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Kozlov Injured

First line right wing Viktor Kozlov suffered an injury in the second period and will not return. The Caps have refused to comment further on his status.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 13, 2008; 9:08 PM ET
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Not good that Kozlov is hurt, probably worse that they won't comment

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Whose been playing on the top line with ovie and nicky since kozlov's departure?

Posted by: capsHSC | October 13, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Will Bourque be called up...he is scoring quite a bit with Hershey along with Graham Mink. Along with Keith Aucoin, the three of them are in the top 5 for AHL scoring so are this season.

Posted by: MikeR | October 13, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

i would assume feds moves back to forward, and they dress erskine again on defense, also keep gordon in the lineup. possibly call up aucoin/bourque, prob bourque since theres no waiver for him

Posted by: ben | October 13, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is overrated for his salary. We don't need him he is too slow and loses the puck all the time.

Posted by: truth be told | October 13, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

What gives w/ the shots against? Did we turn into the Red Wings?

Posted by: kevbpgc | October 13, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Really? 10 shots on goal? Oh my god, seriously? I love it. Somebody, how did we do that?

Posted by: kevbpgc | October 13, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

10 shots on goal? Isn't that a franchise record for least shots allowed? Man, Brent Johnson could have fallen asleep in that crease for all we know. He didn't, but he could have.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 13, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Re: Replacing Kozlov: what about Fehr? We did have a scratched forward tonight, you know.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 13, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

It may not be good long term but I love Feds on defense. So calm and composed. BB just may know what he is doing.

Posted by: Chris A | October 13, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course, we don't know that Kozlov won't be ready Thurs.

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

For what Kozlov lacks offensively, his defensive play perfectly complements Ovechkin. AO gets caught up ice a lot (you got to take chances to score 65 goals, right?). Kozlov helps prevent a lot of odd-man rushes going the other way.

Posted by: topshelf_22304 | October 13, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

from the other dc rag:

POSTED September 29 2008 8:15 PM BY Corey Masisak

Forward Viktor Kozlov has a "slight groin strain" and has been removed from the game for precautionary measures. More on his status after the game.

Posted by: uncatim | October 13, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This just proves what I've been saying all along: Federov-Jurcina is the most secure D pairing in the league. Kozlov out and Fehr in? Bring it on.

Posted by: Tex | October 13, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

that is so unfortunate. Kozlov brings alot to the game IMO, I hope he gets better soon.

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | October 13, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Well played game by the Caps. They were stifling at both ends of the ice. They totally outworked Vancouver and beat them to the puck all game.

Now the Caps need to do the same thing to the Pens on Thurs. Especially after all those monotone and robotic Crosby promo's for tomorrow night's game on Versus.

Posted by: nadir | October 13, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

@ Rent

Yes, the previous low was 11.

The Caps played an amazing game. They seemed to be all over the ice and Van could not breathe without a Caps all over them. They had 3 shots through 2 periods. Probably the best all around game I have seen them play, at least in a long time.

Semin was, in a word, amazing. Versus was predicting him to get 50 goals this year and I do not doubt that if he keeps it up.

Green is on pace to shatter all kinds of D records. Seems like he is unstoppable on the PP.

This team has so much fire power. OV was kept off the score sheet and we still scored 5 goals. That my friends is called depth.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | October 13, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is overrated... I would be interested to see how Fehr fares (haha) on the top line.

It may be good to get a winger with some size on that line with Ovie and Backstrom who doesnt cough up the puck or skate with his head down all the time.

This injury isn't that big a deal... things could be worse.

Posted by: Zack | October 13, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, I'm almost beginning to think that maybe we should leave Feds on D for a bit and see what happens. I don't know if it will last long term, but the fact is that D is where we're hurting, not F. If Feds can play effective D, and likes it, I think we've got enough depth at forward to make that possible. Thoughts?

Posted by: this space for rent | October 13, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

For the Kozlov haters -- what team you are watching? Koz is playing well so far. When the Caps needed a steady player in the first period on Saturday, he was playing very well defensively. I saw him break up two Blackhawk chances. He'll be missed if he is out at all.

BTW -- Poor Witter, he went to the Isles, who suck, to get on a playoff calibre team. He got his a$$ handed to him in a fight and his team lost 7-1 to the Sabres. Bet he wishes he hadn't asked for a trade now.

Posted by: JIM | October 13, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Koz will be missed. We are blessed with depth, so we will see how Coach juggles lines for the next game. In Bruce I trust!

Posted by: Mark | October 13, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Someone tell me again why Fedorov shouldn't play defense? I just watched the Caps set a franchise record for fewest shots on goal with him on the defensive line. So personally, I say that Coach knows EXACTLY what he's doing. He, after all, IS the Jack Adams award winner for last year. I don't see any Jack Adams trophies in any of y'all second-guessers' closets... ;-)

Posted by: i rock the red | October 13, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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