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Capitals Insider: September 23, 2007 - September 29, 2007

Saturday Morning Happenings

I'm still waiting to get an update on the status of Joe Motzko, Josef Boumedienne and Jame Pollock. They have not been with the Caps the past two days and are believed to have been waived. If they clear, which could come today, they will be sent to Hershey. Alexander...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 29, 2007; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Semin is 'Fine'

Some of you may have noticed that Alexander Semin did not skate in the third period. A team spokesman told the media that he's "fine." Semin tangled with a Philadelphia defenseman behind the net midway through the second period, and appeared to take a stick to the face or the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 28, 2007; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Flyers' Downie Gets 20 Games

From TSN.ca: The National Hockey League has handed down its verdict on the Flyers' Steve Downie. Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, has suspended Downie for 20 games for his vicious hit on Ottawa Senators forward Dean McAmmond in Thursday's exhibition game. The 20 games...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 28, 2007; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Bourque (and Three Others?) En Route To Hershey

Chris Bourque, as expected, was assigned to Hershey this morning. But I've got a feeling we'll see him again this season. It's the last year of his entry level deal, which means he can be called up and sent down without having to clear waivers. So why wouldn't the Caps...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 28, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Odds and Ends

The Caps are taking the day off, so I won't be writing a story. Instead, I'm going to get started on my NHL and Caps previews for next week. That's right, there will be an NHL and Caps preview this year. Since a few of you have asked about right...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 27, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Broad Street Bullies Are Beat Up

Just arrived at the Wachovia Center. First thing I see? The Flyers' injury report. Wow. Defenseman Randy Jones is out with a hip injury; right wing Joffrey Lupul is out with a left wrist injury; forward R.J. Umberger is out with a broken pinky finger; and left wing Scottie Upshall...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2007; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Steve Downie Crushes Dean McAmmond

If you haven't seen this hit from last night's preseason game between the Flyers and Sens, make sure to click the play button. A few of the Capitals I spoke to this morning said it was the hardest hit they've ever seen. I'm guessing we've seen the last of Downie...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2007; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Expected Lineup Tonight in Philly

Judging from the guys who are skating right now, I would expect the lineup against the Flyers to look something like this: Forwards:Fleischmann, Bourque, Steckel, Bradley, Clymer, Klepis, Backstrom, Sutherby, Brashear, Motzko, Gordon and Laich. Defense:Eminger, Erskine, Pollock, Morrisonn, Jurcina and Boumedienne. Goalies:Kolzig and Johnson. I forgot to mention last...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2007; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nice HD Screens, Small Crowd

The new high definition video boards hanging above center ice are a huge improvement over the old ones. The scoreboard is bigger and easier to read. The LED ribbon boards lining the building look great and the sound system is much clearer. Unfortunately, only a few thousand people bothered to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 25, 2007; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tonight's Lineup

Here's the Caps' lineup for tonight's preseason game against Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center: Goalies:Kolzig, Johnson. Forwards:Ovechkin, Kozlov, Fleischmann, Semin, Nylander, Backstrom, Bourque, Laich, Klepis, Pettinger, Steckel and Gordon. Defense:Morrisonn, Eminger, Schultz, Green, Poti, Pothier. Note: The Caps will wear their white jerseys, so that the red jerseys make their...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 25, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps' Power Play Might, You Know, Score

I'm working on a story for tomorrow's Post about the Caps' new power play units. I probably don't need to remind you how pathetic the power play was last season. But just in case you've forgotten, it ranked 24th with a 16.4-percent effectiveness rate and also gave up 14 shorties,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2007; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Please Make It Stop

The fire alarm has been going off here at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the past 15 minutes. There's no way to describe how ear-splitting the sound is. Not to mention how annoying the flashing strobe lights are. The players, though, have handled it in stride. They are still on the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2007; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Lines From Today's Scrimmage

I know certain people like to say that lines in the preseason don't mean a thing. I don't buy that. That's why I'm giving you the forward combos from today's scrimmage: Semin-Nylander-Backstrom Bourque-Sutherby-Bradley Motzko-Laich-Klepis Ovechkin-Kozlov-Fleischmann Brashear-Steckel-Clymer Pettinger-Gordon-Clark I would give you the D-pairings, too, but they are changing from shift...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Sad News To Report

Louis T. Leonsis, Ted's father, passed away last night. From Ted's Take: My dad, Louis T. Leonsis, passed away last night. He was almost 94 years old. I was with him and held his hand and told him how much he meant to me. He was a great father. I...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2007; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Cassivi and Wilson Assigned to Hershey

Just in case you missed it yesterday, Michal Neuvirth was returned to juniors and Daren Machesney and Jason Morgan were sent to Hershey. And today, Frederic Cassivi and Kyle Wilson were sent to the Bears....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2007; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Lightning's Boyle Hurt in Freak Accident

Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle will have surgery today to repair a tendon in his left wrist, which was sliced when he was hanging up his skates following the Lightning's 2-1 loss to the Caps last night. It's been described as a freak accident, but I saw virtually the same...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2007; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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