Monday, February 23, 2009

Pre-Cap: Capitals vs. Flyers

Even bitter rivals can agree on some things

Washington Capitals - 38-17-5 - first in SE, second in EC
Philadelphia Flyers 31-17-9 - second in ATL, fourth in EC

The points don't get any bigger than this for the Flyers. Win and get two points, keeping them within distance of the New Jersey Devils, or lose and jockey for position among the pack of playoff teams.

While the Capitals steamrolled the Penguins Sunday, the Flyers were left with the bitter taste of defeat at the hands of Sidney Crosby and a flubbed play by goalie Martin Biron. The troubles don't stop there, though. Flyers goal scorer Jeff Carter is in the midst of a five-game goal-scoring drought.

The Flyers are still without main offensive threat Danny Briere. He's slated to return this Friday, but the Flyers have seemingly fared well enough without him. With three players with over 50 points, and Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul poised to break into the 50s, the Capitals will have their hands full with a skilled, yet tough Flyers team.

For the Caps, it's time to focus yet again. Coming off a big win over a bitter rival has their heads in the clouds, and a lazy performance against the Flyers will remind us of a certain 7-1 loss earlier in the year if they don't stay focused.

While the Flyers need two points to chase the Devils, the Capitals also need these two points to chase down the Bruins. The Bruins have slipped with two losses in a row, and the Capitals will want to take advantage of this opportunity. The Capitals are only seven points behind Boston, and the Bruins face the Panthers tonight.

After Sunday's emotional win, it shouldn't be hard for the Caps to "get up" for another rivalry game, but with the Flyers seething over how they lost to the Pens, who better than the Caps to unleash some frustration on?

Yeah, Biron's pissed about this one


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