Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pre-Game: Capitals @ Hurricanes

Washington will go for their fourth straight win tonight at the RBC Center playing against a Carolina team that they defeated 3-2 less than a week ago.
  • Carolina is 0-2 playing within the division... the Capitals are 2-1.
  • The Hurricanes are one of seven teams that does not have a winning record at home( 3-3).
  • The Canes are 5-1-2 in one-goal games.
  • Michael Leighton (4-1/2.37/.921) will make the start for the Hurricanes tonight. (Personally one of my favorite goalies...we share the same last name, no relation though).
  • Carolina's penalty kill is only 76% at home, but 85% on the road.
  • The Caps are 2-6 the past two seasons at the RBC Center.
  • Brent Johnson (4-1-2/2.10/.931) will make his fifth straight start, something he has done only once since 2003.
  • Viktor Kozlov will return to the lineup tonight, and should be on the same line as Michael Nylander and Tomas Fleischmann.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored the most goals (7) and took the most shots (52) against Carolina compared to any other team last year.
  • Washington can take sole position of first in the Southeast with a win tonight.
Capitals Preview

Hurricanes Preview

2 comments:

richard said...

whats up with johnson playing 20 and theodore playing 20 so far? im not watching the game i just saw the box score. Is one of them injured or is boudreau giving them both a shot to see who'll be starting?

MPL said...

Johnny got hurt late, and Theo did a great job of filling in... Bruce might give Theo the start next game to rest Johnny, but if Brent looks good in practice, you have to stick with the hot hand.