Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pre-Cap: Capitals vs. Senators

Could this be a new rivalry in the making? After sweeping the Senators in dramatic fashion last season, the Capitals might find themselves unwelcome guests in the capital of Canada.

You're not seriously going to watch CNN from 7:30 to 10 are you? Read your pre-Cap instead!

Washington Capitals (5-4-1, last game 5-0 loss to Buffalo)
Ottawa Senators (4-5-2, last game 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa)

The story so far...
Under the watchful eyes of GMGM and Ted Leonsis, Boudreau put the Caps through a two-practice hell. Will the return of Ovechkin and the fear of an angry Boudreau put the Caps over Ottawa?

Key Players
WSH: Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Jose Theodore
OTT: Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson

Goalie history
Theodore: 7-12-2-1, 3.20 GAA
Gerber: 5-3-0-1, 3.61 GAA

Do we want the first goal?
Here's a stat to think about. The Capitals are one of the leagues WORST teams when it comes to winning after scoring first. The Caps are ranked 29 but Ottawa is in the same boat. They are ranked 21. Not a good stat for either team.

Back in the U. S. of A.
Ovechkin's back, and could he possibly arrive at a more oppurtune time? The Capitals looked sorry on Saturday, Semin is talking trash, Theodore has let more rubber between his legs than his former fling (yes I went there) and the Caps are behind Carolina by 3 points.

So what team could the doctor possibly prescribe to end Ovie's scoring slump and revitalize the Caps? Oh how about the Senators, who Ovechkin has terrorized throughout his career! Ovie has 10 goals and 9 assists in 12 games against the Sens.

Psstt...the Rebels won
Tonight's netminder will likely be "Darth" Gerber. Martin Gerber earned his nickname for wearing a black mask.

Try to keep this out of your head all day:
Funny Adam Sandler Chanakuh song parody about the Sens.

Usually I Google and search YouTube for fun videos about the opposing team's star players. Usually it results in some fun videos (see Dion Phanuef's walking video) but sometimes the videos aren't so fun. Just ask Sens center Daniel Alfredsson about this one.

Speaking of elections...
The NHL has had its All-Star voting online for the past few seasons, but this year the ballot will be live and online for all to see. Anyone else with me to nominate Matt Bradley to the All-Star game so he can win it for the east in the 12th round of the shootout?

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Thanks to a View from the Cheap Seats for this great video! There are more there, be sure to check them all out.

Remeber to vote!
Whether it be for John McPenguin...

or Barack Roll.


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