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Fedorov Back Up Front

Viktor Kozlov, Alexander Semin and Donald Brashear are not practicing today, so the lines are all over the place.

Fedorov is back up front and Fehr, obviously, is in the lineup because of Kozlov's left leg injury. Not sure what -- if anything -- is wrong with Semin and Brashear. Here's what things look like at the moment:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Clark
Fleischmann-Fedorov-Fehr
Laich-Nylander-Gordon
Steckel-Bradley

Defense
Morrisonn-Green
Poti-Schultz
Jurcina-Erskine

I'll have more after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 14, 2008; 11:14 AM ET
 
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Comments

If 87 is hurt, 15 should slide down into that hole.

28 looked alright last night.

If he comes back, that would make for a speedy line up

Posted by: CantMissKid | October 14, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Brashear took a pass to the wrist in the 1st quarter, but continued to play the rest of the game. I am guessing it is sore today and that is why he is not practicing.

Posted by: Toad | October 14, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Clark on the 1st line makes sense. He did pretty well in the spot before Kozie took over.

Posted by: old time hockey | October 14, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'd be all for keeping those lines intact for Thursday's game. If Kozlov's out, bring in Fehr and either play him on that line or bring Clark up to 1st line duty.

I would keep Laich-Nylander-Semin together.

Posted by: jak | October 14, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

In the 2nd period, Semin looked like he was in some pain... but he kept on playing.

Posted by: 828 | October 14, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Lets hope nothing serious, but a few bumps and bruises.

Since they have a little break before the Pitt game, it might just be precautions

Kozlov, Im not so sure about though.

Posted by: SA_town | October 14, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

@828 - care to share your prediction for Semin's season goal total?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 14, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I just hope were not to beat up..... pens suck

Posted by: section 405 behind the loud guy | October 14, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Semin is fine ,usually if you have a good night BB gives you the day off to rest/relax. I didn't see 87 out there in the 3rd too much if at all. so who knows?

Posted by: capfan98 | October 14, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

CantMissKid

"28 looked alright last night."

28 looked a wee bit better than alright last night. He's probably the Caps best player right now.

Posted by: Yosh | October 14, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
With Bettman being in town this weekend, is there any thought of the NHL giving the Caps All-Star weekend in the next 3 years????

Posted by: Pat | October 14, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

an all star game to a team that cant even sell out? Who u trying to fool?

Posted by: wendel | October 14, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@wendel...

The Wizards hosted one for the NBA, they dont sell out games and it was a success. The Thrashers hosted an all-star game already. Fact is, All-Star weekend would sell out here really fast.

Posted by: Pat | October 14, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

@Pat - this is from the notes of the AP report.
"NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game. He said ticket sales are up this season despite the economic downturn, and said the league would consider having the Capitals participate in preseason games in Europe and the Jan. 1 outdoor game in the future"

Posted by: Bettman | October 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@Yosh

Agreed.

I meant alright health wise (c:

Posted by: CantMissKid | October 14, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

They had nine straight sell outs going back to last year (including the playoffs), and their season ticket base increased by 4500 units. And they pulled in over 16k on a Monday night, the day after a home Skins game, against a star-less West coast team.

I think they'd support an All-Star game just fine.

Posted by: Will | October 14, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to propose a moratorium on talk about Alzner until we have an injury to Green/Mo/Poti OR an expensive FWD is out for a long stretch. Please?

Few reasons:
1. He's never stepped foot in an NHL game. I have a very hard time believing you can take a teenager and throw him on someone's blueline and expect him to contribute right away.

2. I'm not trying to say who in our D core he's better than, but IF Alzner was close but not quite there, I'm 100% certain that management would rather him be up here with the caps, early in the year so he can contribute at a higher level later in the season.

But the biggest reason.
3. It's not about skill. It's about money. BARRING LONG TERM INJURY REPLACEMENT, we can not bring Alzner to the bigs for 44 more games. We can't afford to. If we have an injury on D before then, if the dman costs less than 1M, we still can't bring Alzner up. Look for Lepisto to get any early recalls if Juice/Skin/Schultz is hurt.

Now, if we have an injured FWD and don't recall anyone to replace them, we can start to accumulate cap room faster. If Kozy's out for a month or more on IR, we can use that cap room to build on our 700k we have now. Heck, we could even recall Bourque to replace Kozy and build Alzner-room faster.

But for the time being. With Kozy Day-to-day (read, until he's moved to IR, we don't recoup his $$ for the day) none of this matters, barring injuires, Alzner will be in Hershey until the 48th game of the season at the earliest.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

We have not had an All Star Game because Abe Pollin does not want one and he still owns the arena. If he dies we get on the list immediately. Die Abe, Die!

Posted by: Bob | October 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
What time does practice usually begin and end, I am off on Friday and hoping to go up to KCI to catch the practice.

Posted by: Billy | October 14, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@Bob,

That's pretty sick man. Is it really necessary to wish death on someone? I mean, because of that comment, it appears this world would be a better place without you, but I'm not praying for your demise....

Posted by: Leigh | October 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

FFS,

What do you want to talk about if not Alzner? Bryzgalov?

