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Kozlov Suffers Groin Strain

First line right wing Viktor Kozlov has suffered a slight groin muscle strain and will not return to tonight's game. The injury, I'm told, is not believed to be serious and that he was removed for precautionary reasons.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 29, 2008; 8:13 PM ET
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Posted by: me | September 29, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse


One can dream...can't he?

Posted by: strungout | September 29, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Get him to Clark's specialist, STAT!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 29, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

i hate being fourth

go tarik!

Posted by: fourth | September 29, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

As bummed as I am to ready this, hopefully he'll be on the ice Friday. I miss seeing Koz in the phonebooth.

Posted by: Egon | September 29, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

(From the previous)

Foil away! Just don't use it on me (I don't have to remind you that I'm a lover, not a fighter, do I?).

You gotta keep up with the big boys! :-) With any luck one of us will be taken out my Puckguru and you'll see the bigs faster than you can drive to DC!

First JSchon throws me a bone for the circus thing and now you for the mom thing?!? And all in one day ... it's good to be me!! ;-)

As far as I am concerned, anyone who plays is impressive. Work it!

Posted by: Boo! | September 29, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Translation: He doesn't want to play anymore preseason games ;)

Posted by: Leeguru | September 29, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

all these 1st line RWs are having trouble keeping up with Ovie, obviously.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen Kozie play this season? I am curious to see how he is doing.

Nyls seems to have recovered well! The Caps sure are gonna be tough to beat this season.

Posted by: Boo! | September 29, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so it really sucks having to listen to a pre-game instead of being able to watch it :(

Posted by: Blonde Caps Fan | September 29, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone! Listening to the game and checking in with you all.

Are the Caps this dominating so far or are the Devils that pathetically inept? I have to believe it is the former.

I hope this is not all pre-season fireworks and that this is a precursor to what the real season will be like.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | September 29, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Of course I write that and then hey get a goal.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | September 29, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

while i do not root for injuries; I wish him the best.

Put Clark on the tip line and let's see what happens.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | September 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hawks fans must be a bit nervous after waiving Khabibulin today and watching Huet's performance vs. Columbus tonight.

Posted by: Jeff | September 29, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Jeff

I wouldn't read much into it. I heard the lineups on NHL Home Ice on XM and Columbus was putting out their opening night lineup whereas Chicago had no starters besides Huet in the game. But I do hope he gets trigger shy.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | September 29, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Again with the Kozlov bashing...

54 points last year. A plus 28.


Posted by: Greg S. | September 29, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Jeff: After reading your post, I checked the score and wow! Now I don't feel so bad about losing him. Maybe what goes around comes around? Hard to say since it is pre-season, but if it's any indication... Good luck Hawks!

Posted by: Blonde Caps Fan | September 29, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

No Koz bashing from me.

I was being sincere, no really, I was.


Posted by: Egon | September 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

CT Caps Fan -- I agree that the lineup is less than stellar for the Hawks. That said, giving up 6 goals on 19 shots, even with a poor D in front of you, is still less than ideal.

In the big scheme of things it means nothing -- but he's never played a full season as a starter before. It'll definitely be interesting to see how he handles it.

Posted by: Jeff | September 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

OV with a shortie !

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | September 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

True, but Strungout is on something illegal 'cause it's makin' him stupid.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 29, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Victory and the Caps are 4-0 in the preseason ... but ... am I the only person who is not liking how Theodore is looking right now?

Posted by: this space for rent | September 29, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

@ Greg S.

3 points and a -4 in the Flyers series. Just saying. Here's hoping it's a minor tweak, nontheless.

Posted by: Section 117 | September 29, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Okay, stopped listening after the end of second. JT two goals on seven shots. Should I be worried?

