pettinger needs 4 SOG to reach 500 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 2 Points to reach 200 for his career
Donald Brashear needs 7 PIM’s to reach 2,400 for his career
Chris Clark needs 1 SOG to reach 800 for his career
Viktor Kozlov needs 4 assists to reach 300 for his career

Preview:
Unfortunately, the Caps were beaten by a Pylon (Mats Sundin) last night snapping their 4-game winning streak with 29 second left in the third period. Fortunately, they have a chance to repay the favor with the second half of the home-and-home series tonight at Verzon Center. The Caps got goals from the Alexes last night but nowhere else. For the Caps to succeed they need that secondary scoring from the 3rd and 4th lines. Look for the Caps to come out fast and try to put a lead on the board early. This should be a physical affair and have much more scoring than last night.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 6 TOR 4

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