Lightning vs. Capitals
With under a week to play in the NHL season, there’s only one playoff match up set. The Tampa Bay Lightning will play the Washington Capitals. The only question is who will win the division and be the 3 seed, and who will be the 6th seed. So i thought i would post a preview of the series. The Caps are led by a group of forwards who have been around for a while, and have been in the playoffs before, with top scorer Jaromir Jagr’s 36 goals 40 assist and 76 points, with a good year against the Lightning ( 4g 3a 7pts), along with Peter Bondra 28g 26a 54pts, and Robert Lang 21g 45a 66pts, the Lightning D will have their hands full keeping pucks away from Khabibulin. The defense for the Capitals is led by Sergie Gonchar 18g 48a 66pts and Ken Klee 1g 16a 17pts +22. And the man in the net for the Caps is godzilla! Or by his real Olaf Kolzig 33-24-6, 2.35 gga .921 sv% ( 2-2 with a gaa under 2.00 against Tampa Bay this year)
The Lightning are led by a group of young forwards most notable is Vinny Lecavalier who has scored 32 goals 44 assist and 76 points in a break out year for this young star. Also at forward is Martin St. Louis 33g 36a 69pts and Vinny Prospal 21g 54a 75pts. On defense the lightnig are led by Dan Boyle another Lightning player who had a break out year, Boyle scored 13 goals 39 assist 52 points, along side Pavel Kubina 3g 19a 22pts, But Kubina did not play well against the Capitals this year, with no points and a -7 in five games. In net for the Lightning is who many say Tampa Bay’s MVP, Nikolai Khabibulin who was 29-21-11 2.46gaa .912sv%, Khabibulin was also 2-2 against the Caps with a gaa under 2.00.
The Capitals won the season series between the two teams 3-2. I think that the Lightning are on their way as being a solid team for years too come, but i think this year they might not be ready for playoff hockey, I do think the series will go 7 no matter who has home ice, but i like the Caps in 7! As of today, the Lightning are in first with 91 points, the Capitals with their 3-0 win last night are only one point behind, with 90 points.