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Capitals Insider: December 16, 2007 - December 22, 2007

Tonight's lineup vs. the Islanders

Here's the lineup for tonight's game on Long Island: Ovechkin-Nylander-Kozlov Fleischmann-Backstrom-Semin Pettinger-Laich-Bradley Brashear-Steckel-Laing Jurcina-Poti Green-Morrisonn Erskine-Schultz Eminger will be the scratch, and Kolzig will start in net. DiPietro will get the nod for the Isles. Here's what Boudreau had to say about the lineup: "For the first shift of the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 22, 2007; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday Morning Update

Many of the high-minute players did not skate today, so the line combos weren't easy to figure out. But here's how things should look tomorrow on Long Island: Ovechkin-Nylander-Kozlov (Boudreau hopes Nyls will get Ovechkin going 5-on-5) Fleischmann-Backstrom-Semin Pettinger-Laich-Bradley (Boudreau hopes Bradley will get Pettinger and Laich on track) Brashear-Steckel-Laing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 21, 2007; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pothier Out With a Broken Thumb

Defenseman Brian Pothier suffered a broken thumb in the second period and did not return. He's listed as week-to-week, but the injury is not thought to be long-term. I hope to get a little more info on him tomorrow at practice (11 a.m. at Kettler)....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 20, 2007; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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George McPhee Speaks (Briefly)

After yesterday's practice, a few media types caught up with GM George McPhee for an unscheduled (and very brief) interview. But since you don't hear from him every day, I wanted to share his comments. Q: The salary cap has made it hard to pull off trades, but if you...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 20, 2007; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injuries;Boudreau's Status;Kolzig on Simon

Everyone who's supposed to be on the ice is out there, including one surprise: Boyd Gordon, who's been sidelined the past nine games with a broken right hand. Gordon is not assigned to a line, but he's doing all the drills and taking shots. He's avoiding contact, though. This is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 19, 2007; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Caps' Confidence Gets a Boost

Okay, I've got to admit that I'm surprised (stunned, even) by last night's performance by the Caps. Yep, they are still in last place in the Eastern Conference after a 4-3 shootout loss in Detroit, but take a look at the standings. Considering that miserable start ... In the dressing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 18, 2007; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
 
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Tonight's Lineup and Other Stuff

The forward combos and pairings appear to be the same for tonight's game against the NHL-leading Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Looks like Kolzig will face Hasek in net. Joe Louis brought back memories for a few guys at the morning skate, but especially for Bruce Boudreau and Brent...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 17, 2007; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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A.O. Speaks With Motor City Media

Thanks to my delayed departure out of Tampa, I was able to join Alex Ovechkin's conference call with the Detroit media a few minutes ago. Ovechkin will be playing at Joe Louis Arena for the first time tomorrow night against the league-leading Red Wings, and the local reporters had lots...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2007; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Motzko Sent Down

Joe Motzko was returned to Hershey today. The winger had two goals against the Rangers, but was held without a shot against Buffalo and was a healthy scratch last night....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2007; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Day Off In Detroit

The Caps are off today, and so am I. Detroit is getting hammered by a winter storm right now, so I'm not sure I'm even getting out of Tampa. Wish me luck and check back tomorrow for the latest from Joe Louis Arena (assuming, that is, I get there.)...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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