Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Game #25 Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: December 2, 2008, 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 9-4-2-0
Caps Game 25 Record: 12-18-2-1
All-Time vs. FLA: 36-29-9-6
All-Time home vs. FLA: 19-11-5-5
Last Season vs. FLA: 4-3-1
Last Meeting: 4/5/08, WAS 3 FLA 1

This Year:
WAS Record: 13-8-3
Standings Points: 29
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 11/29/08, WAS 0 CLB 3
Streak: Loss 1

FLA Record: 9-11-3
Standings Points: 21
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 12th
Last Game: 11/30/08, FLA 4 NYR 0
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: 21 LAICH, 39 STECKEL 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 56 BOURQUE
Defense Pair 1: 42 LEPISTO, 26 MORRISONN
Defense Pair 2: 89 SLOAN, 43 HELMER
Defense Pair 3: 23 JURCINA, 47 ALZNER
Goalie: 60 THEODORE
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Florida
Forward Line 1: 10 BOOTH, 9 WEISS, 67 FROLIK
Forward Line 2: 85 OLESZ, 54 KREPS, 53 MCLEAN
Forward Line 3: 18 PELTONEN, 1 CAMPBELL, 14 DVORAK
Forward Line 4: 74 TARNASKY, 41 MATTHIAS, 13 STEWART
Defense Pair 1: 2 BALLARD, 4 BOUWMEESTER
Defense Pair 2: 3 SKRASTINS, 24 MCCABE
Defense Pair 3: 22 CULLIMORE, 44 BOYNTON
Goalie: 31 ANDERSON
Back-up Goalie: 29 VOKOUN

Injuries:
Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 91 FEDOROV (ankle) DTD, 28 SEMIN (upper body) IR, 52 GREEN (shoulder) IR, 55 SCHULTZ (broken finger) IR, 3 POTI (groin) DTD, 4 ERSKINE (undisclosed) DTD, 17 CLARK (forearm) IR
Florida – 5 ALLEN (knee) IR, 21 MURPHY (shoulder) IR, 20 ZEDNIK (arm) IR, 61 STILLMAN (concussion) IR, 16 HORTON (deep leg cut) DTD

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 return to the Verizon Center to take on the Florida Panthers for the first time this season. The Capitals injury situation has not improved as 7, possibly 8, regulars will miss the game. The players called up from Hershey have filled in well but they looked like a team full of call ups in the loss to Columbus on Saturday. Florida is coming off of a 4-0 victory over the Rangers and for his shutout effort Craig Anderson will get the start for the Panthers. The Capitals need to start fast and get the first goal. They are a different team when they get an early goal and it takes a lot of pressure off the young guys when they can play with the lead. Look for the first line to establish their presents. They have a combined 47 points against the Panthers and will be looking for more. Watch the second line as Fleischmann, Nylander and Fehr are developing some good chemistry. Also watch Milan Jurcina; he is going to score a goal soon. I think this will be a very tight game with the Caps pulling it out in the third.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 FLA 2

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