Monday, November 26, 2007

Caps vs. Buffaslugs 11-26-2007 Preview

Washington Capitals (8-15; 17 points) vs. Buffaslugs (10-11; 21 points):
Caps Game #24, Home Game #11, NHL Game #343

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 7:07 pm. Washington TV: None. Radio: WWT 1500-AM, 107.7-FM. TV: None. Radio: WWBR 550-AM. U.S. National TV: Versus. Canadian National TV: NHL Network. NHL Center Ice: Not picking up the game.

After winning two in a row the Caps looks to match their longest winning streak of the season when they host the Buffaslugs tonight at the Phone Booth. Since beating the Caps in a month and a half ago, the Buffaslugs have taken a nose dive and until recently, were kept out of the Eastern Conference cellar by the Caps inept play but now find themselves tied with the even more inept Toronto Maple Leafs. The Buffaslugs have been improving as well recently with a four game winning which included a sweep of a home-and-home series this past Friday and Saturday over Montreal.

What The Natives Are Saying:

(Com)Post. Times.

Neutral Views: AP Wire.

Open Source Intelligence:

The News: Buffaslugs streaking.

What Do I Expect Tonight?:

Before Bruce Boudreau took over as Head Coach, the Caps Power Play unit was ranked near the bottom and after going 4 for 7 over two games it is now ranked 16th in the league. They'll get a strong test tonight when they face the Buffaslug Penalty Killers who are ranked 7th in the NHL. For some reason it doesn't matter how good or bad the Caps and the Buffaslugs are or where the game is played, the Caps historically have a hard time beating the Buffaslugs. So while the Buffaslugs have the worst record of the teams Boudreau has faced in his interim run as Head Coach, this looks to be his toughest test so far. If the Caps can build another 3-0 lead tonight, they cannot afford to let back into the game as the Buffaslugs come at you in waves.

Caps Nut Official Prediction:

Caps 2
Buffaslugs 5
Winner by Kotalik

(13-10 on the season)



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