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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Boudreau: Semin a game-time decision against Montreal

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Semin (groin) will be a game-time decision for tonight's contest against the Montreal Canadiens. Semin, who hasn't appeared in a game since Jan. 8 against Florida, did stay out on the ice longer than the majority of his teammates but did not skate on his own for too much time.

--Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice so it looks like he will start against the Canadiens. Meanwhile, according to a tweet from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun Carey Price's equipment did not arrive in Washington after the all-star game but he is expected to start for Montreal.

--D.J. King was also on the ice for extra work briefly but didn't stay out for a normal full-length scratches skate.

--Tyler Sloan, who practiced with the team yesterday, has been officially recalled which gives the Capitals 22 players on the active roster without counting Semin, Eric Fehr and Tom Poti, who were all on injured reserve as of Jan. 26 against the Thrashers.

More to come.

By Katie Carrera  | February 1, 2011; 11:39 AM ET
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Either he is fully recovered or not, err on the side of caution. We can not afford for him to play 2-3 games and then be out for another extended period.

Posted by: Redwolf1 | February 1, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Really hope Semin is in, but get the feeling he won't be.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | February 1, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Darn - no DJ King...he will be missed for his 2 minutes a game. What a waste to get rid of SDR.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 1, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Keep him out. He's been out long enough that there shouldn't be any kind of indecision when to bring him back.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 1, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hate to say it...but I guess I have to root for Philly tonight.

Posted by: Rainier1 | February 1, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Either he is fully recovered or not, err on the side of caution. We can not afford for him to play 2-3 games and then be out for another extended period.

Posted by: Redwolf1

Exactly right, groins are a killer for hockey. You feel it with every oainful stride and can't explode, push off hard or extend, all of which you need to be doing at the utmost at that level. Make sure the thing's fully healed, this shouldn't be another Poti situation where the guy plays 1-2 games then sits a bunch, all damn season long.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 1, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If Semin had a hangnail....He would milk it for 2 weeks!!! He just does not want to play.

Posted by: CB28031 | February 1, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse


Caps roster & staff could be composed of all-time legendary NHL greats magically restored to their respective peaks, win all games by a score of 19-0 or better (all skaters and the goalie score at least once each game), and sweep their way to a Cup, winning 16 straight playoff games by shutout).

...And you'd still find some Caps-related target for your snarky complaints.

Or, more likely: you'd just go away, as you often do when things are going well in Caps-Land.

I really hope the Caps do start winning again convincingly, and soon--my delight in your silence will be second only to the joy I will feel when the Cup is finally carried down the streets of DC (as it someday, inevitably, must).

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 1, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

But a healthy Varlamov is clearly more reliable and more complete than either of our other goaltenders. I still say we ought to go after Cristobal Huet, who is on loan to some Swiss league right now. He was the best goaltender we EVER had.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | February 1, 2011 10:19 AM |


I agree 100% Huet was great in the pipes for us during the exciting '08 stretch run. In fact, I think its safe to say that he played a larger part in that run than any other single Caps player (with the possible exception of Sergei Fedorov).

However, when offered big bucks (but fewer years) to stay by GMGM, he left the Caps at the altar and bailed for Chicago. GMGM's offer limit was vindicated when Chicago later waived Huet after his play declined, having given the top job to Niemi.

So I am afraid I must say that I do not ever want to see Cristobal Huet in a Capitals sweater again: Having deserted us once, I would have grave doubts about Huet's ability or willingness to Commit To The Weagle. When it comes to goalies,loyalty matters and Huet has demonstrated none. Frankly, if we had to bring back a past goalie, I'd almost rather have Theodore. Yes, him: In his last season with DC, he overcame devastating adversity and played solid--even when the PK and defense were relatively sucky. Just think what JT60 could do with the D & PK as they have been performing this year!

Now if we could just score more goals...

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 1, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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