Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Game #6 Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames

Where: Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary Alberta

When: October 21, 2008, 9:30 PM

History:

Caps Record on this Date: 1-8-3-0

Caps Game 6 Record: 10-17-4-2

All-Time vs. CAL: 26-22-9-0

All-Time At CAL: 7-14-6-0

Last Season vs. CAL: 1-0-0

Last Meeting: 3/12/08, WAS 3 CAL 2

This Year:

WAS Record: 3-1-1

Standings Points: 7

Division Rank: 1st

Conference Rank: 3rd

Last Game: 10/18/08, WAS 3 NJ 4 (OT-SO)

Streak: Loss 1

CAL Record: 1-3-1

Standings Points: 3

Division Rank: 5th

Conference Rank: 14th

Last Game: 10/18/08, CAL 2 EDM 2

Streak: Loss 2

Probable Line-Ups:

Washington

Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 91 FEDOROV, 17 CLARK

Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN

Forward Line 3: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER, 10 BRADLEY

Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 39 STECKEL, 15 GORDON/16 FEHR

Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN

Defense Pair 2: 55 SCHULTZ, 89 SLOAN

Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 4 ERSKINE

Goalie: 60 THEODORE

Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Calgary

Forward Line 1: 12 IGINLA, 22 LANGKOW, 7 BERTUZZI

Forward Line 2: 13 CAMMALLERI, 18 LOMBARDI, 17 BOURQUE

Forward Line 3: 20 GLENCROSS, 24 CONROY, 25 MOSS

Forward Line 4: 27 ROY, 19 PRIMEAU, 16 BOYD

Defense Pair 1: 3 PHANEUF, 4 VANDERMEER

Defense Pair 2: 6 SARICH, 28 REGEHR

Defense Pair 3: 5 GIORDANO, 33 AUCOIN

Goalie: 34 KIPRUSOFF

Back-up Goalie: 1 MCELHINNY

Injuries:

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

Calgary – 44 WARRENER (shoulder) IR, 38 LALANDE (ankle) IR, 67 BALDWIN 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.

Michael Nylander needs 7 shots on goal to reach 1,600 in his career.

Alex Ovechkin needs 11 shots on goal to reach 1,300 in his career.

Preview:

The Caps travel to Calgary to take on the Flames in the first game of a 3-game western road trip. The Caps have been hurt by injuries in the early going and have recalled Tyler Sloan from Hershey to fill in on defense while Tom Poti recovers from a groin strain. Donald Brashear is expected to be back in the lineup possibly tonight. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau is trying to get chemistry going with the forwards by moving Sergei Fedorov to the top line with Alex Ovechkin. He’s put Backstrom on the Alexander Semin line who is scoring regardless of who’s at center. The Russian winger is currently 2nd in the NHL in goals scored and points. Calgary has had a tough start to the season but in their 5 games they have only played 3 teams, VAN, EDM, and COL. The Caps need to be careful as the Flames need a win and will come out flying in this one. Look for the Caps to press the attack and get a more consistent first period effort. The Caps have shown that they are never out of any game, but they need to learn that teams are gunning for them from the get go and that putting some points on the board in the first will take the fight out of the opposition, case and point Vancouver. Watch for improvement on the power play. The Caps have to simplify their system and get pucks to the net where Brooks Laich and Chris Clark can do their thing. I think the Caps weather the storm in the first and win this one going away.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 CAL 2

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