Washington Capitals Ready for Sunshine State Battle with Panthers and Lightning

January 11th, 2011 by Alan Zlotorzynski Leave a reply »
The Washington Capitals are seemingly playing at home every time you look at the schedule.

That all changes beginning tonight, as the Capitals embark on a short two-game road trip starting tonight in Miami, where the Capitals take on the Florida Panthers.

From there Washington will travel to Florida's left coast and play the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night. The Caps have nine remaining games in January, and six of them are on the road.

The Capitals are starting a stretch of road games similar to the stretch they made last season at this time. Washington played 11 of its next 18 on the road and posted a record of 7-4, earning points in eight of the 11 contests.

It will be interesting to see how virtually the same squad plays this season during an almost identical stretch.

Washington has won its last three on the road and is 9-8-1 away from the nation’s capital this year. The Caps are 6-1-3 in their last 10.

Washington has had recent success in the Sunshine State. The Caps are 6-1 in their last seven visits to Florida’s BankAtlantic Center, and they’re 8-1 in their last nine games ...

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