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Fedorov Playing Center; Brashear Not Practicing

Injuries to Viktor Kozlov (left leg) and Donald Brashear (hand) has forced Coach Boudreau to shake up his lines, and as of this moment, here's how they look:


Kozlov, of course, is expected to miss two weeks. Brashear, however, is another story. He was struck on the hand with a puck Monday, but Boudreau said yesterday that he expected him to practice today. So perhaps it's worse than orginally thought.

If Fedorov is indeed back to playing center (and it looks that way) that means John Erskine will be in the lineup tomorrow at Pittsburgh.

I'll have more later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 15, 2008; 10:36 AM ET
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Just so no one says first.

Posted by: Name | October 15, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Wow, wait - first comment? Holy cow!

I hope Brash's hand is OK... that's not cool. Hopefully Kozlov's two weeks won't turn into two months........!

Posted by: i rock the red | October 15, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Section 117 | October 15, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I like the look of that third line. Also, does anyone think Erskine will be able take Godard in a throw down?

Posted by: Graham | October 15, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Check the breaking news on your emails :(

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 15, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

yes!!! the return of john sexy lumberjack erskine. I hope the donald is okay, i did want to see him school godard ( who actually i think beat cote last night in the best fight i have seen yet this year)

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Section 117 | October 15, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

although i hate to say it but godard was the guy last year that gave erskine the head injury in a fight, but i doubt that would happen again

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse


Brash should at least skate after practice if it is just a hand injury right?

Did he get on the ice at all yesterday?

Posted by: SA_Town | October 15, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't hink Erskine can take Godard.

I agree I think Godard won that one too. That last haymaker looked like it hurt Cote.

Section 117,
Love the Danny pic! I hate that little $#&#%!!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 15, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Interesting F-F-F line.

Posted by: F-F-F | October 15, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Too bad about stevo's boyfriend being back in the lineup.

Posted by: Brokeback | October 15, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Can we send that pic to the flyer blogs? I wish we could get his email address. Does he have a website?

Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, Erksine is back on the ice. Not my first choice against the Pens.

BTW in the last two periods and overtime in the Pens-Flyers game, the Flyers seemed to dominate the ice, except for Malkin. I did notice Carter (I think) taking out Fluery with no call. Same ol' Broadstreetbullies. Dupuis winning shot was very nice, and really lucky for the Pens. Crysbaby and Briere seemed to be a diving match not a hockey game trying to get a penalty call -- humorous actually

Posted by: JIM | October 15, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Think Jose gets the start?

Posted by: Jordan | October 15, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I think he does. I think he settled down enough during the Hawks game to be back starting.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | October 15, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Truth's request for names:

First, there are two sides to this story. One if we don't win the cup, one if we do. If the cup is won, more decisions will be made to cut costs and get younger. If we can't find the cup this year (I would bet goaltending will be the cause of that one) we are much more likely to fix those few things that are wrong and try again. Let's start with the most likely scenario: We don't win the cup.

We are going to be cash-strapped next year if we don't win the cup. Further requiring us to find an improvement at RW over Koz and his 2.5.

1. IF we can keep Kozlov for 2.5. Then YES my answer is Kozlov. 2.5 is a BARGAIN for a 50-60 point producing RW.

More Evidence. Top line last year counted for 36% of the team's points. That's what we call a balanced scoring attack, the cornerstone for all successful teams. Our lineup is even more balanced this season.

2. Clark or Laich. really, they are the same person. Literally. Look at them.

3. FA Winger could fall here. Who would that be, nobody can tell at this point of the season, but I can promise you, if we miss the cup, it will be goalie related, and we're going to have to make a big splash in the net, leaving less money for Kozy's replacement. FA's I see (just looking at RWs) that fit the $ and size: Latendresse, Sykora (the good PIT one, not the bad NSH one), Bertuzzi.

To me, next season (barring cup victory) is a one-or-the-other situation. If Feds still wants to play, his utility has a place on this team. If we keep Feds, I'm OK letting Kozy go. If Feds goes... I can see us keeping Kozy based on his utility as a C or RW.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 15, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Erskine-Gil and Bradley Godard.

