Saturday, October 25, 2008

Game #8 Washington Capitals at Dallas Stars

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Where: American Airlines Arena, Irving, TX

When: October 25, 2008, 8:00 PM

History:

Caps Record on this Date: 4-7-3-0

Caps Game 8 Record: 11-17-5-0

All-Time vs. DAL: 5-14-1-0

All-Time At DAL: 2-9-0-0

Last Season vs. DAL: Did not play

Last Meeting: 11/30/06, WAS 4 DAL 3

This Year:

WAS Record: 3-3-1

Standings Points: 7

Division Rank: 3rd

Conference Rank: 8th

Last Game: 10/23/08, WAS 1 PHO 2

Streak: Loss 3

DAL Record: 3-4-1

Standings Points: 7

Division Rank: 2nd

Conference Rank: 9th

Last Game: 10/23/08, DAL 5 NYI 3

Streak: Win 1

Probable Line-Ups:

Washington

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, 10 BRADLEY

Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 39 STECKEL, 16 FEHR

Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN

Defense Pair 2: 55 SCHULTZ, 89 SLOAN

Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 91 FEDOROV

Goalie: 60 THEODORE

Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Dallas

Forward Line 1: 10 MORROW, 63 RIBEIRO, 21 ERIKSSON

Forward Line 2: 16 AVERY, 91 RICHARDS, 96 BRUNNSTROM

Forward Line 3: 18 NEAL, 9 MODANO, 44 CROMBEEN

Forward Line 4: 39 LUNDQVIST, 17 PETERSEN, 13 BARCH

Defense Pair 1: 2 GROSSMAN, 3 ROBIDAS

Defense Pair 2: 6 DALEY, 43 BOUCHER

Defense Pair 3: 5 NISKANEN, 28 FISTRIC

Goalie: 35 TURCO

Back-up Goalie: 31 STEPHAN

Injuries:

Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 25 KOZLOV (leg) DTD, 3 POTI (groin) DTD, 4 ERSKINE (bruised calf) DTD

Dallas – 33 JANIK (face) DTD, 56 ZUBOV (hip) IR, 26 LEHITNEN (groin) DTD, 29 OTT (groin) DTD

Caps Milestones:

Alexander Semin will play in his 200th career NHL game.

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 5 shots on goal to reach 1,600 in his career.

Preview:

The final stop on the Capitals road trip is in Dallas. The Caps have only won here twice in eleven tries. The team hopes to change their most current trend of scoring only 1 goal per game. I don’t know if it’s the injuries or just a rough patch but the Caps are due for a breakout. The Stars have given up lots of goals this season and the Caps need to take advantage. Look for John Erskine to get back into the lineup to face his former team. Watch for some more improvement on the power play as the Stars penalty kill has not been good this season. I have a feeling that this will be a good night for the Caps.


Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 DAL 2


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