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Capitals Insider: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Open thread: Capitals at Maple Leafs

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By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 22, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Lineups, Toronto Maple Leafs  
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Mike Green discusses the all star fantasy draft

As an alternate captain for the All Star Game Mike Green will make his first foray into serving as a general manager along with fellow alternate captain Ryan Kessler and captain Eric Staal at the fantasy draft on Friday Jan. 28 in Raleigh. Green said Saturday morning that he hasn't...

By Katie Carrera  | January 22, 2011; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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Braden Holtby first off the ice for Capitals

Braden Holtby was the first goaltender off the ice this morning so it looks like he may get the start against Toronto at Air Canada Centre. There aren't any other roster mysteries with just 18 skaters on the trip and the lines should look like they did against the Islanders...

By Katie Carrera  | January 22, 2011; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Toronto Maple Leafs  
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Mike Green named alternate captain for the All Star weekend

Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been named an alternate captain for the upcoming 2011 All Star Weekend in Raleigh along with Vancouver's Ryan Kesler, Chicago's Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis. Green and Kessler will serve as alternates for Team Staal while Kane and St. Louis will join...

By Katie Carrera  | January 22, 2011; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  All-Star Game, Mike Green  
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Bruce Boudreau discusses Capitals' lack of offense, defends David Steckel

For half of Thursday's game against the Islanders, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom looked like their old selves, creating chances off the rush and picking opponents' pockets to gain control of the puck in the neutral zone. While it's definitely a good thing to see both of the Capitals stars...

By Katie Carrera  | January 21, 2011; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau  
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Friday afternoon Capitals roundup

Some mid-day reading to help get you through to the weekend with the Capitals off from practice. --Last night the Avalanche announced that forward Tomas Fleischmann, whom the Capitals traded for Scott Hannan, would miss the rest of the season with blood clots in his lungs. Let me be among...

By Katie Carrera  | January 21, 2011; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Bruce Boudreau: Chimera 'looking pretty good' on line with Ovechkin, Backstrom

It's pretty well understood that line combinations are only worth so much considering how long the Capitals groups have stayed together lately. But Thursday night against the Islanders, Coach Bruce Boudreau admitted that he thought Jason Chimera "is looking pretty good on that line." The line he was referring too...

By Katie Carrera  | January 21, 2011; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Braden Holtby bounces back against Islanders

Goaltender Braden Holtby's previous call up to Washington didn't quite end as he would have liked it to. The 21 year old allowed three goals in five shots, in nine minutes, against Atlanta on Nov. 19 then was in net for the duration of Washington's 5-0 loss to the New...

By Katie Carrera  | January 21, 2011; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Braden Holtby  
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Caps score early, shut Islanders down to win, 2-1

This wasn't a win claimed by daring an opponent to an offensive track meet and out-running them, but a game in which the Capitals were able to do the things they've been aiming to accomplish in recent weeks: get off to a good start, capitalize on offensive chances when presented...

By Katie Carrera  | January 21, 2011; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Bruce Boudreau, Jason Chimera, New York Islanders, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Open thread: Capitals at Islanders

Braden Holtby will start in net for the Washington Capitals (25-14-8) tonight against the New York Islanders (14-23-7) as both Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth deal with lower-body injuries. Both goalies are listed as day-to-day. Faceoff: 7 p.m., Nassau Coliseum; TV: CSN; Radio: 1500 AM.shsMiniCopyright {display: none; } .shsMiniCopyrightText...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 20, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  Lineups, New York Islanders  
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Speedy Jason Chimera will skate on Capitals' top line vs. Isles

The Capitals' forward lines against the Islanders should look like what they did Wednesday at practice, with Jason Chimera on the top combination with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. That exact alignment came about mid-way through Washington's 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia and the reasoning behind it is pretty simple...

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Capitals can't afford to take lowly Isles for granted

It seems like an eternity since the Capitals saw the Islanders way back on Oct. 13 at Verizon Center. New York has a different head coach in Jack Capuano this time around and the Islanders have been doing well since late December, earning points in nine of their last 14...

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  New York Islanders  
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Brian Fahey recalled from Hershey

According to Patriot-News reporter Tim Leone, defenseman Brian Fahey practiced with Hershey this morning but has been summoned by the Capitals, though there hasn't been an official announcement made by the team yet....

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Brian Fahey  
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Braden Holtby to start against Islanders

A day after being recalled from the Hershey Bears, Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum tonight against the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov, who did practice this morning, is still bothered by an undisclosed lower-body injury but he will serve as the backup tonight....

