Monday, October 11, 2010

Game #3 Preview: Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  October 11, 2010 7:00 PM

Caps Record on this Date: 6-10-2-0
Caps Game 3 Record: 11-16-6-2
All-Time vs. OTT: 31-28-5-3
All-Time Home vs. OTT: 18-11-4-1
Last Season vs. OTT: 1-1-2
Last Meeting: 3/30/10, WAS 4 OTT 5 (OT)

This Year:
WAS Record: 1-1-0
Standings Points: 2
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 6th      
Last Game: 10/9/10, WAS 7 NJ 2
Streak: Win 1

OTT Record: 0-2-0
Standings Points: 0
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 15th    
Last Game: 10/9/10, OTT 1 TOR 5
Streak: Loss 2

Probable Line-Ups:     
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 14 FLEISCHMANN, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 90 JOHANSSON, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 3 POTI, 4 ERSKINE
Defense Pair 3: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 35 SABOURIN

Forward Line 1: 9 MICHALEK, 19 SPEZZA, 11 ALFREDSSON
Forward Line 2: 73 RUUTU, 13 REGIN, 27 KOVALEV
Forward Line 3: 71 FOLIGNO, 22 KELLY, 25 NEIL
Forward Line 4: 15 SMITH, 12 FISHER, 18 WINCHESTER
Defense Pair 1: 65 KARLSSON, 14 CAMPOLI
Defense Pair 2: 4 PHILLIPS, 55 GONCHAR
Defense Pair 3: 39 CARKNER, 5 LEE
Goalie: 33 LECLAIR
Back-up Goalie: 30 ELLIOTT

Washington – 1 VALAMOV (groin) DTD

OTT – 17 KUBA (broken leg) IR

Caps Milestones:
Nicklas Backstrom needs 11 assists to reach 200 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 9 points to reach 200 in his career.
John Erskine needs 2 penalty minute to reach 300 with the Capitals.

The Caps returned to their winning ways with an impressive 7-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Saturday night. Washington will play their third game in four nights against the Ottawa Senators. The big question for the Caps is will who will start in net? Michael Nuevirth played two solid games Friday and Saturday and Semyon Varlamov is still a bit gimpy with groin issues. So Head Coach Bruce Boudreau may go with career backup Dany Sabourin who signed with the Caps this past offseason. The Sens are winless in two games this season but gave the Caps fits last season including two overtime game winners. Ottawa added former Capital Sergei Gonchar to the defense corps and will look to use their speed against the Caps. Look for a fast, gritty game with lots of hitting. The key for the Caps is keeping to their team systems as the action may be wide open. If the Capitals resist the urge to improvise I think they will run away with the game but the Sens are capable of throwing Washington off their game. However, I think the Caps will have too much firepower for the Senator to handle.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 OTT 2

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