Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Game #9 Washington Capitals vs. Nashville Predators

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: October 28, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:

Caps Record on this Date: 5-11-1-0

Caps Game 9 Record: 13-16-3-1

All-Time vs. NAS: 5-5-1-0

All-Time Home vs. NAS: 3-2-0-0

Last Season vs. NAS: 1-0-0

Last Meeting: 3/18/08, WAS 4 NAS 2

This Year:

WAS Record: 4-3-1

Standings Points: 9

Division Rank: 2nd

Conference Rank: 8th

Last Game: 10/25/08, WAS 6 DAL 5 (OT)

Streak: Win 1

NAS Record: 4-4-0

Standings Points: 8

Division Rank: 4th

Conference Rank: 11th

Last Game: 10/25/08, NAS 5 LA 4

Streak: Win 1

Probable Line-Ups:

Washington

Forward Line 1: 21 LAICH, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV

Forward Line 2: 16 FEHR, 91 FEDOROV, 28 SEMIN

Forward Line 3: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER, 17 CLARK

Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY

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

Nashville

Forward Line 1: 27 HORNQVIST, 19 ARNOTT, 71 DUMONT

Forward Line 2: 28 JONES, 11 LEGWAND, 10 ERAT

Forward Line 3: 29 WARD, 14 BONK, 25 SMITHSON

Forward Line 4: 22 TOOTOO, 12 NICHOL, 74 TARNASKY

Defense Pair 1: 6 WEBER, 20 SUTER

Defense Pair 2: 2 HAMHUIS, 7 DE VRIES

Defense Pair 3: 4 KOISTINEN, 5 ZANON

Goalie: 39 ELLIS

Back-up Goalie: 25 RINNE

Injuries:

Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 3 POTI (groin) DTD, 8 OVECHKIN (personal reasons) DTD

Nashville – 26 SULLIVAN (back) IR, 41 ORTMEYER (knee) IR

Caps Milestones:

Victor Kozlov needs 2 points to reach 500 in his career.

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

Michael Nylander needs 4 shots on goal to reach 1,600 in his career.

Sergei Fedorov needs 3 penalty minutes to reach 800 in his career.

Preview:

The Capitals return home for a game against Nashville. The Caps were 1-2-0 on their Western road trip and finished the trip with a wild 6-5 overtime victory in Dallas. The team will be without Alex Ovechkin in this game as he has returned home to Russia to be with his ailing grandfather. Brooks Laich has been penciled in for first line duties and Eric Fehr gets the call on the second line. The Caps are still without Tom Poti in the defensive ranks so once again rookie Tyler Sloan will pair with Jeff Schultz. The defense was very suspect on the latest road trip and will be called upon to give a more consistent effort. The power play has a goal in each of the last two games and looks to be a work in progress. Look for the second line to get the Ovechkin treatment and face the number one defensive pair from Nashville. The Caps will try and get more traffic to net on the power play and take more shots. I think this one will be very competitive in the first but the Caps will pull away in the second.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 NAS 3

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