Tuesday, March 30, 2010

PreCAP (3/30/10)


(Photo from Yahoo)

The Washington Capitals play the Ottawa Senator tonight at Verizon Center. The game starts at 7:00 PM, tune in on Comcast Sports Net Washington for a live broadcast.

This is the fourth and final time that the Caps and Sens will meet this season, save for a playoff series. The Senators are actually leading this season series, 2-1; however, both games have come at poor times in the Capitals’ play. The first meeting was at the end of November, when the Capitals were still getting their act together; the Senators won 4-3. The next meeting was shortly after Washington made Alexander Ovechkin captain, and the Caps blew past Ottawa, 5-2. The most recent meeting was right after the Capitals’ franchise-record 14 game winning streak, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Capitals, 6-5.

The Senators have been an incredibly streaky team this year. Ottawa will often have decent winning streaks followed by long loosing streaks. Ottawa is currently on one of their win streaks, as they have won 4 games in a row. Much of the Senators’ season has rested on the play of goalie Brian Elliott, who is near unbeatable when he’s on his game.

Some thoughts for tonight’s game…..

  • Alexander Ovechkin is currently lagging a bit in the goal-scoring and points-scoring races, as he trails Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh in the former by 1 goal, and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver, by 1 point in the latter race. Come on Alex, we know you can do it!
  • Will Jose Theodore bounce back from his less-than-fantastic (and that’s putting it nicely) performance against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, when he let in 3 goals in a little more than 10 minutes in the 1st period. He’s in net tonight for the Capitals, and his ability to come back strong after a bad loss will be essential in the playoffs.
  • Brooks Laich is still not back for the Capitals….. he’ll be back sooner than later, however.
  • The Ottawa Senators’ big Russian defenseman, Anton Volchenkov, will be out tonight with an injury. Cue the Ovechkin scoring-parade.
  • Nicklas Backstrom…. first season ever with 90 points. Could he reach 100 by the end of the year, with 7 games left. It’s definitely doable, but will take some big games.
  • Alexander Semin…. another crucial forward. Goals are always nice, and Semin can always use a few.
  • Mike Green is a handful of goals away from 20, and he could reach is with 7 games left; it would also take a big game or two.

That’s all for now….. enjoy the game! Live (or reasonably close to live) coverage via Twitter, from Musings of a Caps Fan, @musings_scores.

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