Friday, November 14, 2008

Game #16 New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: November 14, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 5-6-3-0
Caps Game 16 Record: 15-14-4-0
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: 9-4-2
Standings Points: 20
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/12/08, WAS 5 CAR 1
Streak: Win 4

NJ Record: 7-6-2
Standings Points: 16
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 9th
Last Game: 11/12/08, NJ 2 NYR 5
Streak: Loss 3

Previous Meetings:
Game 5: 10/18/08, WAS 3 NJ 4 (OT-SO)

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 2: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 3: 21 LAICH, 39 STECKEL, 17 CLARK
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: 60 THEODORE
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

New Jersey
Forward Line 1: 9 PARISE, 19 ZAJAC, 15 LANGENBRUNNER
Forward Line 2: 26 ELIAS, 8 ZUBRUS, 14 GIONTA
Forward Line 3: 20 PANDOLFO, 11 MADDEN, 23 CLARKSON
Forward Line 4: 22 VRANA, 17 RUPP, 18 BERGFORS
Defense Pair 1: 2 BROOKBANK, 5 WHITE
Defense Pair 2: 29 ODUYA, 24 SALVADOR
Defense Pair 3: 27 MOTTAU, 28 SALMELA
Goalie: 1 WEEKES
Back-up Goalie: CLEMMENSEN

Injuries:
Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 26 MORRISONN (groin) DTD, 91 FEDOROV (undisclosed) DTD
New Jersey – 21 TALLACKSON (irregular heartbeat) IR, 12 ROLSTON (ankle) IR, 30 BRODEUR (elbow) IR, 16 HOLIK (broken finger) IR, 6 GREENE (broken hand) IR, 25 LETOURNEAU-LEBLOND (nasal fracture) IR, 7 MARTIN (back) DTD

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:
An injury depleted New Jersey team comes to the Verizon Center for the beginning of a home-and-home series with the Caps. For the Caps this will be their 6th game in 11 days and have been shuffling the line up due to injuries as well. Jose Theodore will get the start in net as Brent Johnson had to leave the Carolina game with a hip injury. Sergei Fedorov is not expected to play and Shaone Morrisonn is a game time decision. The Devils are without their longtime goalie and Cap’s nemesis Martin Brodeur. The Caps first line was firing on all cylinders last game but look for Viktor Kozlov in this one. He had 4 shots on goal in Carolina but was a bit unlucky. I think he’ll get his 500th career point tonight. Watch for the Caps to try and take advantage early as the Devils will try to keep the Caps bottled up as much as possible. If this turns into a skating affair the Devils are dead.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 NJ 2

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