Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Heading for the New Jersey Sweep

So far this week it’s DC 2, NJ 0.

Wizards: Downed the Nets to roar back to .500 and fifth place in the East, just half a game out of first-round-home-court-advantage territory. The slumping Orlando Magic are just two games away and should be nervously looking behind them.

Capitals: Took out the Devils to win their second straight, improve to 5-3-1 under the brutally motivating Bruce II (two consecutive scratches for Pothier! A private/public team-lashing that has resulted in two desperately enthusiastic performances/victories). As seemingly every Caps story printed in the Washington Post reminds us, the team is still in last place and in need of a winning streak. Two games is a (modest) winning streak. Solid playoff positioning is less than ten standings points away. The moniker of “not the worst team in the NHL” is only two points away. A small step, this imminent overcoming of the hopelessly future-less LA Kings, but one easily reachable. After that, the equally hopeless Panthers are ripe for passing, then the Sabres, then the Lightning, and so on.

This Sunday: the Redskins look to complete the Jersey-defeating trifecta by shocking the Giants in the Meadowlands. Does Todd Collins starting on the road in December against a supposedly superior opponent sound familiar, and perhaps a familiarly perfect recipe for a stunning upset? It should. Kent Graham in Denver, anyone? That was shocking. This could be, too. Let’s just hope it snows on Sunday night.

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