What Will Washington Do…

12/19/2009
Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

…with all that cap room?

With the loan of Michael Nylander to Grand Rapids of the NHL, the Capitals gained financial flexibility which should allow them to acquire some help in areas they deem necessary.  As of this writing, the Caps 24 wins lead the League making the average fan ask: How can they possibly get better?

Corey Masisak of The Washington Times lists five speculative picks that would bolster this team as they prepare for a lengthy playoff campaign.  As the team stands there is little need for improvement but one could make a case for another top defender.

As we know from our history watching the playoffs, depth is key.  The team’s current construction has featured numerous players shifting up and down the teams forward lines as coach Bruce Boudreau dealt with injuries and juggling in order to find the proper mix.  Still Masisak believes the most glaring need is this top defenseman. His solution: Scott Niedermayer.

Niedermayer currently captains the Anaheim Ducks and has lead them, as well as his former team the New Jersey Devils, to the Stanley Cup.  In addition, this may be the last year in the NHL for the 36-year-old.  Although he only has three goals on the season, he would become a powerful weapon on the Washington powerplay, something dreams are made of.  He along with Mike Green would give them two elite puck-moving defensemen which would be incredibly dangerous for this already powerful offense.

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Goalie Starters 12/19/2009

12/19/2009
Wild vs. Coyotes

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Goalie Starters 12/18/2009

12/18/2009
Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

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Goalie Starters 12/15/2009

12/15/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers

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Goalie Starters 12/09/2009

12/09/2009
Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils

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Goalie Starters 12/07/2009

12/07/2009
Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

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Goalie Starters 12/05/2009

12/05/2009
Colorado Avalanche V Toronto Maple Leafs

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UPDATED @ 10:38 AM

  • Marty Turco confirmed here, Jeff Deslauriers confirmed here.

UPDATED @ 10:58 AM

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Goalie Starters 12/03/2009

12/03/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

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Goalie Starters 11/30/2009

11/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Atlanta Thrashers

Here are your starters for tonight:

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Goalie Starters 11/20/2009

11/19/2009
San Jose Sharks v St. Louis Blues

Here are the expected starters for tonight:

UPDATED 11/19/2009 @ 10:00 PM

  • Evgeni Nabokov confirmed to start for the Sharks, according to David Pollack’s Working the Corners.  Nabokov is 12-3-4 (2 shutouts) with a 2.16 GAA and .927 SV% in 20 games
  • Carey Price makes another start per Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out.  Price is 5-8-0 on the season with a 2.98 GAA and .906 SV%.
  • Scott Clemmensen starts against the Red Wings.  George Richard’s On Frozen Pond has the scoop.  The Florida backup is 2-1-0 with a 5.14 GAA and .838 SV% in 4 games.
  • Chris Osgood expected to start for the Wings writes Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan.  Ozzy is 6-3-2 with a 2.77 GAA and .902 SV% in 12 games.
  • The Scott Gordon rotation dictates Dwayne Roloson starting tonight.  Chris Botta’s Islanders Point Blank lists the expected lines for the Isles.
  • Flyers coach John Stevens announced Brian Boucher will make his second straight start, says Kevin Kurz’s On the Fly.  The backup is 1-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .910 SV% in two starts.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 11:20 AM

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 1:20 PM

  • Martin Biron NOT Dwayne Roloson starts tonight, confirmed here and here.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 1:53 PM

  • The Province’s Ben Kuzma implies tonight will be Roberto Luongo vs. Craig Anderson.  Makes sense as not only is it a divisional game but a rivalry so both teams will need their number one.  Anderson is 12-5-3 with a 2.40 GAA, .927 SV% and 2 shutouts in 20 games.  By contrast, Luongo is 7-7-0 with a 2.69 GAA and .906 SV% with 1 shutout in 15 games.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 2:22 PM

  • Ryan Miller should face Tim Thomas according to this game previewThomas is still questionable for tonight, it should be a gametime decision.

UPDATED 11/20/2009 @ 2:54 PM

  • The Star Tribune Michael Russo confirmed Niklas Backstrom as the Wild starter, via Direct Message.

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  • Tuuka Rask starts, confirmed here.

Yesterday’s Count: 16/16
Year-to-date Predictions: 543/550= 98.7%

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