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Capitals Insider: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Tonight's lineup: Caps at Maple Leafs

Seymon Varlamov will start in goal tonight at Air Canada Center, where the banged up Caps try to take two points from the NHL's worst team. Vesa Toskala, meanwhile, is expected to be in net for the Maple Leafs. Out for Washington are: Alexander Semin (wrist), Mike Knuble (broken finger),...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 21, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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Varlamov appears set to start

Here's a quick run down of the Caps' lineup/injury situation from this morning's optional skate at ACC: *Semyon Varlamov appears to be line to start tonight at ACC while it also looks like he'll be backed up by Jose Theodore. Michal Neuvirth, meantime, has been reassigned to Hershey to make...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 21, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Canadiens 3, Caps 2

The Caps came out slow against Carey Price and the Canadiens, then poured it on late. But in the estimation of Coach Bruce Boudreau and several of his players, this game was lost in the first period and the opening minutes of the second. "The biggest thing is I...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Poti suffers upper-body injury

Tom Poti left tonight's game early in the second period with an upper-body injury. The Caps won't comment on the nature or extent of the ailment, other than to say that the defenseman is day to day. Coach Bruce Boudreau said the Caps would likely need to recall someone from...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Canadiens at Caps

Michal Neuvirth will make his season debut tonight at Verizon Center as the Caps look to win their second straight game and for the sixth time in their past seven contests. Carey Price, meanwhile, will get the nod for the Canadiens. The Caps, as you know by now, are really...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Neuvirth to start vs. Montreal

Michal Neuvirth will make his first start of the season against the Canadiens tonight, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He had a great training camp and then got hurt," Boudreau said. "We wanted to see him play." The 21-year-old's last start in Washington was a 5-2 loss to Carolina March 3....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Carlson's sleepy, but ready

With less than eight hours to go before his NHL debut, defenseman John Carlson stood in the dressing room at KCI this morning and joked about how he didn't get much sleep last night. But don't worry he said with a big smile, his relative lack of shut-eye won't be...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
 
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Morning roundup: Carlson makes his debut

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Defenseman John Carlson will be out to prove he's right where he belongs when he makes his NHL debut for the Capitals tonight against the Canadiens. "It's always interesting when you see guys get their first taste and see how they react to a situation...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 20, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
 
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Boudreau keeps expectations for Carlson in check

Now that six Washington Capitals are nursing injuries with a four-games-in-six-nights stretch set to begin tomorrow at home against Montreal, the big story of the day at KCI was the re-appearance of 2008 first-round pick John Carlson, called up from Hershey last night thanks to the bumps and bruises along...

By Mark Giannotto  |  November 19, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (191)
 
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Caps recall Carlson

With defensemen Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn nicked up, the Capitals have recalled first-round pick John Carlson from Hershey. He's here at Kettler skating with Tom Poti during beginning-of-practice drills. How big of a deal is this? Well, owner Ted Leonsis has joined General Manager George McPhee in the management...

By Mark Giannotto  |  November 19, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Morning roundup: Semin sidelined (updated)

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Update: The Caps have recalled defenseman John Carlson from Hershey. Both Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn are hurt and could be out for tomorrow's game against Montreal. More to come. An MRI exam on Alexander Semin's right wrist did not reveal any structural damage,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 19, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Updates on Semin, Laing and Theodore

Alexander Semin arrived at KCI after his teammates practiced wearing a new brace on his right wrist (the type with Velcro straps on it). An MRI revealed nothing serious, GM George McPhee said. But the Caps' second-most dangerous goal scorer might be forced to miss this weekend's games against Montreal...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 18, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Updates from practice: Semin hurt

Tarik's running to talk to GMGM, so here are a few updates via Twitter: * Jose Theodore is on the ice for practice after missing yesterday's game for family reasons. * Many players are taking their option not to skate today, including Alexander Semin, who missed last night's game with...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 18, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Morning roundup: Bradley steals the spotlight

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Matt Bradley got into a fight that left him with a gash over his left eye in the first period, then scored the go-ahead goal in the Caps' 4-2 win over the Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden. Oh yeah, and Alex Ovechkin returned: Ovechkin...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 18, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Caps 4, Rangers 2

The night was supposed to belong to Alex Ovechkin. Instead, it belonged to Matt Bradley. As I wrote in my gamer (which can be found here), Bradley was the Capitals' catalyst in a 4-2 victory over the Rangers tonight. The fourth line winger scored the winner and suffered a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 11:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Laing update (updated)

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he thinks Quintin Laing suffered a broken jaw when he was struck in the face by a Michal Rozsival shot in the third period. The team has not provided an official diagnosis yet, but Boudreau said Laing will remain in New York overnight for observation. Update:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 9:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Rangers

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal in Alex Ovechkin's return to the Caps' lineup tonight at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist, meantime, will get the nod for the Rangers. Alexander Semin is out with what's believed to be a right wrist injury, which means minor league call-up Jay Beagle is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
 
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Semin sent home to see doctor

The Caps have gained one Russian winger and lost another. Alex Ovechkin will return against the Rangers tonight, but Alexander Semin was sent home to Arlington to see a doctor, Coach Bruce Boudreau said. Although the Caps are officially calling Semin day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, it's pretty obvious that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Ovechkin ready for 'cool moment'

Have a seat, folks. We've got a lot to talk about this morning. First off, Alex Ovechkin was the first player on the ice here at Madison Square Garden and treated the short session as though he's going to play. Afterward, both he and Coach Bruce Boudreau stopped just short...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Theodore takes leave, Neuvirth and Beagle recalled

Goalie Jose Theodore has returned to Washington for personal reasons, and the Caps have recalled Michal Neuvirth and Jay Beagle ahead of tonight's game against the Rangers. Neuvirth is here to back up Semyon Varlamov, and Beagle is here just in case David Steckel can't go. Steckel took a teammate's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 17, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Boudreau: 'As of today, he's in'

Coach Bruce Boudreau was coy when asked whether Alex Ovechkin would be back in the lineup tomorrow, saying: "As of today, he's in." So it appears that as long as there aren't any setbacks, he should return from a 16-day layoff against the Rangers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 16, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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Ovechkin on top line (updated)

It's been a couple of weeks since we've seen this: Alex Ovechkin practicing on the top line. There's no official word on whether the two-time MVP will return for tomorrow's game at Madison Square Garden, but this is the first time since Ovechkin was hurt on Nov. 1 that he's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 16, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
 
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