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Caps vs. Flyers as good as it gets this early in the season

Oct 20, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin Getty Images

It might be way too early to call tonight’s Caps-Flyers game an Eastern Conference finals preview, but anything’s possible and both teams head into tonight’s game playing as good as it gets this season. The Capitals are 5-0-0 while the Flyers are 4-0-1, both teams combining to earn 19 of a possible 20 points this season.

The juxtaposition of each team is great. The Caps are winning without Alex Ovechkin playing like one of the world’s best players. Instead it’s a team effort that sees guys like Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera pouring in goals while Tomas Vokoun holds it down in goal. For Philly, it’s all about Claude Giroux offensively and Ilya Bryzgalov in goal to stop the opponents.

source: Getty ImagesMaking the game all the more fun is seeing Jaromir Jagr facing off against one of his former teams. Jagr has looked great this season and while we’re still waiting for the goals to come, he’s been a boon to their power play. The play of rookie Matt Read has also been a huge boost for the Flyers and he’s second on the team in points.

Washington’s success will be spurred on by the play of their blue line. Dennis Wideman and Mike Green have been playing like the point producers they’re meant to be while Karl Alzner has been a surprise. Also look out for former Flyer Mike Knuble as he’s had a great start to his season.

In the grand scheme of things this is just another game, but with both teams playing so well, this one will have a playoff-level intensity to it.

For the Washington perspective on things,’s Chase Hughes and Chuck Gormley break down tonight’s game.

  1. num1eaglesfanyo - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Yes, both teams playing well and yes this could be a eastern conference finals preview. buuuuttt u know the flyers are better! Let’s go flyers!!!! They just have better goal tending and oh yea claude giroux baby! who in my mind is better than ovechkin

    • jpelle82 - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM


    • dclogicatlast - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      I would like to pile on and say your comment is stupid, but your post rings true.

      Ovechkin has been figured out (lets face it he’s Russian), and Giroux is Peter Forsberg 2.0.

      Flyers upside > Capitals upside

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      Yea idk about the player comparison. Now can G be a better player in the future? Time will tell. G can dish and score. Ovi is an explosive scorer but he isn’t much of a playmaker (nor should he be).

  2. philsosexy - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Going to be one of the best games in the NHL all year, overtime for sure. Go Flyers!

  3. bcjim - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    First comment=fail



    Hartnell…filthy goon

    Briere….full of himself

    Coach…pompous looking buffoon

    Caps win.

    • eaglesfan723 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      Im a flyers fan,.

      1. Yes that first comment was stupid.
      2. Your comment is equally stupid.
      3. Your opinions have no logic behind them.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      How is Bryz overrated? Giroux is a stud but the rest of the NHL doesn’t know about it yet (too focused on promoting their favorite players/teams). Harts isn’t a goon. More like a gober haha. Briere may be the most humble guy in the Flyers’ locker room. And you shouldn’t look past your own bench before ya start calling coaches ‘pompous looking buffoons.’

  4. philly4lyfe - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Through the last 2 seasons, bryzgallov tied for the league lead in wins and shutouts, and that was with a terrible team in front of him. How do you figure he’s overrated?

    And I’ll be at the game tonight. Can’t wait to see the caps get orange crushed!

  5. bcjim - Oct 20, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Ha. Mission accomplished. Good luck to all.

    • bcjim - Oct 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      Winner. Neither team looked all that into it, esp Philly and especially after things started going wrong.

      They cant try and play a beer league game with a lineup like DC has. Caps win that game every time. They need to pound on the Caps and be way more angry and aggressive.

      Its a little early in the season though

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