Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Game #47 Preview: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers


Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

When:  January 18, 2011, 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 6-5-1-0
Caps Game 47 Record: 18-13-4-0
All-Time vs. PHI: 33-28-5-3
All-Time at PHI: 19-11-4-1
Last Season vs. PHI: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 12/19/10, WAS 3 OTT 2
Season Series: 1-0-1

This Year:
WAS Record: 25-14-7
Standings Points: 57
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 5th
Last Game: 1/16/11, WAS 3 OTT 1
Streak: Win 1

PHI Record: 29-11-5
Standings Points: 63
Division Rank: 1st
Conference Rank: 1st    
Last Game: 1/16/11, PHI 3 NYR 2
Streak: Win 2

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 90 JOHANSSON
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 85 PERRAULT, 22 KNUBLE  
Forward Line 3: 25 CHIMERA, 15 GORDON, 63 A. GORDON
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 39 STECKEL, 83 BEAGLE
Defense Pair 1: 52 GREEN, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 23 HANNAN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV
Back-up Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH

Philadelphia
Forward Line 1: 19 HARTNELL, 48 BRIERE, 22 LEINO
Forward Line 2: 93 ZHERDEV, 18 RICHARDS, 15 NODL
Forward Line 3: 21 VAN RIEMSDYK, 28 GIROUX, 17 CARTER
Forward Line 4: 45 SHELLEY, 11 BETTS, 36 POWE
Defense Pair 1: 44 TIMONEN, 5 COBURN
Defense Pair 2: 41 MESZAROS, 6 O’DONNELL
Defense Pair 3: 8 WALKER, 25 CARLE
Goalie: 33 BOUCHER
Back-up Goalie: 35 BOBROVSKY

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

PHI – 25 PRONGER (foot) IR, 14 LAPERRIERE (concussion) IR

Caps Milestones:
Nicklas Backstrom needs 1 point to reach 300 in his career.

Preview:

A big test tonight for the Capitals as they face their old rivals the Philadelphia Flyers. As Washington struggles for consistency the Flyers have been quietly leading the Eastern Conference and look to put some distance on the competition. The Capitals ended their 3 game slide on Sunday and need to start scoring in the first period. The Caps have scored the fewest first period goals, 28, of any team in the NHL. This is forcing the Capitals to try and come from behind and not allowing them to dictate the pace of the game. As was seem in the Ottawa game and as far back as the Winter Classic, with the new system the Caps can shut down the opposition once they get the lead. I expect a very physical game tonight as the Flyer and Capitals really do not like each other. Look for a very fast paced beginning to this one. I think that the big guns of the Capitals will be ready to play and be involved in the scoring.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 4 PHI 3



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