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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/ 4/2010

Semyon Varlamov to start against Thrashers

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said it's Semyon Varlamov's turn for another start in net tonight. While it will be the Capitals' fifth meeting of the year against the Atlanta Thrashers it will be Varlamov's first appearance opposite the only Southeast Division foe that Washington has lost to this season.

--Tom Poti said he won't play against the Thrashers as he recovers from a mild groin strain, so the defensive pairings will likely look like what the Capitals used in Dallas earlier this week.

--D.J. King is still out on the ice for the scratches skate this morning so he should be the odd forward out. The Capitals didn't skate in line rushes this morning so we'll have to wait until warm-ups to see the latest combination of forwards.

The Thrashers are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday that snapped a six-game winning streak for Atlanta which started with a 5-0 shutout of Washington on Nov. 19. Both the Thrashers and Capitals, who watched their five-game winning streak go by the wayside in Dallas, will be looking to each make the defeats a single-contest blip on the radar screen.

"They've had a great three-week run," Boudreau said. "They really believe in themselves right now. It's going to be a tough haul [Saturday]."

One Thrasher with unquestionable success against the Capitals so far this year is sophomore forward Evander Kane, who has tallied five goals and two assists in four games against Washington this season. Kane's status is uncertain for tonight's tilt at Verizon Center however, after he missed Atlanta's last game with a left knee injury.

By Katie Carrera  | December 4, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
Categories:  Atlanta Thrashers, Semyon Varlamov  
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This will be the FIRST win of our new winning streak!

Posted by: Wemiss21 | December 4, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I guess Atlanta's success this year is evidence of how deep last year's Blackhawks were. Atlanta loses Kovalchuk, adds 4 Hawks, and they are significantly better than last year. And the Hawks, though not what they were, still have a strong core of players.

Posted by: zmega | December 4, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Atlanta looks so much better than last year. KOVI seems a tad bit overpaid thus far. He does not fit in with The Devils system.

Posted by: pkme | December 4, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Kovy's getting, in essense, $99M for 11 yrs. No way is he even close to that in value.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 4, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Should be a great game. Hope we get a full 60 minutes of CAPS hockey tonight!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 4, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

If Varlamov has another great game tonight (I expect him to, he appears "in the zone"), he will be the #1 goalie. He is learning not to over react when moving. Provided he stays healthy (a big if), he will be an excellent goalie for many years in this league.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 4, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Kovy's getting, in essense, $99M for 11 yrs. No way is he even close to that in value.

Posted by: tominsocal1 |


I'm confused by your math. Kovy received a 15 year $100M contract. Are you saying he is only receiving $1M over the entire 4 years of the contract? That would be impossible even if Kovy was only getting the minimum the last 4 years of his deal.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 4, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

kovi's 15 yr deal:
2010-11: $6 million
2011-12: $6 million
2012-13: $11 million
2013-14: $11.3 million
2014-15: $11.3 million
2015-16: $11.6 million
2016-17: $11.8 million
2017-18: $10 million
2018-19: $7 million
2020-21: $4 million
first 10 yrs = $90M
2021-22: $1 million
2022-23: $1 million
2023-24: $1 million
2024-25: $3 million
2025-26: $4 million
last 5 yrs = $10M

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 4, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@Wiley_One1 (from previous thread)

Ripistan -- I guess I missed out on hearing about that nation when I last studied World Geography. That poor but proud ethnic group.

Do the Ripians (or are they the Ripi) practice the Muslim faith as do a lot of the countries whose name ends in -stan?

Or are they a Slavic people? The syllable "stan" in many slavic names means government. For example, Slanislav (or in Polish Stanislaus) means "glory of the government", with Slav meaning "glory".

In any case, good parody.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 4, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Kovy has 11 points this season. That's $172,949 a point. Awesome!!!

Posted by: Dizruption | December 4, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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