Washington Capitals (1-1-1-0) Vs. Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0-0)
(7:30, At The Bell Center)
Washington Capitals Line-Up
Kip Miller(14) - Boyd Gordon(15) - Jaromir Jagr(68)
Peter Bondra(12) - Robert lang(20) - Dainius Zubrus(9)
Steve Konowalchuk(22) - Jeff Halpern(11) - Alexander Semin(28)
Brian Willsie(24) - Brian Sutherby(16) - Matt Pettinger(18)
Sergei Gonchar(55) - Joel Kwiatkawski(59)
Steve Eminger(8) - Jason Doig(3)
Josef Boumedienne(2) - Jean-Francois Fortin(58)
*Starter: Sébastien Charpentier(35)*
Montreal Canadiens Line-Up
Marcel Hossa(81) - Mike Ribeiro(71) - Richard Zednik(20)
Michael Ryder(73) - Yanic Perreault(94) - Donald Audette(82)
Jan Bulis(38) - Joé Juneau(90) - Andreas Dackell(24)
Niklas Sundstrom(37) - Christopher Higgins(88) - Jason Ward(17)
Andrei Markov(79) - Craig Rivet(52)
Ron Hainsay(65) - Patrice Brisebois(43)
Sheldon Sourray(44) - Stephane Quintal(5)
*Starter: José Théodore(60)*
Capitals' Unjury List
-Brendan Witt(19) (Concution - End Of October)
-Michael Nylander(92) (Leg Injury - Mid November)
-Stephen Peat(51) (Foot Injury - Day To Day)
Canadiens' Top 5 Scorers
T-01. Michael Ryder 1-2-3
T-01. Andreas Dackell 1-2-3
T-03. Joé Juneau 0-3-3
T-03. Andrei Markov 0-3-3
T-03. Donald Audette 0-3-3
Canadiens' Last Games Box Scores
Montreal 2 (José Théodore 0-1-0-0)
Ottawa 5 (Patrick Lalime W)
Ron Hainsay (1) - Joé Juneau (1), Andreas Dackell (1)
Mike Ribeiro (1) - Richard Zednik (1), Andrei Markov (1)
Montreal 4 (José Théodore 1-1-0-0)
Toronto 0 (Ed Belfour L)
Mike Ribeiro (2) - Andrei Markov (2)
Richard Zednik (1) - Andrei Markov (3), Patrice Brisebois (1)
Sheldon Sourray (1) - Joé Juneau (2), Andreas Dackell (2) [PK]
Michael Ryder (1) - Donald Audette (1), Craig Rivet (1)
Washington 1 (Sébastien Charpentier)
Montreal 4 (José Théodore 1-1-0-0)
Andreas Dackell (1) - Joé Juneau (3)
Yanic Perreault (1) - Donald Audette (2), Michael Ryder (1)
Yanic Perreault (2) - Donald Audette (3), Michael Ryder (2)
Stéphane Quintal (1) - Unnasisted
Key Matchups(jl.roberts' idea)
José Théodore Vs. Sébastien Charpentier (4/5 Saves Vs. 8/10 Saves)
Richard Zednik Vs. Jaromir Jagr (0 Goals Vs. 0 Goals)
Mike Ribeiro Vs. Robert Lang (0 Assists Vs. 0 Assists)
Michael Ryder Vs. Boyd Gordon (2 Points Vs. 0 Points)
*Winger Defensive Specialists:
Andreas Dackell Vs. Steve Konowalchuk (1 Points Vs. 0 Points)
*Center Defensive Specialists:
Joe Juneau Vs. Jeff Halpern (1 Points Vs. 0 Points)
??? Vs. Matt Pettinger
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Stephane Auger.
Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Steve Barton.
I think montreal should win this one if they play the same style of hockey as they did vs the leafs. Rerember washington played last night and kolzig faced something like 37 shots therefore the team should be tired in montreal should take advantage of that.
I think that mtl's ward will score his first, zednik well get one and perrault.
Pk well play an important role, just dont let gonchar or bondra take a slap shot form the point.
whos Boyd Gordon, never heard of him and what his he doing on the first line.
Nylander broke his leg in the preseason, so Boyd Gordon got the oppprtunity to stick with the big club and get some good playing time. He played his last 4 years with the Red Deer Rebels, and improved throughout. In his last year he had 33 goals, and 48 assists in 56 games.
He was held pointless against the Leafs, but has 1 goal and 2 assists so far this season. Good youg player, with top 6 written all over him.
I think it will be a tough one with the kind of offense the Caps got. Their defense ain't rock solid though, so if we can get some turnover, we could beat them big time. I'd say we win this one 3-2 in overtime with Markov getting the GWG.
I am going to be bad but I know that the capitals have been a team that MTL seems to have difficulty beating (just like Buffalo). I am going to say that we will loose the season opener 3-2! Bulis and Hossa in the third!
Guys Mike Grier is suspended for 1 game, and this is the game against us. I think we will be more physical then them today lol. This should be a win if our players do what they have to do in Julien's "system".