Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Game #58 Preview: Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks



Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

When:  February 16, 2011, 10:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 5-4-0-0
Caps Game 58 Record: 17-14-2-1
All-Time vs. ANA: 9-12-1-1
All-Time at ANA: 4-6-1-0
Last Season vs. ANA: 1-0-0
Last Meeting: 12/15/10, WAS 1 ANA 2
Season Series: 0-0-1

This Year:
WAS Record: 29-18-10
Standings Points: 68
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 6th
Last Game: 2/14/11, WAS 2 PHO 3
Streak: Loss 3

ANA Record: 32-21-4
Standings Points: 68
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 4th    
Last Game: 2/13/11, ANA 4 EDM 0
Streak: Win 4

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 85 PERRAULT, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3: 26 HENDRICKS, 90 JOHANSSON, 25 CHIMERA
Forward Line 4: 39 STECKEL, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 23 HANNAN, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3:89 SLOAN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 1 VARLAMOV
Back-up Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH

Phoenix
Forward Line 1: 9 RYAN, 15 GETZLAF, 10 PERRY
Forward Line 2: 33 BLAKE, 11 KOIVU, 8 SELANNE
Forward Line 3: 64 MCMILLAN, 14 LAPIERRE, 42 SEXTON
Forward Line 4: 28 CHIPCHURA, 22 MARCHANT, 16 PARROS
Defense Pair 1: 17 VISNOVSKY, 32 LYDMAN
Defense Pair 2: 4 FOWLER, 24 BEAUCHEMIN
Defense Pair 3: 5 SBISA, 25 SUTTON
Goalie: 1 HILLER
Back-up Goalie: 31 MCELHINNEY

Injuries:
Washington – 3 POTI (upper body) IR, 16 FEHR (upper body) IR, 52 GREEN (inner ear) DTD

ANA – JAFFRAY (knee) 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.

Preview:

The Capitals task is simple. Come out of Anaheim with a win. To do this they will need to play a tough disciplined hockey game and for God’s sake score on the power play. Washington’s power outage is has reached epic proportions with no goals in the last 4 games with 15 man advantage chances. This is the number one key and until they can consistently score on the power play they will be stuck in this position. Tonight’s opponent is on a 4-game winning streak and has been play some really good hockey. Expect a very physical game and look for the Capitals to continue to crash the net in search of goals. I think it will be another close contest with the winner prevailing on special teams.

Joe’s prediction: Caps 3 ANA 2


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