Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Game #7 Preview: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins





Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When:  October 21, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 1-9-3-0
Caps Game 7 Record: 10-20-5-0
All-Time vs. BOS: 41-62-21-8
All-Time at BOS: 19-34-9-4
Last Season vs. BOS: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 10/19/10, WAS 1 BOS 3

This Year:
WAS Record: 4-2-0
Standings Points: 8
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 4th      
Last Game: 10/19/10, WAS 1 BOS 3
Streak: Loss 1

BOS Record: 3-1-0
Standings Points: 6
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 7th    
Last Game: 10/19/10, BOS 3 WAS 1
Streak: Win 3

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: 17 KING, 26 HENDRICKS, 39 STECKEL
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 3: 89 SLOAN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV
Back-up Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH

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 –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 will play his 400th career game.
Brooks Laich needs 6 points to reach 200 in his career.

Preview:
In the second game of a home and home series the Capitals will try to avenge the 3-1 home loss they suffered on Wednesday. The team had a good start to the game but goalie Michael Nuevirth had to leave midway through the first period due to the flu. Semyon Varlamov will most likely get his first start of the season in net for the Caps. Look for the team to get more traffic in the front of the Boston net. They got 36 shots on goal Wednesday but were only able to get 1 goal. The key for the Caps is to get in on the forecheck and disrupt the Boston defense. This should be another exciting game with lots of physical play. I think the Caps bounce back for the win but it will be close.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 BOS 2

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