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Alzner Recalled (Updated)

Defenseman Karl Alzner has been recalled and the top line currently has Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Michael Nylander on it.

Update:Also, Brooks Laich and Viktor Kozlov are not practicing. Laich is day-to-day with a lower leg contusion after taking a shot off the calf in the second period of last night's 5-4 loss to Los Angeles.

Update:Kozlov has not been on the ice since suffering a groin tweak in the first period Tuesday in New Jersey.

Here are the lines:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Nylander
Fedorov-Semin
Fleischmann-Steckel-Fehr
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 6, 2009; 11:09 AM ET
 
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Comments

go Nyls. and go King.

Posted by: bottomfeeders10 | February 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

awesome

Posted by: honed | February 6, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Sweet.

Posted by: goskinsgo | February 6, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

that was quick

Posted by: _stevo | February 6, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

After last night, I'm not shocked Alzner is up...my guess is Morrisson sits.

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

At least 8 will see plenty of passes come his way on that line.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

about time!

Posted by: Bagher | February 6, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Glad to hear this! But, I am wondering, is he being called up so caps have 7 d (and rotation going) or is he replacing anyone?

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 6, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Is krazy karl rotating in with the D or is he paired with someone?

Posted by: _stevo | February 6, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

As long as Epic Fehl I mean Eric Fehr is off the top line, I'm good.

Edit: just joshing about Fehr. He played very well on the Backstrom Fehr Flash line...

Posted by: DrAdamson | February 6, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@DrAdamson - *snort* Bad nickname! No biscuit!!!

@Tarik - Ditto on everybody else's questions, which I'm sure you've had SO much time to find out answers to, since this was only announced - what - five minutes, ten minutes ago? ;-) Thanks for letting us know so quickly!

Posted by: irockthered | February 6, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@DaveUKCapsFan (from last thread) - It's no trouble at all, as I want the information myself. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 6, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Sami Lepisto cries himself to sleep at night.

Posted by: _jordan | February 6, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Alzner's penalty free play, is a big plus.

And Willie O'Rea flying in to teach kids at Ft. Dupont, was gr8! And I bet they loved skating with Brash; getting to skate with NHL players is always a learning experience!

Posted by: Max231 | February 6, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

In case you missed it, thanks for the info.

I am trying to dig up specific responsibilities for each player in the "system" in different situations. The question about the system comes after much complaining out loud during games and having my GF finally ask who should have been doing "what". I said actually I am not sure. And then, as she is often want to do, she killed my ego with the "don't you play hockey, shouldn't you know?" ;)

Posted by: overhead | February 6, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I will be glad to see Alzner back! Bruce and his lines...I hope Nyls keeps his game up! So, still no word on whether Kozlov is returning Saturday? We need to change something, last night was a catastrophe! I am sure Bruce will light a fire under their butts...we can't lose to the Panthers again!

Posted by: NatyBG | February 6, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

From last thread,

@boo, No, I was not in the Doughty jersey. (I need a new one, probably in the new third jersey, but wasn't sure who. He might be "the one".) I was in 116 on the glass in a blank, circa 1993.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 6, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@Tarik, or anyone else who knows how severe Varlamov's injury is?

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 6, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Yikes...suck it up for the team Brooksie!

Posted by: NatyBG | February 6, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@Tarik or other stat minded folks. It seems the Caps probably have the best record in the NHL against the top 5 or so teams in the league. Do they also have the worst record against the bottom 5 or so?

Posted by: fehrrocks | February 6, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

i have this from a very reliable source...the caps will only dress 1 goalie. alzner will be the 7th dman dressed and the caps will implement a 3-2-1 format w/ no goalie and third dman in back. BB is going to have a super secret afternoon practice, closed to the public/media to work on this. as a cover, they will close kettler to the public due to what they will say is a "plumbing issue"...i an actuality, thats not far off as they are addressing what to do between the "pipes". BANK ON IT.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 6, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Oooh, Hope Laich is okay. I was surprised to see him back in the game so quickly last night! It pained me to watch him finish off the shift before he finally did go off! As someone said, what a trooper!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 6, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I have a feeling Laich will be back tomorrow...if not, does somebody else get recalled, or will a d-man play on the fourth line?? Can Neuvirth play wing!?!?

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

So, the second line is Feds + Semin only...well, I'm pretty sure these two would feel quite comfortable without anybody else...

