Monday, November 22, 2010

Game #22 Preview: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils



Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

When:  November 22, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 7-6-1-1
Caps Game 22 Record: 15-15-4-1
All-Time vs. NJ: 74-57-8-9
All-Time at NJ: 30-35-4-4
Last Season vs. NJ: 1-2-1
Last Meeting: 10/9/10, WAS 7 NJ 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 14-5-2
Standings Points: 30
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st      
Last Game: 11/20/10, WAS 4 PHI 5 (OT-SO)
Streak: Loss 2

NJ Record: 5-13-2
Standings Points: 12
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 14th    
Last Game: 11/20/10, NJ 2 STL 3
Streak: Loss 3

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 2: 14 FLEISCHMANN, 21 LAICH, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 90 JOHANSSON,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

New Jersey
Forward Line 1: 17 KOVALCHUK, 19 ZAJAC, 18 VASYUNOV
Forward Line 2: 26 ELIAS, 25 ARNOTT, 21 TEDENBY
Forward Line 3: 12 ROLSTON, 8 ZUBRUS, 23 CLARKSON
Forward Line 4: 11 MAIR, 10 PELLY, 14 GIONTA
Defense Pair 1: 28 VOLCHENKOV, 6 GREENE
Defense Pair 2: 5 WHITE, 7 TALLINDER
Defense Pair 3: 22 CORRENTE, 29 MAGNON
Goalie: 1 HEDBERG
Back-up Goalie: 40 MCKENNA

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

NJ – 30 BRODEUR (elbow) IR, 9 PARISE (torn meniscus) IR, 16 JOSEFSON (thumb) IR, 2 FRASER (hand) IR, 24 SALVADOR (concussion) IR, 20 TAORMINA (ankle) IR, 33 SALMELA (knee) IR

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 1 point to reach 200 in his career.

Preview:

After an overtime, shootout loss to the Flyers the Capitals will look to break a two-game losing skid in New Jersey. This is a game that Washington should win but the team has had a habit for not showing up for these types of games. The defense has been porous in the last two games giving up 9 goals and will have to step up against New Jersey. The Devils traditionally give the Capitals trouble in the neutral zone so look for a lot of chip and chase from the forwards. The key for the Caps is to get the lead early and baton down the defense, which has been a challenge in the last couple of outings. I think the Caps will win this game but it will be a lot closer than it should.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 NJ 2



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