Thursday, October 28, 2010

Game #10 Preview: Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild


Where: Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, MN

When:  October 28, 2010 8:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 6-11-1-0
Caps Game 10 Record: 12-17-5-0
All-Time vs. MIN: 4-5-0-1
All-Time at MIN: 0-4-0-1
Last Season vs. MIN: 1-0-0
Last Meeting: 11/13/09, WAS 3 MIN 1

This Year:
WAS Record: 6-3-0
Standings Points: 12
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 4th      
Last Game: 10/27/10, WAS 3 CAR 0
Streak: Win 2

MIN Record: 3-3-2
Standings Points: 8
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 13th    
Last Game: 10/25/10, MIN 2 LA 3 (OT-SO)
Streak: Loss 2

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 85 PERREAULT, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 14 FLEISCHMANN, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 10 BRADLEY, 39 STECKEL, 26 HENDRICKS
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 4 ERSKINE, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 27 ALZNER, 89 SLOAN
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 70 HOLTBY

Minnesota
Forward Line 1: 15 BRUNETTE, 9 KOIVU, 20 MIETTINEN
Forward Line 2: 48 LATENDRESSE, 7 CULLEN, 24 HAVLAT
Forward Line 3: 23 NYSTROM, 11 MADDEN, 22 CLUTTERBUCK
Forward Line 4: 12 KOBASEW, 21 BRODZIAK, 16 STAUBITZ
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 8 BURNS
Defense Pair 2: 5 ZANON, 3 ZIDLICKY
Defense Pair 3: 4 STONER, 41 FALK
Goalie: 32 BACKSTROM
Back-up Goalie: 60 THEODORE

Injuries:
Washington – 15 GORDON (undisclosed) IR, 1 VARLAMOV (groin) IR, 3 POTI (lower body) DTD, 90 JOHANSSON (hip flexor) DTD

Minnesota – 96 BOUCHARD (concussion) IR, 37 HARDING (knee) IR, 51 SHEPPARD (knee) IR

Caps Milestones:
Nicklas Backstrom needs 8 assists to reach 200 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 6 points to reach 200 in his career.

Preview:
After a 3-0 whitewash of the Carolina Hurricanes the Caps turn right around and face the Minnesota Wild on the second stop of their road trip. As a franchise, the Caps have not won a game in 5 tries at Minnesota. The team will look to duplicate their effort from last night where they played the most complete game of the season. They will need to keep up the defensive awareness and attach the offensive zone more to create turnovers and havoc in the Minnesota end of the rink. The Wild have had a tough start to the year but are starting put things together. I’m thinking this will be another low scoring affair with lots of up and down action. If the Caps get the early lead they will win this game. If they don’t it will be a dogfight.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 MIN 1

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