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Capitals Insider: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Caps 3, Islanders 2

The Caps picked up two points at Nassau Coliseum with a 3-2 overtime win over the low-budget Islanders. But for the second straight game they had too much trouble beating an opponent they probably should have crushed. Did I mention the Islanders have exactly one win? Yet, somehow, they...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 24, 2009; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Islanders

Jose Theodore will start in net tonight at Nassau Coliseum, where the Caps will be looking to win their fourth straight game. Dwayne Roloson is expected to start for struggling Islanders. The rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Morrison-Fehr Giroux-Aucoin-Clark Laing-Steckel-Bradley Scratches: Semin (ill/injured), Gordon...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 24, 2009; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Theodore to start vs. Islanders

Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't commit to his starting goaltender, but Jose Theodore came off the ice first this morning, which likely means he'll make his return from back spasms tonight against John Tavares and the one-win Islanders. As I mentioned earlier, Caps sniper Alexander Semin will miss his second straight...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 24, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Fleischmann assisgned to Hershey

A few pre-morning skate notes from Nassau Coliseum: *Tomas Fleischmann's road back to the NHL will begin in Hershey. The winger, who is recovering from a blood clot in his leg, has been assigned to the Bears for a conditioning stint and will be available to face the Binghamton tonight....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 24, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Ovechkin fined $2,500 for slew foot (updated)

Sources have told me that Alex Ovechkin has been fined by the NHL for his slew foot of Atlanta's Rich Peverley in the closing seconds of Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Thrashers at Philips Arena....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 23, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
 
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Semin missing from practice

I just caught up with the Caps in Syosset, N.Y., where they had an (extremely) optional practice ahead of tomorrow's game against the Islanders. Although most of the players opted not to skate at the Islanders' suburban practice facility, there was one glaring absence: Alexander Semin, who missed last night's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 23, 2009; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Morning roundup: A sloppy win in Atlanta

(Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images) Jeff Schultz racked up three points and three others (Alexandre Giroux, Eric Fehr and Chris Clark) also scored their first goals of the season, but Coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't exactly thrilled with a 5-4 victory over the Thrashers at Philips Arena. "It wasn't...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 23, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Caps 5, Thrashers 4 (Updated)

The Caps snagged a pair of points on the road, but Coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't all that pleased with his team's discipline, execution or goaltending in Thursday's 5-4 win over Ilya Kovalchuk and the Thrashers. Indeed, there was plenty to be concerned about, as I pointed out in my...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 22, 2009; 11:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Thrashers

Semyon Varlamov is expected to start for the Alexander Semin-less Caps tonight at Philips Arena and will oppose Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec. The rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Morrison-Fehr Giroux-Aucoin-Clark Laing-Steckel-Bradley Scratches: Semin (ill/injured), Gordon (sore back) Defense Morrisonn-Green Poti-Jurcina Schultz-Pothier Scratches: Sloan, Erskine Goal...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 22, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
 
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Semin sidelined vs. Atlanta

The Caps will open their Southeast Division schedule tonight in Atlanta without their third leading scorer, Alexander Semin, who stayed behind in Washington while he recovers from an illness and nurses an injury. "He was sick, then was sore, I don't know," Coach Bruce Boudreau said....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 22, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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Caps recall Aucoin, Giroux

With Alexander Semin "touch and go" with an illness and Boyd Gordon out with a sore back, the Caps have recalled forwards Keith Aucoin and Alexandre Giroux from Hershey. No word yet on who will play tonight in Atlanta (7 p.m., CSN), but Tarik will get a glimpse at the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 22, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Morning roundup: passing fancy

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Caps center Nicklas Backstrom's penchant for making perfect passes is a big reason that Alex Ovechkin is the NHL's most prolific goal-scorer. Now the 21-year-old Swede is garnering attention -- and perhaps a big contract -- of his own. When it comes to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 22, 2009; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Nylander to Grand Rapids

Michael Nylander has agreed to go to AHL Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint, I'm told. Nylander has NOT been traded. The veteran center, who has not suited up since being used sparingly in the playoffs, simply has agreed to play with the Griffins to get some game action without...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 21, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
 
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Semin could be out vs. Thrashers

I'm going to be tied up with some reporting and writing this afternoon, but I wanted to share a few updates on the injured/ill Caps: *Coach Bruce Boudreau said the team will likely have to call up two forwards for tomorrow's game in Atlanta because Alexander Semin is "touch and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 21, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Semin, Gordon missing

With their first Southeast Division game looming tomorrow in Atlanta, the Caps are running low on healthy forwards. Alexander Semin (the team said he was ill on Monday) and Boyd Gordon (sore back) are missing from practice this morning. Tomas Fleischmann, meantime, is skating, but he's on LTI and is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 21, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Morning roundup: Flash is (almost) back

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Tomas Fleischmann is back in action. Well, minus contact drills. And probably not in the actual lineup for seven to 10 days. But still: "He's a skilled player who can kill penalties and you can put into situations that he can be offensive...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 21, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Fleischmann: 'I Felt Good' (Updated)

Tomas Fleischmann has been cleared for practice drills, but it's still unclear when he'll return to the Caps' lineup. In all likelihood, it won't be Thursday or Saturday, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Tomas is still a ways away," Boudreau said. "He hasn't had a scrimmage yet. It's not like he...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 20, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Fleischmann Receives Clearance

Tomas Fleischmann has been medically cleared to return to action and is on the ice with his teammates this morning at KCI. The winger has been out all season with a blood clot in his left leg. Fleischmann is assigned to a four-forward line with Chris Clark, Eric Fehr and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Morning roundup: Focus is the key

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) The Caps' last six games were a litmus test of sorts to see how they matched up against the NHL's top teams. They won two of the contests, but it's not so black and white. "We can go great for so many periods...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 20, 2009; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Aucoin Assigned to Hershey

The Capitals just announced that they've reassigned Keith Aucoin to the Hershey Bears. Aucoin played on the third line the past two games, stepping in for injured center Boyd Gordon, who has been nursing a sore back. It's unclear what this move means about Gordon's status. Gordon was out on...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 19, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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The Walking Wounded

It's probably a good thing that the Capitals are going through their largest break of the season between games this week. The team is coping with a mixed bag of injuries. Key among the players working through nagging ailments is goaltender Jose Theodore, who said he was a little stiff...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 19, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Theodore, Gordon Return to Practice (Update)

Practice has started and both goaltender Jose Theodore and center Boyd Gordon, who missed Saturday's game against Nashville are back on the ice at KCI. Theodore was bothered by back spasms that forced him to leave the game against San Jose. I'll check up on Theodore's status after practice, but...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 19, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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