Tuesday Night in Dwayne’s World

January 27, 2010 | Dwayne Showalter

This is the time of year, as a sports fan, you have to fill the void that the NFL leaves.  I love the fact that the Ravens made another playoff appearance.  I’m glad that they gave one more memorable performance up in Foxboro two weeks ago.  But now, football season is down to one last meaningful game.

Its time to find something to carry you through till the weather breaks and the O’s start out on their 13th straight losing season.  The Terps basketball team is certainly worth your time.  Tonight’s blowout of Miami has them at 4-1 in the ACC.  Being a UM guy, I’m starting to think a 1st round bye in the ACC tourney is possible.

But I have another game for you… hockey!  I know its not cool in Baltimore to root for anything Washington, but the Capitals have something special brewing  in D.C.  Their 7-2 blowout win on Long Island tonight was their seventh in a row.  Not only are they cruising to another Southeast title, suddenly, they have a five point advantage for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

They are the only team in the NHL to score over 200 goals so far.  Only San Jose is within 30 goals of that total.  Their young star-in-the-making goaltender, Semyon Varlamov hasn’t played since Pearl Harbor Day while he nurses groin and knee injuries.  Yet, they’ve made due with veteran Jose Theodore and Varlamov’s Hershey Bears backup Michal Neuvirth.

The Caps sport some of the most talented young Russian goal scorers out there.  Sure, Alex Ovechkin grabs all the headlines, but Alexander Semin is about as smooth as a player you can find.  Team those two up with the likes of Nicholas Backstrom, Brooks Laich and Tomas Fleischmann and you can see why the Caps pile up the goals.

And the Caps backline is anchored by offensive minded Mike Green and Tom Poti.  Throw in can’t miss 21-year old prospect Karl Alzner and 20-year old John Carlson, hero of the recent World Junior Champion USA team, I’m starting to think the Caps may be the team of now, and the future, in the NHL.

The Capitals are playing Wednesday and Friday night and Sunday afternoon on Comcast against Anaheim, Florida and Tampa Bay respectively.  The streak could hit 10 games by the time the Pro-Bowl kicks off Sunday night.

Party on!  Excellent!!