Friday, February 11, 2011

Game #56 Preview: Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  February 12, 2011, 12:30 PM

Caps Record on this Date: 6-5-1-0
Caps Game 56 Record: 19-11-4-0
All-Time vs. LA: 34-51-13-0
All-Time at home vs. LA: 19-22-7-0
Last Season vs. LA: 0-1-0
Last Meeting: 1/2/10, WAS 1 LA 2
Season Series: 0-0-0

This Year:
WAS Record: 29-16-10
Standings Points: 68
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 5th
Last Game: 2/8/11, WAS 0 SAN 2
Streak: Loss 1

LA Record: 29-22-3
Standings Points: 61
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 10th    
Last Game: 2/10/11, LA 1 PIT 2 (OT)
Streak: Loss 1

Probable Line-Ups:     
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 25 CHIMERA
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 85 PERRAULT, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 26 HENDRICKS, 90 JOHANSSON, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 4: 39 STECKEL, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
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

San Jose
Forward Line 1: 12 LOKTIONOV, 11 KOPITAR, 23 BROWN
Forward Line 2: 94 SMYTH, 28 STOLL, 14 WILLIAMS
Forward Line 3: 13 CLIFFORD, 26 HANDZUS, 17 SIMMONDS
Defense Pair 1: 33 MITCHELL, 8 DOUGHTY
Defense Pair 2: 3 JOHNSON, 7 SCUDERI
Defense Pair 3: 53 MARTINEZ, 2 GREENE
Goalie: 32 QUICK
Back-up Goalie: 45 BERNIER

Washington – 3 POTI (upper body) IR, 16 FEHR (upper body) IR

LA – STURM (lower body) IR, PARSE (hip) IR

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 4 goals to reach 100 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 5 goals to reach 100 in his career.
Alex Ovechkin needs 5 assists to reach 300 in his career.


With a lackluster performance against San Jose, the Capitals will try to rebound against the LA Kings on Saturday afternoon. The will need to put on a good effort as the Kings boast some really good goalies and with the Capitals poor shooting percentage they will need to focus on keeping the puck in the offensive zone. The Caps expect Mike Green to be back after taking a puck to the head in the game against Pittsburgh. With his addition and the return of Alexander Semin the Cap should bring more offense to the game. Look for both teams to try and set the pace early. I expect the Capitals to press the offense right off the bat and get on the board first. If they succeed they will win going away.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 LA 1

1 comment:

jeffhardy said...

Agree with Joe B's remark during today's game that the CAPS appear to be playing from the back of their skates lately. Coach B should run the guys through a hard series of Herbie drills after each game until they realize how they receive their paychecks!

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