Thursday, April 3, 2008

Game #81 Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: April 3, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 9-7-1-2
Caps Game 81 Record: 6-6-0-1
All-Time vs. TAM: 47-24-6-4
All-Time Home Record vs. TAM: 24-10-4-2
Last Season vs. TAM: 2-4-2
Last Meeting: 3/27/08, WAS 4 TAM 3 (OT)

This Year:
WAS Record: 41-31-8
Standings Points: 90
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 9th
Last Game: 4/1/08, WAS 4 CAR 1
Streak: Won 5

TAM Record: 31-40-9
Standings Points: 71
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 15th
Last Game: 4/2/08, TAM 2 CAR 6
Streak: Loss 2

Game 1: 10/24/07, WAS 5 TAM 3
Game 2: 11/10/07, WAS 2 TAM 5
Game 3: 11/16/07, WAS 2 TAM 5
Game 4: 12/15/07, WAS 3 TAM 2
Game 5: 12/26/07, WAS 3 TAM 2
Game 6: 2/16/08, WAS 3 TAM 2
Game 7: 3/27/08, WAS 4 TAM 3

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: 23 JURCINA, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 55 SCHULTZ, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 4 ERSKINE, 44 EMINGER
Goalie: 33 HUET
Back-up Goalie: 37 KOLZIG

Tampa
Forward Line 1: 10 JOKINEN, 4 LACAVALIER, 26 ST. LOUIS
Forward Line 2: 21 DARCHE, 11 HALPERN, 7 OUELLET
Forward Line 3: 61 STEWART, 29 MACDONALD, 42 LESSARD
Forward Line 4: 74 TARNASKY, 24 KARLSSON, 16 WARD
Defense Pair 1: 22 BOYLE, 2 PICARD
Defense Pair 2: 54 RANGER, 71 KUBA
Defense Pair 3: 32 SMABY, 39 LUNDIN
Goalie: 41 SMITH
Back-up Goalie: 31 RAMO

Injuries:
Washington – 17 CLARK (groin) DTD, 92 NYLANDER (shoulder) IR, 2 POTHIER (head) IR, 39 STECKEL (broken finger) DTD, 26 MORRISONN (upper body) DTD
Tampa – 34 CRAIG (knee) IR, 27 TAYLOR (hip) IR, 77 GRATTON (hip) IR, (knee) DTD

Caps Milestones:
Viktor Kozlov needs 6 points to reach 500 in his career.
John Erskine needs 5 PIM’s to reach 500 in his career.

Preview:
The Caps got a little bit of help last night but need to win tonight to take advantage. The Caps can move into the 8th spot in the conference as Pittsburgh defeated Philly in regulation. Philly has 91 points in the standings and with a win the Caps will have 92. New Jersey defeated Boston in a shootout so Boston gained 1 point to move to 92 in the standings. Tampa could not hold off the Carolina as the Hurricanes put a 6-2 beating on the Lightning. The win put Carolina 2 points ahead of the Caps in the SE Division. The Caps face a very unpredictable team in Tampa. They are a team with nothing to lose so look for the Caps to try and score early. Carolina scored a first minute goal last night and Tampa never recovered. The Caps had a tough time putting the Lightning away and required overtime to beat them last Saturday. I don’t see that happening again tonight. Look for the Caps to come out with lots of intensity knowing they need to win to survive.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 TAM 1

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