Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Game #19 Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals



Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  November 17, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 4-7-1-0
Caps Game 19 Record: 14-19-2-0
All-Time vs. BUF: 38-77-15-3
All-Time at Home vs. BUF: 19-36-9-2
Last Season vs. BUF: 3-1-0
Last Meeting: 11/13/10, WAS 2 BUF 3 (OT)

This Year:
WAS Record: 13-4-1
Standings Points: 27
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st      
Last Game: 11/14/10, WAS 6 ATL 4
Streak: Win 1

BUF Record: 7-9-3
Standings Points: 13
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 10th    
Last Game: 11/15/10, BUF 4 VAN 3
Streak: Win 2

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 2: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 21 LAICH, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 90 JOHANSSON, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 4 ERSKINE, 89 SLOAN
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 70 HOLTBY

Buffalo
Forward Line 1: 63 ENNIS, 9 ROY, 26 VANEK
Forward Line 2: 55 HECHT, 19 CONNOLLY, 29 POMINVILLE
Forward Line 3: 8 MCCORMICK, 20 NIEDERMAYER, 25 GRIER
Forward Line 4: 37 ELLIS, 28 GAUSTAD, 36 KALETA
Defense Pair 1: 44 SEKERA, 57 MYERS
Defense Pair 2: 3 LEOPOLD, 4 MONTADOR
Defense Pair 3: 27 MORRISONN, 34 BUTLER
Goalie: 30 MILLER
Back-up Goalie: 40 LALIME

Injuries:
Washington –1 VARLAMOV (groin) IR, 15 GORDON (lower body) IR

BUF – 42 GERBE (fractured jaw) IR

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 5 points to reach 200 in his career.
Mike Green needs 1 shot on goal to reach 800 in his career.

Preview:
The Capitals will try to get a little payback from the overtime loss to Buffalo last Saturday night. In that game, a bad second period by the Caps forced them into a furious third period that saw Washington tie the game but ultimately lose in the extra period. Look for Washington to give a more consistent effort after a little rest. The team just finished playing 7 games in 13 days and the last two games were pretty wild. Head Coach Bruce Bourdeau wants the team to get back to the fundamental systems of hard forechecking and pressure defense. I think the Caps will respond with a big effort tonight and be on the lookout for Marcus Johansson. The rookie has been showing signs of a breakout game and this may be the night.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 BUF 1

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