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Johnson to Get Start (s) and Schultz to Sit

Remember when Coach Bruce Boudreau said he planned to increase Brent Johnson's workload in the second half of the season in an effort to keep Olie Kolzig fresh?

That's about to happen, it seems.

Johnson is expected to start in net for the second time in three games tomorrow when the Caps host Florida in a critical Southeast Division matchup. It's also possible that Johnson could get the nod again on Monday in Pittsburgh, before the Caps come back with Kolzig in Toronto. I say "possible" because goalie rotations are always subject to change.

There's also going to be change on the blue line against the Panthers. Jeff Schultz is expected to take a seat, while Milan Jurcina gets back into the lineup.

"We see some guys who are looking tired and fatigued," Boudreau said of the decision to sit Schultz. "Juice looked tired the other day, and quite frankly Jeff looked tired last night. He was making plays that when he's on, he's not making those plays. It's great when you can rotate seven guys."

Everyone skated today, with the exception of Chris Clark (groin) and Brian Pothier (concussion). I saw Clark and he said nothing has changed. So I'm taking that to mean he's going to miss several more games.

I'm writing a story about Alexander Semin for tomorrow's paper. He's got 12 points in 11 games, including four goals in the last three games, and he's back to scoring those highlight reel goals again. That tells me he's 100-percent recovered from the ankle and the tailbone injuries that were slowing him down.

"He's starting to round into shape," Boudreau said. "He's working harder in both ends of the ice."

Don't forget I'm online at 2 to answer your questions.

Also -- check out photos from last night's game here.



By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 18, 2008; 12:40 PM ET
 
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