Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bruins Present Big Test for Slumping Capitals

Looking to break out of a losing streak that's been documented for even the non-hockey fan to see thanks to HBO's 24/7 series might be an even bigger challenge looking at the Capitals' next opponent - the bruising Boston Bruins at TD Bank Garden. The B's will be looking to bust out of their own three-game losing skid, the latest a loss to their uber-rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, which saw Boston center David Krejci drop the gloves against the Hab's Mike Camalleri in an unlikely bout. Boston leads the league with a 2.00 goals against average, which has been boosted by the return of Marc Savard - who had a goal and an assist against Montreal. The Caps will have to hope that Santa's elves return their missing offense if they have any hopes of beating super-hot Tim Thomas, who reigns atop all goaltenders with a .951 save percentage and 1.63 GAA. Keep your fingers crossed that tonight's results will keep next week's episode of 24/7 fairly family friendly in terms of the number of f-bombs flying from Bruce Boudreau's mouth (but again, it is hockey and not cricket sports fans). HM hopes to cover tonight's contest but the boys' late practice may prevent me from doing so - you can catch me over on Twitter.

Speaking of Gabby's profanity-laced locker room rant, his mom was none too pleased. Speaking of moms, the Globe and Mail's Roy MacGregor dishes on how NHL teams need to organize an annual mom's trip in addition to the traditional dad's trip, which is usually replete with golf and fishing. Right on mister!

Here are some other items for your leisurely Saturday over coffee perusal:

  • Congrats to big, bad John Erskine who signed a two-year extension with the Caps yesterday! The 30-year old defenseman with the magnificent mustache is having a stellar season with seven points (three goals, four assists) and 43 penalty minutes in 31 games for the Capitals so far. His three goals are a career high.
  • Mike Brophy speculates on what the (bleep) may be the keys to turning around the Capitals' losing streak.
  • OFB offers their opinion on a variety of asundry factors leading to the current situation.
  • Eric Duhatschek questions if there may be a lack of leadership in the room that may not be helping the Caps' confidence and motivation (and no, no one is pointing the fingers at Brooks Laich in this department for sure).

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