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Morning Skate: Wings vs Capitals

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7:30p ET, Verizon Center

Washington, DC

TV: NBCSN (Rivalry Night WOOOOOO)

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Caps Blogs: Japers' Rink

Time for the fellas to bounce back. After a tough loss against Philadelphia, Detroit needs to win tonight. According to the diggers, there won't be any changes aside from in net. American Hero Jimmy Howard will be manning the crease for the Wings tonight.

I'm gonna sound like a broken record, but the power-play is bad. It's time they heat it up. Break out the toasters, microwaves, curling irons, and blenders, folks. This team needs some power. The only thing scarier than monsters on Halloween is how this PP has been this season.

Match-ups, match-ups, match-ups. From what I see, Brooks Orpik is a top-pair guy for the Caps. You know, the guy who John Scott walked around to score a goal recently. Gotta think that Pavel Datsyuk would like to string the puck through him like he's knitting a quilt. Another point of concern: Keep your eye on number 8. Alex Ovechkin is still the league's best goal-scorer and he knows how to put the puck in. However, get him in his own zone and you've got yourself a pretty little gift. Let's go, boys. Remember when Gustav Nyquist scored a hat-trick against this team last year? Let's do it again. Get hungry, fellas.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Andrej Nestrasil Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard(starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss (Techniclaly in Grand Rapids) & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Johan Franzen (Leg/Groin)

Forwards

Alex Ovechkin Andre Burakovsky Joel Ward
Marcus Johansson Nicklas Backstrom Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera Evgeny Kuznetsov Eric Fehr
Liam O'Brien Michael Latta Tom Wilson


Defensemen

Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt Mike Green


Goaltenders

Braden Holtby (starting)
Justin Peters


Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 50-42-16 (W-L-T) all-time in the regular season against the Capitals.
  • Brooks Orpik has a higher cap-hit than Niklas Kronwall.... wait what
  • Jimmy Howard is a career 2-1-2 (W-L-OTL) against the Caps.


Let's Go Red Wings.