Posted by: fnralch | February 6, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

@ DCsport
As long as Feds doesn't get flushed.......

Posted by: seryogaSone | February 6, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Bring up Osala.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 6, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

From last thread:

@DaveUKCapsFan, irockthered,

Try:
http://www.nhl.com/ice/careerstats.htm?fetchKey=00002ALLAAHAll&sort=points&viewName=careerLeadersForTeam

and then in the "Career for Team" section of the form, select the team, Regular, and All Skaters, and click Search. On the results page, you can then click the various column headers to see the leaders in the categories listed.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | February 6, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

So many secrets and unsolved mysteries...can't wait to see what happens!

Posted by: NatyBG | February 6, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@sa-town

yes bring up osala. dude is awesome

Posted by: _stevo | February 6, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

This is going to be very interesting tomorrow night. I'll get there early for the warm-up and see just who skates out and what the lines will be.

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Do they also have the worst record against the bottom 5 or so?

Posted by: fehrrocks | February 6, 2009 11:35 AM


If I did this right, they're 13-7-1 vs. the 9-15 teams in each conference, and 1-5 vs. those same teams in the West.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Sami Lepisto cries himself to sleep at night.

Posted by: _jordan

Now that made me laugh.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I think Alzner's call up is a direct response to how Schultz played last night. He was absolutely the worst player on the ice for the entire game. It seemed as he was afraid to touch the puck in fear of taking a hit, he couldn't keep the puck in the zone...He was absolutely horrid. Hopefully Alzner will start against Florida.

Posted by: numero94 | February 6, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I've started the clock ticking on the inevitable comment that will arrive shortly since we've brought up one more d-man and appear to be short on a wing. Anyone? Anyone?

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, as long as the fourth line stays intact we'll be ok.

Posted by: opita1 | February 6, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

sainex,

Erskine on the wing.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Look at it this way though, we won't have to worry about playing the bottom half of either conference once we get into the "2nd half of the season".

The Caps play a lot better against "quality" opponents. They need to use the next 29 games to work fine tune their game against the lesser halves of the league.

I don't like this rash of injuries either.

Posted by: DaleHunter | February 6, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Dale,

The disturbing trend for the last two seasons is playing down to the competition. Wish I knew what the last 21 games looked like so I could see how many low end teams we have to play.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R: Are you kidding? Or are you not a frequent visitor? Windjammer sends the last schedule for the last 21 games about 10 times a week. We haven't played many division games, luckily we only have to play them each 6 times instead of 8. I say that because I have really enjoyed seeing different teams, not because I don't think they'll do well.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Schultz played like a Stingray last night....I hope that doesn't offend any Stingray players reading the board.

Posted by: ThePat | February 6, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

What is BB looking for? He continues eperimenting with new lines, a total failure in the last game. It seems as if he is taking advantage of the Caps' lead to experiment with new combinations. There is a set of people that play well with each other and not with others, that has been demonstrated through out the season, yet he insist on breaking them apart. oh, well, he knows best. I am just wondering.

Posted by: opita1 | February 6, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

What they ought to do which they won't is Bench Mike Green for a game or two. It will send a message to the entire team that no matter what your status on this team, no one is exempt from being benched. He had another atrocious defensive game last night and while he's a legit point per game player frankly his defensive lapses ripples thru the entire lineup. His turnovers give momentum to the other team and sucks the life out of ours. He is capable of playing better but since he has no fear of ever losing his spot in this lineup he can continue to play like sh** and get away with it. For a young leader he sure doesn't lead by example in the defensive zone.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back!

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It was an exciting game for the most part. I was really hoping they'd have gotten their revenge on the Kings. Might have something to do with that break they had. Maybe practice would have been helpful. Glad Semin got the first goal in. Anything short of amazing from that guy, people tend to write him off. Not last night though. =) Let's kick butt tomorrow, team! Rock the Red behind the Panthers bench!!! *evil grin* =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

9 penalties...

Posted by: bkuhta | February 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Uh....Feds and Semin? They are good but they might need someone else on that line!

Someone tell me its Flash, I loved the FFS line :)

Posted by: greener1 | February 6, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Numero94-Could not agree with you more. He is by far my least favorite Caps dman. I have tried to be patient with him over the last year and half, as he is young. But even if he matures into a solid dman I still won't like him just because of how soft he is.

