The Washington Capitals, who have won four straight games, head to Philadelphia to take on the despised Flyers tonight. Both Corey Masisak and Tarik El-Bahir, who provide outstanding coverage of the Caps on a daily basis, said that Jose Theodore will be in net tonight and that it appears that defenseman Tom Poti will return to the line-up. The odd man out on the backline this evening is Brian Pothier, which seemed to surprise both beat writers. Karl Alzner, on recall from Hershey, will get at least another game and perhaps Monday’s as well before forward Mike Knuble is eligible to come off of long term injury. When that happens, Alzner could be destined for Hershey because of his high salary cap number. But GM George McPhee and Coach Bruce Boudreau don’t have to deal with that situation until Tuesday.
As for the Flyers, well let’s just say the Caps are likely catching them at a bad time as they fired Coach John Stevens yesterday and replaced him with 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Coach (Carolina Hurricanes) Peter Laviolette. The physical Philadelphia crew has lost 7 of their last 10 games and have been shut out in their last two contests. So you can bet that the Flyers will be full of energy tonight as they take on a Washington team that is still without Alexander Ovechkin (serving game two and the final contest of his suspension). If I had to predict the score tonight, I would go with Flyers 4, Caps 2. The game is at 7pm on Comcast in HD. Check back during the game for period by period analysis and then the post game wrap-up.
Caps Get Bourque Back
The Washington Capitals have claimed forward Chris Bourque off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and assigned him to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and GM McPhee announced today.
Bourque returns to the Washington organization after recording three assists in 20 games this season for the Penguins, who claimed the 23-year-old off waivers from the Capitals on Sept. 30.
The 5’10”, 177-pound native of Boston, Mass., was the Capitals’ second-round choice, 33rd overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and has scored one goal in 12 career games with Washington. He has played four seasons with the Bears and helped Hershey win the Calder Cup in 2006 and 2009. Last year, he recorded 21 goals and 52 assists in 69 games to finish third in the Hershey scoring race with 73 points. Bourque tallied five goals and 16 assists in 22 playoff games, as Hershey won their AHL record 10th Calder Cup.