Tracking the Storm

Forslund's View from Washington

Thursday, 11.6.2008 / 11:05 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Forslund\'s View from Washington

You may have already noticed it on the site (slot 2 of our top story rotator), but CanesVision Online will be shadowing John Forslund throughout the day to see how he prepares for a game on the road.

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The first two videos in the series are up now, and more will be posted throughout the day/night.  Keep checking that spot to see when a new installment is up.  John has already provided a few injury and lineup updates for tonight’s game, so make sure you stay tuned for more.

Big game tonight – with Washington arguably the Canes’ biggest threat in the Southeast Division, the two points mean a little bit more when these two teams play each other.  See last season for details.

Backup goaltender Brent Johnson will make his second start in as many games against Carolina tonight.  He was the main reason the Caps got a point in Ottawa on Tuesday, as he got his team to overtime despite being outshot 44-27.  Washington coach Bruce Boudreau insists there isn’t a goaltending controversy between Johnson and offseason acquisition Jose Theodore, even though Johnson’s numbers (.914, 2.47) are much better than Theodore’s so far (.877, 3.44).

Instead, he’s making it pretty clear he’ll go with whoever happens to be playing better at the time.

”If Brent goes in and is crappy, then obviously I’m going to use [Theodore} Saturday against the Rangers,” Boudreau told the Washington Times.

Nice.

Alex Ovechkin is back from visiting his sick grandfather in Russia and hopes he can focus more on hockey now after his slow start.  With five points through nine games and a seven-game goal drought, he’s not even the highest-scoring Alex on his team right now.  That honor goes to Mr. Semin, who has 17 points through 11 contests.

Even when he’s not on a tear like he is right now, Semin is usually a Canes killer – he has a seven-game point streak against Carolina heading into tonight.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72