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Kozlov Out Tonight

A very quick update from KCI: Sergei Fedorov, Shaone Morrisonn and Viktor Kozlov are out tonight against Tampa Bay. Coach Bruce Boudreau said Kozlov, who was wearing an orange jersey this morning, is nursing a nagging injury (he would not be specific) and that he's still hopeful Fedorov and Morrisonn will be ready for Wednesday's game in Raleigh.

Here were the lines:


As we've already reported, Brent Johnson will get the nod in net. The 'D' pairings, meantime, will remain the same.

Ovechkin said he's looking forward to facing Olie Kolzig, even if it's going to be "weird" seeing him in a Tampa Bay Jersey.

"It's too bad he's not on our team," Ovechkin said. "He was a great teammate and a great player, but that's life. It's going to be something new, weird. But it's good he's going to play because we know where to shoot on him."

As if that meant head high, Ovechkin cracked a big smile and added, "Head high, talk to him, say something, get him mad a little bit."

When I asked Boudreau if the Caps have an advantage because they are familiar with Kolzig, he shot down the notion, saying: "Olie knows where they are shooting. So I don't think there's any advantage out of that."

Sorry for being so brief this morning, but I've got to get over the Verizon Center for the Lightning's skate.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 10, 2008; 10:14 AM ET
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Even I know where to shoot on Kolzig :)

Posted by: fizhe | November 10, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Kozlov, who was wearing an orange jersey this morning, is nursing a nagging injury..."

He tweaked his knee last month, or was that his groin?

Posted by: Section117 | November 10, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Time for over / under. Who is achieving over where he could be and who is playing below where he should be?

Semin, Johnson, Poti (much improved from last season and best blueliner to date), Erksine (really), Laich (replacing Clark?), Schultz (more physical, using his long reach better), and Federov (playing allstar level).

Jose (bye-bye time), Green (too little attention to his own zone), Backstrom (bad soph slump so far), OV (for OV that is, but he'll be back soon), Kozlov (a ghost so far), Clark (still thinking about his injury?), and Nylander (does he fit the Caps style?).

Please feel free to comment

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I love Ovy! That is classic. Get him mad, and then shoot early and often. That's definitely the book on Olie.

Posted by: matucker | November 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Everyone, I am looking for a win tonight, not to look back on fond memories. Light him up... LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: SZALACH7 | November 10, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Has anything been discussed about the Caps shoring up our "weak" 'D' by aquiring an Ohlund? Then Feds could stay at center!! I think we COULD use a little veteran savy back there couldn't we? Of course at this point it's a cap space issue but I'm sure GMGM could think of SOMETHING! (C-ya Jose!) haha

Posted by: edmontoncapsfan | November 10, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Good thing we have a Mike Wise to tell us how long Olie played hear and that we should cheer for him when he gets introduced. Hey Mike, Olie left on his own. If he hadn't gotten his feelings hurt he would be in goal for us tonight and we would not be putting up with Theodore. I liked Olie a lot, but I do not wish him well tonight or any other night. He plays for a division rival. I hope they lose every night possible. I will clap for him when introduced, after that he is ancient history.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | November 10, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS: Backstrom has been a real force in the last couple of games. He's been steadily improving game over game. I'm not sure I'd still put him in the under category. The scoring will come. Give it time. When Ovi breaks out, he'll break out. He's already shooting more than he did last year.

The others ... I'm not convinced on Jose yet. Play the hot hand while it's hot, but I'm not rushed to bring up Varlamov or Machesney yet.

Ovi'll light Kolzig's lamp tonight. Mark me.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 10, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

And if you want to give him a tribute, throw him a party at your house. We can wait until he retires.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | November 10, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Kittypawz -- yes, Backs looks better and needs to shoot more. His passing is getting better and his rushes and board play are much better. I expect both he and OV will snap out of their slumps soon. No better time than tonight.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS: Nylander has been fine. He and Flash have a little chemistry going, I'd like to see that through for the full season. If a puck posession, defensively responsible center is the wrong fit for this team, then a touchdown throwing, non-intercepting quarterback is the wrong QB for the Redskins. Don't overthink it.

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 10, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

In light of Ovie's comments about getting Olie mad--wouldn't it would be fitting on Olie's tribute night if the Caps caused him to break his stick over the crossbar?

