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Capitals Insider: October 25, 2009 - October 31, 2009

Backstrom ailing, Green limping

Nicklas Backstrom stayed home from practice today because he wasn't feeling well. But it's not believed that he's coming down with swine flu, according to Bruce Boudreau, who added that he expects the center to play tomorrow against Columbus. "He's just under the weather, so we told him to stay...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 31, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Islanders 4, Caps 3 (OT)

The Isles beat the Caps tonight thanks, in large part, to the Caps. Too many mistakes (think Mike Green's giveaway). Too much cuteness (think Nicklas Backstrom and the Alexes over-passing rather than taking aim). And an uncharacteristically uneven performance from Jose Theodore, who made some outstanding saves but also...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 30, 2009; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Islanders at Caps

Jose Theodore will start in net tonight as the Caps go for their seventh straight win, which would match their longest winning streak under Coach Bruce Boudreau. Theodore, who ranks fourth in the league with a .922 save percentage, will oppose Dwayne Roloson in a rematch of Saturday's game on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 30, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Boudreau: Caps need to 'not be happy with mediocrity'

The theme of Friday's very optional morning skate at KCI was a simple one: To a man, the Capitals know they need to keep their intensity up even after establishing a sizable lead. The 4-3 win against Atlanta last night was the latest installment in what is becoming a dangerous...

By Katie Carrera  |  October 30, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Morning roundup: Six in a row

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) After jumping out to a three-goal lead last night in Atlanta, the Caps got a little complacent, letting up late in the second period and escaping with a 4-3 win over the Thrashers. From the game story: In the first period, Alex Ovechkin extended his...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 30, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Caps 4, Thrashers 3

Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Caps collect two points, but an uneven effort leaves Coach Bruce Boudreau fuming afterward. Well, it happened yet again. Before a paltry crowd tonight at Philips Arena, the Caps went up 3-0 on the Ilya Kovalchuk-less Thrashers, then inexplicably let...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 29, 2009; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Thrashers (Updated)

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal tonight against the Ilya Kovalchuk-less Thrashers at Philips Arena. Ondrej Pavelec will get the nod in Atlanta's net. Varlamov will be looking to improve to 5-0-0 (as well as raise his .884 save percentage), while the Caps will be seeking to win six in...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 29, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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Fleischmann set to return; Varlamov to start

Tomas Fleischmann will make his season debut tonight in Atlanta, where the Caps will be looking to make it six in a row. What's not known about Fleischmann, though, is how much he's going to play in his return from deep vein thrombosis. "There's two trains of thought there --...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 29, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
 
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Morning roundup: Swine flu hitting hockey?

Quintin Laing is one of a handful of NHLers who have been diagnosed with swine flu, and the Caps are taking steps to prevent the virus from spreading. "I'm hoping to shake fewer hands," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It gets in your hands and fingers, and germs get in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Fleischmann activated

Tomas Fleischmann was put on the Caps' active roster this afternoon. That means the winger will be available to make his return from a blood clot in his leg tomorrow night in Atlanta....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 28, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Caps concerned about spread of swine flu

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Quintin Laing has been diagnosed with swine flu. A team spokesman said the left wing is resting at home, but is quarantined away from his wife and two infant sons. As of this morning, no one on the Capitals -- player or coach...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 28, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Laing has swine flu

Quintin Laing has swine flu, a team official just confirmed. Laing was sent home from the morning skate yesterday and did not play in the Caps' 4-2 win over Philly. He's not at the practice facility today, either. I now know why a security guard outside of the team's dressing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 28, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Morning roundup: Top line, Theo get it done

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Last night's 4-2 win against the visiting Flyers was arguably the best game of the season for the Caps as a whole, and the best game for Jose Theodore in, well, a long time. From the game story: In addition to making 41 saves,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 28, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Caps 4, Flyers 2

If you're not on the Jose Theodore bandwagon, it's not too late to hop on. Sure, Nicklas Backstrom and the Alexes scored all the goals tonight, but Theodore earned the No. 1 star. And deservedly so. In fact, as Coach Bruce Boudreau said, it might have been his best...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2009; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Flyers at Caps

Jose Theodore will start in goal for the Caps tonight and will oppose Philly's Ray Emery in the second of four meetings between the rivals at Verizon Center. The rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin Laich-Morrison-Knuble Giroux-Aucoin-Clark Sloan-Steckel-Bradley Scratches: Fehr (ribs), Gordon (back) Defense Morrisonn-Green...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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Caps looking for No. 5 tonight

The Caps will be looking to win five in a row for the first time since a seven-game streak from December through January tonight when they host Philly at Verizon Center. But to keep the streak going, they'll have to beat the Flyers a little bit short-handed. As I mentioned...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Fehr, Laing sidelined tonight

Bruce Boudreau just said Alexander Semin will play tonight and confirmed that both Eric Fehr and Quintin Laing will be out. Fehr was hit hard in the rib area Saturday night and is day-to-day with an "upper body" injury; Laing has the flu (not sure which type) and was sent...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Semin, Green taking the morning skate

Alexander Semin is on the ice this morning, which likely means he'll return to the lineup tonight against Philly after missing the past two games with injury/illness. Also, Mike Green, who left yesterday's practice early with general soreness, is back out there and appears to be good to go. Alex...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Morning roundup: top-scoring trio reunited?

"Let's never be apart again, you guys!!!" (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) After missing two games because of injury and illness, Alexander Semin returned to practice yesterday and found himself back on the top line with pals Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't say which line Semin will...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 27, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Boudreau: Green is 'sore'

Bruce Boudreau was coy when asked whether Alexander Semin will indeed skate on the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom tomorrow against the Flyers. The coach said he was considering it, but had not yet made up his mind. "I guess anything's possible," said Boudreau, who hinted that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Semin returns to top line (updated)

The Caps just hit the ice here at KCI and Bruce Boudreau has made some changes to accommodate the return of Alexander Semin. Semin, who has missed the past two games with a combination of injury and illness, according to the team, is back on the top line with Alex...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Morning roundup: back to work

After a shaky overtime win against the bottom-feeder Isles, the Caps are likely in for a rough practice at KCI this morning. Updates to come, but for now, some links: * Pierre Lebrun on why Alex Ovechkin didn't get fined for his slew foot of Atlanta's Rich Peverley Thursday...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 26, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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