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Friday Roundup/Gamenight: Caps @ 'Canes

[SeSo Open Thread]

It's like deja vu all over again as the Caps head to Raleigh for the front end of a home-and-home with the Whalers. You'll recall that the Caps took it to the 'Canes just last Thursday down at RBC Center (side note: does anyone else find it odd that the Royal Bank of Canada Center is in North Carolina and Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Arena is in Buffalo?), and here are the highlights to prove it:
After that big win, the Caps took there new-found momentum, promptly laid an egg against the Panthers, then took some well-needed (if not deserved) R&R during the All-Star Break. Which Caps team shows up in Raleigh Friday night is anyone's guess, but you can bet that they won't get the same effort out of their hosts that they did last week, as 'Canes coach Peter Laviolette blew a gasket after his team's "brutal" effort (his word, not mine) against the boys from D.C. Making an uphill battle even steeper, the Caps will be without team minutes leader Brian Pothier and banger Matt Bradley for who knows how long.

A few numbers to chew on:
  • The Caps are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
  • The 'Canes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 12-4 in their last 16 vs. Southeast.
If I was forced to make a prediction, I'd say expect a bunch of goals from two re-charged and differently-motivated teams. I've also come to expect the unexpected. What the hell - Caps 5, 'Canes 4.

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