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Lineup Changes Coming

While all of the details are not yet known, Coach Glen Hanlon made it sounds like the Caps are going to recall a player from Hershey today.

Until we know who that player will be, it's hard to project what the lineup is going to look like. But I'm relatively certain the first two lines will look like this tonight against the Sabres in Buffalo:


The rest of the lines will shake out when the newcomer arrives. Should have confirmation on who that player is before the game.

Update:I'm writing this from the lower bowl of the HSBC Arena, where I am surrounded by nice folks from the Caps Fan Club. They're rolling 11 deep. Impressive.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 13, 2007; 12:25 PM ET
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I feel for Suts. I hope things work out well for him.

Posted by: Minor Tthreats | October 13, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

what are you his mom, give me a W, suts or not

Posted by: sheesh | October 13, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean the Fleischman experiment is over already?

Posted by: Zack | October 13, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, what do you think the problem has been the last two games? Why do you think there was such a drastic drop in play between games 2 and 3?

Posted by: 007 | October 13, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope Schultz is the one called up from Hershey and Pothier will be the healthy scratch.

Posted by: Tomppav | October 13, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ditto on Pothier. I was hopeful a reduction in ice time would suit him well and allow him to settle this season. In my opinion he's been the worst d-man in our lineup.

He was standing around again last night on Straka's goal which he could have easily prevented by following the darn puck if not sticking to his man.

You can also count on Pothier giving up at least two pucks per game at the point, either a pass over his stick or watching it roll past him on the boards.

Anyone up for Schultz taking his spot a few games? Eminger? Anyone?

Posted by: Shmoo | October 13, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Fleischmann is being dropped from the top line and Pettinger is on the 2nd, it's unlikely he'll be on the third. Either he's on the fourth line, or he's the one the Caps are demoting.

Posted by: Bret | October 13, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

why are they demoting Flash? He is like a superhero "MR. INVISIBLE

Posted by: eric-bmore | October 13, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

because there are only 22 players on the roster, I'd be surprised if anyone is demoted today.

Posted by: Tarik | October 13, 2007 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder to Cox Communications subscribers that you WILL NOT be able to watch tonight's live game broadcast as Cox is the only area provider that has refused to carry CSN+, the channel on which the game is being broadcast.

This is the first of 17 Caps games this season being broadcast on CSN+.


Posted by: Jill | October 13, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Pothier had a woeful game. Looked like he was afraid of contact. That said, I thought he played great for us last year, so hopefully it's just a couple of games. I'd like to see Eminger out there for some decent minutes and see if he can start to look like Green (who looked great last game... jumping up into the play all over the place)

Posted by: TripDonkeys | October 13, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Borque anyone?

Posted by: Trevor | October 13, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

im down with bourque

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Clark on the 1st line, Pettinger on the 2nd...what is the checking line going to look like?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

my guess is bourque steckel-laich. clymer wouldnt make sense because hes been injured and has barely played or practiced

my guess for tonights lineup would be

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I live in Fairfax County and also are affected by Cox not carrying tonight's game. We will find a bar to watch tonight's game - but we are looking at getting Direct TV. We called Cox to complain last night, and while the operator tried to find another channel possibly carrying the game, all he could offer is that Channel 57 (CSN) MAY carry tonight's game. We sent e-mails of complaint to Cox, as well as to our Fairfax County District Supervisor and the chairman of the Board. Ted has been trying to rectify the problem also, but it is a larger problem of Cox vs. Comcast.

Posted by: rvan64 | October 13, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

They're dumping Flash because he's done nothing but look sloppy out on the ice - especially after last night's game. He's been out-classed in every aspect of the game thus far.

Posted by: burntflash | October 13, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is Boyd's absence will be missing tonight. He is our true, unsung hero - and a shut down NHL center. What's his status for next week, Tariq?

Posted by: Terptwin | October 13, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Boyd's *presence* will be *missed* this evening.

Posted by: Terptwin | October 13, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Who's in goal tonight - is it Olie or Brent Johnson?

Posted by: BJ is the man! | October 13, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone heard about Eric Fehr's progress - or lack thereof? When healthy, Eric could really jumpstart our third/fourth lines!

Posted by: Terptwin | October 13, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is always on Flash. We are 4 games into the season let the kid play. Backstrom has done nothing in my eyes the 1st 4 games either.

Posted by: PaCap | October 13, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom has played decently, been solid defensively, can actually hold onto the puck, and has set up some plays. He's earned a couple of points. All while playing his first four NHL games. Flash has had parts of two seasons in the NHL, and he's not helping Ovy or Koz in any way on that line. Laich or Clark would be more of an asset on that line.

Posted by: pga3 | October 13, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Everyone needs to give Flash a break. While I both love Ovy and Kozlov, most of the time they tend to ignore Flash on the ice when he is wide open and opt to pass to each other. Now, could Flash be playing better? Yes. Could Ovy and Kozlov possibly help him out a bit and give him the puck more? Yes.

Posted by: Trevor | October 13, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I put this on sugsequent post but will also put here. FIOS-TV will also not be put on CSN Plus at least for tonight.

Posted by: A Hardwick | October 13, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is always on Fleischmann b/c he hasn't done anything - zero points, 3 shots, plus he always looks out of place and like he's scared to do anything b/c he's afraid he'll mess up.

I think it'd make sense to drop him to line 2 with Nylander and Backstrom. Then he'll be with some offensive talent and hopefully find his groove, plus they can still keep 2/3 of the original checking line together (once Gordon is back)

Posted by: dmg | October 13, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

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