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Capitals Insider: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Tonight's lineup: Caps at Oilers

Michal Neuvirth, as expected, will start in goal tonight for the Caps, who haven't won in Edmonton since 1996 (seven games). Jeff Deslauriers, meanwhile, will be between the pipes for the Oilers, losers of two straight. Quintin Laing will return after missing 14 games with a broken jaw, while Brooks...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 19, 2009; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
 
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Neuvirth appears set to start in Edmonton

Michal Neuvirth appears set to start tonight in snow-covered Edmonton, where the Caps will attempt to bounce back from Friday's 3-2 setback in Vancouver. If Neuvirth does indeed get the nod against the Oilers, the rookie netminder also needs a bounce-back performance. If you remember, his most recent start, a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 19, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Canucks 3, Caps 2

Take your pick for what went wrong tonight. Alex Ovechkin finishing without a point in a performance Coach Bruce Boudreau called "average". Tom Poti taking a questionable cross checking penalty late, then losing his cool. Or Alexander Semin whiffing on his penalty shot attempt with 5 minutes 45 seconds...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 19, 2009; 2:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Canucks

Jose Theodore, who is 4-0-1 in his last four starts with 2.19 goals against average and a .927 save percentage, will get the nod for the Caps. Roberto Luongo, meantime, will be between the pipes for the Canucks. The rest of the Caps' lineup should look the same as Tuesday's:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 18, 2009; 9:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
 
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Theodore to start vs. Vancouver

Jose Theodore is expected to start in net tonight at GM Place as the Caps go for their second straight win and ninth in 11 games. The Canucks are expected to start Roberto Luongo. Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't divulge his lines and pairings, but I think it's safe to say...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 18, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Tags: Canucks, Olympics  
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Morning roundup: Thinking less helps Alzner

(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Karl Alzner has a history of being a little particular. Some might even say quirky, if they've read Dan Steinberg's posts about the Caps defenseman's oddities: tapping his stick on the ice 88 times, left sock before right sock and right shoe before left shoe, asking...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 18, 2009; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Varlamov faces shots, nears return

Lots going on at GM Place this afternoon, so let's get right to it: *David Koci has escaped suspension for his dangerous check from behind on Mike Green, according to the Denver Post's Adrian Dater. Koci only received a fine for the hit, which left the Caps' defenseman with a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 17, 2009; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Koci: 'My purpose wasn't to hurt' Green

Colorado's David Koci told the Denver Post today that he's sorry for his hit on Caps defenseman Mike Green. (Thanks to Japers' Rink for retweeting.) Here's a video of what Koci had to say about the hit that left Green "a little woozy" and in need of some stitches: The...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 17, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Morning roundup: 'Unnecessary' hit causes a stir

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) David Koci's high hit on Caps defenseman Mike Green has upset the Capitals -- particularly George McPhee, who has been one of the NHL's most outspoken general managers when it comes to dangerous hits and head shots. "It was a good example of what is...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 17, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Green's 'bell rung,' expects to play

Okay, now that I'm done with my story for tomorrow's paper, I can fill you in on the latest regarding Mike Green and Shaone Morrisonn. Green said his left eye was almost swollen shut when he woke up this morning, but that swelling had subsided enough for him to practice...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2009; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Green, Morrisonn practicing

Mike Green (black eye, facial laceration) and Shaone Morrisonn (undisclosed) are on the ice here at GM Place and appear to be participating fully in practice, which could mean both defensemen will be available to play Friday against the Canucks. Coach Bruce Boudreau was unsure after last night's 6-1 win...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Poll: Do the Caps need an enforcer?

The question of whether or not the Caps need a Donald Brashear-type has come up before, but David Koci's crushing check to Mike Green last night in Denver has reignited the debate in the comments. So let's do this again, keeping in mind that the team has freed up some...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 16, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
 
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Morning roundup: Caps power past Colorado

(David Zalubowski/AP) [Good morning, and apologies for the absence. Morning roundups will likely be sporadic for the rest of 2009 (holidays and such), but then it'll be back to full speed ahead.] Tomas Fleischmann struck twice and Jose Theodore made 26 saves against his former team as the Capitals...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 16, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Caps 6, Avs 1

The Caps got balanced scoring, good goaltending and a solid effort on the blue line tonight. And, not surprisingly, the score reflected their thorough effort. Check out my blog post on the injuries to Mike Green and Shaone Morrisonn here, read my gamer here, then come on back for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2009; 1:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Green says he's 'okay'

Mike Green did not return to the game after being driven headfirst from behind by David Koci into the seamless glass here at Pepsi Center tonight. Green suffered a gash above his left eye, which was also black and blue. But when I caught up to him on the way...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 16, 2009; 12:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Avalanche

Jose Theodore will start in goal tonight at Pepsi Center as the Caps look to bounce back from Saturday's humbling loss 6-3 in Toronto. Craig Anderson, meanwhile, will get the nod for the upstart Avalanche. The rest of Washington's lineup should look like this: Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Morrison-Semin Fleischmann-Wilson-Fehr Clark-Steckel-Bradley Defense...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 15, 2009; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (237)
 
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Theodore to start vs. Colorado

Travel isn't so bad some days. Other days it's a nightmare. Today it was certainly the latter. I did, however, manage to catch the end of the Caps' morning skate at Pepsi Center. So here's the Cliff Notes version: *Jose Theodore will start in goal for the Caps in his...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 15, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Boudreau, McPhee discuss Nylander's departure

The big topic at KCI today was, of course, the departure of Michael Nylander and what it means for the Caps. Coach Bruce Boudreau started off his interview session by saying that he's happy Nylander is playing somewhere. Then he cut to the chase. "We played the first 33 games...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 14, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (289)
 
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Alzner and Wilson up, Perreault down

The Caps have recalled defenseman Karl Alzner and center Kyle Wilson and demoted Mathieu Perreault, who had one point in his last 10 games in Washington. Wilson, meantime, could make his NHL debut on Tuesday. The team, by the way, is practicing at KCI this morning instead of traveling to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 14, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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It's official: Nylander to Grand Rapids

The Caps and Grand Rapids have confirmed that Michael Nylander has accepted a loan to the Girffins. That means he's off Washington's 23-man roster, and more importantly, his $4.875 million cap hit is off the books. The team's release may only be four sentences long. But this is a huge...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 13, 2009; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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Caps working on deal to move Nylander (Updated)

The Caps have confirmed they are working on a deal to send Michael Nylander to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins on a standard loan. If the deal is completed, Nylander will come off the team's roster and his $4.875 million cap hit will no longer count against Washington's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 13, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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