November 7 vs. Florida Panthers at Verizon Center
Time: 7:00 pm
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 820AM, 1500AM and XM
Pre-Game: Pre-Cap at 2 p.m. and Two-Man Advantage at 5:30 on washingtoncaps.com
Washington Capitals (9-3-4)
Florida Panthers (5-8-1)
A night after the Caps played a solid 60 minutes in a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers in South Florida, the two teams will do battle again on Saturday, this time at Verizon Center.
Brian Pothier had a goal and two assists and Brendan Morrison became the sixth Capital to score a pair of goals in a game this season to pace the attack. Jose Theodore turned in a solid and at times spectacular performance in goal, stopping 28 shots. Theodore is now 3-0-3 with a 2.62 GAA and a .917 save pct. in his last seven games.
Already playing without superstar left wing Alex Ovechkin (upper body strain), the Caps lost blueliners Mike Green (upper body injury) and Jeff Schultz (lower body injury) in Friday’s win. Three different Caps defenders – Tom Poti, Pothier and Milan Jurcina – had to step up and skate more than 23 minutes on Friday. And Tyler Sloan had to move back to his natural blueline position after starting the game at left wing and scoring the game’s first goal for the second straight contest.
If recalls from AHL Hershey are necessary for Saturday’s game, they’ve likely already been made. The Bears are in the midst of a grueling New England road trip where they will play three games in three nights this weekend as part of a stretch in which they play four games in five nights. Hershey suffered a 5-0 loss in Portland on Friday and is in Manchester on Saturday.
Washington is idle for three days after Saturday’s game with the Panthers.
This weekend’s home-and-home set with the Cats marks the first time the two teams have played against one another on consecutive dates. This pair of back-to-back tilts is Washington’s second of 13 pairs on the season. The Caps picked up three of a possible four points in their first set of back-to-back games last weekend.
With Friday night’s win, the Caps ended a three-game winless rut (0-1-2) and pushed their record against fellow Southeast Division denizens to a perfect 3-0.
Friday’s Washington win also put an end to Florida’s modest three-game winning streak. Sloan’s goal early in the first period put a stop to any hopes Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun might have had about authoring a third successive shutout. Going into Friday night’s game, Vokoun had posted consecutive whitewashes and had not allowed a goal in more than 142 minutes. He had stopped 74 straight shots during that stretch.
The Panthers held the Capitals to just 25 shots on goal in Friday’s game. Florida entered the game having allowed a league-high average of 36.1 shots on goal per game.
Florida is 3-3-1 on the road this season. The Cats are just 2-for-27 (7.4%) in road power play chances thus far this season.
Notes: The Caps have allowed just six first-period goals and 20 third-period goals this season … The Capitals have 502 shots on goal this season, and they’ve permitted 502 shots on goal in 2009-10 … Washington has scored the game’s first goal in 13 of their 16 games this season, and in each of the last five games. The Caps have held the lead in the second period or later in all 16 games they’ve played this season.