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Braden Holtby  
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A look at how other teams with two goalies split duties

In working on the story for Thursday's paper about the health of Washington's two 22-year-old goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, the question of whether any other team in the league had two goaltenders going back and forth in net partially because of injury naturally came up. Granted the Capitals...

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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Poll: Are you worried about the Capitals' health in goal?

Entering tomorrow's game against the Islanders, Capitals goalies Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth have missed parts of at least 20 and 13 games respectively with injury or illness, leaving only about a third of the contests in which both have been available. Both already have a history of injuries --...

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Poll, Semyon Varlamov  
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Alex Ovechkin: 'You have to go there and fight for that puck'

On Monday, it was Mike Knuble who said that it will be the goals acquired from crashing the net that help the Washington Capitals' offense get back on track. In the past 24 hours, the player sounding the alert to go to the front of the net has been Alex...

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: Goaltender durability 'always' a concern

It's been a rare occurrence this season when both Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov have been healthy, allowing the Capitals to split time freely between the pair of 22-year-old netminders. In the middle of a three-game, week-long road trip the injuries continued as Neuvirth, who was unable to finish Tuesday's...

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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Capitals practice update from Philadelphia

Update from the Caps: Michal Neuvirth is headed back to D.C. for further evaluation of the injury he suffered last night against the Flyers. More to come soon. The Caps are running through drills at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Aside from goaltenders Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov, who are...

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  John Erskine  
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Capitals recall Braden Holtby

The Capitals have recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from the AHL's Hershey Bears. Both Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov are not participating in practice today and are listed as day-to-day with undisclosed lower-body injuries. Neuvirth, who was unable to finish last night's game in Philadelphia, and Varlamov have both dealt with...

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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A look at the Eastern Conference standings

For a few brief minutes Tuesday night, the Capitals held the third spot in the Eastern Conference. Their point from the 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia had temporarily pushed them ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets had not yet concluded. But while Washington...

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Flyers defeat Capitals 3-2 in OT, Michal Neuvirth injured

After giving up an early goal and playing an underwhelming 40 minutes, the Capitals rallied late in the game to earn a point. If that scenario sounds familiar, it's because it is.

By Katie Carrera  | January 19, 2011; 12:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers, Semyon Varlamov  | Tags:  Flyers, slow starts  
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Open thread: Capitals at Flyers

Finding the net early will once again be key for the Washington Capitals (25-14-7) tonight when they visit the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers (29-11-5), who boast scoring threats on three different lines. Faceoff: 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Center; TV: CSN; Radio: 1500 AM.shsMiniCopyright {display: none; } .shsMiniCopyrightText { display:...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 18, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (244)
Categories:  Lineups, Philadelphia Flyers  
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Alex Ovechkin: NHL All-Star game captains 'deserve it'

After the NHL announced the uncontroversial picks of Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom for All-Star game captains, Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin said he was happy with the outcome. "I think they deserve it, especially Staal," Ovechkin said. The game will be played Jan. 30 at RBC Center in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 18, 2011; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game  
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Post Sports Live: Caps hit the road

On this week's edition of Post Sports Live, hosts LaVar Arrington, Cindy Boren, Rick Maese and Jonathan Forsythe previewed the Capitals' road trip to Philadelphia, New York and Toronto. Check out their predictions below, and then weigh in with your own. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames....

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 18, 2011; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Capitals still looking for a fast start

It's beginning to sound like a broken record in the Washington locker room these days as the Capitals continue to talk about fast starts in the first period. Tonight in Philadelphia, coming out strong may be even more important than it has been the past few games as the Flyers...

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Philadelphia Flyers  
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Flyers' depth could pose a challenge for Capitals

The Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers boast five scorers with at least 31 points, including all three members of their top line combination of Ville Leino (35), Danny Briere (40) and Scott Hartnell (31). The Flyers possess exceptional depth with three lines that consistently contribute to the offense, which could create...

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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D.J. King back in Capitals' lineup against Flyers, Michal Neuvirth to start

Some quick notes from the Wells Fargo Center, where the Caps have wrapped up their morning skate: --D.J. King will make his first appearance in a game since Dec. 6 against Toronto. Tonight in Philadelphia he'll skate on a line with David Steckel and Jay Beagle. King missed the past...

