Friday, October 30, 2009

Caps @ Thrashers 10-29-2009 Wrap Up/ Caps vs. Islanders 10-30-2009 Preview

The Local Yokels:

(Com)Post. Times. Caps.com.

The Neutral Observers:

NHL.com. AP Wire.

The Other Side:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: too much, back in.

Final Thoughts:

12 down, 70 to go.



Washington Capitals (8-4; 18 points) vs. New York Islanders (2-9; 9 points):
Caps Game #13, Home Game #7, NHL Game #172

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., 7:07 pm. Washington TV: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus. Radio: WFED 1500-AM. New York TV: MSG Plus. Radio: WMCJ 94.3-FM. NHL Center Ice: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus, MSG Plus feeds.

Tonight, the Caps wrap up a three games in four nights run when they come home to face the New York Islanders. The Caps faced the Islanders on Long Island last Saturday night where they launched a come-from-behind effort to win 3-2 in overtime all falling behind 2-0. Since then the Islanders dropped another 3-2 decision in overtime in Montreal to the Canadiens on Monday but got back on track with a 3-1 win at home over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night for only their second win of this season.

What The Natives Are Saying:

Caps.com.

Neutral Views:

NHL.com. AP wire.

Open Source Intelligence:

We can't seem to find anything... Apparently there's something else going on up there right now...

What Do We Expect Tonight?:

Willing to pull his punches in the locker room and not say something emotional to the team last night Bruce Boudreau unloaded in the press conference and will say something else to the team in the locker room this morning before the morning skate. (Oh to be a fly on that wall...) But we have to like that the coach is not allowing the problems of last year to continue on into this year. Tonight the underwhelming opponent is the New York Islanders. And while they have a dismal record of only two wins on the season, one by the gimmick, they already have 5 Bettman points so far which means they hang around in games. So we'll find out tonight if Boudreau's efforts will have any effect on a bunch of players who are carrying the attitude of "just get the two points and be done with it." The good news is that last year, despite all the trouble the Caps had on Long Island, they had little trouble with the Islanders on home ice.

Caps Nut Official Prediction:

Caps 5
Islanders 2
Winner by Laich
(5-7 on the season with one perfect game)

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