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Pothier out with a rib injury

Defenseman Brian Pothier suffered a rib injury in the second period of Wednesday's loss in Buffalo and could miss anywhere from a week to several weeks, Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning.

"He's hurting and he's sore," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's one of those injuries that I don't know how long he's going to be out for. It could be one week [or] it could be six weeks. Rib injuries are so difficult to figure out. But he's a tough kid and I know he'll battle through it, and as quick as he can, he'll be back."

As for Shaone Morrisonn, the other defenseman who missed some shifts during the second period Wednesday, he said he broke a skate and had to get it fixed.

"My skate got all mangled," he said. "I couldn't even stand up."

Without Pothier, the Caps still have seven defensemen, including swingman Tyler Sloan. Based on the morning skate, it appears that Sloan will be a healthy scratch tonight.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 11, 2009; 11:04 AM ET
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Do players really only travel with one pair of skates?

Posted by: spacecadetkid | December 11, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Is it me or do the Caps equipment guys maybe have a problem dealing with the skates? Seems like both Greenie and ShaoMo have had bad issues with their skates in roughly the past week.

is this normal?

Posted by: Hammerabi | December 11, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Must win bec i'm going to the game tonight!!!

Posted by: newfanofcaps | December 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

First... what? Game?

Posted by: snakegriffin | December 11, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Mo got one of those skates that former LB Junior Seau worked on for that Versus TV show that Comcast is constantly hawking. :D

Pothier's been having a good comeback year, that really sucks. I'm almost surprised they got so specific about the injury given all the "upper body" and "lower body" vagueness in NHL injury reports these days.

Posted by: blackjack65 | December 11, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Hey did anyone catch Richards getting away with embellishing a hit to draw a PP with just over 2 minutes left last night? The Flyers were trailing 1-0, and Richards was barely, I mean barely, pushed from behind and he smeared his face on the boards and collapsed into a ball to draw the boarding penalty. It turned out right though because before the PP expired, with the goaltender pulled, the Senators scored a shorthanded empty netter while killing the penalty. I'm tired of Ovi being the victim of these subjective calls. Of course Captain Canada didn't get called for diving.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 11, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Well, if Pothier goes on LTIR, that means Mr. Alzner can be brought back.

BTW, nobody answered the other day - does anyone know if Nylander's family stayed in Sweden or are they in DC?

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 11, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1...I believe Nylander's family stayed in for the skate issues, the Caps need to bring back their longtime equipment manager Sluggo from Anaheim...

Posted by: boomer44 | December 11, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I want to officialy discuss the split up of OVi and top linemates. We've had an ongoing discussion here about Semin (keep him, or trade him), and I want to add and this OVi debate thread. I'm not just bringing this up because of last nights game. This is a feeling I've had now for some time, after carefully watching our team mature over the last few seasons and grow talent around the grt8, yet experience early playoff exits.

Tarik, please take notice. Hopefully you will write something about it so it gets some attention by the Capitals coaching staff.

For the better of team success, and at the possible expense of not winning the INDIVIDUAL scoring race, BB needs to pair Ovechkin with someone other than Semin, Backy, or Morrison. OVi can be centered by Perrault, Steckle, or Clark. OV is in a completely different league on his own. HE DOES NOT NEED TALENT AROUND HIM TO SCORE GOALS! Look at his offensive production when he was with Clark and Zubrious a few years back. Nothing to be ashamed of. Spreading the talent around will make the caps unstoppable IMO. Not stacking them up to serve OV, or to have the most dominant single line in hockey. We have the luxery of having the most talented player in the game, who doesn't need talent around him to score, and from his play elevates those around. Why not take full advantage?

Think about it. BB can still give him 20-23 minutes a game.

Line Combos for a Stanley Cup run- (note, the order means nothing)

1. Semin, Backstrom, Laich
2. Flash, Morrison, Fehr
3. OVi, Perrault/Steckle, Bradley/Clark/Beagle
4. Lang/Sloan, + odd man out line 3.

As for defensive pairings, I'd put the more defensive pair with line 3, but do we really have a more defensive talented pair anyway?

The combos I suggested I believe will produce a legitament, Pittsburg Penguin/Detroit Red Wing 'esk multi-line threat. A threat that can't be mitigated by playing some defensive trap, or by shadowing a player or two, or by a hot goalie.

The combos above will NOT help OVi collect hardware awards, including MVP. He would most likely loose to another hot winger, or Crosby or Malkin.


Now, fellow Caps fans, which would you prefer? Team success vs. OVi success? I know most of you will answer Team. But just really think it through. Everyone wants to see OVi do his thing, including me. Could we tolerate OVi doing his thing to the degree of 35-40 goals vs. 55-60? Same thing in playoffs. Less points individually. Less attention. Could we tolerate that?


Lets remember folks that he is a winger, not a Center. His job is to score when on the ice. But not be over-servred or catered to for individual awards. He is 'A' weapon on our team, and not THE single weapon, as was the case a few years ago.


Posted by: floms | December 11, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, my thoughts are that the Caps coaching staff should not and do not take direction from Tarik or from fans.

Posted by: CapsChick | December 11, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

True, but if we weren't all telling GMGM, Ted and BruceB what to do, what would we talk about here? :)

I guess since they had 2 extra D to begin with, and they're apparently sitting Sloan tonight, they probably won't call King Karl back just yet.

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