Here is tonight’s lineup against Les Habitants:
This is the first game in a stretch of 9 of 10 at home for the Caps. Bruce Boudreau cautioned before the game that, despite the team’s gaudy record at Verizon Center (22-4-1), this could be a tricky couple of weeks for his troops.
“I think road trips that are too long aren’t good and home stands that are too long aren’t good,” Boudreau said. “It is a stupid cliché, but you’ve got to take one game at a time. If you say, ‘We’ve got five games in a row at home, then you’re going to lose three of them.”
“When you have a long home stand, that’s when your family is usually around,” Boudreau said. “You’re busier than on the road [instead] of just being focused on what you do. After a while, you get lazy. That is just the way of the world.”
Also, it appears that Mike Green has changed his mind again about the record-setting stick. I wrote the night he set the record for most consecutive games with a goal for a defenseman that one of his sticks from the game would be sent to Toronto and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Well, yesterday Joseph White from the Associated Press reported Green didn’t want to give up the stick.
A few minutes ago, a team spokesman told us Green changed his mind again and will send the stick to Toronto. That’s a lot of press for one stick.