Ahh, the memories!

Posted by: kenjabi | November 10, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

ThisGuy -- Opps, forgot that Flash has greatly improved. Nylander can be great at puck possession and passing, he just does not rush up ice very well. His defensive game has been pretty good so far. I still think he is playing under his potential thus far, and I wonder if his style and this system will take some time to gel.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm happy with Nylander. He might circle with the puck often, perhaps too often, but he's done less so this year than last. THe guy holds onto the puck at times when other players would lose it. He gets it along the boards and stickhandles in the space of a phone booth. You can't teach that. And then he makes a great pass/assist to someone while two guys are desperately trying to strip him. All the while, he's in the offensive zone. THATS what I want from a 3rd line center.

Remember, its all about getting to the post season. Thats when a lot of these guys turn it up. Others, ahem, fade away.

Posted by: oo7 | November 10, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

nicky backs i think is about even, less points but still playing well.
I hope it was a joke that schultz is up because he is being more physical, that made me laugh a little bit

Posted by: _stevo | November 10, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow...Too many injuries!

Get these guys healthy before they are 2 games on, and one off all year long.

You cant control injuries, but you can throw someone back too soon so they dont heal fully.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 10, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

An ovation for Olie would be great but we need a WIN! Enough said.

About JT, I hope GMGM is not at his usual 30 day lag concerning a move if(now looks like when) BJ takes the reigns for the rest of the season. Sure, BJ could go cold or get injured but JT coming back as our #1 long term without our prospcts being considered part of the equation is doubtfull.

Relax folks. I'm just saying that hopfully GMGM has that back up plan at least drawn out on the back of a cocktail napkin instead of having his head in the sand.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 10, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

_stevo -- more physical, not less than last year. I did not state that he is playing like Pnuef, only that he isn't quite a shrinking violet. Where I see him greatly improved is using his reach to break up passes and keep skaters generally to the outside

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 10, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I plan to take part in the customary "O-LIE!" chant before the game but after that I will be cheering every goal we score.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 10, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Glad Kozlov is sitting. He is just taking up space. He has been very ineffective. If you want to call it a "nagging injury" so be it, I call it "benching".

Posted by: joeshred | November 10, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse


saying schultz is more physical than last year doesn't really say too much, but i do like the shrinking violet reference

Posted by: _stevo | November 10, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, or anyone with knowledge of how the tv stuff works...I have Direct TV and the other night I could not find the caps game in HD (just on RSN alternate 643). It was almost unwatchable on my flat screen it was so blurry. But yet on CSNHD was the miserable 20 point plus drubbing of the Wizards in Orlando. I know there are HD cameras at Verizon so why wasnt a huge Saturday night tilt against the Rangers in HD? Or was it somewhere and I just didnt find it?

Posted by: skinzfan4 | November 10, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

skinzfan4, as mentioned in the comments of the game day blog, the game was on CSN+ and was not available in HD. The bandwidth does not yet exist to support two HD RSNs in our area. Soon.

Also, there is a difference between 'produced in HD' and 'broadcast in HD'. All NFL games have been produced in HD for a while, but only this season have they all been broadcast in HD. If I had to guess, I'd say that the Rangers game probably was produced in HD, but it was definitely not broadcast in HD.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 10, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that Backs slow start has something to do with his ankle. Remember last year Sasha started very slowly with his ankle sprain.

Posted by: RichC3 | November 10, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

On Olie: cheer during the tribute and feel a little sad knowing how much sweat and blood that guy poured into the organization but thats it.

On the game: 3-2 or 2-1 (either way). If we come out flat we'll will only give Olie more confidence if they get up a goal or two.

Players: I disagree that Erskine is playing better. Every time him and Juice are on the ice they are by far the slowest people out there. They are always running around in our zone and except for a few good checks are big liability as the season wears on. Also Kozlov has to be hurt because he is playing so poorly. Every time he gets the puck its turned over or he misses the pass all together...very tough to watch.

Posted by: skinzfan4 | November 10, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@jimallcaps: Speaking of Phaneuf - did you see what happened to him in the first period last night of the Chicago/Calgary game? I forget who it was, but the stick got between his face and the shield and hit him in the eye. He came back later, but wow.

