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Game Preview #63 - Oh, Yeah, There's a Game Tonight

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The smoke clears on The Day After, and the new-look tank hits the ice.

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Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets

March 3, 2015 - 7:00 pm EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Japers' Rink

Oh, hey, there's a game tonight! I almost forgot. In some ways, I'd hoped the season would just be over, already. But, much like winter, it may never end.

So, here's a nice thing to play in the background while you read the rest of this. From the aptly-named album "Music For the Morning After," it's Pete Yorn's "For Nancy," a song about a girl who won't leave a bad relationship:

And when you said I could not stay with you / That's not the way you would have wanted to be / Convince yourself that everything is alright / 'Cos it already is

So, the dust settles. The tank fires up. Here we go.

In the most un-tank move of the day, Sergei Bobrovsky will get his first start since before the All Star Break. Remember back then when things were bad, but not THIS bad?

Otherwise, what is there to report? The Caps are rounding into playoff form, and added two players at the deadline. The Jackets are, well, this:

Tank Watch - 2015

Team GP PTS ROW
Buffalo 63 43 12
Edmonton 63 46 13
Arizona 63 47 16
Toronto 63 55 22
Carolina 62 55 20
Columbus 62 56 22

Columbus has some work to do to get into the top three, obviously, but they are very close to jumping to the fourth spot. Tank on!

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(26-32-4, 56 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Nick Foligno Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Artem Anisimov David Clarkson
Brian Gibbons Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Cody Goloubef
Justin Falk Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Washington Capitals
(34-20-10, 74 Points; 4th Division, 7th Conference)

Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Marcus Johansson
Curtis Glencross Evgeny Kuznetsov Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera Eric Fehr Joel Ward
Brooks Laich Jay Beagle Tom Wilson
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Tim Gleason Mike Green
Braden Holtby
Justin Peters

Season Series

WSH - 2-1-1
CBJ - 2-1-1

11/11/14 - Columbus 2 at Washington 4
12/11/14 - Columbus 3 at Washington 2 (OT)
12/18/14 - Washington 5 at Columbus 4 (OT)
01/27/15 - Washington 3 at Columbus 4
03/03/15 - Washington at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Washington Columbus
2.89 (8) GPG 2.52 (24)
2.42 (6) GAPG 3.13 (26)
23.6% (2) PP% 20.4% (8)
81.4% (16) PK% 80.4% (19)
Alex Ovechkin, 41 G leader Nick Foligno, 24
Nicklas Backstrom, 47 A leader Ryan Johansen, 33
Nicklas Backstrom / Alex Ovechkin, 65 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 56
Tom Wilson, 128 PIM leader Jared Boll, 86
16-12-5 Road/Home 12-17-2
6-4-0 Last 10 3-6-1
3/1 vs. Toronto, W 4-0 Last Game 3/1 @ Pittsburgh, L 5-3