Posted by: Kim | September 29, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Section 117

So if you don't produce over a 7 game series you're worthless? I mean it's important time that he went cold, but over a year, I'll take him over most of the offense on the team.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 29, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

nice article on Laich in the Hockey News on the Fantasy Pool section.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 29, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov obviously is a bit of an enigma. That said, at 2.5 mil a season, he is almost a bargain based on many of the contracts handed out this summer. Throw in the fact he has shown chemistry with Ovechkin and he is a great fit.

That said, with the prospects in the organization, chances are he and Fedorov won't be getting new contracts next season. At some point you have to take that cap space back and trust your young guys to produce.

Posted by: Jeff | September 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This is preseason so no Theodore bashing yet. He's coming in half way through the game cold, gets no practice shots, and had been sitting for half the game. I'm a goalie and I can tell you it is almost impossible to play half way decently when you're coming in with no warm up. Plus for everyone worried about Theodore, Huet just let in 7 goals on 22 shots; who would you rather have? Trust me if he F's up in the regular season I'll be the first to call him out, but until then he's off the hook.

Posted by: DC FURY | September 29, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

this space for rent,

i am inclined to agree with you, but the problem is, we cant SEE how thoedore looks at all, we can only assume. because for some reason, in this day and age, we cant watch a game, preseason or not, even on the internet. while other sports' preseason games can be found on tv, in HD!
all i want is a fuzzy feed and a three second audio delay. is that too much to ask for?

Posted by: sheesh | September 29, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Fedorov will be back next year either. Not too sure about Kozlov. I think he'll be renewed, though like all players, it depends upon how well they play this year. There are a lot of itchy kids in the pipeline. A nice problem to have.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 29, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

OMG OMG OMG!!! everyone go to LOOK AT THE PICTURE. LOOK WHO HAS A "C" ON!!! i know i've always wanted him to have it, but everyone says to keep him off it cuz if it ain't broke don't fix it, but I like the look. who knows why he has it, but he does. we'll see!!!

Posted by: GoOVcaps | September 29, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I must confess - I am a little concerned about The Beaver. While I was listening to the third period, all I could think was that Johnny (and Varlamov) "sound" better (which is scary), but since I have not seen JT play yet (and I don't know whether or not he has let softies in), I will reserve judgement ... for now. Regardless, I hope Huet chokes on 10/11!!! LET'S GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | September 29, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I think OV wore the "C" because Clark wasn't playing...just like when Bradley was captain the other nite.

Posted by: fullright | September 29, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse


why would that matter. we went all last season without anyone except Clark wearing the "C" and he was injured as we all know forever lol. i hope its like a rotation thing like they do in buffalo. or Clark gets home and Ovie gets away. that would be ideal too. Or just give the damn "C" to Ovie

Posted by: GoOVcaps | September 29, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Why I hate Kolov:
Yes, last year he had 54 points last year. 16 goals, 38 points.

The year before Clark had 30 Goals and 24 assists playing on the same as Ovi.

I think we can all agree that Backstrom is a better center then what Clark had to deal with (if memory is correct it was Zubrus) so imagine if Clark was on a line with Ovi and Backi.

Kozlov doesn't ADD much, he's just a big guy that can give the puck to Ovi. Let's be honest, you or I could get about 40 points playing on a line with those 2.

Yes he's a plus 20something. He's only allowed on the ice when Ovi and Backi are on the ice.

Kozlov doesn't do the 'other' things. He's not on the PK; he's not good on the PP; I'd rather have Clark on that line, and have one of these other younger guys playing.

But I'm the first to admit, I'm not an X's & O's type of hockey fan, this is just my opinion (and it aint worth squat). But I just think, he's expendable.

As long as he's a cap, I still root for him, in my own demented way.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | September 29, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I guess we can't blame Verizon Center for Kozlov's groin.

Posted by: Jordan | September 29, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

oh for the record.... I forgot to say, I hope Kozlov recovers quickly.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | September 29, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse


All I'm saying is, during this years preseason games, if Clark wasn't playing, someone else has worn the "C". I'm all for any of your suggestions, especially the last one!

