Fresh off a big win against the Flyers last night in Tampa and without 2003-04 Art Ross Trophy winner Martin St. Louis (broken finger), the defending champs come to Washington for the teams' third meeting of the season in a nationally televised tilt. The Caps will again be without Olie Kolzig in net (and possibly without Dainius Zubrus up front), so it will take a tremendous amount of discipline and strong goaltending to even keep this game close. Oh, and let's try this again: if you go to the game tonight and see a good-looking guy in a #67 Bourque jersey and shout "hey, J.P., let me buy you a beer," I'll let you do just that.
The WaPo has an article on how Andrew Cassels wishes he wasn't healthy-scratched every game (we wish he didn't stink every game he was in the lineup) and the WTimes has a worthy read on how the Caps' special teams haven't been all that special. Unless you mean "special" in a Special Olympics kind of way, in which case the Caps special teams certainly deserve that moniker.
Elsewhere around the League:
- I think I know what I want for Hannukah.
- Hart: Jarome Iginla (GWG, 2A, +1 in Calgary's 3-2 come-from-behind win)
- Ross: Vaclav Prospal (3G, A)
- Norris: Dan Boyle (G, A, +1)
- Vezina: Rick DiPietro (W, 26 saves on 28 shots against and 8 saves on 9 shots against in the shootout)
- Richard: Vaclav Prospal (3G)
- Calder: Erik Christensen (G, A, +1)
- Aiken: David Aebischer (L, 5 goals against on 22 shots)
- Last game: OK, we blew the Wings/Canucks game pretty badly. Current Record: 2-2.
- Tonight's game: Time to get back to our early-season winning ways. Will I pick an easy game just to get off the schneid? Of course not. Instead, I'll pick a matchup of team's with an identical number of points in the standings as the Kings visit Nashville. And the crystal ball says... Nashville 3, Kings 2.