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Capitals Insider: December 2, 2007 - December 8, 2007

Pothier Scratched Tonight

Interim Coach Bruce Boudreau just said that Brian Pothier will be a healthy scratch against the Thrashers. The veteran defenseman will be replaced in the lineup by John Erskine, Boudreau said. Pothier ranks fifth on the team in scoring with two goals and 10 points and is tied with Alex...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 8, 2007; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Saturday A.M. Update; Recchi To ATL

I didn't make it back to Arlington in time for this morning's pre-game skate, but I hear that the injury situation is unlikely to change for tonight's game against Atlanta. Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) skated hard, but is most likely out. Michael Nylander (undisclosed injury) also skated but probably...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 8, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Tonight's Lineup

Because of the injuries to Nylander, Clark and Gordon, here are Boudreau's all new forward lines: Ovechkin-Kozlov-Semin (how about that?) Fleischmann-Backstrom-Motzko Laing-Steckel-Pettinger Brashear-Laich-Bradley The 'D' parings (same as before): Poti-Jurcina Morrisonn-Green Pothier-Schultz Kolzig is expected to start in goal....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 7, 2007; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Caps Recall Motzko

Because of the injury to Michael Nylander, the Caps have recalled Joe Motzko for tonight's game in New Jersey. This will be Motzko's second second stint in Washington this season. The 27-year-old winger had one assist in three games with the Caps in October. He currently leads the Hershey Bears...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 7, 2007; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
 
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Jame Pollock Quits Bears

Hershey Bears defenseman Jame Pollock has left the team and signed with CSKA Moscow of the Russian Super League. The Bears/Capitals immediately suspended him without pay, but that's probably all the organization will be able to do because Russia isn't covered by the IIHF's transfer agreement. Pollock's motivation for leaving...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 6, 2007; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Nylander Out vs. Devils

Looks like the Caps are going to be short-handed tomorrow against the Devils. In addition to being without Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) and Boyd Gordon (broken right hand), I've just been told that Michael Nylander will be sidelined in New Jersey with the dreaded "undisclosed" injury. The weird thing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 6, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Gordon Has Broken Hand; Clark Criticizes VC's Ice

Boyd Gordon's mysterious injury, as it turns out, is a fractured right hand. It should keep him out at least a few more weeks. Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) did not practice again, so I would consider him doubtful for Friday's game in Jersey. He later criticized the ice conditions...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 5, 2007; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
 
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Clark Not Practicing

Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) is not on the ice for practice this morning. It's probably too early to begin speculating about his availability for Friday's game in Jersey, but it's not looking good at the moment. We'll have a better idea tomorrow. Boyd Gordon, who is week-to-week with an...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 4, 2007; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Flyers Put On Notice

The NHL has apparently had enough with the Flyers after yet another suspension. From ESPN.com: The NHL told Holmgren the Flyers can expect more severe discipline -- including a fine, suspension of coaches, a combination of both, or something more -- in the future. Cote is the fifth Flyer, dating...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 3, 2007; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Laich, Clark All For New Schedule Format

With the Caps enjoying a day off today, I wanted to share two players' thoughts on the new schedule format the league will use starting next season. In case you missed it, there will be fewer divisional games and every team is going to play every other team at least...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 3, 2007; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Sunday Update; Klepis To Europe

Lots of fans here at Kettler for a Sunday, including a group of kids from the Reston Raiders. Needless to say, they were very, very disappointed to learn that Ovechkin isn't skating. I'm told Ovechkin is fine, just taking a well-deserved break. Kozlov and Backstrom also aren't out there, but...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 2, 2007; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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