Saturday, October 27, 2007

Caps vs. Canucks 10-26-2007 Wrap Up/ Caps @ Blues 10-27-2007 Preview

The Local Yokels:

(Com)Post. Times: Luongo still frustrates, big donation in Fay's name.

The Neutral Observers: AP Wire.

The Other Side:

Vancouver Province. Vancouver Sun: 60 minutes rewarded, Bieska skates hard, odds and ends.

Final Thoughts:

I forgot to mention last night, who knew the Canucks traveled so well?

9 down, 73 to go.

Washington Capitals (4-5; 8 points) @ St. Louis Blues (5-3; 10 points):
Caps Game #10, Road Game #5, NHL Game #154

Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO. 8:37 pm Washington TV: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic. Radio: WWWT 1500-AM, 107.7 FM. St. Louis TV: KPLR Channel 11. Radio: KMOX 1120-AM. NHL Center Ice: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic feed.

Tonight the Caps take their banged up lineup to St. Louis to face the Blues. The Blues were shutout Thursday night in Columbus and have lost 2 of their past 3 after opening the season with five straight wins. The Blues also boast the 9th best Power Play in the NHL which will present a challenge to a Caps Power Play unit still looking to find its way.

What The Natives Are Saying:

Neutral Views: AP Wire.

Open Source Intelligence:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Caps making rare appearance (and writer making a ton of errors), preview.

What Do I Expect Tonight?:

The Caps haven't won in St. Louis in 11 years but this isn't the same Blues team that had been a fixture in the Western Conference playoffs for over 20 years. The Blues are slightly better than expected getting off to a 5-0 start but (and you could say this about the Caps too) are starting to revert to form. Brent Johnson is likely to get the start in goal tonight against the team he was 76-46-12 for over 143 games in 5 seasons. Johnny has never faced the Blues and will need to build upon his strong performance against the Penguin Scum last Saturday. The Caps had a good game plan against the Canucks last night but were not sharp enough in executing it. They'll need to be sharper tonight especially if Captain Chris Clark and Tom Poti are out of the lineup.

Caps Nut Official Prediction:

Caps 1
Blues 4
Winner by Tkachuk

(2-6 on the season)

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