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Capitals Insider: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Tonight's Lineup

As previously reported, Brent Johnson will start in net and Sergei Fedorov will return, ending a seven-game absence because of a sprained ankle. The rest of the lineup: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov Laich-Fedorov-Clark Fleischmann-Nylander-Bradley Brashear-Steckel-Gordon Defense Poti-Sloan Morrisonn-Schultz Erskine-Jurcina Check back later for my post-game notes and quotes. If you need to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 22, 2008; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (255)
 
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Saturday Afternoon Update

Here's the lastest from HP Pavilion: Brent Johnson will start and face San Jose's Brian Boucher, who has been rock solid in place of Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov will return from injury tonight and back up Boucher. Mike Green and Alexander Semin are out for the Caps. Boudreau said of Green:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 22, 2008; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Green Not Skating

I haven't confirmed any of this with Coach Bruce Boudreau yet, but based on the morning skate, which is just underway at HP Pavilion, it looks like defenseman Mike Green (bruised shoulder) and winger Alexander Semin (upper back) will not be available tonight as the Caps attempt to end a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 22, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Tallon: Byfuglien's Name 'Never Mentioned'

Should the Caps and 'Hawks ever complete the long rumored Michael Nylander-back-to-Chicago trade, Dustin Byfuglien won't be part of the deal, according to 'Hawks GM Dale Tallon via the Daily Herald. "His name was never mentioned," GM Dale Tallon told the Daily Herald on Friday. "I have no idea how...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 22, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Green Feeling 'A Lot Better'

The Caps did not practice today in San Jose as originally scheduled. Instead, Coach Bruce Boudreau gave the players the day off to rest and recover from what has been a grueling stretch. After watching them slog through the first period of last night's 5-2 loss in Los Angeles, that's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 21, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Morning Reading List: Nylander on the Move?

Before we get to last night's game, most of you have seen the recent rumors floating out of Canada about a possible standing deal that the Capitals have to send veteran center Michael Nylander to Chicago. Last night forward Dustin Byfuglien and veteran defenseman Brent Sopel, the two players most...

By Katie Carrera  |  November 21, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
 
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Kings Cruise, 5-2

It only took 20 rotten minutes at the start of tonight's loss in L.A. to put the brakes on all of the momentum the Caps had gained Wednesday in Anaheim. It's almost as if they didn't show up until the third period. And by then, it was pretty much too...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 21, 2008; 3:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Green's MRI Comes Back Negative

The MRI on Mike Green's right shoulder did not reveal any structural damage, General Manager George McPhee said moments ago. McPhee said the defenseman is listed as day-to-day. While there is not timetable for his return, Green was walking around the dressing room after the game without the sling he...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 21, 2008; 1:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Green Has MRI

GM George McPhee just confirmed that defenseman Mike Green had an MRI exam on his injured right shoulder earlier today. But McPhee said the results of that exam won't be known until after the game (doctors are studying the images right now). Green was hurt when he was checked by...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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NHLPA Files Grievance Against Caps (Updated)

The NHLPA has filed a grievance against the Capitals because the team has denied players' association representatives access to the dressing room areas at Verizon Center, which the PA claims is against league policy. Prior to the game on Oct. 13 in Washington, Joe Reekie, a former Capital who now...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Green, Semin, Fedorov Out; Morrisonn In

Here's the latest on the Caps' injuries: *Mike Green is out and is set to get an MRI as a precaution later today. He just told me moments ago that he's already feeling a little bit better. "It's too early to determine what's wrong with him," Coach Bruce Boudreau said....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Green Out Tonight

Mike Green just walked into the Staples Center still wearing a sling on his right arm. The defenseman said he doesn't know exactly what's wrong with his shoulder, but he also doesn't think its separated or broken. All he knows right now is that it hurts too much to play...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Morning Reading List

In a game that had four goals before eight minutes had passed in the first period anything seemed possible. One thing that was certain though, was that the Capitals' power play found its stride quickly at the Honda Center last night as Washington recorded three power play goals -- two...

