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Upcoming Matchup 3/27 vs Lightning

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Friday March 27, 2009 @ 7 PM @ Verizon Center

TV: CSN-DC                                         Radio: Listen Live!

So the number one pick in last year’s draft isn’t having the best year ever.  Steven Stamkos is only 19 years old, but a lot more was expected out of him this season.  With poor performances coming from the Lightning all year(24-33-16 and in 14th place in the East) it’s no wonder his numbers are low.  Let’s see how his stats compare to Backstrom’s rookie season.  Keep in mind that Backstrom also played with the best player in the NHL–Alex Ovechkin.


Nicklas Backstrom


Steven Stamkos







*Backstrom’s stats from Rookie Season 2007-2008

14 Goals 18
55 Assists 22
69 Points 40
13 Plus/Minus -11
3 Powerplay Goals 8
22 Powerplay Assists 8
4 Game Winners 1
153 Shots on Goal 153
9.2%  Shooting % 11.8%

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Upcoming Matchup 2/22

Capitals v Penguins




Ovechkin V Crosby


42(1st) Goals 23(t-23rd)
33(24th) Assists 55(2nd)
75(3rd) Points 78(2nd)
15 Plus/Minus 5
13 Powerplay Goals 3
17 Powerplay Assists 24
9 Game Winners 2
374 Shots on Goal 177
35 3rd Period Points 29

The Caps play the Pittsburgh Penguins today at 12:30 on NBC.  This is the first matchup against the Pens since the All-Star break.  I wonder if Malkin and Ov will be as friendly today as they were in the shootout challenge.

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