Saturday, November 20, 2010

Game #21 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals


  

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  November 19, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 3-11-1-0
Caps Game 21 Record: 17-11-7-0
All-Time vs. PHI: 70-94-19-1
All-Time home vs. PHI: 40-38-13-0
Last Season vs. PHI: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 11/7/10, WAS 3 PHI 2 (OT)

This Year:
WAS Record: 14-5-1
Standings Points: 29
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st      
Last Game: 11/18/10, WAS 0 ATL 5
Streak: Loss 1

PHI Record: 12-6-2
Standings Points: 26
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 2nd    
Last Game: 11/18/10, PHI 7 TAM 8
Streak: Loss 2

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 90 JOHANSSON, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 14 FLEISCHMANN 10 BRADLEY
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 39 STECKEL, 15 GORDON
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

Philadelphia
Forward Line 1: 15 NODL, 18 RICHARDS, 93 ZHERDEV
Forward Line 2: 19 HARTNELL, 17 CARTER, 22 LEINO
Forward Line 3: 36 POWE, 28 GIROUX, 48 BRIERE
Forward Line 4: 45 SHELLEY, 11 BETTS, 21 VAN RIEMSDYK
Defense Pair 1: 20 PROGER, 25 CARLE
Defense Pair 2: 44 TIMONEN, 5 COBURN
Defense Pair 3: 41 MESZAROS, 6 O’DONNELL
Goalie: 35 BOBROVSKY
Back-up Goalie: 33 BOUCHER

Injuries:
Washington –1 VARLAMOV (groin) IR, 3 POTI (lower body) IR, 22 KNUBLE (jaw) DTD

PHI – 8 WALKER (hip) IR, 14 LAPERRIERE (concussion) IR, 49 LEIGHTON (back) IR, 13 CARCILLO (knee) IR

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

Preview:

The Capitals laid another egg in Atlanta last night but luckily don’t have much time to think about it. They turn right around tonight to face the Philadelphia Flyers in another game of #1 vs. #2 in the East. Both teams are coming off less than impressive efforts so expect a lot of hardworking play with lots of hitting. The last game between the two ended with the Caps winning in overtime and this should be even as well. Look for the Caps to try to Alex Ovechkin started early. He has been scoreless in the last two games and hasn’t been able to make an impact for much of the season. The Caps may be without the services of Mike Knuble who took a puck to face and left the Atlanta game in the second period. I think the game will be incredibly close with the power play being the key to victory.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 PHI 1



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