Monday, November 24, 2003

GameDay: vs. Washington (5-13-1-1), 7:30 EST

Tonight is the first of two meetings this season between these two former Stanley Cup finalists. The Caps enter this game with the NHL's worst record and have really struggled this season. They are 2-5-0-1 in their last 8 and have lost consecutive one goal games. Compared that to the Wings' 5-2-1-0 record for their last 8. Detroit is 6-2 at home while the Caps are 2-8-1 on the road. The Wings' problems seem very small when seen in the light of those in Washington. They are a team going nowhere fast and it's not for a lack of talent. Curtis Joseph will start again for Dominik Hasek, who's still out with a groin injury and should be back later this week. Ray Whitney is questionable for tonight and Darren McCarty will not be back this week for sure. This should be a good opportunity for the Wings to get a win. Typically, lower-tier teams step it up to play the Wings but the Caps may be too messed up to do even that. Of course, I'll probably be wrong and the Caps will play their best game of the season but honestly, the Wings should have an easy win, if they don't blow it themselves.


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