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Help On The Way?

It looks like Capitals *might* get some help in time for Monday's game in Minnesota.

Mike Green was back on the ice this morning after missing two games with a bruised shoulder and Alexander Semin, who has missed four games with a upper back strain, was assigned to a line with four forwards.

It wasn't all good news for the Caps, though. Sergei Fedorov, who aggravated his sprained ankle in the first period of last night's 7-2 throttling at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, did not practice and Boyd Gordon, Chris Clark and Brooks Laich each came off after about 15 minutes.

Green didn't look anywhere close to 100-percent (I didn't see him take a single shot) and he exited after about 20 minutes. But the fact that he was out there means he's hoping to get back into the lineup. Meantime, Semin appeared to be participating fully, while I would be surprised if Fedorov suits up against the Wild.

Before the departures of Gordon, Clark and Laich, here's the forward lines looked like:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Fleischmann-Nylander-Bradley (Semin)
Laich-Steckel-Fehr
Brashear-Gordon-Clark

All the 'D' was present and accounted for.

I hope to have an update later, but I've got to scramble to the airport and write a story for the print edition so please be patient today.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 23, 2008; 1:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

Whoa, Tarik, what happened to Gordo, Clark, and Laich? Were they hurt last night and we didn't know? Update please!

Posted by: Caps1Fan | November 23, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see that BB is given Nylander a little more leash. With Semin in the 2nd line, does that resemble the beggining of the season?

Posted by: opita | November 23, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, yes. Finally Semin is back. I hope this means he's 100%.. I still think Theodore should be given a chance tomorrow.

Posted by: sprkatya38 | November 23, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Nice little situation we're in. When players get hurt we can't even afford to call up replacements from Hershey to to hovering just under the salary cap. What if none of these guys were able to play in the next game and Semin wasn't ready to go either? We really need to dump one big contract somehow.

Posted by: ranndino | November 23, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

ranndino-

Sad but true. The worst part about it is the only big contract we should really be parting with at this point is Nylander's, and most teams interested in trading for him are in cap trouble themselves so we'd have to take some salary back. Not a good situation

Posted by: dcfury | November 23, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

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