Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pre-Game: Capitals vs Maple Leafs

With the trade deadline come and gone, the Capitals still have the team intact and were one of the few teams deciding not to swap players. The same can not be said about the Maple Leafs. First, Toronto traded Nik Antropov to the Rangers for a 2nd round and conditional pick (2010). Then the Leafs traded center Dominic Moore to division foe Buffalo Sabres for another 2nd round pick. Finally, in a trade that took place at 4:18 (so much for the 3 pm deadline), Toronto received a 4th round pick, Andy Rogers, and former Capitals Jamie Heward and Olaf Kolzig (!!). They traded nothing Richard Petiot to the Tampa Lightning.

Even though Toronto is in 11th place, they sure aren't acting of it as of late. They haven't lost in regulation since February 17 the against the Sabres. Toronto's streak of three straight road victories come as the Caps have been stalling out at the Phone Booth.

Toronto's power play is basically dead last...this means no shorthanded breakaway goals with the extra man should be conceded tonight on home ice. The Antropov trade is good in the sense that we don't have to face him tonight, but now that he's on the Rangers, he poses more of a threat to the Caps in the playoffs.

That's all I've got from my end, my final midterm is tomorrow, then I'm off to Montreal for spring break...

BallHype: hype it up!

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