CAPS GAME DAY--Game 70: Caps Host Hurricanes

Posted by Dave Nichols | Saturday, March 14, 2009 | , , | 0 comments »

The Washington Capitals (42-21-6-90, first in Southeast, third in East) host the Carolina Hurricanes (36-28-6-78, second in Southeast, T-7 in East) at 7:00 pm from Verizon Center.

The Capitals bring a two-game winning streak into the contest, winning tight road games against Nashville and Philadelphia this week. The Caps will try to break a four-game home losing streak tonight before heading out on a five-game road trip.

Carolina has dropped their last two games, both on the road, to Chicago and Dallas. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten games overall.

The season series is split at two games apiece with two games remaining. The Caps won the first two matchups and Carolina returned the favor in the next two, most recently a March 3 beatdown, 5-2, at Verizon Center.

Washington will be without enforcer Donald Brashear, who injured his knee in a fight in the Nashville game. Sergei Fedorov is questionable with an undisclosed illness.

WAS: PP-2nd (24.3%, 69/284); PK-21st (79.9%, 67/334)
CAR: PP-20th (17.0%, 55/323); PK-18th (80.5%, 51/261)

WAS: D (Brian Pothier (Concussion-IR); G Brent Johnson (Hip-IR); RW Chris Clark (Wrist-IR); LW Donald Brashear (Knee-Questionable); C Sergei Fedorov (Illness-Questionable)

CAR: D David Tanabe (Concussion-Out); D Joni Pitkanen (Lower body-Questionable)