Saturday, October 18, 2008

Game #5 New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: October 18, 2008, 7:00 PM


Caps Record on this Date: 6-6-0-0

Caps Game 5 Record: 7-25-1-0

All-Time vs. NJ: 70-55-8-6

All-Time At Home vs. NJ: 41-22-4-3

Last Season vs. NJ: 2-1-1

Last Meeting: 2/29/08, WAS 4 NJ 0

This Year:

WAS Record: 3-1-0

Standings Points: 6

Division Rank: 1st

Conference Rank: 3rd

Last Game: 10/16/08, WAS 4 PIT 3

Streak: Win 3

NJ Record: 3-1-0

Standings Points: 6

Division Rank: 2nd

Conference Rank: 5th

Last Game: 10/16/08, NJ 1 ATL 0

Streak: Win 1

Probable Line-Ups:


Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 17 CLARK

Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 92 NYLANDER, 28 SEMIN

Forward Line 3: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 15 GORDON, 14 FEHR

Forward Line 4:56 BOURQUE, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY

Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN

Defense Pair 2: 91 FEDOROV, 23 JURCINA

Defense Pair 3: 55 SCHULTZ, 4 ERSKINE

Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Back-up Goalie: 60 THEODORE

New Jersey

Forward Line 1: 26 ELIAS, 12 ROLSTON, 15 LANGENBRUNNER

Forward Line 2: 9 PARISE, 11 MADDEN, 14 GIONTA

Forward Line 3: 20 PANDOLFO, 19 ZAJAC, 8 ZUBRUS

Forward Line 4: 17 RUPP, 16 HOLIK, 23 CLARKSON

Defense Pair 1: 7 MARTIN, 5 WHITE

Defense Pair 2: 29 ODUYA, 24 SALVADOR

Defense Pair 3: 27 MOTTAU, 28 SALMELA

Goalie: 30 BRODEUR

Back-up Goalie: 1 WEEKES


Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 25 KOZLOV (leg) DTD, 3 POTI (groin) DTD, 87 BRASHEAR (hand) DTD

New Jersey – 21 TALLACKSON (irregular heartbeat) IR

Caps Milestones:

Victor Kozlov needs 3 points to reach 500 in his career.

Matt Bradley needs 4 points to reach 100 in his career.


In tonight’s matchup the Caps face the New Jersey Devils. VS. Commentator Keith Jones’ picked the Devils to make the Stanley Cup Final so this will be another big test for the Caps. In the last two games the Caps have lost 3 players to injury. These injuries have forced the Caps to move Sergei Fedorov to the blue line where he will be paired with Milan Jurcina. Fedorov has performed extremely well on the back end and is tied for 3rd in the NHL with a +/- rating of plus-5. Chris Clark will again on the first line and Chris Bourque has been recalled from Hershey to play in place of Donald Brashear. The Capitals will start Brent Johnson in goal and want to get a consistent effort between the pipes. Look for the Caps to improve on their special teams play. The Caps gave up 3 power play goals in their last game. They also failed to convert on 4 of their own power plays. The Caps currently rank 9th in the NHL on the power play (21%) and 26th in the league on the penalty kill (70.6%). Watch for another strong outing from Alexander Semin who has 8 points in 4 games this season. Semin has recorded points in every game to start this season. This should be a close match but the Caps, ranked 2nd in the NHL in goals/game (4.25), have a lot of fire power up front to overcome the Devils.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 NJ 3

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