We can't afford to let up and underestimate this team because of their record. Full throttle, boys.
A dying wolf can still bite you. We aren't exactly that far ahead of them and could literally be in the same position as them if we lost these next two.
We need to come out hard and take it to them. They own us in Washington, but hopefully without Semin we may do alright. I know Ribeiro owns us which I am not looking forward too because I'm sure he'll put up 3 points like he usually does against us.
We need to play hard tomorrow. I will be severely disappointed with any type of loss tomorrow night. We need to keep winning to make up for that start.
my mistake, i meant to say i was reading that 95% of posters on their board were speaking of how the CAPS were guaranteed to beat the "Crappy Cats". i personally never underestimate any match but as we all know and fully understand: when you're at the bottom you gotta look up
Despite the Caps awful struggles, the odds are greatly against us when you look at how we've fared in D.C. over the past few seasons. As GR tweeted just before, we've lost the last five meetings there, been outscored 19-6, and two of the past three games have been shutouts. The win on Thursday hopefully will keep the team's morals high.
I don't see a high chance in sweeping the two-game series, but winning this one I think would be more of a challenge than at Tuesday's game at home. I wonder if the trade of Ellerby lights a fire under certain players like Kuba for example to play better defensively. I'm hoping for equal production from every line. That's how we'll get the win.
Interesting that we're better than Washington in almost every team stat. Ovechkin's last post game interview showed the state of mind for this team which is DEFLATED. Let's get the juices flowing early on and not be the end to Washington's misery.
I dislike the Capitals the most in our division. It sure looks like this year could be the tipping point for a re-build if they don't make the playoffs. They have 9 UFA's this year, only 11 players signed for next season and those 11 players total just under $44 million. I think the cap next year is $64 million.
Shut down Ovechkin and Backstrom, Holtby and Neuvirth have the worst stats for goalies in the league with minimum 5 games played. I want to see Ovi tonight. Let's keep this momentum going and finish off the road trip strong with 7 out of 8 pts and slap them around at home Tuesday.
ANY WORD ON BERGENHEIM'S RETURN OR GREIVANCE SITUATION AT ALL??
Dineen shuffling the lines should be interesting. I want to see how Versteeg handles the move.
Originally Posted by freakstar
Steve Goldstein @goldieonice
#FlaPanthers looks like same lineup as last game. Would make Kovalev the scratch.
Like it said, same lines as last game (thank you Jebus for the Kovalev scratch again ). Versteeg didn't seem to have a whole lot of energy out there last game, pretty disappointing game from him. I mentioned in the last GDT he looked more like Kovalev than like Mueller.
If Versteeg starts to pick it up, I think our team is in good shape. If we could role 2 lines with a productive Mueller on one an Versteeg on the other for half a game, we would be hard to stop offensively.