The Peerless Prognosticator is ON THE AIR!!
Break up the Caps! Two in a row, against
In those two games,
Olaf Kolzig . . . 83 saves on 89 shots (.933)
Matt Pettinger, +3, 1-2-2 . . . Alexander Semin, 2-1-3, +2 . . . John Erskine, more than 21 minutes a game, +1 . . . Jakub Klepis, 0-2-2, even . . . Brian Pothier, +3 . . .
The point being that the Caps have gotten contributions from more than just the first line. Now, if the Caps can only get Alexander Ovechkin up and running in penalty shot/shootout situations, they’d be . . .
“now . . . that’s just ‘stinking thinking’”
Uh, Stuart? Stuart Smalley?
“Yes, I’m Stuart, and I’m a worthy human being . . .”
Of course you are . . . ok, The Peerless guesses it can’t hurt . . . what would you say to Alex to get him out of his funk?
“Well, I’d sit him down, face-to-face . . . I’d look into his eyes and say to him, ‘Alex?...You’re ‘should-ing’ all over yourself. You can’t say ‘I should have done this,’ or ‘I should have done that.’ You need to say, ‘I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.’”
Well, it’s kind of tough out there as the only guy on the ice with everyone expecting him to make a great play . . . maybe he’s thinking about it too much . . .
“Well, maybe, and that's.. o-kay. He’s not alone. Believe me, I know what it's like…out there alone… all those fans watching: ‘I'm a fraud.. tomorrow, I'm going to be exposed for what I am, a big imposter’… I just want to curl up and lay in bed all day and eat Fig Newtons.”
But he’s the Calder Trophy winner. He had 52 goals last year. No one has more goals the last two years . . .
“And that’s why he has to say, “I don’t need to be a great shootout shooter, I just need to be the best Alex I can be . . . “
Think that will work?
“Well . . . yes, but if it doesn’t, maybe he could try a wrister every once in a while instead of always deking.”
Well, hopefully it won’t come to that, but
Getting support, though, is hardly uncommon for
This could be a 7-5 game. If it is, the Caps getting the “7” is not a good bet. Despite their speed, they won’t match the Sabres’ offensive balance. The wild card here is the goaltenders. Kolzig, who would seem to get the nod here, having had a day off since the Dallas game, has had a good, if not spectacular career mark against the Sabres (13-11-2, 2.41, .911). And, he’s been consistently strong lately.
The Peerless has a feeling this is going longer than 65 minutes. And Martin Biron hasn’t been in a shootout this year. Alex Ovechkin takes Stuart Smalley’s affirmations to heart . . .
Caps 4 – Sabres 3, in a shootout.