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Tonight's lineup: Blue Jackets at Capitals

Based on warm up for tonight's game here's what the lines and pairings should look like against Columbus. Keep in mind that the Blue Jackets, like Boston earlier this week, are preparing for a trip overseas to start their regular season in Sweden against the San Jose Sharks.

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Perreault-Semin
Hendricks-Johansson-Fehr
Chimera-Beagle-A.Gordon

Defense
Schultz-Green
Sloan-Poti
Erskine-Alzner

Goal
Neuvirth
Sabourin

By Katie Carrera  | October 1, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
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Anyone else having trouble connecting to the video feed of the game?

Posted by: ThePat | October 1, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

it's saying game not available in my area. i'm in Los Angeles and i watched the last game. any other links anywhere?

Posted by: natresgroup | October 1, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

its only supposed to be available in the DC area, and Im in northern virginia so I should be getting it.

Posted by: ThePat | October 1, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

good lookin 3rd line but that defense looks scary

Defense
Schultz-Green
Sloan-Poti
Erskine-Alzner

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

i can understand why they would show the game ONLY in the D.C. area cause there are no Caps fans any place else, great idea.

That's pretty f*)(&^g lame to not show the game.

Posted by: natresgroup | October 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Cstanton - your boy Kyle Wellwood just got released from the Coyotes on a tryout contract.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | October 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

For those of you that cannot view the game from the Caps website, bookmark this site:

http://atdhe.net

It never fails. During the intermissions, they often flip to another game, but will resume when the period starts.
Go Caps!!!!!

Posted by: pittshater | October 1, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

@pittshater -

THANK YOU!!!!

Posted by: natresgroup | October 1, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry it took me so long, I've been reading this blog for a long time, but have never commented. Hope you caught that sweet set-up from Green for Fehr's goal

Posted by: pittshater | October 1, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Sloan go after the Jacket who elbowed Hendricks. Can't believe the ref missed that one

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 1, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I just watched my first full period of Caps hockey this season and it felt great.

It really does look like our approach on the PK has changed, those kills didnt look passive like last year.

Anyone know how MP and MJ have done in the faceoff dept so far this preseason?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 1, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching the coverage have an update on Hendricks? He hasn't come back since he took the elbow to the face. It looked like he might have broken his noise from my seat. Fehr and Green made and great connection for the goal. Pk has looked good and on the Sloan penality for starting the fight we didn't even give up a shot. This is my first time seeing A. Gordon in person not on the Bears and he is not impressing me. The first call on him looked bad but the second one was a hold in the offensive zone. He has just not looked good tonight.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 1, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

got game on ATDHE.NET under 7pm caps vs columbus enjoy caps2

Posted by: caps2 | October 1, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: caps2 | October 1, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: caps2 | October 1, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: caps2 | October 1, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Getting an out of market message here in northern VA...I live about 15 minutes from Verizon Center, and I'm a Verizon customer. WTF

Posted by: masqued_man | October 1, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

Hendricks won't be back tonight. And A. Gordon hasn't looked great tonight I agree. He's also playing with 4th line players so that has an impact on him. He has looked good in the games leading up to tonight playing on the lines he would be playing on.

Posted by: ThePat | October 1, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

well that didnt take long...laich

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 1, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

now that the beagle, king, a. gordon line had a period together they are doing a lot better in the 2nd.

Posted by: ThePat | October 1, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Didn't like that period as much!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 1, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I know it's only the preseason, but I'm a little concerned about the number of penalties we've taken so far. Thank goodness the PK already looks better than it did last year. (It's also nice to see the added grit.)

Posted by: wocoliz | October 1, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

At least two of the calls on us, the dive and the hook on Sloan were questionable at best. Or pk has looked good until the last 30 seconds of the one we gave up the goal. Gordon has made a couple of ok plays but he does not look like someone I would keep on the team if waivers ect was not a factor. Our pp has got to either stop using the Green Ovechkin pairing or they and going to have to hussle much more when there are turnovers. It didn't look like anyone even tried to get back and help Green on the short handed goal.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 1, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like it was Ovechkin's fault on the shortie. Got caught pinching or something.

And apparently he's made bad plays that led to two different 2-on-1s for the Jackets, including the shortie.

I didn't watch the first 2 periods so this is just based on what I read on Japers.

I'd chalk it up to being rusty if not for the fact that this has been something that he's been prone to do in the past.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks pat. Did they say what was wrong or how long he might be out?

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 1, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I just don't know if Ovehckin will ever develop more of a total game under Boudreau. I'm not just saying this because of anything that happened tonight. I just don't think that Boudreau has the courage to criticize Ovechkin on a consistent basis and push him to become a smarter, more responsible complete player.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The PK looked fantastic for a minute and a half. Backstrom got a shortie breakaway. Missed and the play went back the other way and scored.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen.............. your new #2C for the Washington Capitals is............. Marcus Johansson

And the #3 center for your Washington Capitals is Mattieu Perrault!!!!!!!

