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Capitals Insider: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

Saturday Morning Update

Sorry folks, but I've got to be brief today. Sergei Fedorov, Matt Cooke, Brooks Laich opted not to practice. All three, however, are expected to play tomorrow afternoon against Boston. John Erskine (undisclosed injury) did not practice and is out. Cristobal Huet, meantime, is expected to start against the Bruins,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 15, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Kolzig In, Erskine Out, Lepisto Up

With defenseman John Erskine hurting, the Capitals have recalled prospect Sami Lepisto, who'll be in the lineup tonight against the Thrashers. The 23-year-old has 3 goals and 37 assists for the Bears and will be paired with Milan Jurcina. Meantime, the team won't say what's wrong with Erskine, but his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 14, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Erskine Out; Laing Nominated for Masterton

John Erskine is not practicing today. I mentioned in my notes last night that the rugged defenseman played only 5:12 against the Flames after getting in a fight with Eric Godard in the first period. I've inquired about his status, but I haven't received an update yet. I'll be sure...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 13, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Calgary (Updated)

Olie Kolzig, who is seeking his 300th career victory, will start tonight and is expected to oppose Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff at Verizon Center. Jarome Iginla and the Northwest Division-leading Flames are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, but the Caps haven't lost to them since 1999, a streak that includes...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 12, 2008; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Backstrom: 'I feel sorry for my teammates'

Although it appeared last week that Chris Clark was close to returning to the lineup, he did not practice today. That almost certainly rules him out for tomorrow's game against the Flames -- and possibly longer. Here are the revamped forward combos, likely designed to squeeze some more offense out...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 11, 2008; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
 
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Ovechkin Named First Star

After a hectic and heartbreaking weekend for the Caps, Coach Bruce Boudreau has given his players the day off. No practice, no meetings, no video, nothing. With a busy stretch ahead, that means beat writers are off, too. The blog will be back tomorrow morning. Update:Alex Ovechkin was named first...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Today's Lineup vs. Penguins (Updated)

Cristobal Huet is expected to be in net for the Caps and will oppose Marc-Andre Fleury, the surprise starter over Ty Conklin. Tomas Fleischmann and Steve Eminger will be the scratches. I'm also hearing Marian Hossa (sprained right knee) won't play for the Penguins. Forwards: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Semin-Fedorov-Fehr Laing-Gordon-Cooke Brashear-Laich-Bradley Defense:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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