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Capitals Insider: February 11, 2007 - February 17, 2007

Ovechkin Struggling

Alex Ovechkin is officially in a slump. The score sheets say so. My eyeballs say so, too. But, as I sit here in the Tampa airport replaying the past few games in my sleep deprived brain, I can't put my finger on the source of his struggles. This much, however,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 16, 2007; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Erskine Activated

Defenseman John Erskine has been activated from injured reserve and will suit up for tonight's game. To make room for him, Lawrence Nycholat has been put on injured reserve for an undisclosed reason. I'm guessing there really isn't a reason, unless you count not wanting to send him through waivers...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 15, 2007; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Green Update

Here's some reaction to defenseman Mike Green being assigned to Hershey today. Green: "That's their decision. They obviously have a plan. Obviously, [the NHL] is the best league in the world and I'm playing against some of the best players in the world. It made me realize the magnitude and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 15, 2007; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MIke Green Sent Down

I hinted at this in my entry yesterday--I saw defenseman Mike Green get called into a meeting with the GM and Coach--but was unable to confirm the move. Well, it's confirmed now. Green was assigned to Hershey today in order to make room for veteran Brian Pothier, who was activated...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 15, 2007; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pothier, Erskine Cleared to Play

Defensemen Brian Pothier and John Erskine have been cleared to play and could be in the lineup in Tampa tomorrow. Defenseman Bryan Muir, however, isn't ready and could miss another week with a broken foot. Pothier, the team's leader in ice time, has been out since suffering a concussion on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 14, 2007; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Johnny on the Spot

With goaltender Olie Kolzig sidelined for at least three weeks with a knee sprain, the starting job has been handed to Brent Johnson. What I'm wondering is this: Which Johnson is going to show up on a nightly basis? In his nearly two years in Washington, Johnson's performances have ranged...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2007; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kolzig Update

The news on Kolzig is not good. The goalie suffered a knee injury (not a groin as I speculated earlier) and is going miss at least three weeks, according to General Manager George McPhee. Judging from the fact that Kolzig was dragging his left leg as he departed the rink,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 12, 2007; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kolzig Injured

Goaltender Olie Kolzig went down with what appeared to be a groin injury during today's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. But I can safely say that it didn't look good. The veteran screamed as he slid from side to side while...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 12, 2007; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bad Game, Bad Boards

For the second time in four games, the Verizon Center dasher boards were at the center of attention after last night's 5-2 loss to the Rangers. Two times, an inch long gap in the boards behind the visitors' net sent pucks directly in front. And both times, a Capitals player...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 11, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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