Remember last Spring when the Caps had a two week stretch in which they played the Hurricanes five times (out of seven scheduled games)? No, it wasn't the playoffs. But it sure felt like it for... well... no one. If you liked that, you're sure to love the next ten days, in which the Caps take on the 'Canes three times, sandwiched around a matinee this Saturday with the Panthers and the All-Star break.
As for tonight's game, injuries and ineffectiveness have caused a massive upheaval of lines and d-pairings, with only the Ovechkin and CBS lines being spared Hanlon's razor. As an unabashed Boyd Gordon fan, I like the reconstituted second-line (Alex Semin-Gordon-Matt Pettinger), and am also interested in seeing how Shaone Morrisonn and Brian Pothier do with different dance partners (though I'll admit that the Potsy-Jeff Schultz pairing has me nervous).
Analysis-wise, this is a broken record: play hard, play smart, have a chance to win. Mental lapses against a disciplined team are a recipe for disaster (physical lapses less so). Stupid = death.
I'll have more throughout the day over at SeSo, and make sure to go spout off in the SeSo Open Thread - that's what it's there for (c'mon, Faux - drop some wisdom on those Caniacs).
By the way, it's official: this winter has sucked. My brother - who lives in Los Angeles - has now had more snow than we have had here in D.C. And from the "Piling On" department, I got a $100 parking ticket yesterday while in the dentist's office. That spider I killed yesterday morning must have been someone special in a previous life.
- Hart: Henrik Zetterberg (2G, A, +2, 5 SOG)
- Ross: Pavel Datsyuk (4 points)
- Norris: Brian Campbell (GWG, A, +2)
- Vezina: Marty Turco (W, 18 saves on 20 shots against)
- Richard: Henrik Zetterberg, Phil Kessel, Daniel Paille, Jere Lehtinen (2G each)
- Calder: Paul Stastny (2G, including the game-winner, +1, 2 SOG)
- Aiken: Tomas Vokoun (2 goals allowed on 8 shots against in just 21:32 of work)