By Katie Carrera  |  November 20, 2008; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
 
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Caps Down Ducks, 6-4

Here are a few notes and quotes that didn't fit into my game story. *You've probably already read about Mike Green's shoulder injury (and admiration of Scott Niedermayer). I'll have an update on his status after tomorrow's optional morning skate at Staples Center. *Brent Johnson is expected to start tomorrow...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 2:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Green Hurts Shoulder

Mike Green was wearing a shoulder sling on his right arm after the game. But he said he's hopeful the injury is not too serious. When I asked him if it was sprained or separated, the defenseman said he won't know until the morning. "It was a good hit," Green...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2008; 1:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Green Injured? (Updated)

Mike Green absorbed a hard, high hit from towering Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger late in the first period and missed his final few shifts while being tended to in the dressing room. Green lost his balance as Pronger checked him behind the goal and appeared to hit his right shoulder...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 19, 2008; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Tonight's Lineup

Okay, so it's confirmed: Alexander Semin, Shaone Morrisonn and Sergei Fedorov are out tonight against the Ducks. Jose Theodore will be in net, which likely means Brent Johnson comes back tomorrow night against the Kings (though Coach Bruce Boudreau did not confirm this). Barring any last minute changes, the lineup...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 19, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
 
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Semin, Morrisonn, Fedorov Out Against Ducks

The morning skate is underway here at Honda Center and it doesn't look like the Caps are going to have any of their injured players for tonight's game against the Ducks. Alexander Semin (back/shoulder) isn't skating, and when I ran into him a moment ago, he would only shrug when...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 19, 2008; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Morning Reading List

While the Capitals are off to a fast start through the first 17 games of the season, all they want to focus on as they begin a four-game road trip tonight in Anaheim are the numerous improvements they can make. As you can read in Tarik's hard-copy story, some of...

By Katie Carrera  |  November 19, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Semin Doubtful For Tomorrow

Winger Alexander Semin (back/shoulder strain) came off the ice early again during today's practice and is considered doubtful for tomorrow's game in Anaheim, Coach Bruce Boudreau just told me by phone. Sergei Fedorov (sprained ankle) practiced fully and is questionable for the Ducks game, while defenseman Shaone Morrisonn (strained groin...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 18, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
 
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Poll: Who Should Start in Anaheim?

Okay, while I'm waiting to get GM George McPhee and Coach Bruce Boudreau on the phone -- they are already in California -- I thought I would throw this question out there: Who deserves to start tomorrow against the Ducks? I've got to admit that I'm torn. Brent Johnson, who...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 18, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Morning Reading List

After recording 11 points in the past four games, second-year center Nicklas Backstrom was named the NHL's first star of the week yesterday. His goal and four assist performance against New Jersey on Saturday was just the latest installment in a five-game point streak and the Capitals hope he has...

By Katie Carrera  |  November 18, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
 
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Alexander Semin is Questionable (Updated)

Here's a quick-post practice update: As you probably have read by now, Alexander Semin left practice early. Coach Bruce Boudreau said: "We're still hoping that he's going to be able to play Wednesday, but he was still a little sore, so I told him [to leave early] because we were...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2008; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
 
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Backstrom No. 1 Star, Ovechkin No. 2 (Updated)

I'm told Nicklas Backstrom has been named the NHL's first star of the week. In four games, Backstrom had two goals and nine assists to help the Capitals go 3-0-1. Backstrom's linemate, Alex Ovechkin, meantime, was named second star of the week. He had five goals in four games. Update:Here's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Semin Leaves Practice Early

Injured winger Alexander Semin (back/shoulder) left practice after about 40 minutes. Not sure what that means. But I'll have an update after practice....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Morning Reading List

As the Capitals prepare to head west for their six-day road trip to Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Minnesota here are some stories to get you caught up after the weekend. *The folks over at NHL.com were impressed by the Capitals dominating win over Carolina last week and in...

By Katie Carrera  |  November 17, 2008; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Monday Morning Update (Updated)

The Caps are on the ice early this morning because they are leaving for Los Angeles in a few hours, two days ahead of the first of a four-game western swing. Winger Alexander Semin, who missed Saturday's game with an upper body injury, is wearing an orange jersey, which is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2008; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Ovechkin's Late Heroics

It wasn't their best effort. In fact, as I wrote this in this morning's Post, the Caps probably didn't deserve anything from last night's 6-5 shootout loss in Newark. But Alex Ovechkin's goal (set up by a ridiculous pass from Nicklas Backstrom) with about a second remaining is definitely worthy...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 16, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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