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10-08-2009, 09:23 AM
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You have to believe that the Phoenix fans were thinking the same thing before the Pens game last night b/c in reality the Pens vs Phoenix talent comparision might be the most extreme in the league. But on any given night, each team has a chance to not only win, but shutout the best team in the league on its home ice. The good news for us tonight is that IMO we are a markedly better team than what the Caps beat last spring so even though there is a talent gulf, it's less than what we had before.
Especially when you have the better goalie. I did not say the Rangers cannot win, I certainly think it's more than possible. I like our chances, actually, if Lundqvist plays as well as he has. I'll go out on a limb and say 4-2 Rangers with an empty net goal.

It's a team game, but the individual comparisons were just silly.

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10-08-2009, 09:29 AM
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Its going to come down to goaltending, I can see both these teams being offensive juggernauts this season, but with Washington's goal tending debacle in Philli, I am feeling a bit more confident

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10-08-2009, 09:44 AM
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Its going to come down to goaltending, I can see both these teams being offensive juggernauts this season, but with Washington's goal tending debacle in Philli, I am feeling a bit more confident
You see the Rangers as an offensive juggernaut?

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I can't see this game being anything but a learning experience for this team

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Laich is certainly not a star. As I said, he's a potential rising star. Of course he will not keep up the pace he started the season with, but he is a good player I wish was on the Rangers.
Let me rephrase. I don't think he has the potential to be a star.

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10-08-2009, 09:55 AM
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Its revenge time...

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Brooks Laich is a 26 year old 20 goal scorer who is having a great start to the season. He is not a "rising star"...

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You see the Rangers as an offensive juggernaut?
ok juggernaut is an overstatement, my bad, but yes we will have more of an offensive presence given a full 82 games with Torts, the addition of a healthy Gaborik, and adding two offensive-minded defensemen.

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10-08-2009, 10:11 AM
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If we play defense with the gung-ho style like we've done the last couple of games, we're done for. We can't trade chances with Washington, we simply just can't. Even with Lundqvist in net, they will score more than us with that strategy.

Sure, if Lundqvist brings his godly game and robs Ovechkin 8 times we might win anyway, but still... it's uneccessary to let him carry us that much.

I have a bad feeling about this game. Caps lost against Philly in a game they should've won and I think they might be out for blood tonight.


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if they play the way phx did last night they have a good shot at winning. let's go team game

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10-08-2009, 10:20 AM
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Brooks Laich is a 26 year old 20 goal scorer who is having a great start to the season. He is not a "rising star"...
Agreed. His long reach and stickhandling always reminded me a bit of Dubinsky though.

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We can win it. Lundqvist plays well, just don't let them shoot from the right side up to high glove. Keep Ovechkin on the left where he belongs and hit Semin as soon as puck is on the way to him. Staal should never pitch in since he is on that critical left side. Higgins must hit more often tonight or Avery will do next game.

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10-08-2009, 10:25 AM
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Just an FYI...this is the Caps lineup you'll likely see.

Ovechkin - Backstrom - Semin
Laich - Morrison - Knuble
Laing - Steckel - Clark
Sloan/Ovechkin - Gordon - Bradley

Green- Morrisonn
Poti - Erskine/Sloan
Pothier - Schultz

Theodore is starting.

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10-08-2009, 10:27 AM
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All the starpower is on one line. A crushing one line, for sure, but amazingly I think we have the edge in second and third line offense.

Higgins-Drury-Cally with RR or S-G I think is the right matchup for Washingtons top line.

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10-08-2009, 10:34 AM
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Who would you guys rather see in net tonight for the Caps?

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If we play defense with the gung-ho style like we've done the last couple of games, we're done for. We can't trade chances with Washington, we simply just can't. Even with Lundqvist in net, they will score more than us with that strategy.

Sure, if Lundqvist brings his godly game and robs Ovechkin 8 times we might win anyway, but still... it's uneccessary to let him carry us that much.

I have a bad feeling about this game. Caps lost against Philly in a game they should've won and I think they might be out for blood tonight.
You summed it up perfectly. Ovechkin and Semin aren't going to miss the net on a 2 on 1 like Matt Carkner did like 5 times in Ottawa. I would guess Torts will be doing some serious line match-ups tonight, because MDZ or Gilroy on the ice against that first line is trouble. If the Rangers can find a way to nullify that 1st line, even just a little bit, they will have a nice chance at winning.

LGR!

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A tight responsible game will serve us well.If they come out and skate into each other like they did in the first minute and change against the Debbies the other night, they are setting themselves up for a long night.

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this is a good test.

Im going Rangers 4-3 win.

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You summed it up perfectly. Ovechkin and Semin aren't going to miss the net on a 2 on 1 like Matt Carkner did like 5 times in Ottawa. I would guess Torts will be doing some serious line match-ups tonight, because MDZ or Gilroy on the ice against that first line is trouble. If the Rangers can find a way to nullify that 1st line, even just a little bit, they will have a nice chance at winning.

LGR!
I would put Staal and Rozsival out there against the first line. Or Maybe Redden and Rosy. They did fine against the Ovechkin line in the playoffs

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10-08-2009, 10:52 AM
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should be a good test to see how well we match up... at the very least I'm sure this will be a very entertaining game.


Let's Go Rangers, Baby!!!

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Keep in mind that we're on the road guys. Matchups are gonna be very very tough to get, and Boudreau is very good at getting favorable matchups, anyways. My guess is he keeps OV and Semin away from Staal-Girardi whenever he can.

Gilroy and MDZ better get ready to see some time against the big guns.

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Brooks Laich is a 26 year old 20 goal scorer who is having a great start to the season. He is not a "rising star"...
I said 'potential' rising star. Read the post.

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