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Capitals Insider: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Caps unveil Winter Classic throwback uniform

The Caps today unveiled their uniforms for the Winter Classic, the New Year's Day showdown against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field. Alex Ovechkin and former players Rod Langway and Yvon Labre modeled the new (old) look at the Capitals Convention. Photo above is via the Caps (we'll...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 2, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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Capitals 5, Blue Jackets 3

The Capitals continued to stick up for each other this preseason, with several players defending their teammates in a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. You can read more about the all-for-one attitude in the story for Saturday's hard-copy edition. One of the most noticeable statistics in...

By Katie Carrera  | October 1, 2010; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Marcus Johansson  
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Tonight's lineup: Blue Jackets at Capitals

Based on warm up for tonight's game here's what the lines and pairings should look like against Columbus. Keep in mind that the Blue Jackets, like Boston earlier this week, are preparing for a trip overseas to start their regular season in Sweden against the San Jose Sharks. Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble...

By Katie Carrera  | October 1, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Lineups  
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Carlson, Fleischmann among tonight's scratches

Here are some notes from today's morning skate: -- The Caps forwards have made the shift to white jerseys in the morning skate, but based on who took part in the usual scratches practice, it looks like Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon, David Steckel, Jason Chimera and Tomas Fleischmann, along with...

By Katie Carrera  | October 1, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  John Carlson, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Poll: Do you like the new, tougher Capitals?

In two preseason games this week, two Capitals players -- D.J. King and Matt Hendricks -- fought. The former to remind everyone what it's like to have a heavyweight in the room again, the latter to make sure opponents knew that any slight against Alex Ovechkin would not go unnoticed....

By Katie Carrera  | October 1, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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Caps hopefuls eager to impress in final preseason games

From across the dressing room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Mathieu Perreault yelled two words to Andrew Gordon: "Four days." That's how long until the Washington Capitals likely make some of their last roster cuts and whittle the group of 29 closer to the NHL-mandated roster limit of 23 players. For...

By Katie Carrera  | September 30, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Andrew Gordon, Jay Beagle, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Hendricks  
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Boudreau on Cody Eakin: 'He's very close'

(Photo by Joel Richardson/The Washington Post) Cody Eakin may have had a terrific training camp and pushed some veterans for roster spots, but because the Capitals are currently a team with a lot of depth at forward, it only made sense for the team to return the 19-year-old center to...

By Katie Carrera  | September 30, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Cody Eakin  
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Caps reassign Eakin, Holtby and Nycholat

The Capitals have sent Cody Eakin back to his junior team, the WHL's Swift Current Broncos while Braden Holtby and Lawrence Nycholat have been assigned to Hershey. Also, Tomas Fleischmann is back out on the ice after missing Wednesday's session and being a late scratch in Tuesday's game against the...

By Katie Carrera  | September 30, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Braden Holtby  
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Video: Alex Ovechkin commercial outtakes

Alex Ovechkin can't stop giggling while filming a commercial for CCM U+ Crazy Light skates. Dare you to not laugh while watching these outtakes: [Thanks to Caps Insider commenter 1995hoo, here's the commercial.] Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 30, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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McPhee on Nylander: 'We're looking for the next generation of players'

I had the chance to catch up with Capitals General Manager George McPhee about yesterday's news that center Michael Nylander had been loaned to the Florida Panthers' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Amerks. The ongoing search to find somewhere for Nylander, 38, to play for the remainder of his current contract...

By Katie Carrera  | September 30, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Michael Nylander, Morning Roundup  
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Capitals 4, Bruins 1

Thanks largely in part to a phenomenal effort by their penalty killers -- 11 Caps played nearly two minutes short-handed -- Washington was able to hold Boston at bay during a crucial juncture of the game in the second period and go on to capture a 4-1 win and remain...

By Katie Carrera  | September 29, 2010; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Boston Bruins  
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NBA fines Ted Leonsis $100,000 for salary cap comments

Caps and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for his comments about potential changes to the league's salary cap, which he said he expected to soon become like the NHL's hard cap structure. From the Wizards Insider: At a breakfast with local business leaders at...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 29, 2010; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Ted Leonsis  
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Bruins

Unlike Tuesday night, the Capitals will face a rather seasoned Bruins lineup tonight at TD Garden as Boston has dressed most of its NHL regulars for the final contest before the Bruins head overseas to open the regular season as part of the NHL Premiere in Prague. Nicklas Backstrom is...

