Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ROAD TRIP! ! ! - Wind, Creatures, and Fire - All On Ice

     4-3-0 (8pts)
WHEN: 10/27/2010 - 7:00PM EDT
WHERE: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
RADIO: 1500 & 820AM
The Washington Capitals roll into Raleigh tonight looking to spoil their home opener by downgrading the Hurricanes to a tropical breeze and skate away with 2 much needed points. This is the 2nd straight "must win" southeast division game. The Caps can't afford to give away anymore points within the division. On Saturday they won in overtime VS the Atlanta Thrashers, and while a win is a win, they did give away a precious point within the division. This is a trend that must not continue if the Caps hope to win their 4th straight division title. There will be no rest for the  already injury riddled and weary Caps the next couple of days as this is also the first of 2 games in 2 days for the Caps as they head to Minnesota to take on the Wild Thursday night.

I discussed the Caps current injury woes in this previous BTGL post, but here are a few more notes for tonight's game:

  • Sent down to Hershey - Dany Sabourin & Jay Beagle
  • Called up - Braden Holtby & Brian Fahey
  • Tom Poti - Will not play tonight.
  • Matt Bradley - Should be ready to join the lineup.
  • If  - Bradley gets re inserted, Poti could go on 7 day IR and can't return until Saturday.
  • Matthieu Perreault - should play tonight...
  • Thus placing- Either Marcus Johansson or Boyd Gordon in the same boat as Poti. My money is on Johansson going to the IR.
  • Mike Green -  Will play, weather its a full game or not will be determined likely during the game.
  • Michael Neuvirth - Will most likely start tonight.
The bottom line: Yes the Capitals are dealing with a fair amount of injuries, especially on defence. Still, there is no reason why they should struggle to win games against the likes of Atlanta, Nashville, Ottawa, nor Carolina, especially with all of the offencive firepower the Capitals have. So far this season, the offencive juggernaut that is the Capitals has failed to show up in all but 1 game. The Caps should be (and are) a team that is suited to high scoring offencive games and should not be having the problems they have been of late in finding the back of the net. It's time for this team to show the league just why they won the President's Trophy last season, and just how dangerous they really are, and there is no time like the present to get that started.


1 comment:

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