Posted by: fullright | September 29, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

While it is only preseason (this is my preseason mantra), the Caps win again and last's years broken (Clark and Nylander)pieces are looking pretty good so far. One thing that does concern me is that JT's save % is pretty rotten so far. BJ, on the other hand, ha put up very nice numbers. I hope this is a preseason fluke whereas the Caps 4-0 record is not.

Posted by: JIM | September 29, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh, regarding Kozlov, remember it was OV who raved about his hands and ability to use his size to pull the other teams skaters to him opening up space for OV and Backs. OV begged the front office to land the big winger/center. I guess that OV isn't a very good judge of talent compared to some bloggers.

Posted by: JIM | September 29, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

i have to respond to these JT comments. 1) it is only pre-season. 2) Huet gave in 7 goals today JT looks good. 3) the 2 goals I heard were not easy ones, and even one was a fluke. 4)he got his injured ridden team to the 2nd round of the playoffs (4 of their top socrers were out)

As for the Kozlov remarks. 1) Kozlov settles ovie down because hate to break it to you but Kozlov is russian and if ovie can't have semin he loves another russian 2) i agree kozlov can be inconcsistant and he definately disappeared in the playoffs BUT when we were pushing for the playoffs he put up serious numbers that led us to SE Div. Champs.

and as for the Clark/Zubrus comment, Zubrus was a great player, how dare someone say Clark didn't have much to work with with Zubie

Posted by: GoOVcaps | September 29, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kozlov,

The whole "well, he got us to the postseason in the first place" argument? Really? Aren't you supposed to be consistent through the year, including the playoffs?

And re: his production in 7 postseason games? OK, I'll break it out to his career: 21 games, 6 points, all assists, 36 shots (less than 2 a game?), and a -11 career. The guy is a perennial underachiever who happened to be on the same line as the league MVP last year, good for him. It'd be nice to have the guy who scored 25 with the Islanders 2 years ago, but I'll give him Rob Brown's phone number so the two can talk.

Posted by: Section 117 | September 30, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse


You guys hated on Nylander as well and look what he's doing now.

Posted by: Egon | September 30, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

egon -- I've never hated Nylander.

Most of my hatred has been focused on Kozlov. Don't know why he just irks me.

BUT if OVI wants him, and OVI thinks the world of him, and OVI knows he'll bring his A game. fine. like I said, I'm no talent evaluator, just a fan with limited "X's & O's" ability.

Either way, go CAPS!

Posted by: Go Skins Go | September 30, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Well Well Well
To All the Koz bashers.....just a couple of random thoughts. CHEMISTRY....the guy fits in well with the TEAM. Young Simeon had nothing but GREAT things to say about Koz and how he helped him getting accustomed to things, especially before his first outing. The man is "THE MAN" on the shoot-outs. The shoot-outs are "Swing points" sometimes the difference for making the play-off and not. Last year was his first year here, along with Poti, i would be willing to bet he nets more goals in his second season with us.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | September 30, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

As far as the Nylander "hating" goes, in 848 career games he's got 200 goals, 446 assists and a +75. Compare that to Kozlov, who, in 15 years, has 185-311-496 and a +6 in 830 games.

Oh yeah, Nylander's postseason production is 12-22-34 +2 in 44 games. Halve that and it's still better than Kozlov's.

So to respond to the "hating," yeah, I bristled at his contract length and terms, but with Nylander, I knew what would be coming (because I remember seeing it 5 years ago), and was all for it then and am still for it now. Because (unlike Kozlov), Nylander scores goals in the playoffs, and has done so for this team before.

Posted by: Section 117 | September 30, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

@ Capsfannmiss:

I hope you're right, and if he gets past goal 16 and lights the lamp in May/June, I'll happily eat those words, but at this point when it comes to the playoffs, the fact remains that you and I have both scored as many goals as he has.

Posted by: Section 117 | September 30, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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