Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Game #4 Preview: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders

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Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  October 13, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 5-12-2-0
Caps Game 4 Record: 17-17-0-1
All-Time vs. NYI: 87-79-13-3
All-Time Home vs. NYI: 45-33-11-2
Last Season vs. NYI: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 1/26/10, WAS 7 NYI 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 2-1-0
Standings Points: 4
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 4th      
Last Game: 10/11/10, WAS 3 OTT 2 (OT)
Streak: Win 2

NYI Record: 1-0-1
Standings Points: 3
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 5th    
Last Game: 10/11/10, NYI 6 NYR 4
Streak: Win 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, 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

NYI
Forward Line 1: 57 COMEAU, 12 BAILEY, 15 PARENTEAU
Forward Line 2: 40 GRABNER, 93 WEIGHT, 25 NIEDERREITER
Forward Line 3: 26 MOULSON, 51 NIELSEN, 7 HUNTER
Forward Line 4: 14 GILLIES, 28 KONOPKA, 16 SIM
Defense Pair 1: 4 EATON, 24 MARTINEK
Defense Pair 2: 20 WISNIEWSKI, 10 MOTTAU
Defense Pair 3: 27 JURCINA, 47 MACDONALD
Goalie: 39 DIPIETRO
Back-up Goalie: 30 ROLOSON

Injuries:
Washington – 1 VARLAMOV (groin) DTD, 3 POTI (lower body) DTD, 10 BRADLEY (lower body) DTD, 90 JOHANSSON (foot) WTW

NYI – 91 TAVARES (concussion) DTD, 52 LAWSON (knee) IR, 44 SCHREMP (back) IR, 21 OKPOSO (shoulder) IR, 2 STREIT (shoulder) IR

Caps Milestones:
Alex Ovechkin will play his 400th career game.
Nicklas Backstrom needs 11 assists to reach 200 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 8 points to reach 200 in his career.

Preview:
The New York Islanders come to the Verizon Center for the first of four meetings this season. In recent years the Isles have been at the bottom of the standings which means they picked very high in the draft. New York has a bunch of young talent on their roster. These are the most dangerous types of games for the Caps. The Isles play hard and have enough talent to beat any team on a given night. Caps fans must remember their teams’ own rebuild to get a sense of where New York is today. Look for this to be a hardworking, gritty game. The Caps will be without Tom Poti on defense once again, and also without the services of Matt Bradley and Marcus Johansson who were both hurt in Monday’s game. David Steckel will be back in the lineup and D.J. King will make his Capitals debut. I am thinking that we should see a structured approach to this game. The key will be to get the lead early and not give the young Isles a chance to get into the game. Look for a big start from the Capitals and a scrappy, hard hitting game.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 NYI 1


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