Posted by: Steve R | October 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Will

I look at that 17k announced attendance with some red-colored glasses. The caps only have 14k seats they can sell. So what that says to me is the WHOLE lower and upper bowls had to be full, + 3k suite/club level.....? really?

I don't know how they figure announced attendance, but if they count STH's as "attended" even if no ticket is scanned, and if they count club/suite level (as you buy a whole year's license to every VZ event) the same as STH, I can see where they get the 17k...

The lower bowl, visitor-shoot-twice was very sparse last night. The place only holds 19k. Looked to me like a lot more than 2k were missing last night (414 was only @85%).

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Abe will out last all of us. Evil doesn't die.

Posted by: Steve R | October 14, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Bettman is in town in part because today the Red Wings visit the White House.

His Holiness The Commish was on Eliot this morning, I'm sure the audio will be posted online at some point. I heard most of it (had to go to work!) and he sounded like, well, a weasel.

Posted by: Birdie | October 14, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Leigh

think about it, you want better ice, we need dehumidifiers, Abe said no, you want an All Star Game, Abe said no, you want better food in the VC, sorry Abe said no. All the club seats and the consessions belong to Abe, but Abe refuses to contribute to the Caps at all. Sorry but as a Caps fan I know I would be better off if he were out of the picture, what ever it takes to accomplish that. Don't want to wish ill of the man but I am a 10 year season ticket holder and he has stifled every improvement proposed for the Caps, because he is obsessed with the Wizards.

Posted by: Bob | October 14, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The Caps did host the NHL All Star Game in 1982 at the Capital Centre. Rod Langway played great, he was with the Montreal Canadians at the time, and Gretzky scored an unbelievable goal. Of course the game was sold out.

Posted by: MikeR | October 14, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

While not a fan of Abe in some respects, he did build a very sweet arena with his own money in DC out from boring old, umm, whereever in PG county the Caps center was. Too boring to remember. I love being able to get dinner and a drink before and after games in DC, take the metro, etc... Now I wish Abe would share the revenue better with the Caps and get some dehumidifiers for the ice.

Posted by: JIM | October 14, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

By all means, in the context of "Alzner played a great game in Hershey last night..." I have no problems talking about the kid.

I just feel like I've been tossing the same responses to all the "ZOMG ALZNERZ RDY NOW." comments since July. Maybe it's I who needs to take a break, but there is plenty of non-alzner topics to discuss that don't give me ulcers. Most of us are doing a good job with that. Last night's game gave us a week's worth of topics to discuss. But, even after a 10-shots-allowed performance, Alzner's name still pops up under illogical circumstances and wishful thinking, further planting seeds of hope into the minds of Alzner fans everywhere that he may be able rise to be our blue-line savior long before he's ready/capable...

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Will

I look at that 17k announced attendance with some red-colored glasses. The caps only have 14k seats they can sell. So what that says to me is the WHOLE lower and upper bowls had to be full, + 3k suite/club level.....? really?

I don't know how they figure announced attendance, but if they count STH's as "attended" even if no ticket is scanned, and if they count club/suite level (as you buy a whole year's license to every VZ event) the same as STH, I can see where they get the 17k...

The lower bowl, visitor-shoot-twice was very sparse last night. The place only holds 19k. Looked to me like a lot more than 2k were missing last night (414 was only @85%).

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 12:52 PM

__________

Attendance is calculated as tickets distributed-so all the tickets that were sold, even if people don't show, those club level seats, even if people don't show, and any tickets given away (such as promo tickets given to DC101, as I know they were giving away tickets to last ngiht's game). So the Caps/WSE distributed in one way or another, just under 17,000 tickets last night.

My guess, from being there, it was proably closer to 14,000-15,000. Some sections looked pretty full, some pretty sparse, and the club level, as always, was poorly populated.

Posted by: Birdie | October 14, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

surely the NHLPA isnt going to let its stars play on some of the worst ice in the NHL and risk injury

Posted by: wendel | October 14, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@old time hockey
As a doctor, what can you say? Is it true?

Autopsy Update:
http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2008/10/alex-cherepanov-was-sent-to.html

"We were at the place of the tragedy till five in the morning" said managing director of the Kontinental Hockey League Vladimir Shalaev. "We already have in our hands the medical expert's opinion. We can say unambiguously that Alexei Cherepanov death is a result of a heart attack and miocardiopathy. The disease was not shown up during the game or the year before. As it was found Alexei had it for a long time. Judge for yourself, the man of his age should have the heart weight of about 290 grams, while Alexei heart weight was 495 grams."

"With this data he shouldn't just not be allowed to play, he should be given a disability" said Shalaev.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If Alzner had been playing last night, we'd only have given up 5 shots. The kid kicks butt. He's working on a cure for cancer too.

Posted by: Steve R | October 14, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

NEW BLOG W000....kinda.. Not great news, but not horrible.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 14, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@Billy: nt sure O saw a response to your question re practice.

Go to the main page, click on scheudles and click on practice schedule.

But check it the morning of, because it can change

Posted by: Another Fan | October 14, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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