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  D.J. King, Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers  
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Eric Staal, Nicklas Lidstrom named NHL All-Star captains

The players have spoken, and Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom will be the captains for the NHL All-Star game in Raleigh. Staal, playing on home ice, and Lidstrom, a 19-year veteran, will select teams live at 8 p.m. (VERSUS) on Jan. 28. From the NHL's news release: The...

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 18, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  All-Star Game  
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Poll: Should All Star participation be mandatory?

In recent NHL seasons that have included all-star games, the question of whether the league's elite players would be better served by having three to four days off rather than participating in the all-star weekend's festivities has been something of a hot-button topic. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green are slated...

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, All-Star Game, Mike Green, Poll  
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Andrew Gordon: 'Every day feels like a road day' as a call-up

Andrew Gordon is settling in with the Capitals again after being recalled on Saturday with so many other right wings out of the lineup with injuries but a call-up only gets so comfortable when he's in the NHL and it's not just because of the pressure to do well. Asked...

By Katie Carrera  | January 18, 2011; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Alex Ovechkin: starting 2011-12 in Russia would be 'pretty cool'

Over the weekend, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported that the Capitals are one of six NHL teams considering invitations from the league to start the 2011-12 season overseas. The process is still in the preliminary stages and one of the possible options, LeBrun wrote, would be the Capitals playing in Moscow....

By Katie Carrera  | January 17, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin  
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Mike Green sick but will be on the Capitals' road trip

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Mike Green missed practice because of a cold and will be on the Capitals' week-long road trip, which begins with a flight to Philadelphia this afternoon. The defenseman's absence from practice "had nothing to do with the hit" by Nick Foligno late in the game against...

By Katie Carrera  | January 17, 2011; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Injuries, Mike Green  
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Mike Green not on the ice for Capitals' practice

The Capitals' practice is underway at KCI and Mike Green is the only player who took part in the 3-1 win over the Senators yesterday afternoon that is not on the ice this morning. Green absorbed a crushing check from Nick Foligno in the final minute of the game behind...

By Katie Carrera  | January 17, 2011; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Mike Green  
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A look at the changes in Monumental Sports and Entertainment

The Post's Thomas Heath examined some of the alterations Ted Leonsis and the new framework of Monumental Sports and Entertainment has made since buying the Washington Wizards and the long-term goals for the company. An excerpt follows: Ted Leonsis assumed ownership of one of the NBA's most woeful franchises when...

By Katie Carrera  | January 17, 2011; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Capitals use many line combinations against the Senators

Coach Bruce Boudreau has altered line combinations throughout the season, between games, during games and sometimes in the middle of a period. On Sunday those groups didn't change once but twice from what they started the contest as Boudreau continues to experiment and look for ways to spark the Capitals'...

By Katie Carrera  | January 17, 2011; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Third-period rally gives Capitals much-needed win over Senators

For 40 minutes, Sunday's matinee against the Ottawa Senators included all of the trends that have been going against the Capitals lately. They couldn't create many offensive chances, the best ones sailed wide of the net and by the end of the second period, they had just as many shots...

By Katie Carrera  | January 16, 2011; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Ottawa Senators  
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Open thread: Capitals vs. Senators

The Washington Capitals (24-14-7) have lost three straight, but they're hoping for some repeat success this afternoon against the Ottawa Senators (17-22-6), whom they beat to snap an eight-game skid back on Dec. 18. Faceoff: 3 p.m., Verizon Center; TV: CSN, NHLN; Radio: 1500 AM.shsMiniCopyright {display: none; } .shsMiniCopyrightText...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 16, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
Categories:  Lineups, Ottawa Senators  
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Michal Neuvirth likely to start against Ottawa

Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't reveal his starting goaltender during his pregame comments, but it appears as though Michal Neuvirth will be in net this afternoon to take on the Senators. Neuvirth made 24 saves on Dec. 19 when the Capitals defeated Ottawa, 3-2, to snap their eight-game losing streak. Neuvirth...

By Katie Carrera  | January 16, 2011; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Ottawa Senators  
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Young players helping Capitals endure injuries, scoring slumps

Recently, it hasn't been hard to notice that some of the Capitals' most effective players are some of their youngest or least experienced in the NHL. The combination of a myriad of injuries and having many of Washington's biggest stars still working out of offensive slumps has given opportunities to...

By Katie Carrera  | January 16, 2011; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Andrew Gordon, Hershey Bears, Jay Beagle, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault  
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