CAPS GAME NIGHT--Game 72: Caps at Florida Panthers

Posted by Dave Nichols | Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

The Washington Capitals (43-25-10-92, first in Southeast, third in East) are in southern Florida to take on the Panthers (34-25-10-78, third in Southeast).

The Caps enter play stinging from last night's 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. All the negative symptoms that the Caps experienced during their four game home losing steak resurfaced in Dixie. Washington had a season-high 50 shots on goal, but could only get one behind Thrashers goalie Keri Lehtinen.

Alex Ovechkin sits at 49 goals for the season but had all 10 of his shots thwarted Monday night.

Jose Theodore, who was pulled midway through the second period Monday after allowing four goals on 19 shots, has been in net for all four games against Florida this season, going 2-2-0 with a 3.31 goals-against average against their division rival.

Coach Bruce Boudreau expects to have Mike Green and Sergei Fedorov back for tonight's matchup.

Florida is in ninth in the conference, one point behind Carolina for the final playoff spot-but only four points out of fifth place.

The two teams have split four games thus far this season. Florida won the most recent matchup, 6-2 at Verizon Center March 1.

The Panthers only have one player with more than 20 goals, David Booth (26-21-47, plus-12), but have nine players with ten or more goals.

Tomas Vokoun is 1-2-2 with a 3.11 GAA since March 5. He has lost his two starts against the Capitals this season and is just 1-5-0 with a 2.86 GAA in his last six games against D.C.