Saturday, January 15, 2011

Game #46 Preview: Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals



Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  January 16, 2011, 3:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 5-6-4-0
Caps Game 46 Record: 15-14-5-1
All-Time vs. OTT: 33-28-5-3
All-Time at home vs. OTT: 19-11-4-1
Last Season vs. OTT: 1-1-2
Last Meeting: 12/19/10, WAS 3 OTT 2
Season Series: 2-0-0

This Year:
WAS Record: 24-14-7
Standings Points: 55
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 6th
Last Game: 1/14/11, WAS 2 VAN 4
Streak: Loss 3

OTT Record: 17-22-6
Standings Points: 40
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 13th    
Last Game: 1/14/11, OTT 2 CAL 3
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 25 CHIMERA, 90 JOHANSSON, 83 BEAGLE
Forward Line 3: 21 LAICH, 85 PERRAULT, 39 STECKEL
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 15 GORDON, 17 KING
Defense Pair 1: 52 GREEN, 23 HANNAN
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 55 SCHULTZ, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV
Back-up Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH

Ottawa
Forward Line 1: 9 MICHALEK, 12 FISHER, 11 ALFREDSSON
Forward Line 2: 71 FOLIGNO, 37 LOCKE, 26 SHANNON
Forward Line 3: 73 RUUTU, 22 KELLY, 25 NEIL
Forward Line 4: 15 SMITH, 18 WINCHESTER, 13 REGIN
Defense Pair 1: 4 PHILLIPS, 65 KARLSSON
Defense Pair 2: 55 GONCHAR, 14 CAMPOLI
Defense Pair 3: 17 KUBA, 39 CARKNER
Goalie: 30 ELLIOT
Back-up Goalie: 40 LEHNER

Injuries:
Washington – 3 POTI (upper body) IR, 17 KING (undisclosed) IR, 10 BRADLEY (broken finger) IR, 28 SEMIN (hip) DTD, 14 FEHR (upper body) DTD

OTT – 19 SPEZZA (knee) IR, 27 KOVALEV (ankle) IR, 33 LECLAIRE (lower body) IR

Caps Milestones:
Nicklas Backstrom needs 2 points to reach 300 in his career.

Preview:

Washington will try to rebound from three straight losses with an afternoon game against the Ottawa Senators. The Caps are suffering from a power outage on the power play with just 2 goals on the man advantage in their last 8 games. The prolonged scoring slumps of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich are most evident on the power play. The boys just don’t seem to have the confidence in their play so they are over passing and trying to make the perfect play. Luckily it is only halfway through the season and these things can be worked out. However, they are going to need to start picking it up sooner rather than later. With their most current loss they have dropped to 6th place in the Eastern Conference with 9th place just 7 points behind. Look for a big effort from the Capitals against the Senators as the team needs the two points and a boost to their collective confidence. Look for Nicklas Backstrom to continue his strong play from last game. I get the feeling he is going to connect with Ovie for a couple in this one.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 OTT 2

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