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Tonight's lineup: Bruins at Caps

By Katie Carrera

In order to avoid dropping a third game to the Boston Bruins this season -- something that has not occurred in regulation games since the 1998-99 season -- the Capitals believe they must play a patient, simple style of game that mirrors their opportunistic foes.

"Any time you try to force things against these guys, that's when you get in trouble," Jason Chimera said. "We've just got to get it deep and win it ugly. A lot of times we [have plays] that are very good looking with a lot of nice passes, a lot of nice goals. This is one of those games where we have to grind it down low, we've just got to get pucks in deep if we get pucks in deep they can't trap it up -- that's the biggest thing."

Michal Neuvirth will make his 12th start of the season and will oppose Tim Thomas and his league leading GAA (0.72) and save percentage (.977). D.J. King and Marcus Johansson, who did skate in warm-up but did not participate in line rushes, are the scratches.

Based on warm-up here's what the lineup should look like:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Laich-Fleischmann-Knuble
Chimera-Gordon-Fehr
Hendricks-Steckel-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Sloan

Goal
Neuvirth
Holtby

By Katie Carrera  | November 5, 2010; 6:37 PM ET
Categories:  Boston Bruins, Lineups  
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Comments

From previous post:

@Fletch - my bad, I stepped out for a late lunch and was away from my computer - not to mention I seem to be getting extra attention from the moderator today, can't imagine why.

In any case, you'd clearly like to find me, no argument here - how about the 11:30 pickup at Mt. Vernon next Wed, that work? I'll be the skinny dude with beat up pads and no shoulder pads, should be easy enough to spot.

Posted by: Timbo_1

No problem...I overreacted, was one of those days and I apologize. Shouldn't have been posting on here in a mood. I'll take you up on that skate sometime, thanks for the offer. I've been travelling more lately, and I don't have as much time for skating.

By the way, where is everyone? Is my laptop on the fritz? I came home a little late just in time to see Hendricks/McQuaid. McQuaid's a tough kid from PEI, good for Hendricks to take him on. Strange that BB decided to scratch King against a very tough Boston team.

Posted by: Fletch22 | November 5, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - where's the guy...you know, the rarity of the league - the guy who can both play tough and also fight when needed...DJ King. I have not seen the guy win a fight yet. No wonder Boudreau is playing Hendricks, however we still need a 2nd line center.

Posted by: Jaymagz | November 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - where's the guy...you know, the rarity of the league - the guy who can both play tough and also fight when needed...DJ King. I have not seen the guy win a fight yet. No wonder Boudreau is playing Hendricks, however we still need a 2nd line center.

Posted by: Jaymagz | November 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Remember this McPhail?:

We have no use for tough players who can't play or hurt you defensively," McPhee said. "What we see in this player is someone who brings grit but looks like he could be a reliable player. I remember Joe Kocur late in his career was a far better player because he gave himself a chance to play and actually held down a fourth line role with Detroit when they won a Cup. If we could add a player to the club who is gritty and can play, that makes us a better team. We think if we get working with this player, he can become a reliable player who can play a little bit more."

He added: "We categorize fighters in three different ways. One group, the least desirable, are just fighters. The second group are fighters who can play a little bit. The third and most desirable are players who can fight a little bit if they have to."

McPhee said he and his staff believe the 6-foot-3, 230-pound enforcer falls somewhere between two and three.

Yeah, so far we've definitely seen that out of King...LOL!

Posted by: Jaymagz | November 5, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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