Thursday, March 12, 2009

Caps @ Flyers 3-12-2009 Preview

Washington Capitals (41-27; 88 points; 1st Southeast Division, 3rd Eastern Conference, 5th Overall) @ Philadelphia Flyers (36-29; 82 points; 2nd Atlantic Division, 4th Eastern Conference, 8th Overall):
Caps Game #69, Road Game #33, NHL Game #1,006

Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA, 7:08 pm. Washington TV: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic. Radio: WFED 1500-AM. Philadelphia TV: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. Radio: WWIP 610-AM. NHL Center Ice: Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic feed.

Tonight, the Caps put their four game road winning streak on the line when they face the Flyers for the final time this season in Philadelphia. The Flyers are coming off of Tuesday night's 5-2 at home over the Buffaslugs. This is the fourth game of a five game homestand for the Flyers and Philadelphia has won three of their past four games.

What The Natives Are Saying:

(Com)Post. Times. Caps.com.

Neutral Views:

NHL.com AP Wire.

Open Source Intelligence:

Philadelphia Daily News: a scumbag returning, economic realities. Philadelphia Inquirer. Flyers.com.

What Do We Expect Tonight?:

Well folks, whatever confidence the Caps earned over their last two games will be severely tested in Philadelphia tonight. In three games so far this season, the Caps have only managed one gimmick win against the Flyers and have suffered some embarrassing losses. There of course was the 7-1 demolition back in December and then the 4-2 collapse at home 16 days ago where the Flyers scored 4 unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0. Of course, nothing has really changed in terms of game plan for the Caps against the Flyers. The Caps want to be careful on special teams tonight, especially on the Power Play that they do not give up a shorthanded goal. The good news for the Caps tonight is that Flyers Coach John Stevens is ignoring the work Antero Nittymaki has done against the Caps this season and going with Martin Biron. Though in defense of Biron, he allowed only one goal in regulation against the Caps in the Flyers 2-1 gimmick loss in Washington back in January. If you think it was tough for the Caps on Tuesday against the Predators, tonight will be even harder.

Caps Nut Official Prediction:

Caps 1
Flyers 4
Winner by Carter

(7-6 on the season)

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