Posted by: ph0082 | February 6, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It was sarcasm fanhock.

opita,

Bench Semin? Nah, not this time...

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Schultz played like a Stingray last night....I hope that doesn't offend any Stingray players reading the board.

Posted by: ThePat | February 6, 2009 12:18 PM

He plays like one every game. Nothing new here. The fan who said "was he the only guy who thinks that we play better with Hershey callups on defense"? No, certain Hershey callups make our lineup stronger. The second Schultz got healthy, our lineup got weaker. And with Mike Green continuing to prove that you don't need to play defense on the Caps as long as you keep scoring points, thats a one-two punch of defensive crappitude. None of our D played that well yesterday but you look at the guys who continue to play badly every game and Schultz and Green stand out more than anyone else. They back into their own goal, they get caught at the blueline with forwards streaking behind them. They lose the puck. They suck defensively. So eat it all you Mike Green polesmokers. He has awesome offensive instincts and lousy defensive ones.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

94
You are so right, Schultz has never been slower or more tenative. He looked overwhelmed. Mo made mistakes, but so did Green, Big E, Poti, etc. Schultz just did not belong on the ice and I hope he is not on the ice tomorrow!

Posted by: majiksea | February 6, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

He has awesome offensive instincts and lousy defensive ones.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:26 PM


If you say so.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Steve_R
Sarcasm? What is that? LOL.

Posted by: opita1 | February 6, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

When is someone in an authority capacity going to call out Green for "non-chalance"? His skill and ability to put the puck in the net is not in question, but game after game his passes are slow, off-target, or lazy.
How many times will he try a behind-the-back or slow chip pass off the boards (right into the skate of the defenseman in front of him) before he realizes it does not work 8 out of 10 times at this level.
I know he is cut alot of slack as he is primarily a O D-man, but his "waltzing" with the puck (as Joe B. correctly pointed out on VS last week) is becoming the norm instead of the occasional.
Call out EVERYONE and stop the Norris talk for Green until he stops being too cute and plays a complete game!

Posted by: Shipdriver | February 6, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I believe in positive re-inforcement:
Yell at them.
Sit them
Call them out in the press.
Make feel like sh!t
In my opinion, that is the best method to deal with the players. That always work.

Posted by: opita1 | February 6, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

That first line is a disaster. Who is going to drive the net to try to pick up Ovie's rebounds on his 7-13 shots, and the drive the net to create space for Ovie. Plus, Nylander and Ovie were bumping into each other at times last night because Nylander is a meanderer.

Also, as to last night, Schultz was bad, but Fleishman was the worst player on the ice and Poti was horrible as well.

Posted by: docjohnson | February 6, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Manny waived by the Blues

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:27 PM

That would be interesting.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

cstamton,

Be specific on the D. Who would you trade / trade for, who would you waive, who would you call up? How do you propose to make the D better?

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

One thing I noticed last night, which has happened or games than the one last night, is that when the Caps are on the power play, the point man on the opposite side of the puck is not doing his responsibility in picking up the forward streaking down the center of the ice. We saw it yesterday with Theodore having to make a couple of breakaway saves while on the powerplay, and a short-handed goal scored against us again.

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

opita,

I think that's negative reinforcemnt. Just saying.

I think the yelling and calling out is alrady happening. I'm pretty sure they know when they suck but I'd like a "C" on a uniform to serve the function of busting heads when guys play poorly. I honestly don't know who that player is right now. I think AO leads by his play but I'm not sure he's much of a yeller.

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who can't wait for Tarik to update, Erskine and Pothier were playing together.

Green & Schultz
Juice & Alzner
Poti & Mo

Posted by: Jeff_ | February 6, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

So maybe this is where we get to see Green actually play on the Wing since he's up there so much.

Posted by: superpaqman | February 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

opita,

You forgot to make them do Herbie's in practice.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

He has awesome offensive instincts and lousy defensive ones.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:26 PM


If you say so.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:29 PM


lol, you have SO much to offer us o great one. Tool.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Caps pick up Kronwall off waivers, good pickup. He's better than skin n bones Schultzie

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"For those of you who can't wait for Tarik to update"
Is he still working?

Posted by: opita1 | February 6, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

So maybe this is where we get to see Green actually play on the Wing since he's up there so much.

