Pregame #8: Thrashers @ Capitals

Washington Capitals (4-3-0) at Atlanta Thrashers (3-3-0)
The Phone Booth
Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet (Game On!), NHL Center Ice Game 4
Radio: XM
Previous Games: October 8th 2010 Thrashers 4 – Capitals 3
Games Remaining:
Nov 14, 2010  ATL@WSH    5:00 PM ET
Nov 19, 2010  WSH@ATL    7:30 PM ET
Dec  4, 2010  ATL@WSH    7:00 PM ET
Jan 26, 2011  WSH@ATL    7:00 PM ET

Game Promotion: Hockey Fights Cancer Night and Jersey Auction

Familiar Faces of Former Capitals: (none)

The Washington Capitals are back at the Verizon Center after getting B-ruined on the home and home series to Tim “I’m Superhuman” Thomas and the Boston Bruins. This is the second contest against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers bested the Capitals in the first game of the year in which Evander Kane made a statement and put two past Michal Neuvirth while Andrew Ladd and Fredrik Modin also tallied for Atlanta. The Caps only managed two goals each by Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble as they dropped the season opener to a tough divisional opponent. Will Alex Ovechkin and the gang wake up?

Make the Jump, not because you want to, but becasue you have to!!

Three Things To Watch For:

Recommended Tender: With Semyon Varlamov making a strong performance in the loss to Boston Thursday night signs lean, rather we think, he should be between the pipes for the Capitals against the Thrashers. Varlamov played 3 games against Atlanta last year and earned himself three wins, stopping of 87 shots 80 with a 2.6 GAA and .919 save percentage.  Varly is 4-0 with one no decision lifetime versus the Thrashers. He has stopped 113 out of 124, for a lifetime GAA of 2.2 and a .911 save percentage. He’s got a good thing going against Atlanta, I hope Bruce feels the same.

Stone Mason– Since Chris Mason came into relive Ondrei Pavelac after that freak fainting spell during the last meeting, he’s put up a.915 save % and 3.16 GAA. He made a strong showing last match going 29 for 31 against the Caps.

Score Early, Score Often
– Caps have had trouble in this young season getting the jump on their opponent right out of the gates. The Caps have been out scored in the first period so far this year 3 goals to their opponents 8. Last year the Caps not only outscored their opponent 92 to 67 in the 1st period, but the other two periods as well. This year things look much, much tighter as the caps struggle to find the back of the net. Look for the Caps to get things figured out and light the lamp early and often.

It’s Saturday Night, grab some buds and some suds –  GAME ON!