Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tuesday Roundup/Gamenight: Panthers @ Caps

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The Caps host the Panthers tonight out at the MCI and as the team approaches the Olympic break (and before long the trade deadline) questions abound. Should the team trade Jeff Friesen? Which of the injured players, if any, will be healthy enough to go tonight? Which of the kids will be in the lineup? Will the Caps (0-3-1) beat Florida this year? If I had to guess, my answers would be yes, if they can; only Chris Clark; Eric Fehr and Mike Green (though it may be nice to see Doug Doull called up for these last three games before the break) and yes. But those would just be guesses.

As Mike Vogel notes, special teams will likely again be the key tonight:
Florida’s power play has eight goals in 19 opportunities (42.1%) against Washington. The Panthers have 35 power play goals in 264 chances (13.3%) against the rest of the NHL.

The Caps have scored only three power play goals of their own in the four games against Florida. Washington is 3-for-24 (12.5%) with the extra man against the Cats this season.
Step one: stay out of the box. Step two: kill off any penalties you take. Step three: take advantage of opportunities you are given. Easier said than done, I know, but at least it's a plan.

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