As much as it sucks not having Brash out there, with a hand injury I would prefer him not to make it worse and as quickly as Godard and Cote went at it, it wouldn't take long for Brash to drop the mitts.

Posted by: pants | October 15, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

FFS -- I agree in most aspects, but will add a few factors:

RW -- Fehr has a break-out season and replaces Kozlov for less money (maybe, not a prediction)

LW -- Flash has a break-out year, earning 2nd line LW, allowing Semin to move to the 1st line and Fehr to the 2nd line (if Fehr has a break out season)

LW/RW -- Laich repeats his performance of last year, earning time on either wing on the 1st or 2nd line

Goalie -- Varmalov plays awesome for the Bears, helping them to win the Calder, earning a promotion to the Caps -- JT or BJ's replacement depending on how they play this year

Posted by: JIM | October 15, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Regarding LTIR, I don't think having Kozlov on the shelf will build any extra space for the trade deadline. The LTIR excpetion only gives teams the ability to exceed the cap to replace an injured player. It does not add that injured player's salary to the upper cap limit.

from "For players that the team has filed an LTI exception, the team is allowed to exceed the cap by up to the amount of the injured player's salary with as many replacement players as needed, provided that when the injured player is activated the team comes into compliance with the cap immediately. The team does not get to automatically tack on the amount of the injured player's salary to the Upper Limit - an example as illustrated in Article 50.10(d) of the CBA illustrates this point: "

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 15, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather see...



Erskine in the booth so he can figure out the solutions for all the bad he has caused, namely Global Warming, Darfur, the feud between Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton, El Nino, Apartheid, Advanced Calculus, mens capris pants, the Jonas Brothers, the horrible food at the VC, the English Patient, no breakfast at McDonalds after 11am, Anitas not being open 24/7 and mild to severe rashes.

Posted by: JSchon | October 15, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I hope bradley-godard doesn't happen. Bradley's good but that would end up like his Lulic fight last year

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

To the suggestion of Ovie/Backs/Gaborik.

Would it be a fun line to watch? Yes. I would argue Ovie/Backs/Semin would be more exciting and productive.

The largest problem with this suggestion is both Gaborik's PRICE and his brain. The kid is gifted, but EVERY SINGLE YEAR it's... "I'm not gonna play till I get a new contract..." or "Trade me y'all suck." Only to find him lacing it up for MIN each year. We've got a group of guys who, for the most part sofar, have not been demanding the world from GMGM and Ted's pockets. Bringing 10 here would cause problems we absolutely don't need.

And, good luck finding a way to fit 2x 100M contracts on your "stanley cup" roster. If you haven't noticed, that's what Gaborik wants.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 15, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

That sucks that Brash is hurting. Im sure Erskine would love a rematch with Godard though and he should have something to prove after being scratched. Hopefully he'll be a decent replacement if the Donald cant play.

Posted by: captnclark | October 15, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Fedorov deserves to be on the second line, he outplayed Nylander for the first 2 games, then gets moved to defence, and now to line 3? makes no sense...

Posted by: CapsCup1998 | October 15, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

pants....boom outta here

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Bradley is the man, but he better not try and fight Godard. Bradley is a "middleweight" not a heavyweight.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 15, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and in the last two Pitt games, somebody has scored off of Hal Gill. And Godard probably deserved a W for that fight. They both got in some blows, but I think Godard got the best of Cote.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 15, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

@FFS enough

I know the gaborik thing would never happen, someone just asked for a name and he is the best free agent winger out there in 09'

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@ Jschon -- what's wrong with my manpris? Kozy loves it when I wear them and we watch the English Patient in 70 degree January weather, discussing why Paris and Nicole just can't get along with one another

Posted by: JIM | October 15, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 15, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

FFH -- (that scares me cause me thinks FFH works for the FannyFred. those boys didn't work they just posted to this site.)

