Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Osgood in net, OV on the other side

Alex Ovechkin and Richard "Jaws" Kiel. Separated at birth?
Well, so Chris Osgood is back in the net. I guess that's what I get for saying that he won't play for some time. But I agree with the decision. Howard needs a rest and this is the least important game this week. I'm just scared of one thing: The Caps have the firepower to completely light him up.

Khan also reports that Ville is in for May. I agree with the decision, but well, you all know who I'd prefer instead. His article also mentioned that Kronner skated with the team for the first time today and says that he hopes to be back shortly. Williams also feels good and thinks he'll be back in 10-14 days.

The record
The Wings will face a hard task tonight. The Caps are second in the east (behind the Devils who lead on less games played) with 66 points in 48 games. They have a record of 30-12-6. They lead the league with 3.71 goals per game, but are 17th in goals against per game with 2.79. They are 6-2-0 so far in 2010 and have won their last three games.

The goalies
Varlamov seems to be injured and I'm guessing Theodore, but I'll include Neuvirth's stats too. None of them seem too frightening, which probably means they will be stellar tonight.
Theodore: 26 GP (23 starts), 13-7-4, 2.88 GAA, .902 save %.
Neuvirth: 22 GP, 5-4-0, 3.27 GAA, .892 save %.

The players
Point leaders:
Alexander Ovechkin 64
Nicklas Backström 54
Mike Green 49
Alexander Semin 43
Brooks Laich 34

Goal leaders:
Ovechkin 30
Semin 20
Backström 19
Tomas Fleischmann 16
Mike Knuble, Laich 13

+/- leaders and losers:
Ovechkin +28
Jeff Schultz +27
Backström +20
Green +20
Brendan Morrison +17
Boyd Gordon -3
Chris Borque -4
Jason Chimera -5

Keys to the game
- Alex Ovechkin is the best hockey player on earth when it comes to extreme skills. Can the Wings contain him?
- Can the Wings keep playing well?
- How will Ozzie look?
- Can Z and Pasha build off their success from the last few games?
- The Miller, Cleary, Flip line has been dominated the last 2 games. Can they be better tonight?


  1. Holy crap! I knew Ovie looked familiar!! I seriously LOL'd HARD at that one!

  2. If you google picture search Ovechkin it's on the first page and you get more hockey+entertainer lookalikes