Caps Go For Sweep
All you need to know about the current status of the Capitals and Flyers is this: tonight at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin and Co. can complete Washington's first ever season sweep of Philadelphia.
Yep, you read that right. Stunning, huh?
And judging from the teams' (very) recent history, there's a pretty good chance the Caps will get their fourth victory of 2006-07 against the Flyers, who, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, held a 45-minute long team meeting yesterday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Team meetings are generally called when the locker room is about to implode. In the Flyers' case, it may already be too late.
A year ago this month, the Flyers were the best team in the NHL. Today, they are the worst, checking in with a record of 11-27-4 (26 points). They've lost three in a row, including a 6-1 loss in Ottawa on Saturday night. And they could be without Peter Forsberg (groin) again tonight.
Wonder if any of the Philly fans who regularly invade the District will be wearing bags on their heads?
Anyway, enough about the foundering Flyers.
The Caps should get winger Matt Bradley (broken finger) back tonight as they go for their third straight victory.
Including tonight's game, the Caps' next three present a pretty good opportunity to make up some of the ground they lost last month. After the Flyers, they visit Tampa Bay and Florida -- teams that rank behind them in the standings, though not very far behind.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: we'll know which direction the Caps are headed by the All-Star break later this month. They're off to a good start to the new year (2-1-0). But their work has just begun.
Also of note, the starting lineups for the All Star Game will be announced tonight. Ovechkin is a candidate to be named a starter. If he is, the 21-year-old left wing will be the franchise's first player voted into the starting lineup since Rod Langway in 1985-86.
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