Clark Out; Ovechkin and Nylander Not Practicing
Chris Clark, as expected, is not practicing today after tweaking his balky groin muscle in yesterday's 6-4 loss to Philadelphia. If he's out again, it's really too bad for the Caps, because in the first period he gave the second line all of the intangibles it had been missing. Namely, he crashed the net, which led to the first goal.
I'll check on Clark's status after practice.
Meantime, Alex Ovechkin and Michael Nylander were given the day off to rest, I'm told, and because of that the forward combos are all scrambled.
Brian Pothier (concussion) also is not practicing again. I'm going to try to get a little more on him. Remember, he missed 10 games last season from Jan. 10-Feb. 15 because of a concussion.
Update: Coach Bruce Boudreau said Clark is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Sens. He also said he's debating whether to give Olie Kolzig a rest and start Brent Johnson. The Caps are in the midst of a busy stretch and Kolzig has started 11 straight games.
Update: The Sens won't have Dany Heatley (shoulder) tomorrow, but it now looks like they might have Jason Spezza, according to this report on TSN.ca.
Update:It's ironic that someone posted that NHL.com feature on Green in the comments, because I'm writing a story for tomorrow's Post on the other half of the Green story: Shaone Morrisonn.
Green has played tremendously in recent weeks, but he's got all of that confidence because of Morrisonn, who is always there to cover for him when he jumps up into the play. Also, did you know that Morrisonn is a plus-13 since Boudreau paired him with Green?
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