Thursday, February 4, 2010

Musings before Snowpacolypse 2

If you didn't know any better, you'd think those of us living in the D.C. metro area fell asleep and woke up in Saskachtewan with all this snow we've had - and there's snowpacolypse round two on the way. This major snowstorm may not affect tomorrow night's game against the Atlanta Thrashers but we are all holding our  collective breaths to see if the Penguins make it in for Sunday's televised game on NBC (but hey, they are an arctic species so it should be no problemo). By the way, a big epic fail to NBC for their game promos as they were promoting the event using the Capital's old logo - um, NBC Sports Department - the logo changed two years ago, get with the times will ya!

Meanwhile the Capitals, with their dads in tow, will face the New York Rangers and their explosive leader, John Tortorella, tonight at the Garden. If you haven't been following the daytime drama that's taken place in post-game press conference between Torts and the New York Post's Rangers beat writer, Larry Brooks, you're missing a really good mud-slinging cat fight. The Rangers have been struggling of late, to say the least, falling victim to the red-hot L.A. Kings on Tuesday. However, tonight's Blueshirt team will see the home debut of newcomers Olli Jokinen and tough guy Brandon Prust, who were traded by the Calgary Flames earlier this week. Jokinen has been hot and cold throughout his career but let's hope he doesn't heat up tonight when paired with the the Rangers' number one sniper, Marian Gaborik, and the offensively dangerous Vinny Prospal on the first line. Good news for the Caps is that the Blueshirts haven't scored a power play goal in their last seven games, while Washington leads the NHL with a mind-blowing 3.82 goals per game!

The Rangers will be gunning to end the Capitals' streak and it's always an interesting match up with the feisty cast of characters wearing blue sweaters. Puck drops at 7 p.m. - let's make it 12 boys!

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