Friday, December 18, 2009
GAME DAY: Canucks vs. Capitals
It's always a treat when one of the beasts from the East come to town (thank you Gary Bettman by building the game through lack of exposure to it's greatest talents), and tonight is no exception as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals take on the Canucks at GM Place. Far from a one man show though, the Caps are near the top of the Eastern Conference with their scary offensive power and a rock solid D led by Mike Green, who should be in the lineup tonight after that hit from behind by Colorado goon David Koci. The Canucks will have their hands full trying to contain Ovi and his mates Nik Backstrom and Alexander Semin, as well as former Canucks C Brendan Morrison, who has seen his career reborn in DC, 9 goals and 24 points for the Pitt Meadows native. The Canucks will be looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to Anaheim on Wednesday as once again the team didn't get the clutch goal they needed to at least get a point after giving up the lead late. Roberto Luongo continued his strong play since returning from injury, and the Sedins are riding an 8 game point streak each heading into tonight's contest. Alex Edler is practicing with the team once again after hurting his shoulder, but likely won't play. Aaron Rome draws in as Mathieu Schneider will sit, as will Darcy Hordichuk, as the embattled Kyle Wellwood gets another shot at redemption tonight against the Caps. Former Hab and Avs goalie Jose Theodore will get the nod tonight against Luongo, puck drop is at 7 pm on TSN.