Saturday, November 27, 2010

Game #25 Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals



Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  November 28, 2010 5:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 6-8-2-1
Caps Game 25 Record: 13-19-2-1
All-Time vs. CAR: 38-23-7-5
All-Time at Home vs. CAR: 21-11-2-1
Last Season vs. CAR: 3-1-2
Last Meeting: 11/24/10, WAS 3 CAR 2

This Year:
WAS Record: 16-6-2
Standings Points: 34
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st      
Last Game: 11/22/10, WAS 0 NJ 5
Streak: Win 2

CAR Record: 10-10-2
Standings Points: 20
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 9th    
Last Game: 11/27/10, CAR 3 BOS 0
Streak: Win 1

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 21 LAICH, 19 BACKSTROM, 8 OVECHKIN
Forward Line 2: 28 SEMIN 90 JOHANSSON, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 15 GORDON, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 55 SCHULTZ, 3 POTI
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 4 ERSKINE, 44 FAHEY
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV

Carolina
Forward Line 1: 59 LAROSE, 12 STAAL, 39 DWYER
Forward Line 2: 14 SAMSONOV, 16 SUTTER, 53 SKINNER
Forward Line 3: 15 RUUTU, 19 TLUSTY, 20 BODIE
Forward Line 4: 36 JOKINEN, 29 CARTER, 26 COLE
Defense Pair 1: 6 GLEASON, 77 CORVO
Defense Pair 2: 25 PITKANEN, 7 WHITE
Defense Pair 3: 4 MCBAIN, 44 HARRISON
Goalie: 30 WARD
Back-up Goalie: 60 PETERS

Injuries:
Washington – 52 GREEN (upper body) DTD, 89 SLOAN (undisclosed) IR

CAR – None

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 1 point to reach 200 in his career.
Nicklas Backstrom needs 2 shots on goal to reach 600 in his career.

Preview:

The Capitals returned to form shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-0 on Friday and will try to build more consistency into their game. The Carolina Hurricanes come to Verizon Center fresh off a 3-0 shutout of the Boston Bruins. They will be looking to repay the Caps who beat the Canes in Raleigh four nights ago. Look for the Caps to keep up the physical play as they really threw off Tampa with timely hits. I think the key to game will be the first period and the matchup between the Capitals defense and the speedy Carolina forwards. If the Caps can bottle up the Canes in the neutral zone it will be a good night for the home team. Watch for another big game from Alexander Semin who has lit up the Canes for 23 goals in 31 games.   

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 CAR 2



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