Saturday, December 18, 2010

Game #34 Preview: Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins



Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When:  December 18, 2010 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 8-7-1-0
Caps Game 34 Record: 12-17-4-2
All-Time vs. BOS: 42-63-21-8
All-Time at BOS: 19-35-9-4
Last Season vs. BOS: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 11/5/10, WAS 5 BOS 3
Season Series vs. BOS: 1-2-0

This Year:
WAS Record: 18-11-4
Standings Points: 40
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 3rd
Last Game: 12/15/10, WAS 1 ANA 2 (OT)
Streak: Loss 7

BOS Record: 16-10-4
Standings Points: 36
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 8th    
Last Game: 12/16/10, BOS 3 MON 4
Streak: Loss 2

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 85 PERRAULT, 16 FEHR
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 90 JOHANSSON, 83 BEAGLE
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 39 STECKEL, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 52 GREEN, 27 ALZNER
Defense Pair 2: 3 POTI, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 23 HANNAN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV

Boston
Forward Line 1: 17 LUCIC, 46 KREJCI, 18 HORTON
Forward Line 2: 26 WHEELER, 37 BERGERON, 28 RECCHI
Forward Line 3: 19 SEGUIN, 91 SAVARD, 73 RYDER
Forward Line 4: 63 MARCHAND, 11 CAMPBELL, 22 THORNTON
Defense Pair 1: 33 CHARA, 55 BOYCHUK
Defense Pair 2: 44 SEIDENBERG, 47 KAMPFER
Defense Pair 3: 21 FERENCE, 54 MCQUAID
Goalie: 30 THOMAS
Back-up Goalie: 40 RASK

Injuries:
Washington – 55 SCHULTZ (broken thumb) IR, 89 SLOAN (hip flexor) IR, 15 GORDON (lower body) IR, 17 KING (undisclosed) IR, 28 SEMIN (lower body) DTD

BOS – 42 WHITFIELD (Achilles) IR, 45 STUART (broken hand) IR

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 1 point to reach 200 in his career.
Mike Knuble needs 5 points to reach 500 in his career.
Nicklas Backstrom needs 8 points to reach 300 in his career.
Matt Bradley 1 PIM to reach 500 in his career.

Preview:

Washington heads on the road for a back-to-back weekend where they face the Boston Bruins on Saturday and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. The team played much better in Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Ducks. With two more days of practice the Capitals will look to put some more goals on the board against the Bruins. The team has only scored 9 goals during the 7-game losing streak and need to get more production from, well, just about everyone. Look for another tight checking game with the Capitals paying attention to detail. I get the feeling the boys are going to breakout in this game.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 BOS 2



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