Monday, November 24, 2008

Caps Look To Salvage Road Trip

I think we all knew that this wasn't going to be a walk in the park. The Capitals are in danger of only getting 3 points on this 5 game road trip. They will finish it off with a trip to the Twin Cities to face the Wild (yet another hot team).

The Caps aren't getting any healthier, Sergei Fedorov re-tweaked his injury in Saturday night's game. Mike Green and Alex Semin could still be out of the line up when the Caps play in Minnesota. Several players left the practice yesterday after Bruce Boudreau gave them the okay if they were feeling sore.

Besides limping into St. Paul, the Caps are also nursing a losing streak. It may only be two games, but the Caps were held to just two goals and their road record has dropped to a 4-6-2. There are a few bright spots. Alex Ovechkin keeps his point streak alive, now going on seven games. Nick Backstrom is going on his 8th straight game with a point. Tomas Fleischmann, who is the most comfortable Cap on the road, has scored 7 of his eight goals wearing the white jersey.

The Caps will have to pull themselves back together. They had the opportunity to put some distance between them and Carolina, but now that slim Southeast Division lead could be eclipsed if the Caps lose to the Wild and the Hurricanes win against Florida. But I have a feeling that this race with Carolina will be tight all season long.

NHL Notes:

From number two to number one. Bathroom humor aside, Mike Smith is hurt in Tampa Bay which means big ol' Olie Kolzig is in net for the Bolts. Tampa lost their game Sunday with New Jersey 7-2. Dainius Zubrus netted four goals (two of them on Olie) and Kolzig was replaced by Kari Ramo in the second period.

Jose Theodore got his new helmet, but still has to work the bugs out. The first mask was too uncomfortable for him, so he sent it back. The helmet features two twin eagles on either side of the crown with some momuments under them, the overall look is blue. See more at Caps 365.

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