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01-19-2009, 09:07 PM
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01/20/09 Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators. Scotiabank Place. 7:30 PM



OTTAWA SENATORS (15-21-7) WASHINGTON CAPITALS (30-14-3)
TV: CSN-DC,SPSO (HD), CAN: TSN 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.



11/04/08 Washington 1 - 2 Ottawa OTL GWG: M. Fisher Winning Goalie: A. Auld
12/12/08 Washington 5 - 1 Ottawa GWG: B. Laich Winning Goalie: B. Johnson




1. A. Ovechkin - 45GP - 31G - 28A - 59PTS
2. N. Backstrom - 47GP - 12G - 36A - 48PTS
3. A. Semin - 29GP - 18G - 22A - 40PTS
4. M. Green - 34GP - 12G - 21A - 33PTS
5. V. Kozlov - 42GP - 10G - 18A - 28PTS




Washington Capitals
Defenseman Brian Pothier is out.
Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is day-to-day.
Defenseman Tom Poti is day-to-day.
Center Boyd Gordon is day-to-day.
Goaltender Brent Johnson is day-to-day.

Ottawa Senators
Center Cody Bass is out.
Center Jason Spezza is day-to-day.
Defenseman Anton Volchenkov is day-to-day.





Washington Forwards
8-Ovechkin, 19-Backstrom, 25-Kozlov
14-Fleischmann, 91-Fedorov, 28-Semin
21-Laich, 92-Nylander, 16-Fehr
87-Brashear, 39-Steckel, 10-Bradley

Washington Defensemen
4-Erskine, 52-Green
55-Schultz, 23-Jurcina
27-Alzner, 43-Helmer

Goaltenders
31-Machesney, 60-Theodore

Ottawa Forwards
15-Heatley, 19-Spezza, 11-Alfredsson
71-Foligno, 12-Fisher, 25-Neil
18-Winchester, 20-Vermette, 22-Kelly
73-Ruutu, 37-McAmmond, 10-Donovan

Ottawa Defensemen
4-Phillips, 55-Lee
17-Kuba, 45-Picard
21-Smith, 5-Schubert

Goaltenders
30-Elliott, 31-Auld


*note: Lineups are subject to change, starting goalies marked with italics.





Capitals may not win pretty; but win nonetheless

The Washington Capitals have faced two glaring obstacles this season. The first being a rash of injuries that decimated the roster through the early part of the season. The second would have to be their inability to beat inferior opponents.

However, in spite of their marginal victories against the leagues bottom dwellers, the Capitals still manage to win. It might not be a pretty headline, but it's pretty in the standings column.

Capitals fans need to realize that this team is not going to play lights out hockey for an 82 game season. That is just not realistic.

Nor is believing you're going to get a quality offensive output from your star players game in and game out. Sorry, the NHL just doesn't function that way (unless your name is Alexander Ovechkin).

Capitals fans are spoiled by the talent level their team possesses, and their ability to explode for six goals on an opponent any given night. And no, any given night should not to be confused with every given night.

Every NHL team will go through a slump, or play down to their opponents. This is not a Washington Capitals exclusive. Scorers will go through droughts, while defensemen and goaltenders can go hot or cold within a moments notice. Thus is the parody of the NHL.

To illustrate my point, earlier today, Boston lost to the lowly St. Louis Blues (15th in the West) in shootout.

Yesterday the Calgary Flames got hosed 6-2 by the Colorado Avalanche (11th in the West).

Hell, even the Tamp Bay Lightning (12th in the East) trounced the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 last week.

While it is true the Capitals normally play down to the bottom tier of the league, the same can be said of them playing "up to" the standards of elite teams.

The Boston Bruins lead the East, but have fallen twice so far to the Capitals. Washington is also 2-1 in games against the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0 against the Atlantic leading Rangers and 2-0 against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

As the second half of the season gets underway, there are already a handful of teams that are destined to miss the playoffs. But be sure that when the Capitals, Bruins, Sharks or Red Wings come to town, they're going to give them their best.

So please, don't be upset how the Capitals won today's game.

Just be glad they won.

NOTE: With his two goal performance, Alexander Ovechkin has taken over the lead league in scoring (31).






Keep it going.

LETS GO CAPS!


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Hopefully they find some motivation in the fact this is their last chance for points before the break.

You'll have plenty of time to rest when you're dead. WIN THIS ONE!


GO CAPS GO!

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Caps will get rockets up their ***** after the NYI game.

5-3 Caps.

Win.

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I'm almost certain will will stomp the Sens into the ground this game. Been a while since a solid, convincing victory.

6-1 Caps

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Spezza will play tomorrow.

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5-3 Caps....just win baby...

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but Johnson didn't even travel with the team, right? It'd almost have to be Theo playing tomorrow (especially after such a great outing tonight), unless they really want Cheezer to get an NHL game under his belt...

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Am I the only one who feels absolutely no connection between the 08-09 Caps and Journey's DSB? This is Lloyd's team, damnit.

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yeah my bad, i kinda put in in there for the losing streak and forgot to take it out.

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with all due respect to lloyd, its tough to stop believing. I bet Bruce still believes. I hear that song quite often and then its flashback time.

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Yeah its a song I will forever associate with last years Caps, but it works right now. DSB that we can catch the B's.

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CAps Begin the All Star Break after tonIght. Hopefully they remember to show up iN OTtawa and get tHE two points.

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Am I the only one who feels absolutely no connection between the 08-09 Caps and Journey's DSB? This is Lloyd's team, damnit.
i think we're stuck with lloyd for better or worse. if we ditch him now, he'll probably eat our whole team.

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Caps 5-1. Semin 2+1

Honestly, I can't stand Crosby. I was just thinking about how much I hate Pitt.

Sorry.. random.. but still. I hate them.

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I hear that song quite often and then its flashback time.
Exactly, it's a great flashback to the miracle run of 07-08, but it doesn't make me think of the current team.

This is going to be the first game I'll get to watch start to finish since the new year's day game. Go Caps!

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The Capitals have played NINE games in which the score was 2-1.

Our record in these 2-1 contests is 6-2-1. We've won the last 6, losing the first 3 to Calgary, Phoenix and Ottawa (OTL).

I'll go out on a limb and say the Caps win this one... 2-1.

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Good luck tonight. Should (hopefully) be a good game. Both teams have something to prove.

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let's go Caps!!

get this w!

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Let's just have an interesting game....

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Are all the local Caps fans at this inauguration?

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I'm really impressed by Fleischmann and Laich. This team creates so much chances, but even with the amazing talent they seem to have trouble putting it in the net.

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Are all the local Caps fans at this inauguration?
I imagine relatively few locals are at the inauguration, most of us are too pissed off at the huge inconvenience of it all.

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I thought about going...but I hate people in general...so it's better for everyone involved that I watch from the warmth of home.

Maybe it's me...but they should have had Journey play DSB compared to Aretha signing whatever it is she is signing.

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Lloyd runs s*** here, we just post here!!!! (Training Day reference.)

BTW, I'm watching the event at home as well. Thought about going to work today (the Baltimore office is open), but decided against it. I definitely wasn't going anywhere near the Mall today though.

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stumbled on the oath, doh

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