MaJo is puttin on the MOJO!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | October 1, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

semin just stands around while 2 inches away Erskine gets pushed over into the goalie. semin's a total dope, no interest in protecting teammates not named Ovechkin. I don't care if he's a skill player or not. Plenty of skill players around the league stick their noses in there when a teammate is getting pushed around. Dope!

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

alzner with another turnover. He has a hard time holding onto the puck with a forward on top of him. He braces himself for the hit and then loses the puck.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I have liked the way both MJ and MP have looked in this game.

It will be said to see either of them not make the team, and I would be a bit surprised if they both did make the team.

Green is STILL doing the some scary stuff. He sometimes relys on his stickhandling too much, when a player is right on top of him...he should just make the simple play and get back defensively.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 1, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Doughless, looks like Ovie's responding to your post.

Posted by: pittshater | October 1, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

there you go Ovy ! show him how its done. Semin should be ashamed of himself.

and so should Schultz who looked completely disinterested in jumping in to help Ovy as he's gettin pushed around.

i am sick and tired of watching pvssies like Sarge and Semin on the ice. They play for themselves and for no one else.

at least ovechkin's got the heart of a lion.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Ovie, Green, Knuble all standing up for each other. Schultz just stands and watches. His size is waisted on him.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | October 1, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Doughless. looks like Ovie doesn't like your posts

Posted by: pittshater | October 1, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

then semin takes a retaliatory penalty leading to a 5-on-3

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Schultz just stands and watches. His size is waisted on him.

Posted by: Caps4Life1

no doubt. Sarge is a 6ft6 pvssy who should be playing in some Euro league somewhere because he adds absolutely nothing in terms of camaraderie to this team. Green couldve done a little more too but Schultz had no interest in getting involved. He doesn't even yap at anyone. Pathetic excuse for an nhler.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Why do people think Semin should jump into a scrum??? He doesn't fight and can't fight....remember Stahl. Let him play his offensive game. He doesn't need to get himself hurt in a fight.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | October 1, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

erskine gets run over. Whichever Cap actually reacted and ran right over should be commended. I'm used to watching most of our guys usually stand around with their thumbz up their azzes not knowing what to do. So that was nice to see. That was either Laich or Alzner

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Why do people think Semin should jump into a scrum??? He doesn't fight and can't fight....remember Stahl. Let him play his offensive game. He doesn't need to get himself hurt in a fight.

Posted by: Caps4Life1

BECAUSE EVERY OTHER SKILL PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE WILL AT LEAST STICK THEIR NOSE INTO SOMETHING OCCURRING A FEW INCHES AWAY ESP WHEN THEIR PLAYER IS GETTING PUSHED INTO OUR DMAN. SEMIN IS NOTHING BUT A WEAK PRIMA DONNA WHO THINKS HE'S EXEMPT FROM BASIC TEAMSMANSHIP.

You think Malkin or Crosby would just pretend to ignore something like that? They jump right in for their teammates. Semin just stood there and watched while Erskine had to try and regain his balance so he didn't crush his goalie. All Semin had to do was just grab the guy's arm until Erskine had a chance right himself. Why am i even having to explain this?

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Man were frustrating 5on3 last year

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 1, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

its kinda sad that a nothing team like columbus who certainly is near the bottom of the league in physicality feels comfortable coming into our bldg and taking 5 or 6 late shots on our players tonight.

in a way i'm glad. It forces the Caps to respond. At least some of em anyway. But seriously, its a joke that the Blue Jackets are running our players over, pushing us around in our crease, taking punches at Ovechkin over a pile etc. They go into Philly or Pittsburgh and try that nonsense it will get squashed immediately.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

when there is a scrum, it is customary to grab a partner, even if you dont dance

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 1, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

nice boxout by Poti on that last rush

and how did MP get caught on that Caps rush? I thought his big advantage was his speed to negate his lack of size.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

it sure is customary.

game over. Bad turnover by Green at the end there but the Caps get it back. And of course Semin scores.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 - What is your problem? Can't anyone have an oponion different that yours? And I don't really care what another player would do. That isn't Semin's game and Erskine can take care of himself. Just be happy that most of the team is showing a great deal of grit.

I was at the last Caps game and Semin went after a bruin player twice after the whistle to protect a teammate.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | October 1, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I like the looks of thing so far.

Gotta agree that I worry about Alzner. I think he's learned a bit of the jump out of the way from Green - happens with Mike at least twice a game that he losses that jump/crash get the puck. Maybe twice a game it works. Not great odds. Alzner, please stop.

Aside from that, if we could get 91 on MaJo then we'd have an exact mirror image of Backs - hard to tell their skating styles apart. Kid has a great future.

