Friday, August 21, 2009

A Win? A Goal Maybe?

Five without a win in league play, 10 in all competitions, the Wizards are struggling mightily. They are current 9 points out of a playoff spot with the Wizards having 11 games to play. Tomorrow the Wizards play the last place team in the Western Conference, San Jose in what is basically a must win for both teams if they have hopes of making the playoffs. San Jose, like KC has won only 1 game in their last 6 games, although they've brought in a few new players in the past few weeks that they'll hope will make a difference.

As for KC, they'll welcome back Davy Arnaud and Claudio Lopez who both missed the game against Chicago due to suspension. With them returning, the Wizards will hope to end a scoring drought that's see them only score 1 goal in league play in the last 5 games. KC will be without Zoltan for red card in his first game. Struggling would be an understatement for the Wizards offense lately, but what kind of changes need to be made? I don't expect many changes unfortunately, the lineup will be similar to what has played the last few games. Besides Arnaud and Lopez returning, the only other change I'm pretty sure will happen is the return of Michael Harrington to the starting lineup. I'm thinking that Peter Vermes is going to give Matt Besler a break after his poor performance againsnt Chicago.
Watson - Conrad - Hohlbein - Harrington
Arnaud - Jewsbury - Lopez
Wolff - Cristman

Key Match Up - Lance Watson vs Darren Huckerby - Watson did a good job in the game earlier this season in shutting down Huckerby and for the Wizards to take points off San Jose this time, Watson will likely have to perform well again. If he doesn't, could we see Chance Myers return to the lineup?

PREDICTION - I'm not overly confident in the Wizards offense and I have doubts that we'll see that changes much unfortunately. This team just doesn't strike offensive feat. Thankfully, San Jose overall hasn't looked well either so KC at least has some hope that they can pull something out of this game.

KC 0
SJ 0

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