Where We Are: A totally different team than the one that choked in the playoffs last year. Sure, the main reason we lost is still behind the bench, but he has a whole new set of horses in front of him. The Rangers have won two games in a row but both victories were over teams that can't carry the Caps' jocks. Still no Sean Avery, so the chemistry will stay the same - a good thing for the BMV and fourth liners, but certainly doesn't help Arty out at all.
Where They Are: Washington is coming off of a spectacular see-saw battle with the Flyers that went to overtime before Philly prevailed. The Caps are now 2-0-1 and have averaged five goals per game. That's scary - especially considering the Rangers defense ...
Who To Watch For: Alex Ovechkin surely won't end up with 240+ points but he has been scary hot so far, with five goals and four assists in three games. Poor Nick Backstrom doesn't have a single goal but he has collected eight assists. Yea, poor Nick. That kid is becoming the Adam Oates to Ovie's Hull. Alex Semin still has scary skills (seven points) while unheralded Brooks Laich has certainly continued his growth into a legit scoring threat. Perhaps the scariest thing is that Mike Green has just two assists and Mike Knuble has one goal as both are surely going to rack up some points soon.
What To Watch For: An ambulance heading to my office because the end to end action will finally send me into cardiac arrest. This game will not be for the faint of heart. Both teams love to turn up the offense and the Caps have suck scary skill ... ugh, I can feel my blood pressure rising already. Washington was able to find that hole in Hank's armour (high glove) in the playoffs, see if he can close it up in the face of intense pressure and a deluge of shots.
What We'll (Hopefully) See: A better start for the Blueshirts than they had in Jersey. Hobey Gilroy and MDZ to continue their hot start and outshine Mike Green. Tom Poti to be Tom Poti and suuuuuuck - check out this quote from his coach after the Flyer loss, how much do you wanna bet Peanut Butter Jelly Time was the one in denial? Jose Three-or-More or Semyon "Don't call me Simeon" Varlamov to fall apart as they did against the Flyers. Hank to put out Ovie's hot stick - that sounds vaguely wrong, but you know what I mean.
Also Check Out: The Caps have arguably the best blogbase around the league in terms of skill, info and access - if because owner Ted Leonsis (who has his own well-maintained page) believes in the power of