Wednesday, April 15, 2009

pop the cap

It’s the opening game of the playoffs for the Capitals tonight. The NY Rangers invade Verizon Center for the first two games (the second is Saturday afternoon) of the best-of-seven series. Nerves abound in the nation’s capital even though this shouldn’t be much of a test: the Caps should wrap it up in five or six games. But, therein lay the problem; the expectations are so high that anything other than a convincing win will be met with the end of times; or some such. The Caps system is very wide open offensively and they are susceptible to defensive breakdowns every game. The harangued poster boy for the team’s defensive miscues is always the goalie, Jose Theodore. I’m not one of the haters, even if X thinks he’s cute, so I won’t be overly hard on one player. Even with that, Jose will be on the hot seat throughout the playoffs. I’m calling for a shutout tonight to open the series.

Wish us luck.

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