By Katie Carrera  | September 29, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Boston Bruins, Lineups  
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Caps loan Michael Nylander to AHL's Rochester Americans

Katie's en route to Boston for tonight's preseason game, but here's some news in the Michael Nylander saga: Via On Frozen Blog (via the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle): The Florida Panthers have found their replacement in Rochester for injured center Mark Cullen, thanks to the Washington Capitals. Center Michael Nylander...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 29, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Michael Nylander  
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Boudreau: 'No sense in taking any chances' with injuries in preseason

Coach Bruce Boudreau this morning provided updates regarding the status of forward Tomas Fleischmann and defenseman Mike Green, both late scratches before last night's preseason game against Boston at Verizon Center, saying they could have played but were held out for precautionary reasons. Green skated at KCI earlier today, but...

By Gene Wang  | September 29, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Boyd Gordon, David Steckel, Mike Green, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Capitals recall Braden Holtby

Goaltender Braden Holtby has been recalled from Hershey and was the first player on the ice at KCI this morning. Looks like at least one of the Capitals' netminders -- perhaps Semyon Varlamov, whom Coach Bruce Boudreau said last night wasn't feeling 100 percent -- is unavailable for the time...

By Katie Carrera  | September 29, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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D.J. King as the Capitals' 'big brother'

On his second shift as a Capital, D.J. King decided to get the first fight out of the way and maybe show his new team that he has more than just a reputation as an NHL heavyweight. King convinced Boston's Shawn Thornton to drop the gloves for a rather lengthy...

By Katie Carrera  | September 29, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.J. King, Morning Roundup  
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Ovechkin records pair of assists in preseason debut: Capitals 3, Bruins 2

Alex Ovechkin's sheer presence on the Verizon Center ice was enough to elicit cheers from the crowd Wednesday night. On his second shift though, Ovechkin recorded a big hit on Boston's Johnny Boychuk in the Capitals' defensive zone, kicking off what became a physical game and an eventual 3-2 Washington...

By Katie Carrera  | September 28, 2010; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Boston Bruins, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault  | Tags:  Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, preseason  
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Semyon Varlamov out tonight vs. Bruins

Coach Bruce Boudreau said yesterday that goalie Semyon Varlamov would play the entire preseason game tonight against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center, but it appears that's no longer the case. Via the Caps' Mike Vogel: .bbpBox25820202818 {background:url(http://s.twimg.com/a/1285282355/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6}...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | September 28, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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Marcus Johansson looks to find a spot in Caps' lineup

(Joel Richardson/The Washington Post) Through the first two preseason games, rookie center Marcus Johansson has played well in myriad circumstances with numerous linemates. His adjustment to the smaller ice surface hasn't appeared to hamper his play, with his speed making him even more of an asset on an NHL...

By Katie Carrera  | September 28, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Marcus Johansson  
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Lineup: Caps vs. Bruins

There were a few early-morning changes to the lineup for the preseason home opener against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center. Tomas Fleischmann, who was originally supposed to play on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble, is "hurting" but Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't go as far as...

By Katie Carrera  | September 28, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Boston Bruins, Lineups  
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Capitals plan for a more aggressive penalty kill

One of the main points of emphasis for the Capitals this season is trying to improve the penalty kill. The inability to consistently kill penalties was a glaring weak point for the team last year, as Washington finishing 25th in the NHL at 78.8 percent in 2009-10 and it's an...

By Katie Carrera  | September 28, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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Caps make another round of cuts

The Capitals a few minutes ago announced today's promised cuts: Francois Bouchard, Sean Collins, Kyle Greentree, Grant McNeill, Zach Miskovic and Brian Willsie. Some other notes from practice: -- Semyon Varlamov is expected to start and play the entire game against the Bruins tomorrow. -- Alex Ovechkin should make his...

By Katie Carrera  | September 27, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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It's not just hockey, it's HBO: Cameras invade Caps practice

Tom Poti watches as the HBO camera crews attach smaller cameras to Backstrom. He has a little camera on his helmet and one on his arm. (Katie Carrera/The Washington Post) An HBO film crew is at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today working on a few promotional shots before they begin...

By Katie Carrera  | September 27, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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Capitals sign Matt Hendricks to a one-year deal

Washington has signed forward Matt Hendricks to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Monday afternoon. It's both vindication and reassurance for Hendricks, who arrived in training camp on a professional tryout after being caught in a difficult free-agent market this summer, that he's doing the right things to have...

By Katie Carrera  | September 27, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Matt Hendricks  
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Another round of Caps cuts on the way

With Hershey's first on-ice practice scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday (per Tim Leone), there will be another round of cuts after two groups skate at KCI. The first practice is underway and the second should conclude around 1 p.m. Who should stay? Who should go? Here are the players who...

By Katie Carrera  | September 27, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Statistical analysis: Which 22-year-old goalie gives the Caps the best chance to win?

Before training camp began, many thought Semyon Varlamov, despite having an injury-plagued 2009-10 season that limited him to only 26 regular season games, would be the front-runner to mind the net for the Washington Capitals. That may have changed when the club signed Michal Neuvirth to a two-year extension worth...

By Neil Greenberg  | September 26, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Statistical analysis  
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