Tonight the Caps welcome the Music City Kitties, brought to you by Grey Poupon, to the MCI (and yes, they'll be wearing those beautiful alternate sweaters). The Preds have the fourth most points in the NHL (with at least a game in hand on everyone in front of them), and boast the League's reigning Defensive Player of the Week in goaltender Tomas Vokoun (who has a 1.82 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in his career against the Caps). Nashville does face the Rangers back home tomorrow night, so it's quite possible the Caps will see backup netminder Chris Mason and not Vokoun. Either way, tonight will be a sizable challenge for Los Capitales.
In other Caps news, the WaPo takes a look at Olie Kolzig's future in Washington (perhaps it will be longer than most had thought at the outset of the season), and the WTtimes has a profile of Shaone Morrisonn (who is coming along rather nicely, thank you very much).
In other news from around the League:
- Interesting stat of the day, per TSN.ca: "Carolina's Kevyn Adams scored three goals in a 6-2 win over Anaheim on Tuesday. He is the first NHL player to score his first six goals of a season on hat tricks since November 2001, when Alexei Kovalev did it with Pittsburgh."
- The Colorado Avalanche have called up goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik, despite numbers one (David Aebischer) and one-A (Peter Budaj) goalies apparently being healthy. Is something big afoot in Avland? The Rocky Mountain News seems to think so. Stay tuned.
- Hart: Mike York (2G, 3A)
Ross: Mike York (2G, 3A)
Norris: Mattias Norstrom (2A, +1)
Vezina: Mathieu Garon (W, 36 saves on 37 shots against in Toronto)
Richard: Kevyn Adams (3G)
- Calder: Antero Niittymaki (Shutout win including 28 saves through OT and three in the shootout)
Aiken: Patrick Lalime (L, 4 goals against on 13 shots in 38:22)