Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 4:00 pm
WHO CAN CLINCH: The Washington Capitals can clinch their fourth consecutive trip to the postseason a few different ways tonight. The Caps are in if they beat the Flyers, get an overtime or shootout loss combined with a Carolina Hurricanes loss (in regulation or otherwise) or if Carolina loses in regulation to the Ottawa Senators.
ALREADY IN: The Vancouver Canuck and Philadelphia Flyers.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Washington Capitals (42-21-10) at Philadelphia Flyers (44-19-8), 7:30 p.m. ET (Versus)
If memories haven’t already faded about that eight-game slide the Capitals had in December, a victory tonight might just do it. A win by Washington would pull them even in the points department with the Flyers atop the Eastern Conference. The Flyer will remain in first no matter what happens, however, since they have two games in hand on the Caps, which results in a better winning percentage. Here's a look at our playoff tracker.
The Caps will be without Alex Ovechkin, who the team announced Monday would be out seven to 10 days with an undisclosed injury. Arguably the Flyers most recognizable player, defenseman Chris Pronger, will also be out of the lineup as he recovers from an injury to his right hand that required surgery. The Flyers announced Tuesday that enforcer Jody Shelley would be out four weeks due to a fractured orbital bone suffered in practice. He will undergo surgery on Thursday.
There’s still plenty of players left to make one of the East’s better rivalries interesting to watch. The Flyers won two of the first three meetings this season and all went to at least overtime.
ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: New Jersey Devils (34-34-4) at Boston Bruins (39-22-10), 7 p.m. ET
The Devils are getting close to the point where they need to run the table to make the playoffs. Two teams and seven points stand between New Jersey and eighth-place Buffalo entering Tuesday night’s action. The Bruins won the first two meetings this season.
GOLF WATCH: The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers won't get any new company tonight.
-- A.J. Perez
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Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:39 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 4:55 pm
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand on Tuesday, a procedure that will likely keep him out of the lineup the rest of the regular season.
"Chris had a CT scan on his right hand on Sunday and a small fracture was discovered,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a statement released by the team Monday afternoon. “Our doctors believe surgery is the best route to take with the injury. Surgery will be done Tuesday morning in Cleveland by Dr. Tom Graham. Chris will be able to return to play in 3-4 weeks."
Pronger hasn’t played since March 8 and had been listed day-to-day with an upper body injury. He has four goals, 21 assists and is a plus-7 this season. He leads the Flyers in average ice time (22 minutes, 29 seconds) and was a cog in last season’s run to the Stanley Cup Final.
-- A.J Perez
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Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 1:49 pm
SEASON SERIES: Boston 1-2-1; Montreal 3-1-0
IMPLICATIONS: A Boston win and a Flyers loss Tuesday would pull the top two teams in East even in the points department. (Flyers would still technically be in first since they'd still have more wins.) Montreal could pull within three points of the Northeast lead with a regulation win.
BREAKDOWN: The Habs won the first three meetings, outscoring the Bruins 10-6 in those games. Then came their last meeting, a slugfest Boston won, 8-6, on Feb. 9. That contest included 45 penalties for a total of 182 minutes -- and two of the dozen fighting majors was the result of a goalie fight (above) between Montreal's Carey Price and Boston's Tim Thomas.
“It was pretty crazy,” Boston forward Milan Lucic told CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty. “Especially that second period with eight goals scored, and four for each side. I remember watching the highlights later and hearing (Bruins play-by-play announcer) Jack (Edwards), say ‘Mercy.’ It was fun to be in, and I know our fans talk about it and remember it.”
The same goalies in net for the last meeting are expected to get the call again tonight. Last game was long on penalties, but short on saves.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Boston LW Milan Lucic vs. Montreal LW Michael Cammalleri. Cammalleri took a “therapy day” on Monday, a day away from the rink that might have been needed since he has two points in the seven games since he returned from injury. The Bruins are nearly perfect, 21-1-0, when Lucic scores, something he did twice in the last meeting.
KEY STAT: 710. The total number of meetings between these two Orginal Six clubs, second only to Detroit vs. Chicago (712).
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