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Knuble out three to four weeks

Mike Knuble suffered a broken finger late in the first period and will need surgery, a team official said. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

The first line right wing was injured when he was shoved from behind and crashed headfirst into the net by Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky. It's unclear exactly how Knuble was hurt, but he went hurdling over goalie Josh Harding and landed hard.

Without Knuble, it would seem that the chances of Alex Ovechkin returning to the lineup tomorrow night in New Jersey might have increased.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 13, 2009; 9:51 PM ET
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Posted by: cplcespod | November 13, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Damn, that sucks. Get well soon Knuble.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 13, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Lame. That fall Knuble took had me worried. At least its just a busted finger and not something more serious.

As for bringing OV back early...I dunno. sure the Devils will be fighting the caps for top spot in the east and it could come down to head to head matchups, but risking ovechkin early seems a bad idea.

Posted by: trunkenmath | November 13, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

When I said earlier that I hoped things worked out so that Perreault could stay up, I didn't mean like this. :-(

Get well soon, Knuble!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 13, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for 22 but that means 85 will stay for a little bit longer. Better in nov than in April.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 13, 2009 9:57 PM |

That's a good way to look at it, if any. They obviously don't bring the same thing, but we do have Laich, Fehr, and Clark to step up and fill the role that Knuble will leave.

85 for hart.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 13, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Using 85 as a replacement for 22 is like using your Miata to haul lumber because the Hummer is out of gas. I like 85 a fair deal and I hope he can stay, but 22 has helped the team immensely, because he plays a style that's pretty direct. Maybe 16 can use this as his chance. 85 is not taking 22's spot, sorry.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 13, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Tuff break literally. It's nice to have a scoring team and a lot of depth in Hershey to ride out these injuries a bit eaiser. Mike has been a perfect fir for the team and will be missed.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 13, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Never said 85 would take 22 spot. Just meant it leaves aroster spot open for 85 to stay. It was getting abit crowded .

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 13, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I didn't mean that Perreault could be a direct substitute for Knuble; I just understood from the broadcast tonight that Gordon was ready to come back, so I figured that Perreault would have to go back to Hershey to make room for him.

Posted by: wocoliz | November 13, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

A nice strong defensive effort. This team played some sound defense and got solid goaltending from Varly. Should've been a bigger margin but hey their backup made some lucky saves. Oh well. A win is a win.

Tough losing Knuble for that long. But what this organization has done building depth doesn't leave too much cause for concern. Yes Knuble is a big presence in front of the net. Other guys have to step up and let's see what can happen. I just wish Nylander would make up his mind so at least some more cap room might allow them to be creative. It'll be interesting to see what happens.

Even after losing him - the team held its own. Here's to hoping Ovie comes back tomorrow but if not until Tuesday so be it. Hopefully the injury bug is making its way through now rather than later.

A nice complete game tonight.

Off to Jersey for a battle of the best in the east.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 13, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Knuble has really been creating chaos in front of the opposing team's net. He will be missed.

Posted by: zmega | November 13, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Our much maligned D scored two goals tonight.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | November 13, 2009 9:34 PM |

I don't get it. We just won a good game and people can still only harp on trading people for Pronger. (Yeah, I know you didn't say Pronger, but you meant it.)

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Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | November 13, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

People have been harping about using the cap space when Nylander leaves to acquire a better d-man. Which I think would be wasted when we've got so many guys in Hershey deserving.

Tough fought game great efforts all around. Sucks about Knuble, and it happens with older players, but with Knuble who bounces around between 1st and 2nd it gives Flash even more time to be a top 6 forward even when Ovie returns.

Posted by: breaklance | November 13, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse


I get it. By "people" you don't mean me (at least I hope you don't).

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | November 13, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Had the chance to take in practice on Tuesday. After practice, Knuble gathered three other Caps to stay after practice with him. Knuble stood in the crease whilst the others slapped shots from the top of the circles so he could practice redirecting the puck.

This is what he brings to the team and what he teaches our boys.

Knuble may be out three to four weeks. What he has brought to our club will be here the whole time and beyond.

Get Well, Knubes!

Posted by: WCAPS1 | November 13, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: large23220 | November 13, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I really feel bad for Knubs. Poor guy.

Crazy parallel. Nats acquired Nyjer Morgan around the time of my birthday. (He shares a birthday with me.)

Caps acquired Knuble around the time of my birthday. Knuble's birthday is 2 days after mine.

Both played both hockey and baseball.

Both became regulars comparatively late in life

Both sparked their teams and added a missing ingrediant.

Both got injured. (Morgan broke his hand. Knuble broke his finger.) At least Knuble is not missing as much time with his injury and will be back next month.

Get well soon, Knubes.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 13, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

So what will our lines be tomorrow? It all depends on whether Ovi comes back. I know the temptation will be greater since it's the Devils who seem to be the class of the Eastern Conference thus far this year and a team the Caps have major problems beating. (They always contend even when everyone seems to give up on them.)

If Ovi's back:

1) Ovi/Backstrom/Fleischmann
2) Laich/Morrison/Semin
3) Fehr/Perrault/Clark
4) Laing/Stecks/Bradley

If Ovi's not back

1) Fleischmann/Backstrom/Fehr
2) Laich/Morrison/Semin
3) Laing/Perrault/Clark
4) Gordon/Stecks/Bradley

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 13, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Got back from the game about a 1/2 hour ago.

Nice win by the Caps. It was an unusual game. This is the first time I can remember the D-men scoring more goals than the forwards. Green and Pothier scored among blue liners. Laich was our one and only forward who scored (an empty netter.)

I saw plenty of shots by forwards (Backstrom, Flash, Semin, Fehr, etc. but no one seemed to be able to get anything through.) On the bright side, at least they're working and keeping the puck in the offensive zone, for the most part.

And guess which Caps led the team in ice time. Green had exactly 2 seconds more of ice time than Tyler Sloan.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 13, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan75: interesting fact. Where did you get their ice times?

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 14, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

TEB -- it seemed a little unusual to have the losing goaltender be the first star of the game. Any insight on what the voters saw?

Posted by: miseaujeu | November 14, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

If Im Knuble, I cut off the finger and play tonight vs. NJ.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2009 6:02 AM | Report abuse

I think they saw a goalie who backs up an All-Star seeing 40 shots from the top team in the East, letting in only two goals.

In the second period, it even looked like some shooters were pressing to beat him, leading to poorer shots.

Minnesota is a struggling team on a tough road trip, and Harding kept them in it.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 14, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Hope Knuble is out closer to 2-3 weeks as opposed to 3-4.

Posted by: gebster | November 14, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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