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Capitals games I'm NOT looking forward to in 2010-11

By Ryan Cooper

Everyone writes some variation of the “I can’t wait til THIS game!” column, so I’d like to do the opposite and list games this year I’d rather have my eyes taped up Clockwork Orange-style and be forced to watch Joe Flacco play quarterback (followed by Joe Flacco Pizza Hut commercials, all on a loop) than have to endure for varying reasons.

@ Calgary, 10/30/10  

This game is at the tail end of a wicked three-game road trip that sees the Caps go from Carolina to Minnesota to Calgary in the span of three days. Calgary’s going to be awful, but this feels like it’s going to be a 5-1 loss or something of the sort.

vs. Boston, 11/05/10

This will be the third game against Boston in less than two weeks. I’m sure by then I will be sick of seeing them fumble around offensively and, to quote Principal Skinner, “furrowing their brows in a vain attempt to understand the situation.”

@ St. Louis, 12/01/10  

I’m as anxious as anyone to see how Jaroslav Halak does without the likes of the USS Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek in front of him (here’s a hint...not good), but with my luck he’ll throw a 54-save shutout at D.C. I’m fairly sure Cam Janssen will try to murder someone again, but hey, we have DJ King right?! I’m sure he’ll deter him from doing anything stupid! I heard he has a mean scowl from the bench.

vs. Pittsburgh, 12/23/10

Not so much for the opponent (it’s always fun to beat Pittsburgh), but for the timing. Why have these two teams meet a week before the Winter Classic? It seems as superfluous as a hobbit’s “second breakfast.”

vs. Tampa Bay, 1/4/11

vs. Florida, 1/8/11

@ Tampa Bay, 1/11/11

@ Florida, 1/12/11

Holy scheduling Batman! This is like when you’ve played a couple seasons in Dynasty in NHL 11, and you get a wacky schedule one year that has like 25 road games in a row against the same team (along with wacky generated player names, like “Craig Ovechkin” and “Fred Crosby”).  By that last Florida game in this stretch, I will be doing the Peggy Olson head pound into my desk.

@ Atlanta 1/26/11

This is the point where I start to agree with people how much it stinks to play in the Southeast Division instead of a more “traditional” division in light of the NHL’s scheduling policies. At this point in the season, this will be the sixth game the Capitals will have played against Atlanta.

@ Phoenix, 2/14/11

@ Anaheim, 2/16/11

@ San Jose, 2/17/11

I think it’s written somewhere in the bowels of the NHL rulebooks that the Capitals aren’t allowed to win games on the West Coast, especially in California. They NEVER win out there, and weird stuff always seems to happen. Last year, Nick Backstrom had to leave the L.A. game with migraines. Two years ago, the Caps got pole axed by San Jose, and like a hundred guys got hurt.

I’ll be so happy when the regular season is here.

By Box Seats blogger  | September 29, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Great post, Ryan!

Posted by: nicko | September 29, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I am not a big hockey guy. I enjoy watching but thats it. But this was a fun post, excellent pop culture references throughout.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 29, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Ryan, they did the same thing with Detroit and Chicago two years ago when they were in the Winter Classic. There was a feeling like they were building up to the Classic. There were some scrums toward the end of the game, which that year was played Dec. 30 so it was the last game for either team before the classic, which helped build up more bad feelings going into the game. The only bad thing about that game before the Classic was it was the 700th game between the two teams. If they hadn't played the game before then the Classic would have been the 700th game. Also Pittsburgh and Buffalo did the same thing before the first Winter Classic. The only time in the Winter Classic's short history they have not had the teams play just before the game was last year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 29, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate the Principal Skinner quote. Altogether, a quite good post, sir.

Posted by: mr91 | September 30, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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