Saturday, October 9, 2010

Game #2 Preview: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils


Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  October 9, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 2-9-1-0
Caps Game 2 Record: 12-20-3-0
All-Time vs. NJ: 73-57-8-9
All-Time Home vs. NJ: 43-22-4-5
Last Season vs. NJ: 1-2-1
Last Meeting: 12/26/09, WAS 4 NJ 1

This Year:
WAS Record: 0-1-0
Standings Points: 0
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 13th      
Last Game: 10/8/10, WAS 2 ATL 4
Streak: Loss 1

NJ Record: 0-0-1
Standings Points: 1
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 6th    
Last Game: 10/8/10, NJ 3 DAL 4 (OTL)
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 14 FLEISCHMANN, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 39 STECKEL, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 17 KING, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 3 POTI, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 27 ALZNER, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 35 SABOURIN

NJ
Forward Line 1: 26 ELIAS, 25 ARNOTT, 23 CLARKSON
Forward Line 2: 22 LEBLOND, 16 HENRIQUE, 17 KOVALCHUK
Forward Line 3: 9 PARISE, 10 PELLEY, 15 LANGENBRUNNER
Forward Line 4: 12 ROLSTON, 19 ZAJAC, 8 ZUBRUS
Defense Pair 1: 6 GREENE, 28 VOLCHENKOV
Defense Pair 2: 7 TILLINDER, 5 WHITE
Defense Pair 3: 2 FRASER, 29 URBOM
Goalie: 30 BRODUER
Back-up Goalie: 1 HEDBERG

Injuries:
Washington – 1 VALAMOV (groin) DTD

NJ – 24 SALVADOR (concussion) IR, 29 SALMELA (knee) IR

Caps Milestones:
Nicklas Backstrom needs 11 assists to reach 200 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 10 points to reach 200 in his career.
John Erskine needs 2 penalty minute to reach 300 with the Capitals.

Preview:
After a lackluster performance against the Atlanta Thrashers the Capitals will try to rebound against the New Jersey Devils in their home opener. Atlanta played without Ilya Kovalchuck last night but the Devils have no such problem. The Caps usually have a tough game against the trapping defensive style New Jersey plays. The Caps will look to use a lot of indirect passing in the neutral zone to break the NJ trap. Again tonight, the key for the Caps is defensive responsibility and this will be a big early season test for the Caps. I think this will be a tight checking game with few scoring chances.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 NJ 2


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