The Washington Times - November 26, 2007, 06:46PM


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\ **CAPITALS FIRE GLEN HANLON\ After losing 15 of 18, and especially the way the last two went at home, it probably had to be done. It certainly doesn’t mean that Hanlon was the root of all the problems, though.\ ** BACK-TO-BACK FOR LECAVALIER\ Tampa Bay’s Vinny Lecavalier is the league’s No. 1 star for a second straight week. His 38 points are five more than anyone else in the league.\ ** PRELIMINARY DRAFT RANKINGS OUT\ NHL Central Scouting announced its first rankings for the 2008 draft. Stephen Stamkos, the early favorite to go No. 1, is atop the OHL list. Former Caps player Bengt Gustafsson’s kid, Anton, is the No. 3-rated skater from Sweden\ **SENATORS HUMAN, HURTING\ Ottawa has lost four of five after starting the season 15-2. Losing Daniel Alfredsson and Patrick Eaves to injuries has not helped.\ ** RYAN GETZLAF, MATT CARLE INK LONG-TERM DEALS\ More proof that those Southern California teams are well run and not going anywhere. Getzlaf gets the big money after GM Brian Burke decided to let Dustin Penner walk this offseason.\

\ COUNTING THEM DOWN\ 30. Los Angeles Kings: Mike Cammalleri has two goals in 13 games after starting with 10 in 10\ 29. Edmonton Oilers: Team is league best 6-1 in shootouts, league worst 3-13 in regulation\ 28. Washington Capitals: There is life in Washington with new coach Bruce Boudreau\ 27. Toronto Maple Leafs: Giving up a league-worst 86 goals cannot be a good thing\ 26. Pittsburgh Penguins: Vanna, can I buy a goaltender?\ 25. Buffalo Sabres: Four wins in a row, all against Canadian teams\ 24. Atlanta Thrashers: 11-6 since Don Waddell moved behind the bench, but -17 goal differential still an eyesore\ 23. Florida Panthers: Have won four of five, including two against reeling Caps; Two with surging Caps up next\ 22. Calgary Flames: Shouldn’t a veteran-laden team with one of the five best players in the league be better than this?\ 21. Phoenix Coyotes: Ilya Bryzgalov has won four straight since being claimed on waivers\ 20. Tampa Bay Lightning: Quite a roller-coaster ride \0x2013 four straight losses after winning five in a row\ 19. Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo has allowed two goals or less in six of eight after rough start\ 18. New Jersey Devils: Four straight wins on the road to move back into playoff contention? Ho-hum for Martin Brodeur and Devils\ 17. Nashville Predators: Maybe beating Detroit will help Chris Mason find the form he’s had in part-time duty the past two years\ 16. Boston Bruins: Who’s next in line to try and pry the No. 1 job from Tim Thomas? He just keeps outplaying the competition\ 15. Anaheim Ducks: It looks like the Ducks are waking up from the Cup hangover\ 14. New York Islanders: If this team even sniffs the playoffs, Ted Nolan should be the runaway choice for the Jack Adams trophy\ 13. St. Louis Blues: Wins in six of seven and Manny Legace looks like a top-10 netminder\ 12. Colorado Avalanche: They are scuffling a little and could maybe use a boost (Peter Forsberg, perhaps?)\ 11. San Jose Sharks: Seven days between games? No wonder they were sluggish against L.A.\ 10. Columbus Blue Jackets: Just when it looks like they are crashing back to reality (losses in 8 of 10), the Jackets beat Minnesota and Detroit\ 9. Chicago Blackhawks: No points in four straight for super rookies Pat Kane and Jonathan Toews\ 8. Montreal Canadiens: Back-to-back losses to Buffalo, but power play still top notch\ 7. Dallas Stars: Mike Smith, not Marty Turco leading Stars to top of their division\ 6. Minnesota Wild: Still hanging on in tight Northwest while trying to get healthy\ 5. New York Rangers: Offense looked improved (four goals in three straight) but not so much recently (seven total in last four)\ 4. Philadelphia Flyers: Wins at Carolina, Ottawa wrapped around home loss to Washington? Someone (or several someones) didn’t get enough sleep for 1 p.m. start\ 3. Carolina Hurricanes: Keeping Erik Cole healthy, getting injured D-men back is critical\ 2. Ottawa Senators: Even the deepest of teams aren’t immune to struggling with injuries\ 1. Detroit Red Wings: Chris Osgood still seriously outplaying “starter” Dominik Hasek\



\ A look at who is setting the pace for some of the league’s coveted hardware:\

\ HART TROPHY\ 1. Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers\ 2. Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning\ 3. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers\

\ CALDER TROPHY\ 1. Patrick Kane, Blackhawks\ 2. Tobias Enstrom, Thrashers\ 3. Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks\

\ VEZINA TROPHY\ 1. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers\ 2. Pascal Leclaire, Blue Jackets\ 3. Tim Thomas, Boston\

\ JACK ADAMS TROPHY\ 1. Ted Nolan, Islanders\ 2. Jacques Lemaire, Wild\ 3. Don Waddell, Thrashers\

\ GET TO KNOW…\ A few minutes with Matt Bradley of the Washington Capitals:\

\ Bradley was born in Stittsville, Ontario and was a 4th-round pick by the San Jose Sharks in 1996. He has played for San Jose, Pittsburgh and Washington. He has 31 goals, 49 assists and 303 penalty minutes in 322 career NHL games.\

\ Q: Favorite player growing up?\ A: Cam Neely\

\ Q: Favorite team?\ A: Boston Bruins\

\ Q: Favorite food?\ A: Fast food, any fast food. Actually no, poutine\

\ Q: Favorite video game?\ A: Super Mario Brothers\

\ Q: Favorite city to play in?\ A: Toronto\

\ Q: Favorite car?\ A: Aston Martin DB9\

\ Q: Biggest phobia?\ A: I don’t really like feet\

\ Q: Favorite fight?\ A: Any fight that I don’t get knocked out\

\ — Corey Masisak