Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Capitals vs. Flyers Preview
The Caps look to start a win streak tonight, going into
to do battle with the first place Flyers. The Flyers are number 1 in the Eastern Conference with a total of 63 points. The Flyers are 13-6-2 at home this year as opposed to the Capitals 9-9-2 away record. The Flyers are an extremely good team as it is, and adding their home ice advantage will make the Caps task even more difficult. Philadelphia
The Flyers come into tonight’s game having 8 of the players already with double digit scoring totals, so the Caps defense and goaltending will have to be at the top of their game.Once again the Caps must win this game tonight, because they can no longer just coast along, in the once mediocre, Southeast Division. A win tonight with a Tampa Bay loss against the Blue Jackets, will allow the Caps to reclaim top spot in the division.
The Caps are in desperate need of a solid winning streak to give the team vital momentum and confidence. As stated before the Caps task of winning will not be easy, especially with injuries to: Tom Poti (unknown- day to day), Alexander Semin (thigh- day to day), Matt Bradley (broken finger- 1 to 2 weeks), and Eric Fehr (upper body- 3 to 4 weeks.)
The Caps focus tonight should be about regaining their dominance that they once had on the power play. Also, as they did against the Senators on Sunday, they must continue to keep getting pucks on net.
Finally players such as Ovechkin and Backstrom need to have a coming out party, and do what they do best to win games by putting up points. The Flyers come in winning 6 of their last 7, lets see if the Caps can put a damper on this in tonight’s much anticipated, hard hitting battle.
- In Ovi We Trust