Saturday, March 1, 2008

Game #66 Washington Capitals Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: March 1, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 5-6-0-0
Caps Game 66 Record: 15-13-1-2
All-Time vs. TOR: 51-46-10-2
Last Season vs. TOR: 2-2-0
Last Meeting: 1/25/08, WAS 2 TOR 1

This Year:
WAS Record: 30-27-8
Standings Points: 68
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 11th
Last Game: 2/29/08, WAS 4 NJ 0
Streak: Won 2

TOR Record: 28-28-10
Standings Points: 66
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 12th
Last Game: 1/29/08, TOR 2 TAM 3 (OT)
Streak: Loss 1

Game 1: 10/29/07, WAS 7 TOR 1
Game 2: 1/23/07, WAS 2 TOR 3
Game 3: 1/24/08, WAS 2 TOR 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington

Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 28 SEMIN, 91 FEDOROV, 43 FLEISCHMANN
Forward Line 3: 53 LAING, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 21 LAICH
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 23 JURCINA, 4 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 55 SCHULTZ, 44 EMINGER
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG, 33 HUET
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Toronto
Forward Line 1: 10 STEEN, 13 SUDIN, 48 WILLIAMS
Forward Line 2: 55 BLAKE, 80 ANTROPOV, 16 TUCKER
Forward Line 3: 23 PONIKAROVSKY, 14 STAJAN, 41 TLUSTY
Forward Line 4: 52 EARL, 14 STAJAN, 42 WELLWOOD
Defense Pair 1: 15 KABERLE, 24 MCCABE
Defense Pair 2: 8 COLAIACOVO, 31 KUBINA
Defense Pair 3: 7 WHITE, 36 STRALMAN
Goalie: 35 TOSKALA
Back-up Goalie: 1 RAYCROFT

Injuries:
Washington – 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 2 POTHIER (head) IR
Toronto – 22 DEVEREAUX (knee) IR, 21 POHL (ankle) IR, 50 BOYCE (shoulder) IR, 9 BELL (eye) IR

Caps Milestones:
Donald Brashear needs 1 Points to reach 200 for his career
Tom Poti needs 6 Shots on Goal to reach 1,100 for his career
Alex Ovechkin needs 2 Goals to reach 50 for this season

Preview:
The Capitals came out with great confidence against New Jersey last night and delivered a great performance topping the Devils 4-0. Tonight they need to come out with that same intensity against Toronto. The Make Believes are just two points back of the Caps in the standings and are a team the Caps need to absolutely bury. Olie Kolzig will start in goal tonight for the Caps. Look for the Caps to score early and often as they continue their run toward a playoff spot. Matt Cooke should make his Caps debut tonight so watch for this to be a very physical game as well. I think the Caps will take this one easily.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 6 TOR 1

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