Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Game #71 Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: March 12, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 4-11-0-0
Caps Game 71 Record: 13-12-5-1
All-Time vs. CAL: 25-22-9-0
Last Season vs. CAL: 1-0-0
Last Meeting: 10/30/06, WAS 4 CAL 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 32-30-8
Standings Points: 72
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 10th
Last Game: 3/9/08, WAS 2 PIT 4
Streak: Loss 2

CAL Record: 36-23-10
Standings Points: 82
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 3/10/08, CAL 7 STL 3
Streak: Won 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington

Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 28 SEMIN, 91 FEDOROV, 21 LAICH
Forward Line 3: 24 COOKE, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 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

Calgary
Forward Line 1: 20 HUSELIUS, 24 CONROY, 12 IGINLA
Forward Line 2: 40 TANGUAY, 22 LANGKOW, 11 NOLAN
Forward Line 3: 26 NILSON, 18 LOMBARDI, 17 GODARD
Forward Line 4: 23 NYSTROM, 19 PRIMEAU, 7 YELLE
Defense Pair 1: 3 PHANEUF, 4 VANDERMEER
Defense Pair 2: 8 ERIKSSON, 28 REGEHR
Defense Pair 3: 33 AUCOIN, 6 SARICH
Goalie: 34 KIPRUSOFF
Back-up Goalie: 31 JOSEPH

Injuries:
Washington – 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 2 POTHIER (head) IR, 39 STECKEL (broken finger)
Calgary – 25 MOSS (ankle) IR

Caps Milestones:
Matt Bradley will play in his 400th career NHL game
Tom Poti needs 2 Shots on Goal to reach 1,100 for his career
Alex Ovechkin needs 6 Goals to reach 60 for this season
Alex Ovechkin needs 5 points to reach 100 for this season
Alex Ovechkin needs 7 Points to reach 300 for his career
Alex Ovechkin needs 11 Shots on Goal to reach 1,200 for his career

Preview:
The Capitals suffered a heartbreaking loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. They will try to regroup and come out strong against a tough Calgary team. The Caps are in desperation mode now as they need to win and hope for a little help from outside to make the playoffs. With 12 games left and 8 intra-division games left there is still a chance. The Caps also face 3 Western Conference teams starting with Calgary then Nashville and Chicago. The team is playing well and learning a lot from the hard knocks school but it is hard not to notice the improved play of the team as a whole. Look for the Caps to continue to battle hard and try to put on a final run to the end of the regular season. Every game from here on out is a must win.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 CAL 1

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