Caps vs. Buffaslugs 12-23-2009 Preview
Washington Capitals (22-14; 50 points) vs. Buffaslugs (22-13; 47 points):
Caps Game #37, Home Game #16, NHL Game #549
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 7:07 pm. Washington TV: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. Radio: WFED 1500-AM.
Tonight, the Caps kickoff a three game homestand (that's right, the Caps are allowed to play games at home) when they host the Buffaslugs for the second and final time this season. This will be the third meeting overall between the two teams with the home team pitching a shutout in the two previous matchups. Tonight's game will end a run where the two teams met every other Wednesday night as two weeks ago, the Caps were shut out 3-0 in
What The Natives Are Saying:
(Com)Post. Examiner. Times. Caps.com.
NHL.com. AP Wire.
Open Source Intelligence:
What Do We Expect Tonight?:
Well folks, we've seen this story before haven't we? In the last game before a holiday break, the Caps are hosting the Buffaslugs so we wonder which officiating crew itching to get home for the holidays are assigned to breeze through tonight's game. The big key we see for the Caps tonight is to get a goal early on Ryan Miller. After being shutout in the previous game, the longer the Caps allow him to keep them off the scoreboard, the harder it will become for the Caps to score on him. Luckily for the Caps they've had a few days off since the end of their West Coast trip but don't be too surprised if they come out a bit sluggish at the start of tonight's game as East Coast teams usually do in their first home game after a West Coast trip. Add in our historical troubles against the Buffaslugs and this could very well continue our win-lose run which we've been doing over the past seven games.
Caps Nut Official Prediction:
Winner by Vanek
(19-17 on the season with one perfect game)
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