01/13/09 Washington Capitals vs Edmonton Oilers. Verizon Center. 7:00 PM
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (27-13-3) EDMONTON OILERS (20-18-3)
TV: CSN-DC,SPSO (HD), Online Feed: NHL.com Game Center
For information on tonight's game follow Senior Caps writer Mike Vogel's preview HERE.
For supplementary coverage you can check out Tarik El-Bashir's blog from the Washington Post HERE.
No games played. Washington won last years match 5-4 in a shootout.
1. A. Ovechkin - 41GP - 27G - 27A - 54PTS
2. N. Backstrom - 43GP - 12G - 33A - 45PTS
3. A. Semin - 25GP - 16G - 20A - 36PTS
4. M. Green - 30GP - 10G - 18A - 28PTS
5. V. Kozlov - 38GP - 9G - 18A - 27PTS
Defenseman Brian Pothier is out.
Defenseman Tom Poti is day-to-day.
Defenseman Jeff Schultz is day-to-day.
Defenseman John Erskine is day-to-day.
Center Sergei Fedorov is day-to-day.
Center Boyd Gordon is day-to-day.
Right wing Fernando Pisani is out.
Right wing Ales Hemsky is out.
Right wing Zach Stortini is out.
Im making the trip all the way to Washington DC from Brooklyn, NY to root for you guys. Im an Islander fan, but we all know how thats turning out this season. The Caps are my second team. Just an amazing group of guys you fellas get to see on a nightly basis. On that note......
A win would be nice. After stuggling to score goals and losing two in a row, a cake walk I don't see tonight.
Add that the Penguins are next and how the how the team feels about them as a potential distraction tonight.
The chances should be decent for a win tonight, with the Oilers struggling without their best player in Hemsky, who is doubtful for tonight's game. The Oilers play a tough game, though, to be sure. It will be close either way.
Don't know what to think about tomorrow's game. The Caps are at home tonight, the Penguins in Philly. Both will play tough physical teams tonight, and then both travel about the same distance to get back to Pittsburgh after tonight's games, for tomorrow's Caps-Pens contest. The Pens get the home crowd and the last change, but the other typical back-to-back advantages should be nullified.
I am not surprised about skating Erskine with Green. Ever since Eminger departed, Erskine has had no chemistry with anyone. Truth be told, he only had one chance - and the dreaded jurskine monster was born. It set the board into a frenzy for months because Bruce refused to break up that failed pairing. It was a bit of a head scratcher. It seemed he avoided pairing Sarge and Ernie = too slow a pair. An Erskine pairing needs to be found and since we have no other RD, why not try Green.
yea...rare occasion where the back to back is fair because its a back to back for both. considering the pens play boston the caps have the easier road. pens lose to boston the pressure rises even greater on them. pens win vs boston, they let down against the caps.