The Peerless Prognosticator is…
…where is he, cuz?
He’s going to Michigan for The Big Chill.
He’s going to Michigan to see a bad movie about some college friends who wish they were still in college?
No, he’s going to see The Big Chill at The Big House.
He’s going to see a bad movie in a jail in Michigan…and this is a vacation?
It’s a hockey game.
The Big Chill is a movie about a hockey game? What, as a metaphor for life?
No, you idiot. The Big Chill at The Big House is a hockey game…outdoors…in a football stadium. You know, Michigan Stadium? The Big House??
Why is he going to that one? Practicing for the real outdoor game on New Years?
Something like that. Now let’s get on with the prognostications while he finds his thermal bloomers.
OK, cuz. Sez here the Caps are playing the Florida Panthers. They suck, don’t they?
Yeah, well, so did Toronto and Jersey, and Carolina, too. And they either lost to those teams or made it a whole lot closer than they should have.
Are we supposed to do that numbers thing about now?
Yup… here is how the numbers look for the two teams before last night’s action…
Y’know, cuz, Florida hasn’t scored more than three goals in regulation in their last eight games.
Yeah, and they’ve allowed more than three goals in regulation only once in their last nine games.
So there won’t be many red lights flashing tonight, eh?
You’d get that impression.
Here’s something… the Caps have three players with more than 30 points – Nicky and the Alexes. The Panthers don’t have any player with as many as 20 points.
Yeah, and the Caps have three players with at least ten goals – the same ones. The Panthers don’t have any with that number.
Now who’s this guy named “frolic?”
That’s Michael Frolik… Fro-LIK…leek-leek-leek.
Second door on the left cuz, and make sure you wash your hands.
No, you moron… Michael Frolik. You sort of wonder which “Frolik” will show up for this one. The one who was 3-4-7, plus-4 in six games in the 2008-2009 season, or the one who was 2-1-3, minus-6 in six games last season. He might be emerging from a late-autumn slumber, though…
“Late autumn slumber"… I like that.
Comforting… anyway, Frolik had a five-game streak without points and an 11-game streak without a goal before potting a goal in regulation and one in the shootout in a 2-1 win over Phoenix last Saturday. He followed it up with an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over Colorado in his last game.
And what’s with having a raccoon playing goalie?
Ugh… That’s “Vokoun”… Tomas Vokoun. A guy who probably deserves better in terms of his career record against the Caps. He has a respectable 2.71 lifetime GAA against Washington, but only seven wins in 20 decisions to show for it. Last year was a rather forgettable one for Vokoun in his career resume against the Caps – 0-3-1, 4.42, .869. He has one win in his last eight decisions against the Caps.
Hey, hey… can we do that ponderin’ thing now?
OK, go ahead. Who are you pondering.
Oh, really. Why is that.
Well, Peerless is going to Michigan, and Booth is from Michigan. How weird is that? Ain’t that worth ponderin’?
No, but maybe the fact that Booth isn’t quite back to where he was a couple of years ago when he scored 31 goals in 72 games is. A concussion suffered when he was hit by Philadelphia’s Mike Richards in an October 2009 game, then another when hit by Montreal’s Jaroslav Spacek late in that season put the brakes on what was a blossoming career. His progress back has been slow, but progress it is. He is the Panthers’ leading scorer and has goals in two of his last three games. He is 4-5-9 in 20 career games against the Caps. Now, do you have a Cap to ponder?
Alexander Semin. He lit ‘em up pretty good last year – 3-4-7 in six games. And the year before that, too – another 3-4-7 and in only five games. Maybe he’ll have a 3-4-7 night tonight.
Not likely, at least not the “seven” part. But Semin does have three hat tricks this season so far, so the “three” part isn’t out of the question. Any “keys to the game,” cousin?
Uh, well… there’s 60 minutes in a game, might as well play ‘em all.
Given how the last couple of games for the Caps have gone, that might not be bad advice. Hey Peerless, is there anything we missed?
No, but have you seen my long johns?
Caps 3 – Panthers 2