Posted by: superpaqman | February 6, 2009 12:38 PM

shh, you'll burst Section117's bubble where he thinks Green's a perennial norris candidate!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@dcox50

Point play has generally been weak all season. The Caps have overcome it via sheer force of will and lots of scoring. Not only is the forward pick-up missing so is the simple feat of staying on the point and keeping the puck in. Feel free to count the number of times the points are left unmanning on Saturday night. I'll bet you see it at least 8-10 times. Being as Green is a wanderer/scorer and AO is a scorer and they are generally at point to open PPs we have our reasons. I'd like some different players at the points so AO and Green can wander and create havoc. If you watch the top teams that we play you'll see they lock down the point and keep many more puck in the zone.

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

opita -- I didn't actually see him over there today, but I wasn't looking. I'm assuming he's going to update in the next 30-45 minutes tho, as he normally does.

Posted by: Jeff_ | February 6, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Caps pick up Kronwall off waivers, good pickup. He's better than skin n bones Schultzie

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 6, 2009 12:39 PM

That's the one who played with Detroit 2 nights ago?

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

opita, we had a coach here who did what you said, really busted their chops took them to a S cup final and then they tuned him out. seems to me he wound up in Toronto.

Posted by: billd2 | February 6, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

:36 minutes on the "move Green to the wing" chorus. About what I thought.

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie injury seemed to be on the ankle, not the calf, could be some busted bones in there.

Posted by: billd2 | February 6, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@ saintex,

my point exactly!

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Thank God that King Karl was called back up. The defense last night was PIT-T-FULL. I hope Theo ripped into them for all the breakaways.

And Fehr, 2 goals and he gets put onto the #1 line? Gimme a break! Stay at #2 or #3 and let him continue progressing.

Posted by: dsphvywght | February 6, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R - Now there is an interesting development.

Manny Legace... cap hit of 1.8 mil, 3.18 GAA, .885 SV% this season, career 2.38 and .912... and we need to rent a goaltender.

Things that make you go "hmmm..."

He's got a TON of playoff experience, too, with the Red Wings...

Any bets???

Posted by: irockthered | February 6, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

i almost hope for losses now since it brings out the most entertaining posts. winning gets boring. going forward, every time they win, can we all pretend they lost by a goal?

i find it interesting that the team seems to flounder against teams that they may be a bit unfamiliar with. ie. the western swing losing to phx and la and last night. particularly the way the kings were able to get so many breakaways. seems like perhaps their advance scouting is better than ours? our video machines arent working?

that said, keeping away from 5-3's would be a good way to start not losing.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 6, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Steve_R
I am not familiar with that. But if it is as good a positive re-inforcement like the others, then I am for it.

Now I better go back to work, or I will be positive re-inforced by my boss.

Posted by: opita1 | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Kronwall stuff coming from??

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@ IRTR,
My bet is he get's picked up by the RedWings if anyone at all.

Posted by: ThePat | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Legace a headcase? I don't know. I think I'd rather bring up a heathly Varly and let him play every fourth game and get experience.

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think #4 had a rough go of things last night? It doesn't show up in the boxscore, and I don't want to pick on Erskine too much because I do like the toughness he brings, but last night, in my view from 409 he was getting worked. He's a terrible skater, possibly worse than Schultz, and the Kings skated circles around him. I wonder if the Caps brought up Alzner so they can match up with other teams better defensively. Against a quick team like the Kings, you can't have Erskine and Schultz playing.

Posted by: cainoo7x | February 6, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

opita,

I think Herbie's would fall on the negative reinforcement side of things.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Getting Nyles up on that first line will be an interesting experiment akin to a rudderless ship. One wing that flies up the ice and is completely uptempo and another that slows the play down as soon as he hits the other team's end.

Posted by: keeef | February 6, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

My bet is he get's picked up by the RedWings if anyone at all.

Posted by: ThePat | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM

I think they're OK in that end, unless Osgood has become the suck again since the Dallas game.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Kronwall stuff coming from??

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM

Fabricationville, USA

Posted by: thegr8one | February 6, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Caps picked Kronwell up so they could trade a D like Mo or Schultz for a goalie? It will be interesting to see what happens.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11009

Posted by: HBFan | February 6, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Where is the Kronwall stuff coming from??

