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Capitals Insider: January 13, 2008 - January 19, 2008

Morrisonn 'Okay'

Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn was struck on the leg in the second period by a slap shot and did not return. I didn't see him after the game (Saturday night deadlines are really early, so I have to report and write faster than usual, rather than hanging around the locker room)...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2008; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Florida

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he made the decision to reverse course and go with Jeff Schultz instead of Steve Eminger this morning. "I talked to the other coaches and slept on it, and felt like this would be the best situation for us today," he said. Brent Johnson is starting...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quote of the Day; Sid Out; ATL Blown Out

Olie Kolzig isn't expected to be in net tonight, but he did a pretty good job Friday of describing the vibe in the Caps' dressing room heading into tonight's Southeast Division showdown with the Panthers. "The confidence is flowing in this room right now," the veteran goalie said. "You could...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Johnson to Get Start (s) and Schultz to Sit

Remember when Coach Bruce Boudreau said he planned to increase Brent Johnson's workload in the second half of the season in an effort to keep Olie Kolzig fresh? That's about to happen, it seems. Johnson is expected to start in net for the second time in three games tomorrow when...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 18, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Edmonton

Olie Kolzig is scheduled to start in goal and oppose Dwayne Roloson. Defenseman Steve Eminger, meantime, will replace Milan Jurcina, who is a healthy scratch. Forwards: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Fleischmann-Gordon-Semin Laing-Steckel-Bradley Brashear-Laich-Pettinger Defense: Morrisonn-Green Poti-Schultz Erskine-Eminger...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 17, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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Scoreboard Watching Time in the S.E.

Ask an NHL coach or player if he sneaks a peek at the out-of-town scoreboard on the mezzanine during a break in the action, and he'll probably tell you he's too focused on his game to worry about someone else's. It's the politically correct thing to say. Don't believe him....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 17, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (201)
 
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Steinberg Visits Kettler

Did you know that Alex Ovechkin gets his hair trimmed at Hair Cuttery in Ballston Commons? Or that rookie Nicklas Backstrom refuses to get a haircut in North America? Or that Ovechkin is just as physical when he's playing floor hockey against a bunch of school-aged kids? Or that the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2008; 9:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Gordon Aims to Make Most of Chance

My story for tomorrow's Post is going to focus on Boyd Gordon, who for now at least, is Michael Nylander's replacement on the second line. Gordon is a shut down center by trade, but he's got some offensive upside. After all, he played as a rookie (albeit briefly) with Kip...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2008; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (246)
 
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Boudreau on Nylander and Tonight's Lineup

Coach Bruce Boudreau just spoke about the season-ending injury to Michael Nylander. Here's some of what he had to say: "I give him full marks for having the courage to play the last three weeks with it - until he couldn't play anymore," Boudreau said. "He's tried and he's taken...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 15, 2008; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
 
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Nylander's Season Done

Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff tomorrow and will miss three to six months, I'm told. If you remember, on Jan. 8, I wrote in The Post that a source had told me Nylander's shoulder was worse that the Caps were...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 15, 2008; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (220)
 
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Scouting the Senators

The Caps will be going for a season sweep of the Eastern Conference leading Senators tonight at Verizon Center. Yeah, those Senators, the ones with 11 regulation losses (three to you-know-who) and a conference-best 155 goals. Ottawa won't have all-star Dany Heatley (separated shoulder), but it does look like the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 15, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Clark Out; Ovechkin and Nylander Not Practicing

Chris Clark, as expected, is not practicing today after tweaking his balky groin muscle in yesterday's 6-4 loss to Philadelphia. If he's out again, it's really too bad for the Caps, because in the first period he gave the second line all of the intangibles it had been missing. Namely,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 14, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clark Aggravates Injury in Loss

You may have noticed that Chris Clark played only one shift in the third period of today's 6-4 loss to Philly. Well, he tweaked the groin muscle that had sidelined him for the previous 18 games. He said he felt a twinge in the first period after he kicked out...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 13, 2008; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clark Returns and Today's Lineup

Coach Bruce Boudreau just said that Chris Clark will return to the lineup this afternoon against the Flyers after missing 18 games with a strained groin muscle. It will be the captain's first action since Nov. 28. Defenseman Tom Poti and checking line winger Quintin Laing will also play. Here's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 13, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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