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Tonight's lineup: Flyers at Caps

By Katie Carrera

It might be an early start at Verizon Center and only a handful of days into November, but there's no reason to believe that today's tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers will lack any of the emotion that's laced this rivalry in recent seasons. The Flyers played last night, defeating the Islanders, 2-1, for their sixth straight win, so we'll see if that impacts the contest at all.

"It's early but both teams don't particularly like each other even though we don't play each other very much," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I would think both teams would be passionate about tonight's game."

Braden Holtby led the Capitals out on to the ice for warmup so it appears he'll be making his first NHL start against the Flyers this evening.

In his pre-game comments to the media, Boudreau clarified that the team does view Marcus Johansson's assignment to Hershey as a conditioning stint intended to get the rookie center a few games after not playing since Oct. 21.

"We weren't going to play him today, so he'll go for two games unless needed, and then he'll come right back," Boudreau said. "It's not sending him down, it's conditioning."

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Laich-Fleischmann-Knuble
Chimera-Gordon-Fehr
Hendricks-Steckel-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Sloan

Goal
Holtby
Neuvirth

Scratches: D.J. King, Tom Poti (groin), Semyon Varlamov (groin)

By Katie Carrera  | November 7, 2010; 4:39 PM ET
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Lineups, Marcus Johansson, Philadelphia Flyers  
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Comments

Go Caps!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Not dressing King against this team is a bad coaching decision, and I'm one of the BB supporters.

Posted by: thomas20 | November 7, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Hendricks is a better player and is still gritty and will fight if he needs to. Remember, Hendricks doesn't have to fight a heavyweight if he decides to fight.

King won't see enough ice time because he hasn't been a good enough player. The first goal in every game is to win, not to beat up the opponent. It is important for the Caps to be physical and tough, but not at the expense of them not using their skill.

@underpants2

I agree 100% on Chris Phillips. That is the reason I am rooting for the Senators to do horrible this year. He would be a great acquisition in January or February.

Phaneuf is making too much money. He is a very good player, but is still overpaid. That would hamper the Caps salary cap too much.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Might as well send King back to St Lou for SDR. There was no point in trading for him only to not play against a team like Philly, or even Boston. Hendricks can fight Carcillo, problem is, the Flyers have at least 3 other guys that can stir the pot and fight that Hendricks shouldn't be fighting.

Posted by: Fletch22 | November 7, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The Caps deserve to get smoked tonight, just because of "coach" BB going with Holtby. Is this guy ever indecisive and stupid in his decision making. Not even a puck to his head will wake him up from the coma he's in.

Posted by: BigGameSid | November 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

BigFlameCindy:
Don't you ever get tired of being consistently wrong?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | November 7, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@wiley_One1

> lmao!

Why does Sid care so much about the Caps? (I'm wondering which Caps player he is...)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 8, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

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