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Capitals Insider: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Open thread: Capitals vs. Flyers

The Washington Capitals (14-5-1) look to rebound from last night's 5-0 loss in Atlanta as they host the Philadelphia Flyers (12-6-2) at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 7 p.m.; TV:...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 20, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Philadelphia Flyers  
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Tonight's lineup: Flyers at Caps

Michal Neuvirth will make his 17th start of the season and his counterpart for the Flyers will be Brian Boucher, who is 1-3 this season with a 2.82 goals-against average and .882 save percentage. In 14 career games against the Capitals, Boucher is 7-5 with a 2.34 GAA and .903...

By Katie Carrera  | November 20, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lineups, Philadelphia Flyers  
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Caps get a chance for 'a better effort' against Flyers

Friday was a forgettable night for the Capitals, and after their miserable, 5-0 loss in Atlanta the Caps have a chance to get back on home ice Saturday night against Philadelphia and put it behind them. Bruce Boudreau wasn't in the best of moods at the Capitals' optional skate Saturday...

By Greg Schimmel  | November 20, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Philadelphia Flyers  
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Boudreau: Mike Knuble 'will be out for a couple days'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said during the Caps' optional morning skate Saturday that Mike Knuble will "be out for a couple days," but the team won't recall anybody from Hershey to replace him. The veteran winger took a puck to his face during the second period of the Caps' 5-0 loss...

By Greg Schimmel  | November 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Mike Knuble, Philadelphia Flyers  
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Capitals suffer first shutout loss in almost a year, 5-0 to Thrashers

The first time Washington was shut out since Dec. 9 of last year (a 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres) wasn't pretty. If you haven't already, check out the game story from Saturday's hard-copy edition of the Post for even more on the breakdown. This was not the third career...

By Katie Carrera  | November 19, 2010; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Braden Holtby, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Knuble  
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Open thread: Capitals at Thrashers

Braden Holtby will make his third NHL start as the Washington Capitals (14-4-1) visit the sputtering Atlanta Thrashers (7-9-3) at Philips Arena. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 7:30 p.m.; TV: NHLN, CSN;...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 19, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers  
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Tonight's lineup: Caps at Thrashers

Braden Holtby will make his third NHL start tonight at Philips Arena as the Capitals face the Thrashers for the fourth time this season. After a one-game experiment Alex Ovechkin is back on a line with Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble, while rookie Marcus Johansson will center the second group...

By Katie Carrera  | November 19, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Lineups  
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Thrashers trying to get back on track against Capitals

Newly-named captain Andrew Ladd and the Atlanta Thrashers host the Caps at 7:30 p.m. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images) November has not been kind to the Atlanta Thrashers, who are 1-4-0 in their past five games and 2-5-1 in eight contests this month. In most of these past five games in particular,...

By Katie Carrera  | November 19, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers  
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Braden Holtby to start against Thrashers

Braden Holtby was the first goaltender off the ice this morning at Philips Arena, so it appears that the 21-year-old will make his third start of the season tonight against a Thrashers squad that's looking to get back on track after a 1-4-0 record in the past five games. Based...

By Katie Carrera  | November 19, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Braden Holtby, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Live Caps Q&A today at 1 p.m.

Update: The morning skate is a little bit later today, so join in at 1 p.m. for a slightly-delayed chat. Join beat writer Katie Carrera live from Atlanta, where she'll answer questions about tonight's game against the Thrashers and anything else Caps-related. Click here to submit questions, and save that...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 19, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers  
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Caps talk about the stabilizing ability of a strong penalty kill

Just when it seemed as though the Buffalo Sabres had tipped the balance on the ice completely in their favor Wednesday night, the Capitals caught a break by way of a penalty on one of their own. When Alex Ovechkin went off for delay of game in the second period,...

By Katie Carrera  | November 19, 2010; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Penalty kill  
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Matt Hendricks a 'great shot of energy' to Caps

Caps forward Matt Hendricks knows how to spark a team. Plus, he's good for a few punches. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) The Capitals are unbeaten in regulation in their past nine games, so they're naturally a pretty happy bunch these days. But when they hit the inevitable bumps in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 18, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Matt Hendricks  
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Tom Poti says there's no timeline for his return

It was a very optional and sparsely-attended practice for the Capitals at KCI this morning but one of the players who did head out onto the ice was Tom Poti, who has been in and out of the lineup with what is believed to be a groin injury. Poti skated...

By Katie Carrera  | November 18, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Tom Poti  
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Holtby, Neuvirth each to start a game this weekend for Caps

Braden Holtby has never had a stretch quite like the past few weeks since he was recalled by the Capitals on Oct. 25. Over those 24 days, the 21-year-old netminder has started two games and appeared in a third, which is the longest he can recall having not played on...

By Katie Carrera  | November 18, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth  
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Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals' search for lines that 'click'

Coach Bruce Boudreau has never hesitated to experiment with line combinations in his coaching career, in fact, it's something he's done regularly during his time in Washington. The alignment he used in a 4-2 win against Buffalo Wednesday night is the most altered one so far this season, and following...

By Katie Carrera  | November 18, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Marcus Johansson, Morning Roundup  
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Capitals shut down Sabres, hang on to lead and win, 4-2

If you haven't already, head on over to the game story for Thursday's hard-copy edition to read about the lead that didn't get away from the Capitals. After watching sizable advantages vanish in each of the past three games, the Capitals were pleased to show that when they all buy...

