Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Game #15 Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes

Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

When: November 12, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 5-5-4-0
Caps Game 15 Record: 13-14-4-2
All-Time vs. CAR: 31-19-7-3
All-Time at CAR: 13-10-5-2
Last Season vs. CAR: 4-4-0
Last Meeting: 11/6/08, WAS 3 CAR 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 8-4-2
Standings Points: 18
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/10/08, WAS 4 TAM 2
Streak: Win 3

CAR Record: 8-5-2
Standings Points: 18
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 7th
Last Game: 11/9/08, CAR 2 ATL 5
Streak: Loss 1

Previous Meetings:
Game 12: 11/6/08, WAS 3 CAR 2

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 2: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER, 17 CLARK
Forward Line 3: 21 LAICH, 39 STECKEL, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 89 SLOAN, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 1 JOHNSON
Back-up Goalie: 60 THEODORE

Carolina
Forward Line 1: 13 WHITNEY, 17 BRIND’AMOUR, 24 WALKER
Forward Line 2: 15 RUUTU, 12 STAAL, 44 EAVES
Forward Line 3: 59 LAROSE, 63 HELMINEN, 39 DWYER
Forward Line 4: 18 BAYDA, 8 CULLEN, 14 SAMSONOV
Defense Pair 1: 6 GLEASON, 77 CORVO
Defense Pair 2: 4 SEIDENBERG, 7 WALLIN
Defense Pair 3: 25 PITKANEN, 33 BABCHUK
Goalie: 30 WARD
Back-up Goalie: 49 LEIGHTON

Injuries:
Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 26 MORRISONN (groin) DTD, 91 FEDOROV (undisclosed) DTD, 25 KOZLOV (undisclosed) DTD,
Carolina – 45 TANABE (concussion) IR, 16 SUTTER (concussion) DTD, 11 WILLIAMS (torn Achilles) IR, 5 KABERLE (foot fracture) IR

Caps Milestones:
Victor Kozlov needs 1 point to reach 500 in his career.
Matt Bradley needs 4 points to reach 100 in his career.

Preview:
The Caps are head to Carolina with a 3-game win streak. Tonight’s match up will be their 5th game in 8 nights and the second with Carolina in 6 days. Carolina was quite upset about the outcome of the last game. As you remember Alexander Semin scored to 2 goals in three minutes to beat the Canes at Verizon Center. Look for this match up to be very physical as the Canes try to take revenge for the injustice of being beaten. The Caps need another strong start like they had against Tampa. The Caps took a 3-0 lead in the first period but they need to finish off much better as they seemed to take the foot off the gas pedal for the second and half of the third period. That kind of inconsistency is driving Head Coach Bruce Boudreau batty. Watch for Alex Ovechkin in this one as he scored his first goal in 10 games in the third period against Tampa and is primed for a break out. I’d hate to be a Carolina goalie tonight.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 CAR 1

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