Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nine Games Tonight Maple Leafs @ Caps ...

Well things seem to be getting back to normal around here. Tonight there will be nine games played in the NHL including the Maple Leafs at Verizon Center. I'll be watching here on the settee in Bristow as Tom has the tickets to our seats in Section 103 tonight.

Tonight's lineup per Katie Carrera's Twitter post and the WaPo's Capital's Insider Blog:



Also per the WaPo: Matt Hendricks takes a turn as the healthy scratch of the night while Tyler Sloan (hip) and Tom Poti (lower-body) are also out.

Two D-men out injured means that Brian Fahey gets another game in the NHL tonight, I look for Fahey to get on the order of 16:00 TOI while John Erskine, Karl Alzner, John Carlson will all get ~20:00. Assuming Schultz is healthy and "on" tonight I expect to see him at around 22:00+ while again assuming he is healthy I'd expect Mike Green to play "North" of 25:00. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Knuble and Semin bounce between the first and second line on some shifts in the second and third period if the SOB line combo doesn't produce a score or two or three during the first period. Also I wouldn't be surprised to see Laich at Center fairly often on that second line, especially if Flash has any defensive lapses or issues taking faceoffs during the first period. Also don't be surprised if Steckel and Gordon don't bounce back and forth between the third and fourth lines as well to get the chemistry moving there.

I don't regard these moves of folks around the lines for the forwards as indicative of issues, in fact quite the opposite. I think of it all as just more a reflection of how talented the Capital's forwards/offensive corps are. If the Caps game gets boring the tonight's other games around the league all seem to have some promise/interest to me as well.

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