Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Game 48 Preview: Washington @ Bruins THE RETURN

Jan 27, 2009 7:00 PM ET
TV: Versus
Radio: WBZ 1030 AM
vs. Washington Capitals (30-15-3)
  • BERGERON! BERGERON! BERGERON! BERGERON!  Please don't get another concussion, dude.  I worry.
  • Lucic is back.  In his absense, he dropped to 5th in the league in hits with 154.  He's behind Brooks Orpik, Dustin Brown, Cal Clutterbuck, and Matt Cooke.  Ovechkin just barely trails him.
  • Andrew Ference will be back as well.  We last saw him killing a penalty on a broken leg during a Montreal@Boston game.  Hunwick was skating on the wing.
  • Ryder's been out with "flu-like symptoms" and I'm held to the floor by a "gravity-like force."  If he's out, this is what lines will look like.
  • In those lines, Matt Hunwick is playing wing.  Interesting.
  • The Caps called up Karl Alzner, and there is much rejoicing among Caps fans.
  • Both teams play very well, basically waiting for the other team to make a mistake.
  • Thomas is ready.
  • A Guest Blogger over at Hub Hockey wrote up Peter Chiarelli's 10 best moves.  Solid piece, solid GM.
  • Solid writeup on Thomas by Puck Daddy.
  • Apparently, it's "Go Red" night, but did they really have to pick the game against the team whose playoff slogan is "Rock the Red"?  REALLY?
  • Overall, this should be a pretty sweet matchup.
Previous Games:
The Bruins have lost twice in Washington.  This is the first meeting in Boston this year.
  • Game 28: Bruins 1 WAS 3: Brent Johnson plays some solid goaltending, and Ovechkin gets the empty-netter.
  • Game 45: Bruins 1 WAS 2: Bruins lose again, on an Alexander Semin shot from the top of the circle.
Other Previews:
  • WickedBruinsFan: Pumped for The Return.
  • Japer's Rink: "the Caps' last win away from the Verizon Center against a team currently in either conference's top eight was in Buffalo way back on December 30."
  • HubHockey: As close to a preview as we're going to get.
  • Bobby Orr's Bastard:  Pumped for The Return.
  • Stanley Cup of Chowder: "Public Skate starts at 6:00 PM ET:Watch the game and join the open thread to discuss the game with other B's fans."
  • The Bear Cave: Break time is over.
  • Fanhouse: "Don't trust NESN's Jack Edwards"
  • NESN First Shift: "Thomas became the fifth goalie in All-Star game history to win the game in back to back years, joining Frank Brimsek (1947 and '48), Jacques Plante (1958 and 1959), Johnny Bower (1961 and 1962) and Martin Brodeur (1997-1998)."
  • Papers: Matt Kalman | Boston.com |  Herald
  • Bruins.nhl.com: Preview | Notes (pdf)
They're BAAAaaack....