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Brashear 'Very Doubtful'

It doesn't look like Donald Brashear (sprained left knee) will return to the lineup tonight as previously thought/hoped, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau, who called the enforcer "very doubtful" to face the Thrashers. If he doesn't return, that means Boudreau will get another look at call-up Keith Aucoin.

I'll have more from the morning skate at Philips Arena in a little while, including an update on Karl Alzner's chances of rejoining the Caps for the postseason. (A little hint: it's not looking good for the rookie defenseman).

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 7, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
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Agreed regarding Alzner. I don't see him really an upgrade yet. This isn't bashing him he's just a young D. Let him get full on minutes down at Hershey.

Posted by: usiel3 | April 7, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Good not to rush Brash back. I hope he can get in the next two though to get his legs back before the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 7, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully next season will give Alzner lots of time with the Caps.

Posted by: icedcold | April 7, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

i honestly dont see brash helping us in the playoffs. i would rather keep aucoin up, but having brash as a scratch still allows for him to go into a game if the couple before were scrappy

Posted by: HockeyTy | April 7, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Brashear is a great guy but I kinda' like Aucoin and what he brings to the team. I'd hate to lose Brashear but Aucoin has done some great things lately so we'll see.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 7, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree. Let Karl get an AHL playoff season under his belt. We can't really justify carrying 8 defensemen on our roster. Some would say he should be playing for at least two of them anyway, but it never fails, if you lose two, it's usually not the two you want to lose. So let's just hope to keep all 7 healthy and let BB decide who sits rather than an injury.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 7, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

leftcoast- the Caps owned the panthers this year. I don't discount them because it's the playoffs and anything can happen, but I wouldn't mind facing them. I'd rather face vokoun than lundquist but wouldn't mind either. NY is in for a rough week. Florida too. The Canadiens are already polishing their clubs.

Posted by: oo7 | April 7, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Aucoin would be a nice option instead of Brash is hitting wasnt allowed in the playoffs...Brash's size is needed in the playoffs. He was vital vs Philly last year.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 7, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

When Pothier's great recovery was complete, it really sunk Alzner's chances of coming back up this season. Alzner will get great experience and minutes in the Bears Calder push. Their playoff run will be good too and hopefully has them winning the Calder once again. Win-Win for the Caps.

Posted by: _Mark | April 7, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Brashear's time is over. Keep Aucion, he reminds me a bit of St. Louis.

Regarding Pool A and Pool B of the most spectacular plays by TSN. I am happy that OV won, but he had no competition, I think Pool B plays, with the exception of Campoli's, are just as good. Ryans move is just as good as OV, both are a thing of beauty and skill. Semin and Hagman moves are just plain out of the ordinary, great skill and determination. There is no best, they are all equally great on their own right.

Posted by: hock1 | April 7, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Aucoin's another scoring threat; our bridge from primary to secondary scorers.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 7, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

new post. who wants to be first?

Posted by: hock1 | April 7, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

man, SJ has lost 4 at home in regulation and 4 in OT/SO. That is incredible. Detroit vs SJ in the conference finals? Or will Calgary be there? Can't wait to see Jokinen in the post.

Posted by: oo7 | April 7, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Any suggestions on signs/posters to make while seated behind the visiting team during Round 1 Game 2 at Verizon? "Sadly", it's not the Pens but I want to equally get on the nerves of the visiting team with a hilarious sign for them to read every time they go back to their bench. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Balanced scoring on the lines is like money in the bank. If Aucoin brings that and we need Brash because a series gets rough, then somebody else sits. Balanced scoring OR toughness should not have to be the choice.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | April 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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