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Thursday Roundup/Gamenight: Caps @ Rangers

[AP Preview - WashingtonCaps.com Preview - Official Game Thread]

So here we are at the start of another Caps season (number 32 - perhaps a good omen). Here's what the WaPo's got to say this morning, and here's the WTimes' take (along with a bonus feature on AO). But being opening night and all, I thought I'd go out on a limb and make some ridiculous predictions and projections. And away we go:

Record:

32 wins, 39 losses, 11 overtime losses (5th, Southeast Division)

Forwards:

Ovechkin, Alexander (53 goals, 54 assists)
Zubrus, Dainius (23, 35)
Semin, Alexander (22, 26)
Zednik, Richard (23, 22)
Pettinger, Matt (16, 20)
Sutherby, Brian (16, 17)
Clark, Chris (16, 20)
Laich, Brooks (11, 18)
Beech, Kris (8, 14)
Fata, Rico (8, 9)
Bradley, Matt (6, 9)
Fleischmann, Tomas (5, 9)
Brashear, Donald (6, 5)
Fehr, Eric (3, 6)
Klepis, Jakub (4, 5)
Gordon, Boyd (2, 3)

Defensemen:

Pothier, Brian (8, 28)
Clymer, Ben (9, 22)
Eminger, Steve (7, 19)
Heward, Jamie (8, 20)
Green, Mike (6, 16)
Muir, Bryan (7, 17)
Morrisonn, Shaonne (4, 14)
Erskine, John (2, 2)

Goalies:

Kolzig, Olie - 24 wins, 27 losses, 9 OTL, 3.07, .905
Johnson, Brent - 8 wins, 12 losses, 2 OTL, 3.15, .899

So there you have it. We'll revisit this in April and see just how far off I was.

Thread of the Day:
Elsewhere 'Round the Rinks:
Daily Awards
  • Hart: Ryan Miller (32 saves on 34 shots against through OT and 3 saves on 3 shots against in shootout win)
  • Ross: Dany Heatley, Patrick Eaves, Ray Whitney, Darryl Sydor, J.M. Liles (2 points each)
  • Norris: Darryl Sydor (GWG, A, +2, 3 blocked shots)
  • Vezina: Martin Gerber (W, 33 saves on 34 shots against - and the one goal was on penalty shot!)
  • Richard: Several players tied with one goal
  • Calder: Loui Eriksson (G, +1)
  • Aiken: Brett Clark (-2, now on pace to be -164 for the season)