Friday, March 7, 2008

Game #69 Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins

Where: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA

When: March 8, 2008, 1:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 6-4-1-1
Caps Game 69 Record: 14-15-1-1
All-Time vs. BOS: 34-60-21-6
Last Season vs. BOS: 0-0-4
Last Meeting: 3/3/08, WAS 10 BOS 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 32-28-8
Standings Points: 72
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 10th
Last Game: 3/5/08, WAS 3 BUF 1
Streak: Won 2

BOS Record: 35-25-7
Standings Points: 77
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 7th
Last Game: 3/6/08, BOS 2 TOR 8
Streak: Loss 3

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: 24 COOKE,
15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR,
21 LAICH, 14 FEHR
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 55 SCHULTZ, 4 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 37 KOLZIG, 33 HUET
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Boston
Forward Line 1: 11 AXELSSON, 91 SAVARD, 27 MURRAY
Forward Line 2: 16 STURM, 13 METROPOLIT, 81 KESSEL
Forward Line 3: 72 SCHAEFER, 46 KREJCI, 12 KOBASEW
Forward Line 4: 17 LUCIC, 56 NOKELAINEN, 22 THORNTON
Defense Pair 1: 6 WIDEMAN, 33 CHARA
Defense Pair 2: 21 FERENCE, 44 WARD
Defense Pair 3: 45 STUART, 34 HNIDY
Goalie: 29 AULD
Back-up Goalie: 30 THOMAS

Injuries:
Washington – 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 2 POTHIER (head) IR, 39 STECKEL (broken finger)
Boston – 37 BERGERON (concussion, broken nose) IR, 36 ZHAMNOV (ankle) IR, 35 FERNANDEZ (knee) IR, 36 ZHAMNOV (ankle) IR

Caps Milestones:
Tom Poti needs 4 Shots on Goal to reach 1,100 for his career
Alex Ovechkin needs 6 Goals to reach 60 for this season
Alex Ovechkin needs 8 points to reach 100 for this season
Alex Ovechkin needs 10 Points to reach 300 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals go into Boston for a rematch of Monday’s match up that saw Washington crush Boston 10-2. The teams have gone in different directions since that game. The Caps won in Buffalo on Wednesday while the Bruins were shutout in Florida for a 1-0 overtime loss on Tuesday and were walloped again last night 8-2 by Toronto. The Bruins will want payback for the beating administer by the Caps but after this week I don’t know if they have it in them. The Caps will most likely bring the same lineup into Boston and I don’t expect the outcome to be quite as severe but the Caps should win this one. Hopefully they can avoid the temptation to look forward to Sunday’s match up with Pittsburgh because a win over Boston is worth the same in the standings as a win over the Pens.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 BOS 2

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