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Fehr Not Skating

Winger Eric Fehr, who missed almost all of Monday's game with an undisclosed injury, is not on the ice for the morning skate and has been replaced on the fourth line by Michael Nylander.

Nylander is lining up as the right wing alongside Boyd Gordon and Chris Clark. Nylander has not played since Game 2 of the previous series.

Defenseman John Erskine, meantime, has returned to the ice after missing Game 2 against the Penguins because of an apparent leg/foot injury. He doesn't appear to be skating at 100 percent, though. If Erskine is out again, he'll be replaced by either Tyler Sloan or Karl Alzner, both of whom are on the trip.

Sloan did well as a fill-in on Monday, so he'll probably get another shot.

I'll have more soon.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 6, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
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please, please, please no nylander...he skates with no urgency and a general 'blah' attitude...

Posted by: netminder71 | May 6, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

He usually hangs on to the puck though.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 6, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Nyls has been in the playoffs before, he knows what to do.

Posted by: ds_kelly | May 6, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Please stop experiments with Nyls. Proven circler. Zero contribution. No energy.

Posted by: fnralch | May 6, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Nyls not only looks like he doesn't give a crap, but I think he's also bad luck. Bring back Aucoin!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | May 6, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Bruce is a moron to even think about playing Nylander. That will cause at least Gordon to have to switch to wing where he's not as comfortable. Putting Nylander in makes our 4th line so much weaker.
So stupid. Just call up Beagle or Osala or Aucoin.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 6, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that without the Capitals taking penalties against Crosby every shift, it's likely the Penguins center will continue to position himself in front of or next to goaltender Simeon Varlamov.

"We've got to make sure that we eliminate him," Mike Green said. "[In Game 2] there was two times where pucks bounce off legs and in the blink of an eye he's got it on his stick. Definitely have to be more aware of it, but you live and you learn. It's just his presence around the net. If he's not able to have any room or you get more in his face, then maybe he won't have that opportunity to score."

mikey, i sure hope you're talking to yourself since everyone else did their job vs Crosby except for you.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I worry that this is a recurrance of Fehr's shoulder or back (oh please god no!) injuries.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 6, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not a Nyls proponent most of the time. I think he will come out with energy. He's been on the bench for the whole playoffs - this is his one chance...

Posted by: OldCapsFan | May 6, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse


Alas, Nyls's already had so many chances with no results... I'd certainly prefer Aucoin who will UNDOUBTEDLY come out with even more energy than during the regular season.

Posted by: fnralch | May 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Nylander might not be too bad if he's on the 4th line. On the top lines he throws off their game because of the slow pace he likes to play at. On the 4th, maybe not so much. But I'd rather have Aucoin with some energy out there. That would be great 4th line which could put on some good pressure.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 6, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This is a no-brainer. Call up Aucoin or Osala or Beagle. Preferably Osala. Problem is Nylander is a veteran who is already paid. He has absolutely nothing left to prove. For all we know, he could care less if the Caps win or lose. He has already been benched by BB, so I am sure he is aware that BB has absolutely no trust in him. To put him back in the playoffs right now, it is almost guaranteed to be a half a$$ed effort. Period. Osala and the gang are young guys who do not make a fraction of what Nyls makes. They have something to prove, and will be giving 110% effort, something Nyls will not. The Hershey guys want a roster spot for next season, and the chance to make a name for themselves. This is a no brainer. Osala better be on the ice if Fehr cannot go. If Nys has a jersey, BB is a hypocrite, and idiot.

Posted by: cj658 | May 6, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Big mistake dressing Nyls. This is a downgrade from Fehr who at least brought his physical game to this series. Aucoin would have been a much better choice at the moment.

Posted by: madflava | May 6, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I believe we are 6-1 in this year's playoffs without Nylander and 0-2 with him.

Posted by: CapsChick | May 6, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Nyls has been subpar all year.

We need energy and HARD HITTING from our third and fourth lines. Call up Aucoin or Beagle please.

Nylander to stay on bench.

Posted by: greener1 | May 6, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I seem to have overlooked the article where Bruce Boudreau was replaced by several of our message board posters. I know it helps people deal with their anxieties for each and every game but I don't think they pay Boudreau to read message boards and then put into action whatever suggestions we make, some bordering on just personal attacks on the guy. I won't claim to know more about hockey but really, it gets pretty tired people calling Boudreau an idiot, especially when it comes to Nylander.

But given how some of the players have stepped it up as the playoffs continue, I think we all should have learned that a players' performance during the regular season doesn't necessarily mean that's how they'll play in the playoffs. I think it's a fact now that Nylander's time with us is coming to a close. I sympathize with the guy having to sit out during this exciting time. He should be a part of it. He's still part of the team. Might as well use him. He may surprise us.

Do us proud, Nylander! Go Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 6, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Good post LCCF

cstanton - calling BB a moron only solidifies your own claim to the title. If you had read the post you might have noticed that it said that Nyls was lining up on right wing, Gordon was at center.

Posted by: ds_kelly | May 6, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

LCCF and the short rider below: You are right, Bruce is not the idiot, you are.

Putting Nyls at wing is even more asinine than putting at center. He is on his way out. He has been forced to sit through all the excitement. He is already a multi millionaire. What better way to stick it to GMGM and BB by going out and playing half a$$ed. And yes, if BB plays Nyls, he is an idiot. I don’t “claim” to be a coach, but I do claim to exhibit the general properties of common sense. Nobody said BB reads the posts either. My opinion is my opinion. And if you truly believe Nyls is the best option, than I truly wonder about you. Sorry I had to be so blunt. If he plays, caps lose. End of story. If he doesn’t play, Caps up 3-0. Although the league is probably hell-bent on making sure this series goes 7 games. Although the Caps are the better team simply because of goaltending. The Caps do not fear MAF. Not saying they feared Henrick, but facts are facts. Henrick is by far the better goalie

Posted by: cj658 | May 6, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ Calling Fehr a physical presence. Fehr is Schultz playing forward.

Nylander can cycle well, and you all are crazy if you think Nylander will tank on purpose to "prove some point". He's never won a Cup and this may be his best shot, you better believe he wants to play right now. Even if he's not playing for BB or GMGM..he's very close with Backstrom and a few other guys. He will be ready to play. I think its hilarious that people think he'll be a downgrade to Fehr or Clark.

Posted by: CapsandRavens | May 6, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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