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Game #39 Tue, 9 Apr 2013 Capitals @ Canadiens 7:30 PM RDS, TSN-HABS


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CAPITALS (20-17-2) at CANADIENS (25-8-5)


TV: RDS, CSN-DC+, TSN-HABS


Last 10: Washington 8-1-1; Montreal 6-3-1


Season series: This is the second of three meetings. The Canadiens won the most recent showdown, 4-1, at Verizon Center.


Big story: The Capitals are the NHLs hottest team, and captain Alex Ovechkin is its hottest player. But the Canadiens represent the Capitals toughest test over their hot streak, so a victory here will go a long way towards determining if Washington is a legitimate threat for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Team Scope:

Capitals: The Capitals are being driven by Ovechkin, who has at least a point in all but one of the 10 games in this current 8-1-1 stretch that has vaulted the team to the top of the Southeast Division. The Capitals scored 38 goals over that stretch, and Ovechkin had 13 of them while adding six assists, meaning he was in on half his teams goals over the past 10 games.

However, this game against the Canadiens will be just the third time in 11 games that the Capitals have faced a team currently in the playoffs, and the first time in that span they faced anyone in the top six of the conference.

We just have to keep rolling, Ovechkin told the Monumental Network on Monday. [Tuesday] is going to be a hard game going up against one of the best teams in the League right now. Its a good challenge for us, so we just have to keep going.

Canadiens: The Canadiens learned Monday that defenseman Alexei Emelin would be lost for the rest of the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs with a torn ACL in his left knee, and injury suffered in Saturday nights 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins when he hit Milan Lucic but landed awkwardly on the knee.


Coach Michel Therrien has decided to promote Davis Drewiske to play the right side with Andrei Markov on Montreals second pair and Nathan Beaulieu was called up from the American Hockey League to play on the third pairing with Francis Bouillon. Drewiske, acquired a day before the NHL trade deadline from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fifth round draft pick, will now have much greater responsibilities than originally anticipated.


You cant ask a player to play a style that theyre not comfortable with, Therrien said. Players need to be who they are. We've lost important players all season long, but the team continued winning.

There was some good news on the injury front for Montreal, as forward Rene Bourque appears ready to return after missing 21 games with a concussion. His status for the game will be confirmed Tuesday morning, but if he plays, he should skate on Montreals fourth line with Jeff Halpern and Travis Moen.


Who's hot: For the Capitals, the obvious one is Ovechkin, but his center, Nicklas Backstrom, has been reaping the benefits of this hot streak for No. 8, with nine assists in his past four games. Defenseman Mike Green has six goals and two assists in the 10 games since he returned from an injury. For the Canadiens, defenseman P.K. Subban has a goal and nine assists in six games. Rookie forward Alex Galchenyuk has goals in his past two games and points in three straight.


Injury report: The Capitals are missing defenseman Tom Poti (back) The Canadiens are missing Emelin and fellow blueliner Raphael Diaz (concussion), and forward Colby Armstrong (knee).



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Let's kick some crap out of the Craps.

Can you really say "crap" here? :o

What's wrong with crap? :rolleyes:

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TSN is saying Rene is confirmed & Habs I/O is saying Patches is ok to go too.

Great news. I think if we can try to contain OV, and limit his shots we should be ok. Over 1/2 (14) of OV's 25 goals have come on the PP, so we had better play a clean game.

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Game notes,,,,

Defenseman Tom Poti and forwards Brooks Laich and Martin Erat are each listed as day-to-day, and their status for Tuesday night’s game has yet to be determined.

With two goals on Sunday against the Lightning, Alex Ovechkin has now scored nine goals in his last six games for the Capitals.

My note,,,,,,,,and who were the Caps playing in thos 6 games?

9, the number of consecutive games won by the Canadiens in which P.K. Subban has registered at least one point.

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Will be a tough game to win. Washington is very hot, and Emelin's injury is going to force us to play Drewinske against tougher matchups. I have a feeling that Carey will have to stand on his head tonight if we're to pick up the two points.

The team is going to have to play strong as a whole. That means strong back-checking from all the forward lines, but yes, Carey is going to play a bigger than usual role if we hope to win tonight, methinks.

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Will be a tough game to win. Washington is very hot, and Emelin's injury is going to force us to play Drewinske against tougher matchups. I have a feeling that Carey will have to stand on his head tonight if we're to pick up the two points.

At least we're at home, though. If Therrien plays his cards right he should hopefully be able to get PK and Gorges out against the Caps' big line more often than not.

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Subban nails Ovie ... tonight. Splat !

You heard it here. :D

Washington is due for a loss. 8-1-1 in last 10 but none/zilch/nodda/rien of those games against any of the top 12 (top 6 in the conference) teams? There's building confidence, and then there's building confidence on a flimsy foundation.

It comes crashing down ..... tonight. Splat !

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Subban nails Ovie ... tonight. Splat !

You heard it here. :D

Washington is due for a loss. 8-1-1 in last 10 but none/zilch/nodda/rien of those games against any of the top 12 (top 6 in the conference) teams? There's building confidence, and then there's building confidence on a flimsy foundation.

It comes crashing down ..... tonight. Splat !

Zactly what I was thinking, IM,,,,,

Subban nails Ovie ... tonight. Splat !

You heard it here. :D

Washington is due for a loss. 8-1-1 in last 10 but none/zilch/nodda/rien of those games against any of the top 12 (top 6 in the conference) teams? There's building confidence, and then there's building confidence on a flimsy foundation.

It comes crashing down ..... tonight. Splat !

PK is due for a big hit.

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Subban nails Ovie ... tonight. Splat !

You heard it here. :D

Washington is due for a loss. 8-1-1 in last 10 but none/zilch/nodda/rien of those games against any of the top 12 (top 6 in the conference) teams? There's building confidence, and then there's building confidence on a flimsy foundation.

It comes crashing down ..... tonight. Splat !

Interesting stat, didnt realize the stretch was made up against bottom dwellers.

I think the team will see the Emelin injury as a rallying point & will tighten up their coverages & checks. Im predicting a strong showing & a 3 - 1 win.

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