There you go overthinking the game. Why are you so hung up on the salary cap. You must be one of those few honest accountants in the world. There are a gazillion scenarios that can take place to get the right person on the wing. And why the worry on Feds leaving. Jeez Louise come on. He is golden right now and he is not going anywhere as long as we are winning. They can't they are addicted and they only have one career you know. Remember don't overthink it. Accounts do worry alot don't they FFHousing?

Think trade not pickup in the FA. Think trade think trade how many times do I have to say it think trade. Why do you think so linear? Mix it up in that mind of yours.

good effort though on coming up with names.


Posted by: The Overthinker Parade | October 15, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse


I could not agree more with your line combonations. Feds needs to stay on D and keep erskine out of the line up. I have to say i was waiting on these injuries to happen to see borque or beagle, maybe giroux get their chance with the big club. Injuries are unfortunate, but they happen and i think the caps can find something positive out of it.

Posted by: capsHSC | October 15, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

there is a decent article on semin on's hockey page , with one of the funnier comments i have seen

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@ Overthinker Parade
(from previous thread)

I don't know who you are but you sound like Chief. Enough with the insults already. If you are not careful you will be labeled a troll and nobody will respond to you. Just b/c someone disagrees with you, don't attack them. It makes you look bad. Besides it makes guys like me who actually agree with you want to change sides on the issue.

@ JSchon

Anitas? I'm not in DC but always am looking for a place to go before a CAPS game.

Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: stevo | October 15, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse


Ah, yes, Anitas... If you're looking for a great place to pregame a Caps game... Anitas aint it...

But if you want a plate piled filled with grilled pork, hash browns, refired beans, red chili sauce and two eggs over medium with 2 soft tortillas anytime of the day then Anitas is your place. Priced to sell at $6.95.

They also have amazing breakfest burritos, green or blue bag.

I can't count the times I'd roll back from a night of extreme drinking events, like Tuesday, and punish some Anitas at 3am.

Posted by: JSchon | October 15, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@ stevo


Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Next game let's see:


Aka the lineup that dominated Chicago.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Erskine looks a little slower, which is hard to imagine! - i would call up the kid - throw him to the wolves right off the bat and see how he handles it.

Posted by: hew | October 15, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse


I care about the cap cause it matters. I could sit here all day and proclaim that we should replace Kozlov with Hossa next season. (WOW...) but the simple truth there is we would not be able to afford him.

Looking at this team in 2-3 years, we have quite a few young guys we have to worry about resigning. Semin, Laich, Fehr (maybe, he's in my doghouse this year like Flash was last year) and Backstrom. Locking these guys up will not be cheap. Semin especially. How long will he want to play in the shadow of Ovie? As much as he could help make this team great, if he desires to be a team's #1, we're going to have to bring the billz.

The same concept applies to trades. We can not trade Kozy for anybody who costs more than him. This isn't the days of the Jagr trade. Teams can no longer trade a guy to another team and pay for a portion of their salary. You accept a player via trade, you get his contract as-is.

That being said, I have to go do some actual work. Yes, I do have a job, and I should have been getting stuff done this AM, but the Kozy comments from yesterday just had to be responded to :-)

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 15, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm not insulting I'm telling the truth Kozlov hurts Ov's line. Imagine a more dynamic tough forward the goes to the net and is not a pansy. Imagine what it would do for Ov's game. Free thinking.

Kozlov is as good as gone. As a hockey fan I consider him a slug. Digs the corners? Are you kidding he had 18 penalty minutes last year. Is that digging or tip toeing through the tulips.

Posted by: truth be Told | October 15, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@ jschon

Where is it? Sounds like my kind of place. I am originally from DFW. I went back this past weekend. My brother (he is in North Dakota) and I had mexican for lunch (The famous Joe T Garcia's in Fort Worth) and TX BBQ for dinner on Thursday, Mexican for lunch and TX BBQ for dinner on Friday. Saturday we decided to go for something different and had BBQ for lunch and mexican for dinner.

I can't find either one any good here.

BTW - breakfast was mexican all three days. There is nothing quite like a Chorizo and Egg burrito with green tomatillo sauce and jalepenos for breakfast. Especially for a hangover.

Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

We really didnt dominate CHI, we beat them. We DOMINATED Vancouver.

Any lineup with Fedorov on the blueline for me, will work.

Posted by: JSchon | October 15, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Where is this Anitas place located??

Posted by: Section 404 | October 15, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@ truth

I agree with you. I just don't think you need to insult people (JIM, FFS) to make your point. If anything, arguing too forcefully detracts from your arguement. I have long felt that Kozlov has never lived up to his potential. I would rather play guys like Fehr and Stecks.

Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

FFH -- why do you worry so much? Good thing we have hockey in our lives otherwise we would be sitting at our jobs watching our 401ks blow up. We work hard to watch it go up in smoke. Makes since but hey that is what they want you to believe.

Listen I'm not a financial wiz but since I am a simple man I know how the Caps will get better. Don't worry about the cap as adjustments will be made -- you know kind of like a "New Deal."

Fehr will be gone sooner than later. We will get the winger we need trust me.

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I wouldnt call Anitas "World Famous", but in the world of drinkers, Anitas has saved many, many lives.


Vienna, VA RT123
Chantilly, VA RT50
Herndon, VA Elden St
Ashburn, VA Waxpool Dr

I'm sure there are more... But I've only been to those.

Posted by: JSchon | October 15, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Anitas are all over the place in Northern Virginia. I can't speak to their locations in MD, but there is one in Vienna, Herndon and Chantilly. I'm sure there are more.

Vienna one is off 123. Herndon one is at the corner of...Elden + Monroe I believe. It's near the old abandoned church. And in Chantilly, it's right at the corner of Centreville Rd and 50.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 15, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of slow, did anybody else think Malkin looked slow out there last night?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 15, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks FFS and JSchon

I'll definitely have to get to one.

Posted by: kenwood | October 15, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

There is good Mexican all over the area, if you really want TexMex as opposed to real Mexican food, try El Paso in Arlington near the practice rink. BBQ is harder but the joint downtown near Verizon is not bad Texas style BBQ

Posted by: Bob | October 15, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse


Jimbob started it by calling me an idiot. I know the game well enough to know Kozzy's time here is done. So does george. I expect big change coming this year in the trade arena. It's coming believe you me it is coming.

Is Jim actually the real Kozzy? 18 penalty minutes! It just boggles the mind to think that others actually believe this guy is a corner dweller (and good for OV).

I actually like Corry Perry.

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse


I noticed that too. It was like he was on tank treads or something out there.

Posted by: Jordan | October 15, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse


Things I don't understand (work, 401k, certain politician's stances on key issues) scare me. I use hockey as a means of comfort, as it's something I understand and can mentally manage. Don't worry, as stressed as I may sound trying to defend Koz's production vs $value, it is actually refreshing to me, as it's something I can grasp and understand.

Now, on to Fehr. If this kid can't shine in his time these first few months, look for him to get the Eminger treatment this season. I like Fehr, and his injury concerns are quite sad, but if he can't hack it, he can't hack it. If some other team wants to give us picks for him, by all means, GIMME GIMME.

Posted by: FFS Enough | October 15, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I watched 7/8 of that game, and from where I sat, both the Pens and the Flyers look about a month away from where they should be.

Posted by: JSchon | October 15, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

truth be told.
What are you, six years old?

"he called me an idiot first!"

"mom! he's touching the car on my side!"

"kenwood, he licked my cookie!"

Posted by: MNMNT | October 15, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Malkin looked slow. Were you watching the bats of the Deadsox or the hockey game. Malkin was all over the place and had a great game. His teammates on the otherhand...

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

haha.. Kozlov is a terrible player! He's not in the penalty box NEARLY enough! Rabble rabble rabble!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

you see how i get attacked by the likes of MNMNT? You see...

Now back to work MNMMT so you can prop up Mr. Market.

Why the bias against Malkin? He looked pretty good to me. It must be the fear factor setting in on our caps fans. Let's see how slow Malkin is tomorrow.

