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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Tonight's lineup: Ducks at Caps

By Katie Carrera

If the Capitals are to snap their six-game losing streak tonight against Anaheim they'll need to find a way to at least contain the Ducks' top line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan. Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't divulge too much of the plan to keep that trio in check but did say that the Capitals will try to match a defensive pairing against the unit as much as possible and perhaps a forward line as well, something that he doesn't do too often.

"They're big and strong," Boudreau said of the Ducks' top line which posted all six of Anaheim's goals in a 6-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday. "You obviously want to keep the puck out of your end as much as possible because they're tremendous down low and below the circles and they know where each other plays and when you give them a chance they don't miss too often."

With the illness and injuries on the Caps' roster there are new-look combinations for the home team. Based on warm up, here's what the lineup should look like:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Chimera-Perreault-Fehr
Laich-Steckel-Bradley
Hendricks-Beagle-A.Gordon

Defense
Alzner-Green
Hannan-Carlson
Erskine-Poti

Goal
Varlamov
Neuvirth

Scratches: Alexander Semin, Marcus Johansson and Boyd Gordon.

By Katie Carrera  | December 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anaheim Ducks, Lineups  
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Thanks for the new thread!

I see this as a gift, I dont have to scroll past that twitter CRAP!

TIME FOR WTF TO SHOW WHY WE PICKED HIM AHEAD OF GETZLAF!!!

GO CAPS!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 15, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Ok they need to switch Chimmy and Laich! Lich may be struggling, but at least when he shoots it hits the net sometimes.

Posted by: capscoach | December 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the Laich-Steckel-Bradley line is there to shut down the Ducks' top line. They are reunited from 2 years ago in the playoffs, where they were pretty effective against Philly.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | December 15, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

DISCLAIMER: THE BELOW POST IS NOT DIRECTED AT A SPECIFIC POSTER. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY BEFORE RESPONDING...

I have taken some time to think about some of the posts I have seen lately, and I am sorry that it has taken me so long to say these things:

I have seen some people on this board actually say that they hope the losing skid continues, so as to speed the departure/firing of the Coach, the General Manager, or both.

You don't like GMGM or agree with anything he does? So be it.

You don't like BB? So be it.

I DON'T CARE how much you hate the Coach, the GM, or both of them. You voice support for your team no matter what, and--even more important--you always, always, ALWAYS root for your team to WIN, no matter what.

This at the very core of what it means to be a fan of your team.

There is a fine (but unmistakable) line between statements like:

"Drastic changes must be made to this team if it is to have success,"

and

"I hope the team loses more games so that it can be rid of a Player/Coach/General Manager I dislike."

I know that it is not mathematically possible for the Caps to win every single game--#311, I may even (on occasion) feel that they might deserve to lose a particular game. That said, I will never, ever, EVER root for them to lose.

As for anyone on this board who does root for the Caps to lose, I say unto them:

Shame on you. How dare you call yourself a fan of this team?!?!...and don't even try to justify it by saying things like:

"But I'm a Season Ticket Holder, which gives me the right..."

or

"I have been following this team since 1974, so I know what I'm talking about..."

or

"It's nothing personal: [insert name] is a nice guy but he needs to go..."

or

"some adversity is good for the team..."

Spare me. We all know that last statement is true. But every NHL team is going to lose some games anyway, without their supposed "fans" rooting for their defeat. I don't care about any qualifiers or weasel-words one might use: You never root for your team to lose. There is no excuse for it and you shouldn't do it. Not ever. Anyone who calls themselves a fan of this team and then roots for them to lose--even a single game--is worse than a troll.

BOTTOM LINE: Whether one's beverage of choice be KoolAid® or Goat's Blood™; whether they are a fan since 1974 or, shall we say, a more recent convert to the Faith; whether a long-time Full-Season Ticket Holder or a person who can barely afford to watch the games on TV, it matters not: Anyone who roots for the Washington Capitals to lose--EVER, should keep it to themselves or go to some other team's blog...because they surely don't belong here!

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 15, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

CStanton, re your escort service - would the escorts have lots of "grit?"

Posted by: zmega | December 15, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

DISCLAIMER: THE BELOW POST IS NOT DIRECTED AT A SPECIFIC POSTER. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY BEFORE RESPONDING...

blah...blah...blah...garbage

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 15, 2010 6:45 PM

Rhino

I am neither a kool-aid drinker or a goat blooder. You however have NO right to tell me whether or not I am a fan of the Caps. Fist I have been following NHL Hockey since the early 60's. I have been following the Caps since 1974, so yes I AM A CAPS FAN! (and yes I am raising my voice here). Based on your definition of a fan, I am not. Yes I want the Caps to win Lord Stanley's Cup more than just about anything in sports today. However, I and many others strongly believe that IF they continue down the path they are on they will not do that. If hoping the Caps lose a specific game, or a series of games, enough to cause ownership/management (above BB pay grade) to change the direction of this team to a direction I stronly believe will lead to the ultimate goal then I will do so. It is not about losing a specific game, but HOW they are losing. My Caps seem disinterested and not trying. Will I change my tune if they go on a long winning streak? Only if that streak occurs staring in April and continues through June.

I AM NOW AND ALWAYS WILL BE A CAPS FAN.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | December 15, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

W
T
F
!

MAKE IT COUNT!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

lovely pass by 8.5

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 15, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I love you, Rhino!

Posted by: nicety251 | December 15, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

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