Saturday, December 4, 2010

Game #28 Preview: Atlanta Thrashers at Washington Capitals



Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  December 4, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 8-8-1-0
Caps Game 28 Record: 15-18-2-0
All-Time vs. ATL: 36-20-5-5
All-Time at home vs. ATL: 22-7-3-1
Last Season vs. ATL: 6-0-0
Last Meeting: 11/19/10, WAS 0 ATL 5
Season Series: 2-2-0

This Year:
WAS Record: 18-7-2
Standings Points: 38
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st      
Last Game: 12/2/10, WAS 1 DAL 2
Streak: Loss 1

ATL Record: 13-10-3
Standings Points: 29
Division Rank: 3rd
Conference Rank: 8th    
Last Game: 12/2/10, ATL 2 PIT 3
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 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, 52 GREEN
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 4 ERSKINE, 23 HANNAN
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV

Atlanta
Forward Line 1: 9 KANE, 8 BURMISTROV, 10 LITTLE
Forward Line 2: 16 LADD, 47 PEVERLEY, 18 BERGFORS
Forward Line 3: 21 EAGER, 80 ANTROPOV, 22 STEWART
Forward Line 4: 36 BOULTON, 23 SLATER, 27 THORBURN
Defense Pair 1: 33 BYFUGLIEN, 39 ENSTROM
Defense Pair 2: 29 ODUYA, 4 BOGOSIAN
Defense Pair 3: 6 HAINSEY, 3 SOPEL
Goalie: 31 PAVELEC
Back-up Goalie: 50 MASON

Injuries:
Washington – 89 SLOAN (undisclosed) IR, 3 POTI (lower body) DTD

ATL – None

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 1 point to reach 200 in his career.
Mike Knuble needs 8 points to reach 500 in his career.

Preview:

The Capitals return home following a two game Western Conference road trip that saw the Capitals win one and lose one. Now they face the Atlanta Thrashers for the fifth time this season. The teams have won two games apiece with Atlanta blanking the Caps 5-0 in their latest match up. Washington appears to have lost Tom Poti off the defense for the third time this season but newly acquired Scott Hannan played well in his first game with Washington. Look for this game to be tight as the Capitals with need to play a structured game against the Thrashers. The hardworking Atlanta team has given the Capitals fits this season so the Caps better be prepared for a battle all night. I expect a low scoring affair with lots of neutral zone traffic but look for Alex Ovechkin to break out of his goal scoring slump with a big effort.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 ATL 1



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