Monday, October 18, 2010

Game #6 Preview: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins


Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  October 19, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 5-11-1-1
Caps Game 6 Record: 10-18-4-3
All-Time vs. BOS: 41-61-21-8
All-Time Home vs. BOS: 22-27-12-4
Last Season vs. BOS: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 4/11/10, WAS 3 BOS 4 (OT-SO)

This Year:
WAS Record: 4-1-0
Standings Points: 8
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 2nd      
Last Game: 10/16/10, WAS 3 NAS 2 (OT)
Streak: Win 4

BOS Record: 2-1-0
Standings Points: 4
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 9th    
Last Game: 10/16/10, BOS 4 NJ 1
Streak: Win 2

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, 39 STECKEL
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 89 SLOAN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV

Boston
Forward Line 1: 17 LUCIC, 46 KREJCI, 18 HORTON
Forward Line 2: 22 THORNTON, 11 CAMPBELL, 28 RECCHI
Forward Line 3: 20 PAILLE, 37 BERGERON, 73 RYDER
Forward Line 4: 19 SEGUIN, 63 MARCHAND, 26 WHEELER
Defense Pair 1: 44 SEIDENBERG, 33 CHARA
Defense Pair 2: 45 STUART, 55 BOYCHUK
Defense Pair 3: 21 FERENCE, 48 HUNWICK
Goalie: 30 THOMAS
Back-up Goalie: 40 RASK

Injuries:
Washington – 3 POTI (lower body) DTD, 10 BRADLEY (lower body) DTD, 52 GREEN (upper body) DTD

BOS – 9 SAVARD (concussion) IR, 42 WHITFIELD (Achilles) IR, 16 STURM (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:
The Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game #6. The team is looking to even out its erratic play and that begins at the start. In the last two games the Caps have left the first period trailing their opponents. Without the stellar play of goalie Micheal Nuevirth, they may have been out of these games before they could get in gear. Neuvirth has been a godsend, but the team would rather have him protecting a lead than bailing them out. Look for the top line of Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble to force the play in the Boston zone and keep the pressure off the injured d-corps. The Caps may get the services of Tom Poti back but John Carlson is banged up from blocking a shot in the Nashville game and Mike Green is doubtful. I think the Caps will start strong and take this game over early. It should be an entertaining game with lots of physicality.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 BOS 1

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