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Posted at 1:52 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Capitals prepare for Kings before hitting the road

By Katie Carrera

Although Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Kings is one of 11 remaining home games for the Capitals this regular season, it almost feels like part of their upcoming road trip at this point. Washington is in the middle of five consecutive games against Western Conference opponents and will head to Phoenix Saturday night to kick off its longest trip away from Verizon Center so far this season.

But first the Capitals must face the Kings, in the one and only meeting between the two clubs this year, as Los Angeles scrapes for points to climb back into a playoff position. While the Eastern Conference is certainly a tight race for the postseason, the West is a much tighter logjam, with only 10 points separating third-place Dallas (66 points) and 14th-place Colorado (56).

Los Angeles, which was a team many expected to make a lengthy playoff run at the start of the year, sits in 10th with 61 points and just two out of eighth heading into the contest against the Capitals -- the fifth game of a 10-game road trip for the Kings. In their most recent outing on Thursday, the Kings lost, 2-1, in overtime to Pittsburgh with what Los Angeles Coach Terry Murray said was "too casual" an attitude in the contest. It's probably not a stretch to guess that Los Angeles will want to bounce back from that game against the Capitals.

"I guarantee L.A. will be ready for us," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They're in such a dogfight in the West, as we are in the East, it's getting down to where you really start scoreboard watching and it's an important part of the year.....They were preseason favorites to maybe have a Cup run and I think they still have the team to do it. If they win two or three games in a row, they're right back there."

The Kings skated at Verizon Center today and according to the L.A. Times' Helene Elliott, they've mixed up the lines.

But while a win against Los Angeles could help start the trip off on a positive note, the Capitals aren't looking at one single game as a potential turning point. There is more Washington needs to accomplish in the final 27 games of the regular season than just wins in certain games, Scott Hannan said.

"I think we want to focus in on tomorrow's game but if there's too much attention on winning one game here and one game there, it isn't what we need," Hannan said. "We need to focus on getting some consistency in our game. If we play the same way over the last 27 games here...our goal is to play consistently. We're obviously not going to win them all, but we just want to come out and play our game every single night and things will take care of themselves where the playoffs are concerned. But we need to get down to playing every game the same way."

By Katie Carrera  | February 11, 2011; 1:52 PM ET
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just picking up from the last post about what the Caps might trade for...

As I see it, having GMGM proclaim that "the defense is complete" pretty much rules out any move for a Dman. Only exception might be if GMGM thinks Poti is done for season or wont be available for playoffs.

That leaves goalie or F.

People have noted the world of 2C's at end of contract is small. That's why I think a move for a forward won't just be a rental thing. GMGM will probably have to absorb a player with multiple years remaining on contract... similar to the deals that have gotten done in past few days.

A move for a goalie basically implies, to me at least, that one of the two/three current goalies is on way out.

my 2cents

Posted by: PSD1 | February 11, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse


I have seen many places that Fla is looking to grow using the draft and is looking for picks or prospects only. Now assuming that is true and we are willing to give up a first it could get us something we need from them. As for them being in the playoff race they are 6 points out and 2-4-4 in their last 10. Their next 4 are SJ, Philly, Wings, and TB. They will be lucky if they get 3 points out of that and if that happens they will be out of the playoffs and selling.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

i can't wait until the trade deadline has past so we can stop all the speculating and wish-listing.

I look forward to more than likely being disappointed in what our GM did at the deadline and then move on to speculating our playoff outcome.

Then I look forward to moving on to the off-season where we start the wish-listing all over again.

it's a viscous cycle.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 11, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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#Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says he's seeking a defenseman via a trade.

I wonder if we can interest him in a nice Tom Poti?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

thats the problem. No one wants a nice Tom Poti. They want an ornery one.

They oughta offer up Schultz and Chimera for Brouwer. He's not a center but he's one heckuva grinder who has some puck skillls.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

icehammer97 -
The Blackhawks are going to deal with the Bruins to get Mark Stuart. Afraid Poti stays. :/

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 11, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

POTI is UNTRADEABLE. No one will ever take him, period. He is so overpayed it is absurd. McPhee f---ed up. We are stuck with him until the end.

Three moves:

Schultz, Holtby, 3rd to Chicago
Seabrook to Washington
(Chicago is moving him)

Eakin, Perrault, Chimera to Florida
Weiss to Washington
(If the want Eakin, they have to take Chimera)

Fehr to Ottawa
Ruutu to Washington
(Ruutu is no fun to play against)




Posted by: underpants2 | February 11, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Seabrook will cost at least a 1st rounder and roster player (I would think Alzner). I would love to get Weiss here though.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 11, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse


I don't disagree. But Chicago has serious goaltending issues. If we need to switch the 3rd for a 1st, I can buy that.

Seabrook will be traded. He and Green would be one of the best top pair in the NHL.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 11, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

As much as I like the idea of Seabrook coming they really need him? I guess he wouldn't hurt the team, but I would think more toughness would be priority back at the blue line. Seabrook and Green may do more harm then good, unfort. I think you would play a guy like Seabrook with Hannan or Erskine.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 11, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

i would do the Fehr for Ruutu trade in a heartbeat

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

weiss would be nice

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Schultz, Neuvirth
Seabrook to Washington
(Chicago is moving him)

Fixed that for you! ;-)

Holtby is the one to 'keep' people, been saying it that for a while...

How many people think it'll take this much to get Weiss from Florida?

Eakin, Perrault, Chimera to Florida
Weiss to Washington
(If the want Eakin, they have to take Chimera)

take out Eakin and it's a deal from my perspective!

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 11, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Are you people on dope there not giving 3 guys to get Weiss. Doubt Fla deals in their own division. 1st rounder and MP is what I see them dealing. I would consider a 3rd round flyer on acquiring Alexi Kovelev, (maybe a rejuv like it did for Federov). Rumors of the Isle dealing Tavars intrigue me, that's a guy you give up 3 prospects for. Please no more Spezza talk. We don't need Alex Semins more injury proned clone.

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 11, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Do star players prepare for Kings by going out drinking on a Friday night before a 12:30 Saturday game? Because thats where some are right this second.

Posted by: tsburns2 | February 11, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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