You can bet the Verizon Center will be “Rocking and Red” on Tuesday night as the vaunted and despised Philadelphia Flyers come to town for a 7pm tilt (shown in HD on VERSUS). The Caps look to avenge a 6-5 OT loss suffered back on October 6th when Danny Briere scored the game winner in Philadelphia. You can sum up this contest in one sentence:
These two teams do not like each other!
The Caps are off to a 6-2-2 start and are in first place in the Southeast Division while the Flyers are 5-3-1 but in 4th place in the very tough Atlantic Division.
Washington will get forward Alexander Semin back (illness/soreness) on Tuesday night after he missed the past two games and this should help a struggling Capitals power play that is 20th in the NHL at only 16.7%. The Caps were 2nd overall in the league last season, scoring at a 25.2% clip. Jose Theodore had a very strong game against the Islanders on Saturday night so I expect Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau to have #60 in net. Philly will likely go with Ray Emery.
The key for Washington will be to stay out of the penalty box and prevent the Flyers power play, which is ranked 8th overall at 25% efficiency, from deciding the outcome. Philadelphia is led by star forwards Mike Richards (6 goals, 4 assists) and Jeff Carter (4 goals, 6 assists) up front and they have superstar defenseman Chris Pronger (2 goals, 6 assists) on the back line along with Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn. Timonen and Coburn, who were coach John Stevens go-to pairing on defense last season, are a surprising -7 and -8, respectively.
This should be a fun game to watch and if you are interested in a live chat, former Capitals forward Kevin “Killer” Kaminski will be on-line here: