The Calgary Flames make a rare visit to Washington this afternoon to face the NHL leading Washington Capitals. The Flames are coming off a 5-0 beat down from the Boston Bruins yesterday and a 3-2 loss at Nassau Coliseum Thursday night from the Islanders after leading through 2 periods. The Flames currently sit 6 points back of 8th place Colorado. With 7 games remaining, and poor play, the Flames playoff hopes might be over.
"We have to run the table now.' Flames captain Jarome Iginla said after the Boston game, 'Other teams have done it in the past, run the table at the end. We need to put together 5 or 6 wins, it's literally all game 7's for us now."
The Washington Capitals are on their way to their first President's Trophy in team history. The Caps are 6-1-3 in their last ten and a very impressive 27-4-4 at home this season. As SureShot has written about in their Eastern Conference Preview, we are not sure that the Capitals have enough defense or goaltending to win it all. Although the Capitals have been winning, their goaltending is far from set. Coach Bruce Boudreau seemed to be set on young netminder Semyon Varlamov to be the teams #1. However, Varlamov has lost 4 straight games while Jose Theodore has won 7 straight with a very solid 1.95 GAA in those starts.
Calgary has not won in Washington since March 13, 1999.
SureShotPick: Washington -260