Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Caps @ Canadiens 2-20-2007 Wrap Up/ Caps vs. Sharks 2-21-2007 Preview

The Local Yokels:


The Neutral Observers: AP Wire.

The Other Side:

Montreal Gazette: Higgins hurt in win, breakout night, Huet done, Souray popular.

Final Thoughts:

Many more performances like last night's and this season won't be over soon enough. 60 down, 22 to go.

Washington Capitals (23-37; 55 points; 5th Southeast Division, 14th Eastern Conference, 25th Overall) vs. San Jose Sharks (36-23; 73 points; 2nd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference, 7th Overall):
Caps Game #61, Home Game #31, NHL Game #906

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 7:05 pm. Washington TV: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Radio: WTEM 980-AM. San Jose TV: Fox Sportsnet Bay Area. Radio: KFOX 98.5-FM. Canadian National TV: TSN, RIS. NHL Center Ice: TSN feed.

Tonight the Caps wrap up a three games in four days set at home against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have been waiting in Washington since Sunday's 5-2 loss in Dallas. The Sharks haven't been playing well either as of late, the Sharks have lost three in a row and were shutout for two of those games. San Jose is playing game #6 of an eight game road trip tonight and will be in Chicago tomorrow.

What The Natives Are Saying: .pdf game notes.

Open Source Intelligence:

Contra Costa Times: Reinforcements arrive, Sharks report. San Francisco Chronicle. San Jose Mercury News: Forwards back, next for the Sharks. game notes. (yeah, I know, I figured they will be filled in later, they are three hours behind us.) video preview Part I. (dude has a bad sense of direction) video preview Part II. (dude can't pronounce the names of our players)

Neutral Views: AP Wire.

What Do I Expect Tonight?:

Recently the Caps have been getting the results at home that they haven't been getting on the road. However, the Caps remain the tonic for teams that are struggling and the Sharks certainly fit that bill. San Jose has had a couple of days off in D.C. while the Caps have been out on the road. And after last night's performance, the Caps would be well advised to stay out of the Penalty Box. The Sharks have the league's top Power Play unit and will certainly bury the Caps if given the kind of chances that the Canadiens had last night. The Caps Power Play will also find tough sledding as the Sharks Penalty Killers are ranked 7th. This one could get very ugly.

Caps Nut Official Washington Predict The Score Contest Entry:

Caps 1
Sharks 5
Winner by Cheechoo

Editorial Note For The Loyal Readers Of This Blog:

Due once again to work commitments, I will be unable to watch tonight's game. Therefore, there will be no Post-Mortem for tonight's game.

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