Game 72, Discussion Thread: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

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#2 Washington Capitals (42-21-10, 94 pts) at #1 Philadelphia Flyers (44-19-8, 96 pts)

7:30 p.m. tonight at Wells Fargo Center in South Philly

Catch the action on Versus in HD and 610 WIP

[Game Preview] - [Game Page] - [Washington Perspective]

Tonight's goaltenders:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Sergei Bobrovsky 45 2554 26 11 109 2.56 1293 1184 .916 0


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Michal Neuvirth 43 2376 23 11 96 2.42 1145 1049 .916 4


Complete lineups, scratches, questions to answer and our game discussion after the jump.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Hartnell - Briere - Leino
Nodl - Giroux - Carter
JVR - Richards - Versteeg
Powe - Betts - Carcillo

Timonen - Coburn
Carle - Meszaros
Boynton - SOD

Scratches: Jody Shelley (orbital fracture), Nikolay Zherdev (healthy), Chris Pronger (hand), Oskars Bartulis (shoulder), Danny Syvret (healthy)

Washington Projected Lineup

Like - Backstrom - Too Many Jokes
Chimera - Johansson - Traitor Mike
What's Left Of Sturm - Gordon - Carbomb's Punching Bag
Hendricks - Dog? - Fair (questionable)/Queen

Alzner - American Hero
Hannan - Wideman
Schultz - Erskine

Scratches: D.J. King (healthy), Tyler Sloan (healthy), Alex Ovechkin ("undisclosed ailment" ... seriously), Jason Arnott (groin), Mike Green (too much hair dye), Tom Poti (groin)

Questions to Answer

  1. Are the Flyers are still first in the East at the end of the night? Our first ever pre-game answer. Despite all the hype around tonight's BATTLE FOR THE EAST, the Caps can't take the Flyers' top spot tonight. At best, they can tie them... having played two extra games. 
  2. Tonight could be called the first true playoff-style test for Bob. How's he hold up?
  3. Without Ovechkin to beat up on like they usually do, how will the Flyers defense do against the Caps' attack?
  4. This so-called "new Caps style" with "defense" and "stuff" -- how's that work? 

Go Flyers. 

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