Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Game #41 Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When: January 6, 2009 7:00 PM

History:
Caps Record on this Date: 5-6-1-0
Caps Game 41 Record: 9-14-9-1
All-Time vs. PHI: 64-93-19-0
All-Time home vs. PHI: 36-37-13-0
Last Season vs. PHI: 2-2-0
Last Meeting: 12/20/08, WAS 1 PHI 7

This Year:
WAS Record: 26-11-3
Standings Points: 55
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 2nd
Last Game: 1/3/09, WAS 2 NYR 1
Streak: Win 6

PHI Record: 21-10-8
Standings Points: 50
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 5th
Last Game: 1/3/09, PHI 1 LA 2 (OT-SO)
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 KOZLOV
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 92 NYLANDER, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 16 FEHR, 39 STECKEL, 17 CLARK
Forward Line 4: 87 BRASHEAR, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 26 MORRISONN, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 23 JURCINA, 27 ALZNER
Defense Pair 3: 62 COLLINS, 55 SCHULTZ
Goalie: 60 THEODORE
Back-up Goalie: 1 JOHNSON

Philadelphia
Forward Line 1: 12 GAGNE, 18 RICHARDS, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 19 HARTNELL, 17 CARTER, 9 UPSHALL
Forward Line 3: 14 NODL, 13 METROPOLIT, 45 ASHAM
Forward Line 4: 32 COTE, 24 GRATTON, 47 SBISA
Defense Pair 1: 25 CARLE, 6 JONES
Defense Pair 2: 23 VAANANEN, 44 TIMONEN
Defense Pair 3: 5 COBURN, 41 ALBERTS
Goalie: 43 BIRON
Back-up Goalie: 49 MUNROE

Injuries:
Washington – 2 POTHIER (concussion) IR, 91 FEDOROV (ankle) DTD, 4 ERSKINE (concussion) DTD, 3 POTI (groin) DTD, 14 FLEISCHMANN (illness) DTD

Philadelphia – 48 BRIERE (GROIN) IR, 61 BEAULIEU (undisclosed) IR, 77 PARENT (torn labrum) IR, 2 HATCHER (knee) IR, 4 RATHJE (BACK) IR, 30 NITTYMAKI (groin) DTD, 36 POWE (hip) DTD, 24 GRATTON (abdominal pull) DTD, 46 KALINSKI (leg) DTD, 12 GAGNE (upper body) DTD, 15 LUPUL (undisclosed) DTD, 28 GIROUX (head) DTD, 45 ASHAM (knee) DTD

Caps Milestones:
Brooks Laich needs 1 point to reach 100 in his career.
Mike Green needs 3 points to reach 100 in his career.
Tom Poti needs 9 points to reach 300 in his career.
Viktor Kozlov needs 6 goals to reach 200 in his career.
Alex Ovechkin needs 10 goals to reach 200 in his career.

Preview:
The Capitals are red hot, winning 11 of their last 12 games, but they face the team that gave them the 1 loss in that stretch. The Philadelphia Flyer pounded the Caps 7-1 back on December 20th and that didn’t sit too well with the team. To say that these two teams dislike each other would be an understatement to say the least. The Caps were quite put off in the last game as Philly, with a 7-1 lead, had their #1 power play on the ice in the final minutes of the third period trying to pile on the score. Look for this game to be ultra-physical as both teams try to send a message. Watch for the rematch between Donald Brashear and Riley Cote as Brashear pummeled Cote twice in Philly. This will be a very closely contested game but I think the difference will be the Caps 3rd and 4th line play. This will be fun.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 PHI 3

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