By Katie Carrera  | November 17, 2010; 10:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Buffalo Sabres, David Steckel, Jason Chimera, Matt Bradley, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Sabres

The Washington Capitals (13-4-1) get a chance for redemption after Saturday's streak-snapping loss in Buffalo as they host the Sabres (7-9-3) at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 7 p.m.; TV:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 17, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Buffalo Sabres  
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Tonight's lineup: Sabres at Caps

The Capitals' game against the Buffalo Sabres at Verizon Center tonight may feature one of the more altered lineups seen all season. After Washington's poor play in the second period in Buffalo this past Saturday, Coach Bruce Boudreau hasn't hesitated to mix things up often. We'll see how long into...

By Katie Carrera  | November 17, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Buffalo Sabres, Lineups  
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Capitals look for a complete game against Sabres

Ryan Miller stops Alex Ovechkin on a breakaway on Nov. 13. (Don Heupel/AP Photo) The Capitals begin a stretch of three games in four days with a rematch against the Buffalo Sabres, who defeated Washington, 3-2, in overtime this past weekend. Losing in overtime isn't necessarily what has the Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  | November 17, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Buffalo Sabres  
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Boudreau: It is Fleischmann's 'turn to sit'

Tomas Fleischmann took part in the scratches skate at KCI and Coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that the player who started the season as the team's second-line center will not play tonight when the Capitals host the Buffalo Sabres. "It's his turn to sit," said Boudreau when asked why Fleischmann won't...

By Katie Carrera  | November 17, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Boyd Gordon, Buffalo Sabres, Marcus Johansson, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Live Caps Q&A: Wednesday, 12 p.m.

Join me from Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where I'll answer questions about the Capitals' rematch against the Buffalo Sabres tonight and more about the team's season so far. The discussion begins at noon today. If you haven't already, click here to submit questions, and save that same link for when the...

By Katie Carrera  | November 17, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Caps' young defensemen are learning on the job

Throughout the summer, questions were raised as to whether the Capitals' young defensemen -- John Carlson and Karl Alzner -- were ready to handle a substantial role in the NHL. While both will tell you they're still learning on the job, both believe that the more they play, the more...

By Katie Carrera  | November 17, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Morning Roundup  
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Video: From Alex Ovechkin's Russia, with love

The NHL and Warner Home Video released a DVD titled "Alex Ovechkin: the GR8," focused on the Caps star's time with his family in Russia. The Post's Dan Steinberg chats with Ovechkin and owner Ted Leonsis outside of Hudson Restaurant in D.C. about feeling lucky, McDonald's and loving animals. Watch...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 16, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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Boudreau shakes up Caps' lines for practice

The Capitals have some interesting line combinations out on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this morning, beginning with rookie Marcus Johansson centering the "top" line of Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble. The full list of the combinations follows, but remember that there are extra players out there and there's...

By Katie Carrera  | November 16, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Boyd Gordon  
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Capitals get a rare practice day

The Washington Capitals have the best record in the NHL, they sit atop the league standings with 27 points and they've played seven games in 12 days so far in November. That last note doesn't leave much time for a complete regular practice, especially when factoring in recovery time for...

By Katie Carrera  | November 16, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Morning Roundup  
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Statistical analysis: Will Alexander Semin remain a Capital?

Alexander Semin's pace for a career-best 59-goal, 104-point season may not have gotten him on the All-Star ballot, but it is sure to get him on the radar of teams looking to add offense when his one-year deal with the Capitals expires at the end of this season. In the...

By Neil Greenberg  | November 15, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Statistical analysis  
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Alexander Semin named NHL's third star of the week

With four goals and four assists in the Capitals quartet of games this past week, Alexander Semin was named the NHL's third star of the week. Semin ranks second in the NHL in goals with 13 and fourth in points with 23. Surpassing Semin in the weekly accolade as first...

By Katie Carrera  | November 15, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Alexander Semin  
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The importance of the Caps' fourth line

Even as the Capitals struggled in the second period against the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday, Washington's fourth line stood out. It created offensive chances in a frame with few by doing what it does best --forechecking, cycling and making something out of seemingly nothing plays. Coach Bruce Boudreau has always...

By Katie Carrera  | November 15, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  David Steckel, Matt Bradley, Matt Hendricks, Morning Roundup  
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Erskine scores game winner as Caps defeat Thrashers, 6-4

Maybe I should have titled this blog post "The Power of the Mustache," because there's a good chance some of the Caps -- particularly John Erskine -- may keep the accessory beyond the month of November. Erskine has four points in the past five games while sporting a handlebar mustache,...

By Katie Carrera  | November 14, 2010; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, John Erskine  
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Thrashers

The Washington Capitals (12-4-1) look to rebound from last night's loss in Buffalo as they host the Atlanta Thrashers (7-7-3) at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 5 p.m.; TV: CSN;...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 14, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers  
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Tonight's lineup: Thrashers at Caps

The Capitals get a chance to quickly erase the memory of Saturday's disappointing 3-2 overtime loss to the Sabres with another visit by the Atlanta Thrashers. Sunday's evening match-up marks the third meeting between the two Southeast Division foes this season and they face each other again this Friday in...

By Katie Carrera  | November 14, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Lineups  
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