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 12:47 PM

Fabricationville, USA

Posted by: thegr8one | February 6, 2009 12:54 PM

Actually, hes right. But not Niklas Kronwall

Posted by: thegr8one | February 6, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

opita, we had a coach here who did what you said, really busted their chops took them to a S cup final and then they tuned him out. seems to me he wound up in Toronto.

Posted by: billd2 | February 6, 2009 12:42 PM

---------------------

I agree Ron Wilson was a great Coach and if he would have been given the line-up the Bruce Cassidy character was given, he would have gone to the Cup finals again, and probably won. To imply Bruce is soft is a joke. When the Caps laid the 5-0 in Buffalo he skated their butts off. Double over gasping for breath was the phrase Tarik used I believe.

Manny would be a good patch as long as he's a UFA so we have no obligations beyond this year. I still want some info on Varly. Did he blow his knee out or is he expected back soon? Tarik?

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 6, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,

Green was 7th in voting last year. The talking heads at the NHL network and Versus think he should be a finalist. Section117 isn't alone with his opinion.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 6, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

opita,
Did you wake-up on the sarcastic side of the bed? You are in good form today.

Posted by: hock1 | February 6, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@saintex - No idea, unfortunately...

Posted by: irockthered | February 6, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the AHL Kronwall. Well, combined with the Alzner callup, smells like something's up.

Posted by: Section117 | February 6, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Kronwall might be a good pickup. Supposedly he's a big D-man who is decent handling the puck and will take the body in open ice.. hear that, Schultzie?

The one sticky part is Lepisto.. I think he's not going to get a chance on the Caps -- with Green around, his skills are not really in demand, and he's getting buried on the depth chart..

Posted by: VladG | February 6, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@keeef,

The Nyls experiment might be interesting. Ovi's standard game isn't generally a matter of having the puck brought up the ice in a line and then dealt. He likes the long outlets - Feds has given him some great ones this year - where he can take the puck either off the boards or straight on his stick skating along the blue line. With the worry about Nyls slower style up the ice, this might be a nice combo. Regardless of what you might think of Nyls, the dude and put a pass on a stick...I think he might spring Ovi loose a few times. As a benefit to the Nyls haters, that would eliminate the up ice/turn and circle debate.

Posted by: saintex | February 6, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

my apologies cstanton

Posted by: thegr8one | February 6, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@ thegr8one

Fabricationville, USA - I like that! That's a good one.

@ HBFan

Thanks for posting the link. nhl.com and the caps website hadn't posted anything yet. I'll just have to go straight to tsn now!

Posted by: dcox50 | February 6, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I have watched Lepisto play all year and since he came back from the Caps he has not played very good.

Posted by: HBFan | February 6, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I like Nyles on the 1st line -- the man can get the puck in the zone, if anything. Plus he's learned lately that shots might go in.

I'm also glad to see Semin off Ovi's line -- seems our toughest times have come mostly when they're together (pp excepted).

Posted by: Sonyask | February 6, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Japers is reporting the Caps have picked up Kronwall... something is definitely up. Whadyathink, 26 & 55 heading out?

Posted by: Dave_in_Alexandria | February 6, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Federo-semin by themselves?
Is BB doing 4 on 5 drills? or did Tarik forget the other player's name?

Posted by: hock1 | February 6, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

dcox50,
The Kronwall stuff comes from the guy (?) that refers to those that disagree with him as "tools". Same guy that thinks that benching Green to send a message to the team is a good idea. 'Nuff said on that.

Posted by: _Mark | February 6, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

au revoir Schultzy!!!! Please dont let the door hit you on the way out!

But seriously, at the very least Shultz needs to be sent down. I have never disliked a player more than our #55 (excpet for Jagr I guess.)

Posted by: thegr8one | February 6, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I am with those who think the lines experiments are hurting the team.
Anyone has a news about Koslov? I think Tarik would like to know so that he can report.

Posted by: hock1 | February 6, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Whoops. Still disagree with cstanton1 about Green.

Posted by: _Mark | February 6, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Nyls was about the only forward last night who chipped the puck in deep to the offensive zone below their circles.

He's about the only one that actually carried out the coach's game-plan, which is probably why he's on the first line.

Posted by: dml1077 | February 6, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Who needs a stay at home, positionally sound, non-penalty taking Dman? Ooops! Welcome back King!

Posted by: radhghlndr1 | February 6, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd be for moving Fleichmann to line 2 and bringing in Giroux on the 3rd.

Posted by: Stu_c | February 6, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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