And Calgary got positively stomped.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 10, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Greg!

Posted by: skinzfan4 | November 10, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I have a lot of respect for Olie. He's done so much for Autism, he's a great guy, he did well for the Caps while he was here, great vet in the locker room, etc. All that said, business is business and although I wish him well and I absolutely won't boo him I also won't cheer against the Caps. I don't want Olie to 'tank' but I certainly want a Caps win.

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | November 10, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Sucks about Kozlov, but I saw it coming -- he hasn't looked like himself, skating-wise.

I'm excited about tonight. I'm also excited about seeing Ovie break his goal-scoring streak on Olie.

And yeah, I'm, personally, hoping for a broken Olie-the-goalie stick or two.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 10, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Tonights the night Ovie breaks out of his slump!!!!!

Posted by: hockeygrl76 | November 10, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

For those going to the game: Cheer when Ollie is introduced. Cheer VERY loud when he gets scored on. Give him a golf clap if he makes a save. Cheer for him at the end of the game.

Posted by: Leeguru | November 10, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned Nylander. Every time he has the puck in the defensive zone he ends up turning it over. The last few games in particular. He and Schultz are coughing it up left and right. There was a goal in the Carolina game recently where Nylander made a blind pass along the boards that gets intercepted by the D. He then gets a 2nd chance to clear it and Scott Walker easily pushes him off the puck, gathers it up, feeds it across ice to the other point and the Canes scored. Schultz created scoring opps for the Rangers with some of his feeble clearing attempts also. Our players have got to play stronger on the puck especially when they have a chance to clear it. You don't get too many 2nd chances and its not fair to BJ to have to make saves when his teammates blow a clearing attempt

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 10, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else wish that Fehr or Laich were on the second line rather than Clark?

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 10, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I will cheer during the tribute, and certainly wont boo Olie.

I do hope he gets yanked early in the 2nd though after we go up 4-1.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 10, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I would prefer Clark and Liach swapped.

I also thought the guys on the 4th line played well on Saturday. Lots of pressure, good cycling and played physical. Also Brash created a couple of decent chances. Just what you want from your 4th line.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 10, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

My prediction: The game is a 3-3 tie, goes to shootout.

Contrary to his history, Olie stones the first 17 attempts, then yields a shootout goal to Schultz. Johnny has a shootout shutout.

Hey, it could happen. :)

Posted by: rw-c | November 10, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone want to buy a brand new Huet Jersey? The numbers are really stitched on there, not like some of the Jerseys I've seen sell for $150-$180. I saw some two weeks ago where the stitching was screen printed on, in grey.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 10, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz - That was Martin Havlat who got his stick up when he saw Phaneuf coming in for a hit.

Kozlov has definitely been hurt.

I like Nylander.

Clark better show something tonight if he wants to stay in the line-up. I understand he was pissed being left out for 2 games, but he has shown absolutely nothing to justify his inclusion in the line-up so far. If not for salary cap and other concerns I would love to see Chris Bourque in his place. He would be a whole lot more useful. So far Clark can't even stop a simple pass half the time... he just fumbles the puck away.

I also have a feeling that tonight's the night Ovie breaks out of his slump.

Cheer Ollie before and after the game. During it be what you are, Caps fans.

Posted by: ranndino | November 10, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the over ratings for our D-men. The only two who deserve kudos are Greene and Poti.

Can we go shopping for some D-men in Sweden? They are the best in the world.

Yes, Ovechkin and Backstrom will get out of their slumps soon. It is nice to see a team with depth -- not just one guy scoring all the goals.

I would just strengthen our defense some more. And give the 4th line more ice time. Who knew that Brashear could streak up the ice?

And I agree about Clark. Too bad, nice guy.

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Posted by: bagasome | November 10, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Clark is and should be on a short leash.

Fehr should be given a longer look , a young player like him is losing confidence each time he gets benched. He can't come in for a few shifts every 5 games and be expected to find his game.

Erskine is playing well. Jurcina needs to rediscover his game. Poti is our best defenseman. And Green and Schultz are regressing. And I hear Alzner isn't playing well at Hershey. Dovgan and Godfrey need time in the AHL and not in the E

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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