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Capitals Insider: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

Injury Update and Today's Lineup

Alexander Semin (tailbone), Tom Poti (upper body) and Brian Pothier (head) won't play in today's matinee in Montreal. That means Steve Eminger will get into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 26. Here are the forward combos: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Pettinger Fleischmann-Nylander-Kozlov Laing-Steckel-Gordon Brashear-Laich-Bradley Based on the starting lineup, it sounds...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 5, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dude, Where's My Hockey Team?

I arrived at Bell Centre in Montreal around noon ready to do my weekly online chat (it starts at 1 p.m.) and then watch the Caps practice. The team's travel plans, however, are not cooperating. The Caps are apparently still in Boston because of an issue related to their charter...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 4, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (201)
 
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Pothier Injured vs. Boston

Defenseman Brian Pothier did not play in the third period of tonight's 2-0 loss after sustaining an upper body injury. He is day-to-day, according to the team. Although it's unclear exactly when Pothier got hurt, he was drilled along the sideboards by rugged winger Milan Lucic early in the second...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 3, 2008; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Backstrom Rookie of the Month; Semin Out

If Nicklas Backstrom wasn't in the rookie of the year conversation after the first two months of the season, he certainly is now. The 20-year-old Swede was named rookie of the month today by the NHL after posting five goals and nine assists in 13 games to help the Capitals...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 3, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (254)
 
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Semin and Poti Miss Practice

The Caps are on the ice at Kettler minus winger Alexander Semin and defenseman Tom Poti, both of whom were injured Tuesday against the Senators. Semin is day-to-day with a tailbone injury; Poti is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Both are currently receiving treatment. Alex Ovechkin and Michael Nylander...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 2, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
 
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Semin and Poti Sidelined

Wing Alexander Semin suffered a tailbone injury in the first period and will not return to today's game. Defenseman Tom Poti, meantime, suffered an "upper body injury" early in the second period and also won't be back. On top of that, Alex Ovechkin appears to be favoring his left shoulder,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 1, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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McGrattan Talkin' Tough

Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but apparently Ottawa tough guy Brian McGrattan has extended a standing invitation to Caps enforcer Donald Brashear to drop 'em. From the Ottawa Sun: "Any time there's another heavyweight in the lineup I'll always ask him to fight," McGrattan said. "I'll try to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 1, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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A.O. Named NHL First Star of the Week

After a day off yesterday, most of the Caps went onto the ice a bit early today. Rookie center Nicklas Backstrom, however, did not join his teammates until about 20 minutes into practice. I'll check to see what happened. Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) skated on his own before the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 31, 2007; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
 
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Quote(s) of the Day

Bruce Boudreau's postgame press conferences are always good for a laugh (or five), win or lose. But they're especially entertaining after wins. Last night I asked him to assess Alex Ovechkin's four-goal performance in the Caps' 8-6 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Sens. Without hesitation, Boudreau shot back: "He played...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 30, 2007; 5:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
 
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