Saturday, March 29, 2008

Game #79 Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers

Where: Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, FL

When: March 29, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 7-2-5-1
Caps Game 79 Record: 12-15-3-1
All-Time vs. FLA: 34-29-9-6
All-Time Road Record at FLA: 16-18-4-1
Last Season vs. FLA: 3-3-2
Last Meeting: 2/15/08, WAS 2 FLA 4

This Year:
WAS Record: 39-31-8
Standings Points: 86
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 9th
Last Game: 3/27/08, WAS 4 TAM 3 (OT)
Streak: Won 3

FLA Record: 36-33-9
Standings Points: 81
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 11th
Last Game: 3/27/08, FLA 2 ATL 3
Streak: Loss 2

Game 1: 11/15/07, WAS 1 FLA 2
Game 2: 11/19/07, WAS 3 FLA 4
Game 3: 11/28/07, WAS 1 FLA 2 (OT-SO)
Game 4: 12/1/07, WAS 2 FLA 1
Game 5: 1/19/08, WAS 5 FLA 3
Game 6: 2/16/08, WAS 2 FLA 4

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington

Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 24 COOKE, 91 FEDOROV, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 43 FLEISCHMANN, 21 LAICH, 14 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 55 SCHULTZ, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 33 HUET
Back-up Goalie: 37 KOLZIG

Florida
Forward Line 1: 10 BOOTH, 9 WEISS, 16 HORTON
Forward Line 2: 85 OLESZ, 53 MCLEAN, 14 DVORAK
Forward Line 3: 18 PELTONEN, 12 JOKINEN, 15 STUMPEL
Forward Line 4: 11 CAMPBELL, 54 KREPS, 33 BELAK
Defense Pair 1: 4 BOUWMEESTAR, 22 CULLIMORE
Defense Pair 2: 3 SKRASTINS, 6 JOHANSSON
Defense Pair 3: 21 MURPHY, 5 ALLEN
Goalie: 29 VOKOUN
Back-up Goalie: 31 ANDERSON

Injuries:
Washington – 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 2 POTHIER (head) IR, 39 STECKEL (broken finger) DTD
Florida – 20 ZEDNIK (neck laceration) IR, 17 MURRAY (shoulder) IR, 26 VAN RYN (wrist) IR, 27 WELCH (shoulder) IR

Caps Milestones:
Mike Green needs 7 Shots on Goal to reach 300 for his career.
Victor Kozlov needs 2 Shots on Goal to reach 200 as a Capital.

Preview:
The Capitals again need to win this game to keep pace in the playoff race. The Panthers are a very dangerous opponent. They have lost their previous two games and have almost been eliminated from the playoffs but have still been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last three weeks. In their last meeting, February 15th, the Panthers beat the Caps 4-2. The Caps, however, have been playing elimination hockey for the last two months and Head Coach Bruce Boudreau has them believing in themselves. They have come from behind in the last two games to pullout shootout and overtime wins. Look for this to be another close physical game that will cause you to pull your hair out. The Caps will find a way to pull this one out in the end, but hang on because it’s going to be a rollercoaster ride.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 FLA 2

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