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Posted at 7:36 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Tonight's lineup: Caps at Blues

By Katie Carrera

There's always something unsettling for a team facing an opponent that just suffered an ugly loss the day before. The Blues showed some resiliency last night but ultimately fell to Chicago, 7-5.

"The pitfalls are they got smoked last night," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked about facing St. Louis, which started the season hot but is 3-7-1 in their past 11 games. "I never want to play a team that got beat pretty bad the night before because in 24 hours they can make it all go away. You know they're going to come out here loaded for bear."

Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Blues while Semyon Varlamov starts his fourth consecutive game for the Caps.

Here's what the lineup should look like:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Johansson-Semin
Chimera-Hendricks-Fehr
King-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Poti

Goal
Varlamov
Neuvirth

Scratches: Scott Hannan, David Steckel and Tyler Sloan.

By Katie Carrera  | December 1, 2010; 7:36 PM ET
Categories:  Lineups, St. Louis Blues  
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Comments

Looks like Semin's going to be awfully busy. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) I'll be interested to see whether it's Semin or Knuble on line 1 tonight.

Posted by: Steph22 | December 1, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

double-shifting semin, eh?

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Tweets are saying 22 on line 1 28 on line 2

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI should love this line up. The way he's played, I wouldn't mind him being double shifted.LOL

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | December 1, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

How come Semin isn't also playing on the 3rd and 4th lines?

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 1, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

why Semin is not playing D?What about goaly?:))

Posted by: Tondi | December 1, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

By the way for all of those saying how Erskine has earned his spot on this team answer me this. Among the Caps D-men (pre trade) he was the worse then Green, Carlson, Alzner, Schultz, and Poti in GA/Min on the ice. This also isn't just because of Erskine playing more on the PK and not playing on the PP where goals against would come more often because his is still tied 5th on the team in even strenght GA/minute on the ice with only Poti falling to a tie with him. Yes, he can hit but that often takes him out of position and costs us goals against. It is also not like he is playing against the other teams top scorers either as that has been either the Green or Poti/ Schultz combo or the Alzner/Carlson combo. So he is giving up more goals per minute on the ice then our other d-men and is generally playing against weaker lines from the other team. He should only be in the lineup in games where his extra physical ability is needed or if someone is hurt.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I hate this not having an edit function what I meant at the start of my last thread was about his spot in the lineup not on the team as a whole.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

i hate when i can't get the caps feed - nhl network uses the home teams feed
oh well - at least there no twitter - yet

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 1, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Looking at pure numbers Schultz is far and away our best D man. Want to stand by those numbers??? Erskine brings more to the ice than numbers. I won't bother arguing with you since you obviously have your mind made up based on mathematics which I suck at. I was a whole lot better on the ice with a stick and puck, so what do I know...

Posted by: FLDave | December 1, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ better then not getting HD

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

icehammer- Erskine is the most physical D-man (as well as any other position) on this Caps team. Yes, his physicality takes him out of position at times, but on a team such as this current Caps squad that is desperately lacking physicality, Erskine is a necessity.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | December 1, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

quick poll:
would you rather have 3 pair of schultzs or 3 pair of erskines as your d.
not based on their style of play alone - but their current skill set.

for me i'd say neither. they each bring an element that is required to have a well balanced team. but if you had to have a healthy scratch - it would be erskine more often than schultz

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 1, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@dave. I was looking at defensive stats because Erskine, this year's goal scoring not be his usual game, the defensive numbers are what he should excel at. Also based on the ES GA/min the order is Alzner, Carlson, Green, Schultz, Erskine, and Poti tied, Fahey, and Sloan. In total GA/min Green jumps to the top then Carlson but that is because they get a lot of PP time where you don't give up too many goals. BTW I don't know if talking about being better with the stick was a way of saying you are better at hockey then me and I don't want to get into a contest but I played 18 years including club hockey in college so it isn't like I am just an armchair hockey fan.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

@FunkyGloveFacewash I would rather we play Erskine (or get a similar player) on forward because a forward getting out of position for a hit is most often not as costly. And no I don't consider King that type of player because he has not shown that he will go out and hit shift after shift just fight.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Varly looks like he still wants the #1 job.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think this can work ?

Green-Poti(Green good offence, poti vetren with stay at home mindsate)
Shultz-Hannan(use as the shutdown pair)
Carlson-Alzner

Responses please

Posted by: gr8ovie | December 1, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

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