Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Game #64 Preview: New York Islanders at Washington Capitals



Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

When:  March 1, 2011, 7:00 PM

History:           
Caps Record on this Date: 5-8-0-3
Caps Game 64 Record: 17-12-3-2
All-Time vs. NYI: 90-79-13-3
All-Time at home vs. NYI: 46-33-11-2
Last Season vs. NYI: 3-0-1
Last Meeting: 2/26/11, WAS 3 NYI 2
Season Series: 3-0-0

This Year:
WAS Record: 33-20-10
Standings Points: 76
Division Rank: 2nd
Conference Rank: 5th
Last Game: 2/26/11, WAS 3 NYI 2
Streak: Win 1

NYI Record: 23-32-8
Standings Points: 54
Division Rank: 5th
Conference Rank: 15th
Last Game: 2/26/11, NYI 2 WAS 3
Streak: Lost 3

Probable Line-Ups:     
Washington
Forward Line 1: 8 OVECHKIN, 19 BACKSTROM, 22 KNUBLE
Forward Line 2: 21 LAICH, 44 ARNOTT, 28 SEMIN
Forward Line 3:18 STURM, 90 JOHANSSON, 25 CHIMERA
Forward Line 4: 26 HENDRICKS, 15 GORDON, 10 BRADLEY
Defense Pair 1: 23 HANNAN, 55 SCHULTZ
Defense Pair 2: 27 ALZNER, 74 CARLSON
Defense Pair 3: 6 WIDEMAN, 4 ERSKINE
Goalie: 30 NEUVIRTH
Back-up Goalie: ???

New York
Forward Line 1: 26 MOULSON, 91 TAVARES, 15 PARENTEAU
Forward Line 2: 40 GRABNER, 51 NIELSEN, 21 OKPOSO
Forward Line 3: 57 COMEAU, 12 BAILEY, ???
Forward Line 4: 17 MARTIN, 28 KONOPKA, 59 HALEY
Defense Pair 1: 47 MACDONALD, 36 HAMONIC
Defense Pair 2: 38 HILLEN, 8 GERVAIS
Defense Pair 3: 71 KATIC, 6 WISHART
Goalie: 35 MONTOYA
Back-up Goalie: 52 LAWSON

Injuries:
Washington – 3 POTI (upper body) IR, 16 FEHR (upper body) IR, 52 GREEN (head) DTD, 1 VARLAMOV (undisclosed) DTD

NYI – DIPIETRO (facial fracture) IR, EATON (hip) IR, HUNTER (knee) IR, JURCINA (groin) IR, MARTINEK (lower body) IR, MATTAU (hip) IR, POULIN (knee) IR, STREIT (shoulder) IR, WEIGHT (back) IR

Caps Milestones:
Jason Chimera needs 4 goals to reach 100 in his career.
Brooks Laich needs 3 goals to reach 100 in his career.
Alex Ovechkin needs 1 assist to reach 300 in his career.

Preview:

After a wild couple of days off, the Caps begin the stretch drive of the regular season with three new faces and say goodbye to an old one. David Steckel was dealt at yesterday’s trading deadline and Marco Sturm, Dennis Wideman and Jason Arnott will begin their Capitals career with the goal of hoisting the big silver dish in mid-June. I expect all three will be in the lineup tonight as a different Capitals team will take on the relatively unchanged Islander lineup from 3 nights ago. It will be interesting to see how the newcomers will fit into the Capitals system. I expect another hardworking game from the Islanders who will give the Caps all they can take but in the end the much more talented Caps team should prevail.  

Joe’s prediction: Caps 5 NYI 1

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