Thursday, November 20, 2008

Game #19 Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings


Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

When: November 20, 2008, 10:30 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 3-9-1-0
Caps Game 19 Record: 13-18-2-0
All-Time vs. LA: 34-48-18-0
All-Time at LA: 15-27-6-0
Last Season vs. LA: Did not play
Last Meeting: 2/8/07, WAS 4 LA 3

This Year:
WAS Record: 11-4-3
Standings Points: 25
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/19/08, WAS 6 ANA 4
Streak: Win 1

LA Record: 7-8-2
Standings Points: 16
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 13th
Last Game: 11/16/08, ANA 2 LA 0
Streak: Loss 2

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 21 LAICH, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 3: 39 STECKEL, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 92 NYLANDER, 17 CLARK
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

Los Angeles
Forward Line 1: 12 O’SULLIVAN, 11 KOPITAR, 23 BROWN
Forward Line 2: 9 MOLLER, 28 STOLL, 24 FROLOV
Forward Line 3: 19 CALDER, 26 HANDZUS, 17 SIMMONDS
Forward Line 4: 41 IVANANS, 22 BOYLE, 13 ZEILER
Defense Pair 1: 8 DOUGHTY, 27 QUINCEY
Defense Pair 2: 2 GREENE, 6 ODONNELL
Defense Pair 3: 5 HARROLD, 21 GAUTHIER
Goalie: 31 ERSBERG
Back-up Goalie: 35 LABARBERA

Injuries:
Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 26 MORRISONN (groin) DTD, 91 FEDOROV (undisclosed) DTD, 28 SEMIN (upper body) DTD, 52 GREEN (upper body) DTD
Los Angeles – 3 JOHNSON (shoulder) IR, 67 CLICHE (shoulder) IR, 56 CLUNE (chest) IR

Caps Milestones:
Matt Bradley needs 3 points to reach 100 in his career.
Chris Clark needs 8 penalty minutes to reach 600 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 6 shots on goal to reach 400 in his career.

Preview:
The Caps put a good licking on the Anaheim Ducks last night but they paid a heavy price. Defensemen Mike Green left the game with a shoulder injury and is questionable for tonight’s game in LA. The Kings have not played since Sunday and should be rested for the match up. Look for the Caps to take the direct approach with the puck and try to bury the Kings early. If the Caps let them in the game then it will be a tough night. Watch for the secondary scoring to be the key. If the third and fourth lines are as effective as last night then the Kings cannot focus on stopping the top line and that bodes well for the Caps. Even with the injuries, the Caps outmatch the Kings and this game is a should-win for them. Now they have to do it.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 LA 1

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