Friday, February 6, 2009

Caps Face Battle Against Pesky Panthers

So in case anyone missed all the happenings today in Capsland, fan fave Karl Alzner is back in the fold and the team acquired another defenseman, former Toronto Maple Leaf Staffan Kronwall, off of waivers. Hockey Mom doesn't know what this all means for the rest of the guys on the blueline, but the fact that Jose Theodore was hung out to dry too many times last evening probably has something to do with it.

Another interesting happening was that one of HM's personal favorites, St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace, was put on waivers. If you haven't heard the bad news about Caps net minder Brent Johnson, his season is most likely done due to surgery he'll need for that nagging hip injury. So Theo has two talented, but young, backups who have very little ice time on the NHL stage. Could a veteran Legacy be the answer? GM George McPhee says not right now, but we all know that he is the master of secrecy when it comes to personnel moves.

So the upcoming period prior to the trade deadline is full of more buzz and rumors than a One Life to Live soap opera marathon. It'll be interesting to see if the Caps make any personnel changes in the push to the playoffs.

Speaking of push to the playoffs, the boys will face the Florida Panthers tomorrow in a Southeast division showdown. HM is hoping that the guys come out full force and shed the needless penalties and defensive gifts to the opposition, as this is not a team to be taken lightly. The Cats are clawing their way to a perch at the top of the SE Division and are currently a mere 2 points behind the Capitals. They have some fiery goal-scorers in David Booth and Jay Boouwmeester so the Cap's refinizzled 'd' better be ready.

And in case you missed it, check out this wicked lords a'leaping goal from former Cap and current Panther Richard Zednik against the New York Islanders:

HM is glad to see Zednik back after his awful accident last year. But let's make sure that we don't have any of those highlight goals against our home team!

Til the puck drops at 7 p.m. tomorrow...

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