Posted by: saintex | October 1, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree that I worry about Alzner. I think he's learned a bit of the jump out of the way from Green - happens with Mike at least twice a game that he losses that jump/crash get the puck.
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good call. I noticed Green doing that 2 yrs ago. Started doing it in the 2nd half of the yr for some odd reason but I don't notice him doing it as much. But Alzner is all about that. When a fwd is about to hit him he forgets about protecting the puck and worries about himself.

@Caps4life

You can have a different opinion than me. You expressed yourself. I expressed myself. FTR, EVERY hockey player should in some degree jump into a scrum when his teammate is in a bit of trouble. If Semin shows complete apathy in that situation all it does is prove that he's an absolute princess who thinks he's above having to do that. When a dman is getting pushed over into his goalie after the play is over, i expect a teammate standing a few inches away to react in some manner. To say its not part of his game is stupid. Becuase I have seen him in the past do that once in a while. But usually when its Ovechkin getting ganged up on. I don't care if you're a 50 goal Euro top line player. You need to react in some manner when your teammate is in trouble. Forget that Erskine can take care of himself. You saw Ovy jump in to assist Knuble didn't you? And I've seen many 'skill' players like Semin around the league who would react in that situation.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

@Caps4life1

Didn't you know this is Cstanton Insider?

What he say goes!

Posted by: ludeman95 | October 1, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

That isn't Semin's game

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and so is it also not Schultz's game? Why doesn't every player not named Bradley or King get to simply state "hey, grit is not part of my game so don't expect me to step in to help out a teammate"

teams don't win Cups unless all the players play for each other on the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Enough kids! Who is going to stick and who will be sent down to Hersey? That's the question.

Posted by: JMinVA | October 1, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

No room for Flash.

GMGM - figure out a way to turn Flash into Regehr, all is forgiven.

Posted by: underpants2 | October 1, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Green still does it quite a bit but you're right in that it's not quite as often of late.

It's hard to sort Semin but I fall onto the side that says it's so beyond his personality, from what I've seen, to jump into a scrum that I don't much expect it. I don't mark it as some personal scarlet letter, it just ain't him. Do I wish there were 20 guys on the ice/bench who'd jump in when needed? Yep. But every team has the same problem and he's not alone amongst elite players that won't jump in...I'm pretty sure.

That being said, the team certainly has shown loads in the preseason that we missed last year and it'll be a fun watch for 82 games. Then, the real show begins.

I've waffled a bit but I'm on the Neuvirth wagon. I'm no expert but he seems so much stronger fundamentally than Varly. I love both the guys, I'm glad to have them, but if I had to choose, I'd hitch my wagon to Mike.

One more and then it starts.

Posted by: saintex | October 1, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

teams don't win Cups unless all the players play for each other on the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:40 PM

And that's an oft overlooked point by McPhee whenever he uses his belove Detroit comparisons.

Even the most skill-oriented guys on that team have a little physical edge and aren't hesitant to mix it up along the boards or get into scrums.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

teams don't win Cups unless all the players play for each other on the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 1, 2010 9:40 PM

And that's an oft overlooked point by McPhee whenever he uses his beloved Detroit comparisons.

Even the most skill-oriented guys on that team have a little physical edge and aren't hesitant to mix it up along the boards or get into scrums.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

A. Gordon looked better in the third but still didn't look great. Only looking at him for this one game he shouldn't make the team. That is just from this game though as I haven't seen other games of him in person.

The PK was much better then the numbers show. Both goals were in the last 20 or so seconds of the PP and were both on I think the first shot of the pk and niether were plays where we had our pants down.

@tmac I would not put the shortie on ovechin, at least not totally, the pass back to him was horrible and he couldn't control it out of the air.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 1, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

Thanks... like I said, I didn't watch the first 2 periods... was going off what someone on Japers said.

Regardless, I still worry that Ovechkin will fail to realize his full potential under Boudreau. I'm not sure that Boudreau has the courage to criticize and hold him accountable for certain things.

I think the right coach could take Ovechkin to another level in terms of his total impact on the game. I see no reason why Ovechkin couldn't be an elite two-way player with his athleticism and lack of fear. He just doesn't have a coach that demands it of him. The longer he goes playing largely one end of the ice, the harder it will be for him to reach his full potential.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and please don't throw the plus/minus junk at me.

Even if you want to use that argument, I would say that he could be another +20 per season by playing a better and more responsible two-way game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Its going to be hard deciding between MP and MJ for that third line center spot. I've got a feeling if Johansson is sent to Hershey that he ends up going back to Sweden.

Posted by: casser | October 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

It's the little things that have kept this team from making deeper runs in the last 2 seasons.

Little things from McPhee not bringing in the right readily available complementary players to some of the skill players not being held responsible by the coach for certain things.

