Thursday, November 27, 2008

Game #23 Montreal Canadians at Washington Capitals

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: November 28, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 4-8-2-1
Caps Game 23 Record: 11-15-6-1
All-Time vs. MON: 48-65-17-1
All-Time Home vs. MON: 29-27-9-0
Last Season vs. MON: 2-2-0
Last Meeting: 1/31/08, WAS 5 MON 4

This Year:
WAS Record: 12-7-3
Standings Points: 27
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/26/08, WAS 5 ATL 3
Streak: Win 1

MON Record: 12-5-4
Standings Points: 28
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 5th
Last Game: 11/26/08, MON 3 DET 1
Streak: Win 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 92 NYLANDER, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 3: 56 BOURQUE, 21 LAICH, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 39 STECKEL, 38 MINK
Defense Pair 1: 42 LEPISTO, 26 MORRISONN
Defense Pair 2: 89 SLOAN, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 47 ALZNER
Goalie: 60 THEODORE
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Montreal
Forward Line 1: 21 HIGGINS, 11 KOIVU, 27 KOVALEV
Forward Line 2: 46 A. KOSTITSYN, 20 LANG, 6 KOSTOPOULOS
Forward Line 3: 13 TANGUAY, 14 PLEKANEC, 84 LATENDRESSE
Forward Line 4: 74 S. KOSTITSYN, 40 LAPIERRE, 25 DANDENAULT
Defense Pair 1: 44 HAMERLIK, 26 GORGES
Defense Pair 2: 79 MARKOV, 3 O’BYRNE
Defense Pair 3: 51 BOUILLON, 71 BRISEBOIS
Goalie: 30 PRICE
Back-up Goalie: 41 HALAK

Injuries:
Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 91 FEDOROV (ankle) DTD, 28 SEMIN (upper body) IR, 52 GREEN (shoulder) IR, 55 SCHULTZ (broken finger) IR, 15 GORDON (back) DTD, 4 ERSKINE (undisclosed) DTD, 17 CLARK (forearm) IR
Montreal – 8 KOMISAREK (shoulder) IR

Caps Milestones:
Matt Bradley needs 1 point to reach 100 in his career.
Chris Clark needs 4 penalty minutes to reach 600 in his career.
Shaone Morrisonn needs 4 penalty minutes to reach 300 in his career.

Preview:
The Caps regained their winning ways on Wednesday with a victory over the Atlanta Thrashers but they face a much better Montreal Canadians team tonight at the Phone Both. The Caps are still riddled with injuries and may be without the services of Tom Poti due to a groin injury. Look for the Capitals to use their offense to pressure the Canadians and keep the puck out of the defensive zone. Watch Alex Ovechkin who is on a 9 game points scoring streak and will be looking to take control of the game. In the last meeting between the two teams, Ovechkin broke his nose and went on to score 4 goals including the overtime game-winner. This should be a high paced extremely competitive game with the Caps pulling out a close one.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 MON 2

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