The Peerless Prognosticator is ON THE AIR!!
Geez, this back-to-back stuff is hard on the fingers typing all this crap. The Peerless is thinking some soothing music is in order . . .
“Dude . . . fire up the iPod!”
Steve? Shouldn’t you be on a plane to
“Hey, it’s plot development . . . I’m fictionally there.”
Uh, OK . . . you got any Beethoven in there?
“Comin’ right up . . . how about the Eroica?”
Well, sure . . . I thought you guys were into a different sort of music.
“That? . . . oh, that was just for that DC Sports Bog guy’s benefit. We dig this stuff . . . hey, hey, Muirsie, not the von Karajan, the Solti version . . . what are you, nuts?”
“Solti?! . . . geez, Emmer, why go
“Hey, hey, hey . . . who put that crap on?!” (oh, geez, here comes Erskine … this could be ugly) “you don’t listen to Beethoven first thing in the morning; where’s the Mozart?”
“Yeah . . . a little Die Zauberflöte is just the thing on a quiet morning.”
“Dude . . . Mozart is last week, we need something to wake up.”
“Herrrrrrrrrrrre’s Johnny . . . I got just the thing . . . “ (ok, so now here’s Brent Johnson)
“Geez, Johnny, no . . . we don’t want to hear the Berlioz again. Every time you watch ‘The Shining,’ we have to hear that witches sabbath junk for a week . . . “
While these guys are fighting over who gets control of the iPod, let’s look at tonight’s contest between the Caps and the Bruins in
The Caps come off a couple of disappointments – a 3-2 shootout loss to
In those three games – in which the Bruins scored eight actual hockey goals (and a Bettman special of the shootout variety) – Phil Kessel, Patrice Bergeron, and Glen Murray have potted a pair apiece. Seeing as how those three generally play on three separate lines, one could say they are striking a blow for balance.
The Bruins’ power play certainly hasn’t been the root of their three-game success, not at 2-16 (12.5 percent). And their penalty kill, while an improvement over their still ghastly 75.8 percent for the season (29th) hasn’t been earth-shaking at 82.4 percent in these last three games, either (14-for-17).
They’ve pretty much done it through attention to overall defense and goaltending . . . six goals on 88 shots allowed.
For the Caps, The Peerless has an idea . . . find another sponsor for the power play. This Pepco Energy Services Power Play thing isn’t working. In their last five games, 3-for-28 (10.7 percent), although they have registered a power play goal in each of the last three games.
Here is your stat to ponder . . . Alexander Ovechkin has not been held off the scoresheet in consecutive games this season. He was held without a point last evening (as he was in the last game in
So that means . . . who else steps up? In the last ten games, the Caps have scored 26 goals. The top line of Ovechkin-Zubrus-Clark has 15 of those goals. Toss in the four contributed by Matt Pettinger, and what we’re left with is this . . . The other 14 skaters on the team have contributed seven goals . . . in ten games . . . and one goal – one – from a defenseman (Shaone Morrisson).
The lack of goals from defensemen is a bit troubling (five in all this season), but perhaps not surprising. Steve Eminger (none) is young and is probably still in that “learning when to jump into a play” stage. Mike Green, ditto (but he – with two goals – seems a bit further along). That Brian Pother has none so far isn’t as surprising as it might seem at first blush – he’s never scored more than five in a year. But what all this means is that clubs might be inclined to pack themselves in (is it me, of do a lot of shots from Caps forwards end up ricocheting off opponents?). If the Caps can establish a threat of any kind from the blueline, forwards might see a bit more clear ice.
This is one of those games a club has to find a way to grind out. It’s the third game in four nights, on the road, against a team on a bit of a hot streak facing your backup goaltender (assuming Johnson gets the start). Some call that a recipe for disappointment. The Peerless calls it, “made to order.”
Caps 2 – Bruins 1.