Thursday, March 15, 2007

Caps @ Bruins 3-15-2007 Preview

Washington Capitals (24-46; 60 points; 5th Southeast Division, 14th Eastern Conference, 27th Overall) @ Boston Bruins (33-36; 71 points, 5th Northeast Division, 12th Eastern Conference, 21st Overall):
Caps Game #71, Road Game #35, NHL Game #1,053

T.D. Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA. 7:05 pm. Washington TV: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Radio: WTNT 570-AM. Boston TV: NESN Radio: WWBZ 1030-AM. NHL Center Ice: NESN feed.

Tonight the Caps kick off a set of back-to-back and three games in four days with a visit to Boston to play the Bruins. The Caps have lost all three games so far to Boston this season 3-2 with the two at the Phone Booth going to a gimmick and the one in Boston ending in overtime on a Power Play. The Bruins are coming off a 6-3 victory in Detroit but have lost three of their last five games.

What The Natives Are Saying:

(Com)Post. Caps.com. Caps.com .pdf game notes.

Open Source Intelligence:

Boston Globe. Boston Herald: Need to show up, Scouting report.

Neutral Views:

NHL.com AP Wire.

What Do I Expect Tonight?:

Tonight brings the triumphant return of Olie Kolzig to the crease and not a moment too soon. Yeah, the Caps are all but eliminated from making the playoffs, (only the Flyers, Coyotes, and Kings have that distinction) but the Caps have lost 8 in a row and 14 of their last 15 games. Simply put, the Caps need a win tonight for morale purposes and solid goaltending will give them a very good chance. The Bruins are still dreaming about making the playoffs despite being seven points out of 8th place but they hold two games in hand on Carolina. A Caps win tonight in regulation will be a devasting blow to the Bruins fleeting playoff chances.

Caps Nut Official Washington Hockey.com Predict The Score Contest Entry:

Caps 2
Bruins 3
Winner by Savard

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