Friday, November 19, 2010

Game #20 Preview: Washington Capitals at Atlanta Thrashers



Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA

When:  November 19, 2010 7:30 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 6-6-3-0
Caps Game 20 Record: 12-18-3-2
All-Time vs. ATL: 36-19-5-5
All-Time at ATL: 14-12-2-4
Last Season vs. ATL: 6-0-0
Last Meeting: 11/14/10, WAS 6 ATL 4

This Year:
WAS Record: 14-4-1
Standings Points: 29
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st      
Last Game: 10/17/10, WAS 4 BUF 2
Streak: Win 2

ATL Record: 7-9-3
Standings Points: 17
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 11th    
Last Game: 11/17/10, ATL 1 FLA 2
Streak: Loss 3

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 90 JOHANSSON, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 15 GORDON, 16 FEHR
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

Atlanta
Forward Line 1: 9 KANE, LITTLE, 22 STEWART
Forward Line 2: 21 EAGER, 80 ANTROPOV, 23 SLATER
Forward Line 3: 16 LADD, 47 PEVERLEY, BERGFORS
Forward Line 4: 36 BOULTON, 49 BURMISTROV, 27 THORBURN
Defense Pair 1: 33 BYFUGLIEN, 39 ENSTROM
Defense Pair 2: 6 HAINSEY, 4 BOGOSIAN
Defense Pair 3: 29 ODUYA, 3 SOPEL
Goalie: 50 MASON
Back-up Goalie: 31 PAVELEC

Injuries:
Washington – 3 POTI (lower body) DTD, 1 VARLAMOV (groin) IR

Atlanta – 45 CORMIER (foot) IR

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 3 points to reach 200 in his career.

Preview:
The Capitals and Thrashers meet for the fourth time this year in Atlanta tonight. The last game between these two was a shootout that the Caps took 6-4 with two goals in the third. The Caps have shaken up the lineup quite a bit with rookie Marcus Johansson centering the first line and Nicklas Backstrom centering the second line with Alex Semin and Brooks Laich. Semin has continued his offensive torrent with points in 9 straight games including a goal and an assist on Wednesday. The Capitals will look to lock down their defensive game tonight and play complete 60-minutes. They came close on against Buffalo but after putting up a 3-0 lead gave up 2 goals in less than a minute. They will face an Atlanta team that has lost 3 straight but got an emotional boost as Andrew Ladd was named team captain yesterday. It should be another physical game and don’t be surprised if some fists fly. I think the Caps will put in an excellent effort tonight and dominate Atlanta from start to finish.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 6 ATL 1


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