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Injury Update

The injury-plagued Washington Capitals hope to be decidedly less so when they host Atlanta on Wednesday.

Chris Clark (oral surgery), Steve Eminger (undisclosed ailment) and Dainius Zubrus (knee) are expected to be back in the lineup against the Southeast Division rival Thrashers. Clark and Eminger practiced today; Zubrus was tending to family business and did not. All three, along with Alexander Semin, missed Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss in Boston.

Semin, who is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, skated on his own. But that's where the good news ends, in my opinion. The left wing couldn't put both hands on his stick for most of the session. That's concerning.

He isn't eligible to come off IR until Saturday's game against the Islanders in New York, but it's looking as though it could take longer.

I'll have a story about Clark's injury in tomorrow's paper. Not sure what's more impressive: that Clark finished his shift after losing two teeth last Wednesday, or that those were his real teeth that were knocked out by a deflected puck.

He hasn't lost his sense of humor, though. After the interview, he looked around the locker room and joked, "Now I fit in."


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2006; 2:07 PM ET
 
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Tarik - Thanks for the update. I have the upmost respect for Clarkie finishing the game sans his two front teeth. Anyone who has had their teeth knocked out, or removed for that matter knows how painful it is.

Having said that, the team collectively looked like they were skating in quick sand for most of Saturday night. A young team like this can't start using the back-to-back games as an excuse for being tired.

Also, it looks like opponents have decided to just jam up the ice between the blue lines against us. That strategy seems to frustrate our guys and then we just dump the puck in and cannot retain control. I'm curious as to what strategies Glen and the team are going to work on to foil the Devils type of defense that we are seeing more and more of.

Keep up the good work Tarik!

Posted by: kthhken | November 20, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad to hear that Semin is struggling to hold a stick. The Caps have been unable to set a solid top three lines, and with Zed healthy and Zubie and Clark coming back I was hoping they'd get there. Either way, having a full top line should provide a nice boost against Atlanta.

CH

Posted by: C H | November 20, 2006 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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