Man some of these caps fans just crack me up.

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Malkin did look slow because like a Russian T-72, he was busy running over everything in front of him. He had a lot more mojo than the other Pens. The Flyers controlled the tempo in the 3rd and OT. Dupuis and Fleury saved them from earning a loss. Crosby was fairly ineffective, passing to the Flyers more often than his teammates.

Posted by: JIM | October 15, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I've had the BBQ near VC. Good, but still doesn't measure up. Better than anywhere else I have found. I have had El Paso. Nope.

Actually the restaurant right across from VC is pretty good, but is more of a high end place. For good, down in the ditch, northern mexico/TexMex, I haven't found anything to replace the food an old GF from the 90's used to make me from scratch. She was originally from El Paso and her parents were still in Mexico. That girl did two things well and one of them was cook.

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

just that linear line of thinking -- "not in the penalty box enough" -- another intelligent cap fan who sits in the 400's.

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

yeah, who's gonna fight Godard Thursday if Brashear is hurt? We have no choice, but Erskine will have to be in the squad... Frankly, I don't want to be Erskine if it'll happen...

Posted by: Dave King | October 15, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

truth be told.
I haven't said a word about Kozlov. The fact that you're acting like a six year old cracks me up.

I've been working that's why I haven't been posting. I don't have the pleasure of being able to put the title of "Professional Blog Commenter" on my resume like some people.

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

Are you gonna call me a stupidface now?

Posted by: MNMNT | October 15, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it but i have to agree with Jimbob seems he was watching the same game as truth be told. Fluery was fantastic. Imagine if we had a Fluery. Oh on that point, our achilles heel will be the goaltending. Don't you guys worry about Kozzy cause the goaltender bashing will pick up from those that love Kozzy. It's just simple human hockey fan nature. It's a coming. Is MNMMT back to work yet?

Rosa's is great to drink and be merry and the perfect place to celebrate Caps wins and AC/DC concerts. For those about to Rock!

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

no not really MNMMT but if you want to call yourself that be my guest dude. what did you think of Fluery lasst night. Slow?

Posted by: truth be told | October 15, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

New post all you stupidfaces

Posted by: JIM | October 15, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Rosamexicanas is swank/mexican fusion chi chi joint. Nice if you're celebrating a Caps win... But if you're in the mood for grub, not on a nice plate, not served by a guy named Steve but rather a guy named Esteban... Go to Anitas.

Posted by: JSchon | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Rosa's may be a lot of things, but what it is not is Mexican.

There are very few places to sit in the lower bowl that are good for watching the game on the ice. Good for watching individual players, but not the game. The best seats in the house are club level but Abe owns those and I refuse to give him more than what I spend on something to drink. That leaves the 400 level for those who actually understand the game of hockey and like to watch the play develope on the ice. Speed and power of individual players is cool once in a while but I would not trade my seats up high for seats near the glass and since I have been a season ticket holder more than 10 years I have had many offers to move at significant discounts to what others have been paying for the same seats. Dont want to move. BTW FFS has a point grow up and you will get more respect.

Posted by: Bob | October 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

yeah brah.
did you just refer to yourself in the third person? that was awesome. MNMNT thinks you are cool.

Posted by: MNMNT | October 15, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Now THAT is my kind of line-up!

I'd like to see this one stay intact for a while.

Posted by: CantMissKid | October 15, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with all, I'd rather see Feds on Defense. And Nyls is great on 2nd line. That line can be great and should be given some chances.

Posted by: CapsCapsCaps | October 15, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Damn Brash with a "hand injury" that sucks!
Hope its not anything too serious...anyone know if it is his jab hand? or his Power punch hand? No Wonder he is gonna be a scratch.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | October 15, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Nyls has 4 pts in 3 games...playing on the 3rd line. I think backs is good, but is young. Nyls is the best center on this team for now. Boudreau is a gunslinger though, he'll never breakup ovy/backs.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 16, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone understand the logic of splitting up all the Russians?

Posted by: Beezer | October 16, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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