Some teams are missing the big things and it's hard to blame them for not making or going far in the playoffs.

The sad thing is that the Caps have most of those big things in place but a GM and a coach that may be holding them back from addressing those little things.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 1, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@tmac. I think that there is a lot of things that fans don't know about the team and the reasons why certain things are or aren't that the fans just don't know. No team can go out and get exactally want they in this Cap age. If we had gone out and gotten a D it would have almost certainly been for more then just this year as almost on Dmen signed for just this year so that signing could have hurt us next season in resigning. Just because the Hawks won on an all or nothing run does not make it the smart thing to do.

As for your talk about Ovechkin's two way game here are some things to consider. Ovechkin was 18th in hits for forwards last year. No player who had more hits then him had more then half his goals. He was also 10th in the league in takeaways among forwards. Those nubers show that some of the things you think of when you talk about two-way forwards. He is higher in both catigories then celebrated two-way guy Jordan Staal.

I think since he does so much on the offensive end his defensive abilities are sometimes overlooked. Yes, he is not Datsyuk but I think he is much better then many give him credit for.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 1, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

FTR, EVERY hockey player should in some degree jump into a scrum when his teammate is in a bit of trouble.
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Right just like Gretzky, P Bure and P Kariya did.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | October 1, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

One guess who posted these. Go to Kettler cstanton1 and we'll find out real quick who the pvssy is. Tell me when u go!

- semin just stands around while 2 inches away Erskine gets pushed over into the goalie. semin's a total dope, no interest in protecting teammates not named Ovechkin. I don't care if he's a skill player or not. Plenty of skill players around the league stick their noses in there when a teammate is getting pushed around. Dope!
- alzner with another turnover. He has a hard time holding onto the puck with a forward on top of him. He braces himself for the hit and then loses the puck.
-there you go Ovy ! show him how its done. Semin should be ashamed of himself. and so should Schultz who looked completely disinterested in jumping in to help Ovy as he's gettin pushed around.
- i am sick and tired of watching pvssies like Sarge and Semin on the ice. They play for themselves and for no one else.
at least ovechkin's got the heart of a lion.
- no doubt. Sarge is a 6ft6 pvssy who should be playing in some Euro league somewhere because he adds absolutely nothing in terms of camaraderie to this team. Green couldve done a little more too but Schultz had no interest in getting involved. He doesn't even yap at anyone. Pathetic excuse for an nhler.
- erskine gets run over. Whichever Cap actually reacted and ran right over should be commended. I'm used to watching most of our guys usually stand around with their thumbz up their azzes not knowing what to do. So that was nice to see. That was either Laich or Alzner

- BECAUSE EVERY OTHER SKILL PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE WILL AT LEAST STICK THEIR NOSE INTO SOMETHING OCCURRING A FEW INCHES AWAY ESP WHEN THEIR PLAYER IS GETTING PUSHED INTO OUR DMAN. SEMIN IS NOTHING BUT A WEAK PRIMA DONNA WHO THINKS HE'S EXEMPT FROM BASIC TEAMSMANSHIP.
You think Malkin or Crosby would just pretend to ignore something like that? They jump right in for their teammates. Semin just stood there and watched while Erskine had to try and regain his balance so he didn't crush his goalie. All Semin had to do was just grab the guy's arm until Erskine had a chance right himself. Why am i even having to explain this?
- its kinda sad that a nothing team like columbus who certainly is near the bottom of the league in physicality feels comfortable coming into our bldg and taking 5 or 6 late shots on our players tonight.
- in a way i'm glad. It forces the Caps to respond. At least some of em anyway. But seriously, its a joke that the Blue Jackets are running our players over, pushing us around in our crease, taking punches at Ovechkin over a pile etc. They go into Philly or Pittsburgh and try that nonsense it will get squashed immediately.
-nice boxout by Poti on that last rush
and how did MP get caught on that Caps rush? I thought his big advantage was his speed to negate his lack of size.
it sure is customary.
- game over. Bad turnover by Green at the end there but the Caps get it back. And of course Semin scores.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 2, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Cstanton1: You can't make one comment all the way through without something negative being attached. Gave Ovi props but just could not finish it off without trashing another Capital. This is preseason. Thank GOD they are winning or you would be ranting about how this is how their season is going to go. It's oooooooooooooold, you're B%$ching know-it all attitude is oooooooooooold. I don't care to read your LOL and LMAO responses as you spew googled data all over the Insider. Give it a rest already. Any of your valid posts are negated by your constant bi^&hing. Thank GOD Semin, Flash, or Majo (more so for what the Caps would actually lose) would have been the one to get elbowed in the face and have to be helped off and not return. We'd still be reading page after page after page of how they are weak Euro trash. Say good night Gracie.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 2, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Cranton1 was on a role tonight

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 2, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

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