Caps ready for skate-athon

Caps ready for skate-athon
October 28, 2011, 12:11 am
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Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said his players better be ready to play at a high tempo tonight when they face off against the 4-2-2 Edmonton Oilers at 9:30 p.m.

The one thing about the Oilers from the 80s until now is they can skate, Boudreau said. Theyre filled with enthusiasm and filled with hope and theyre playing pretty good. Theyre going to be gunning for us, I guarantee you. Theyll have our attention.

Heres a quick look at some facts and figures as the 7-0-0-Capitals head into tonights game:

--The Capitals are two wins away from setting a franchise record for wins in October. The 1991-92 Caps went 9-3-0 in October.

--The NHL record for victories at the start of a season is 10, set by the 1993-94 Maple Leafs and matched by the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres. Both teams were eliminated in the conference finals that season.

--Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman is the only current player in the NHL with at least one point in all of his teams games this season. Wideman needs a point against Edmonton to set a career-high point streak (eight games).

--The Caps have outscored the Oilers 9-2 in their last two meetings, including a 5-0 shutout in D.C. last March. Alex Ovechkin has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in five career games against the Oilers.

With defenseman Mike Green sidelined with a right ankle injury, heres a look at the Capitals anticipated forward lines and defense pairings for tonight:

FORWARD LINES

LW Alex Ovechkin, C Nicklas Backstrom, RW Troy Brouwer
LW Alex Semin, C Marcus Johansson, RW Mike Knuble
LW Joel Ward, C Brooks Laich, RW Jason Chimera
LW Jeff Halpern, C Mathieu Perreault, RW Matt Hendricks

DEFENSE PAIRINGS

Karl Alzner, John Carlson
Dennis Wideman, Roman Hamrlik
Sean Collins, Jeff Schultz