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Full House at Kettler

As previously mentioned nearly every player was on the ice at some point this morning except Sergei Fedorov who has missed 24 of the past 27 games with an ankle injury. And here is your daily injury update:

*Donald Brashear told me his leg's feeling better and depending on how it holds up tomorrow he could very well be back in the lineup against the Rangers. Coach Bruce Boudreau said the same thing. That could mean that either Alexandre Giroux or Chris Bourque might be on their way back to Hershey tomorrow.

*If you didn't get to Kettler early you may have missed Tom Poti (groin) who skated briefly before the rest of the team hit the ice. He's missed 11 out of the past 16 games and 16 games total to this injury and as he said, "Unfortunately, I'm not the most patient person." But he did tell me that he's taking things very slow this time around after coming back a bit too soon in early November, and the fact that the team's winning and doing well makes it easier for him to not rush back.

*Tomas Fleischmann (pneumonia) still looks rather under the weather, but Boudreau said he hopes to have him and Alexander Semin (back), who participated fully in practice today, back by next week's game against Columbus.

*I talked to Brian Pothier who took the full practice for the third time this week. What's allowed him to continue to take part in regular drills is that all those symptoms, the headaches, dizziness, etc. that he's suffered since his concussion he said haven't bothered him much at all recently. Granted he doesn't know what the next day could bring and he's not in game shape, but this is the best he's felt in awhile.

*The grand tour of the World Junior Championship continues as Milan Jurcina told me he was looking forward to watching his native Slovakia take on Team USA. "We'll probably lose," he said, "but hopefully it will be an entertaining game."

*I'm going to keep tabs on Jamie Heward's status and will pass along any updates I come across. Alex Ovechkin won't face discipline from the league on the hit, and I'll have much more on how the collision might effect Ovechkin's play in tomorrow's paper.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 2, 2009; 1:13 PM ET
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From Corey: "Had a brief conversation with Alexander Semin (they are all brief, but they are happening more frequently now, which is progress). When asked about his back, he shrugged. When asked if he was close to coming back, he said no."
Take your time, boys, take your time.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Did someone forget to close their bold braket on the injury update. ;)

Posted by: patrone | January 2, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl: +1 :) Take your time, boys. There's no hurry. We want you back 100% sound and healthy. You've got good guys behind you who are carrying the load admirably in your absence, and being around for the playoff push is more important.

Please don't rush Fleischmann. Pneumonia is nasty and the last thing you want is a relapse.

I really hope that hit doesn't stop Ovi from hitting people. That's part of his game, and if he reins that in or stops doing it, it could crimp his whole style. He didn't do anything wrong - just horrid luck.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 2, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

According to this, Heward is out of the hospital and on his way back to Tampa:

Posted by: durf3 | January 2, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Read the post just before that one, apparently Tarik got stuck at the Phonebooth because the gate was busted!

Posted by: koalatek | January 2, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Some folks on that TampaBay blog are calling it "boarding," but from the angle I saw, it was just a routine check. Boarding is hitting square in the back from behind. *headshakes*

Ovechkin isn't getting preferential treatment from the League on this one any more than Lucic got preferential treatment from the League when HE wasn't suspended over his hit on Pothier. Superstar status has nothing to do with it, and I'd be posting this rant over there instead of here, if Surf Control wasn't blocking it.

Stupid Surf Control!

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Baildog | January 2, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl and kittypawz - Let's make that +2. Guys, take your time!!!

Flash, especially, needs to make sure he's healthy before he comes back. A relapse of pneumonia would suck.

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: _828 | January 2, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Bourque sent down

Posted by: Baildog | January 2, 2009 2:55 PM
Cripes. Giroux must have married in the organization or something.

Posted by: Section117 | January 2, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

There is a poll on ... Who will win the Eastern Conference? 41% said Caps... Boston is at 33%

Pretty cool stuff. At least we are being recognized now.

Posted by: _828 | January 2, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse


Just wait until the Pens fans start their voting campaign....

Posted by: Steve_R | January 2, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Injury clause works for me. Sorry I'm late to answer, got distracted by work..

Posted by: _jordan | January 2, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse


Sending Bourque down is good for my Bears, but I'm really surprised by it. Giroux has been terrible. Why not keep Chris up for a couple more games and send Giroux down?

Posted by: tess2201 | January 2, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

i'm mad bourque is getting sent down, giroux has been nothing compared to bourque. poor kid. green took bourque to the airport today after practice so I was sad to see those two come out and finally know bourque was indeed being sent down.

Posted by: capsfan387 | January 2, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina will be pretty happy after that crazy upset at the world juniors. Great game by the Slovakian goaltender.

Posted by: Stu_c | January 3, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

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