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Today's lineup: Predators at Caps

Based on warmups, here are the line combinations and defensive pairings for this afternoon's tilt against the Predators.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Perreault-Knuble
Laich-Fleischmann-Semin
Chimera-B. Gordon-Fehr
King-Steckel-Bradley

Defenseman
Schultz-Green
Poti-Alzner
Erskine-Fahey

Goal
Neuvirth
Sabourin

By Katie Carrera  | October 3, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
Categories:  Lineups, Nashville Predators  
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Comments

Why isn't MJ playing?

Posted by: capscoach | October 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nenggeulis.com/watch.php?livestream=2004

LIVE STREAM THAT WORK!

Be patient, the advertisement on top of the pic will disappear after about 30 seconds.
Good Luck!

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

No MaJo, no Hendricks, no AGordon......hope that doesn't mean the decision has been made and they are the odd men out.

Posted by: PhilR | October 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

PITTSHATER IS MY HERO! Thanks, it works.

Posted by: struggler | October 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Preds are playing the caps like white on rice!

Posted by: capscoach | October 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking A. Gordon, Fahey, Nycholat, Sabourin, and unfortunately MJ are the odd men out. Sloan could possibly be replaced by A. Gordon, but BB seems to like his physicality. We'll see... would be much better if MJ was staying in North America and could sign a two-way contract.

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course, that's wishful thinking, that GMGM has a shut-down defenseman in the works.

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@pittshater...nycholet was already sent to Hershey. And MJ already has an entry level contract.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | October 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I thought MJ had a loophole in his contract that stated he would return to Sweden on the condition he didn't make the NHL.

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I totally forgot about Beagle. I don't see him making the opening roster.

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

pittshater...a loophole may exist, I don't know. But he did sign a contract during the summer.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | October 3, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought MJ had a loophole in his contract that stated he would return to Sweden on the condition he didn't make the NHL.

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 2:12 PM
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The clause in the contract says he COULD return to Sweden if he doesn't make the Caps. If he's smart, he'll take the send down to Hershey in the hopes of a recall if/when injuries happen on the big club. Of course, that's assuming he didn't make the big club already.

Posted by: tess2201 | October 3, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Green really looks like he's not paying much attention today.

Posted by: Stu_c | October 3, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@tess...I think you are correct. MJ has said he wanted to play in N.A. this year.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | October 3, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

green needs to be taken off the point of the PP, he can never hold the line, and then doesn't hustle to make up his mistake, and its not just today in a meaningless preseason game, it is ALL THE TIME!

Posted by: capsfan387 | October 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Come on, PK.

Posted by: wocoliz | October 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

How many short handed goals are we going to have to give up before we finally change our pp? I hate the Green/Ovie d-pair on the pp.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree more, ice. Then we take a double minor on top of giving up the SH goal. Oh well, guys, get it out of your systems now.

Posted by: wocoliz | October 3, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or does the Caps' more aggressive PK pass the eye test for being much-improved?

Anyone who's tracked the previous few preseason games able to comment?

(PP/5-on-5, on the other hand . . . today at least.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

i dislike green/ovi point as well. ovie actually was holding the line, fighting to dump the puck back in, he's fine on the point for the most part. but carlson/ovie would be better and green is just too much of a liability on the point.

Posted by: capsfan387 | October 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Chimera-B. Gordon-Fehr
King-Steckel-Bradley
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What is up with these bottom two lines?! What does BB hope to learn about these guys we don't already know? Ok keep Fehr in there to get his timing down and keep him sharp, King by all means so nobody runs OV or Sasha, but WTF does he hope to learn about Steckel, to name just one that we don't already know? MJ should be out there, playing.

BB, our bottom 6 clearly wasn't up to snuff come playoff time last sprig aka '5 bad days' - time for maybe perhaps a change, here or there? Just a tweak?! That's all I"m asking.

Posted by: govtimbo | October 3, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@govtimbo

It's a preseason game, calm down.

@Green and Ovie as point men:

Ovie and Green on the points does lead to some SH chances and some SH goals but it also leads to more PP goals.

So if the extra goals scored on the PP with Green and Ovie on the points(in comparison to the amount of goals that would be scored with them removed from the point) is greater than the amount of extra SH goals let up (again, in comparison to the amount of SH goals allowed with Ovie and Green removed) then it is beneficial for the Caps to play Green and Ovie at the points because it leads to an overall plus in goals scored vs. goals scored against.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

well that was a dissapointing game...what was with Green and all the behind his back passes? Erskine and Fahey played terribly, and Ovie's line did not seem to click.

on the bright side...GMGM and BB will probably finalize the roster today or monday and then the players will have a few practices to get in sync.

Posted by: capscoach | October 3, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The out-of-market video feed had even worse resolution than the feeds I've seen directly from the Caps' site. It was tough to watch the play develop and evaluate things globally. But, the specific little things that were painful to watch were too innumerable to count.

I don't want to pat anybody on the back after this effort, but, aligning with my hard-line stance that Fehr should be on the 2nd line, he did indeed have a stronger game than most out there. Combine that with Flash's weak performance... I hope BB is finally waking up. Stick pretty much any center in there other than Flash, move Semin back to his natural LW, put Fehr on the RW, and let 'em go, give 'em a few weeks to gel without tweaking the lines every time your butt itches. Fehr has earned this opportunity and BB doesn't budge.

Posted by: struggler | October 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

That looked more like a 1st preseason game than the last preseason game. The result doesn't mean anything but you don't really want to have that poor an effort going into the regular season. Green looked like he didn't even want to be out there. A lot of soft behind the back passes, taking way too long to move the puck, not really covering anyone in his own end, etc. The rest of the team was really just skating around as well and not doing much of anything. But I hope Green wasn't practicing moves he was planning to do in regular season. Those little back passes are a bad idea.

Posted by: Stu_c | October 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Morrison was released by Vancouver today as he failed to win a job with them during his tryout.

Posted by: MReilly9 | October 3, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

the Preds ended the preseason - on the road - against the team with the best record last yr - and finished with 33 hits.

not a bad way to get the right mindset heading into the reg season.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 3, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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