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Capitals Insider: December 9, 2007 - December 15, 2007

Lineup Shakeup Tonight

One day after criticizing his team's effort and execution during a 5-3 loss to Buffalo, interim Coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his forward lines in an attempt to spark the Caps tonight against the Bolts. Here's the lineup: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Pettinger (back together again) Fleischmann-Nylander-Semin (ditto) Brashear-Kozlov-Laich (interesting, indeed) Laing-Steckel-Bradley Motzko, Erskine and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 15, 2007; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Quote of the Day

I arrived at St. Pete Times Forum for the morning skate to find out that the Caps weren't, in fact, skating. And the coaches were having their meetings at the team hotel. Because of that, I'll have to update you with any lineup changes before tonight's 7:30 face-off against the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 15, 2007; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Home Sweet Home

The Caps close out a four-game homestand tonight against the Sabres with a chance to do something rare -- for the Caps, that is. They can win four in a row for the first time this season. They can also sweep a homestand of at least four games for the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 14, 2007; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Boudreau Makes Changes

With Micheal Nylander apparently set to return to the lineup tomorrow against Buffalo, here's what the combos look like today: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Semin-Nylander-Pettinger Laing-Steckel-Bradley Brashear-Laich-Motzko/Fleischmann The 'D' pairings went like this: Jurcina-Poti Green-Morrisonn Schultz-Pothier Eminger-Erskine Note:Chris Clark, out the past six games with a strained groin muscle, did not skate. Update:I...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 13, 2007; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
 
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Mike Green Takes Lead

With his OT winner last night against the Rangers, 22-year-old defenseman Mike Green has taken the league lead in goals among defensemen with eight. Since Bruce Boudreau stepped behind the bench, he's got five tallies, a plus-8 rating and ice-time more befitting of his talent level (he skated a career...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 13, 2007; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Scouting The Rangers

You think the Caps have trouble scoring? Then you haven't been watching the Rangers. The Blueshirts, despite have having Jaromir Jagr, Chris Drury, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Gomez, etc., rank dead last in the NHL with a mere 64 goals. That's exactly 10 fewer than the 23rd-ranked Caps. But they're significantly...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 12, 2007; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (222)
 
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Tuesday Morning Update

Michael Nylander is on the ice and is participating fully, but he's not assigned to a line, so that probably means he won't be ready for tomorrow's game against the Rangers. I spoke to GM George McPhee last night and he told me that Nylander is targeting Friday for a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 11, 2007; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boudreau Outtakes

My story on interim Coach Bruce Boudreau in today's Post was relatively short. My interview with him was rather long. Here's some of the good stuff that didn't make the paper. Warning: If you liked Boudreau before, I bet you're really going to like him after reading this. Q: I...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 10, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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