Saturday, November 18, 2006

Gameday Preview: Caps vs. Bruins

Who: Your Nation's Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
Where: TD Banknorth Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
When: Saturday, November 18, 2006, 7:00 pm

Broadcast Information: The CW, WTNT-570 AM; NESN, WBZ Radio

Media Notes:
WashingtonCaps.com
BostonBruins.com
Washington Post
Washington Times
Washington Times 2
Rally Helmets
Boston Globe
Boston Herald

2006-2007 Season Series: Caps 0-0-1, Bruins 1-0-0
2006-2007 Standings: Caps 8-6-5, 21 points - 4th in division, 8th in conference; Bruins 7-7-2, 16 points - 4th in division, 13th in conference

Last Game: November 15, 2006 in Washington, Caps lose 3-2 in shootout
- I don't think I have to go over this game again so soon. If you really can't remember, check out the postgame coverage from the mainstream media and the bloggers of the Caps world:

DCCheapSeats (That's Me!)
NHL.com
Off-Wing Opinion
Random Reality Thoughts
Washington Times
Bleatings from a Caps Nut
Boston Globe
The Bench Minor
Etc...

Things to Look for:
- Last night's loss to the Canes was the second straight game that the Caps have come out flat and fallen behind. One could argue that the games against the Rangers and Panthers didn't showcase the Caps best ability, either - I'd like to see our boys come out really flying and (wait, here's the tricky part) maintain the energy and the pressure through the whole 60 minutes. It's a tall order, but it could happen.
- It looks like not only will Clark be out again, but Semin has injured his shoulder and it's unclear whether he will play against the B's. This injury bug is starting to cramp my style...
- The Caps shuffled some lines and returned Beech and Laich to the lineup last night, and I think they both played fairly well. They'll need to step up with the injuries to Clark and Semin - there will be some minutes to eat up with those two out of the lineup.
- After maintaining a fairly consistent offensive pace to start the season, the Caps have managed only 3 goals in their last two games. Between that and the high number of shots they've allowed, the Caps will have to showcase some strong defense from every player on the ice to shut down the Bruins.
- Boston has won 3 straight games, all in the extra frame - maybe the Caps could try and win the game in regulation. It's just a thought...

I think Vogel's still recovering from tonight's game and is probably traveling with the boys up to Boston, so I don't have lineups yet - I'll hopefully be able to put them up sometime tomorrow. I'm guessing that Johnny will be in net tonight, and I'd assume that Laich and Beech will stay in while Muir may sit out after giving Heward a night off last night.

**Update** - Vogel rocks and was able to get the lineups on the website at the crack of dawn this morning. I, on the other hand, enjoy sleep just slightly more than hockey so I'm adding them now...

Projected Lineup for the Caps
Forwards:
8-Alex "3 Shots???" Ovechkin, 9-Dainius "Battered and Bruised" Zubrus, 20-Richard "the Big Time" Zednik
38-Jakub "Fancy Hands" Klepis, 24-Kris "Life's a" Beech, 18-Matt "Shortie" Pettinger
10-Matt "Enrique" Bradley, 16-Brian "to the Net" Sutherby, 27-Ben "the Glory" Clymer
21-Brooks "What's Not to" Laich, 15-Boyd "Big Bird, Susan, and" Gordon, 87-Donald "Piano Man" Brashear

Defensemen:
2-Brian "Ready, Aim..." Pothier, 26-Shaone "Down Goes Jagr" Morrisonn
47-Bryan "the Return of" Muir, 52-Mike "It's Not Easy Being" Green
4-John "Old School" Erskine, 44-Steve "You Have to Admit, It's Getting Better" Eminger

Goaltenders:
1-Brent "Heeeere's Johnny!" Johnson, 37-Olie "Blindfold and Cigarette" Kolzig

Projected Lineup for the Bruins
Forwards:
11-PJ Axelsson, 91-Marc "Rally Cap" Savard, 27-Glen Murray
16-Marco "Strict and" Sturm, 37-Patrice "the Game-Winner" Bergeron, 26-Brad "Spasms" Boyes
13 - Stanislav Chistov, 81-Phil "I Was Gonna Be #1...Really!" Kessel, 17 - Petr Tenkrat
18-Mark "Lawn" Mowers, 20-Wayne Primeau, 22-Shean "Shaone" Donovan

Defensemen:
33-Zdeno "Tiny" Chara, 41-Andrew "Fat" Alberts
6-Brad Stuart, 23-Paul Mara
21-Nathan "Hot Dog" Dempsey, 68-Milan Jurcina

Goaltenders:
30-Tim "Crazy Legs" Thomas, 60-Brian "the Unknown" Finley

2 comments:

Netsrak said...

Mike Vogel's got the lineups posted, although he notes that they are "strictly a guess" due to the various injuries.

I'm always impressed that Vogel gets his stuff posted as early as he does. Heck, a lot of NHL teams don't even bother with these sorts of pre-game reports!

And of course the Caps Message Board's Game Day Thread is up now too, in all its Bruins-y yellow glory. :)

DCCapsChick said...

Hi, Netsrak - I don't mean to steal your gig with all the news links :) These gameday previews are truly an homage to the awesome ones you do on the message boards - keep up the good work! (Although maybe not so much with the yellow...)