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Live Game Chat Tonight

Join The Post's Katie Carrera here on the Insider when the Caps take on the Thrashers tonight at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Katie will watch along on Versus and chat about everything Caps-related, from game action to defenseman Brian Pothier's NHL comeback.

If you're on Twitter, we'll be re-tweeting the best #Caps updates during the game. If that sentence made no sense to you, don't even worry about it.

The chat will kick off a few minutes before 7 p.m., and we hope to see you all there.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2009; 10:02 AM ET
 
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I presume this will still be on AM1500 streamable from the website? I don't get versus here (I'm pretty sure). Ok, last shameless plug for my Caps/OV video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17s_NJd2_78

Posted by: wutzthedeal | March 16, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post Team -

Can we get an explanation on all the changes happening to the blog? It seems as if a ton of changes have been made over the past month and I think we're all a little curious about the direction of this blog.

I'm not complaining - most of the changes have been good - but it's pretty curious that we're seeing more posts from Katie and Lindsay now than we are from Tarik. I appreciate Katie and Lindsay's input - but I come here for Tarik's perspective and insider info on the caps.

Thanks!

Posted by: patrone | March 16, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

@ wutzthedeal : usually if you just go to NHL.com, they'll have a link up for the live radio broadcast.

Posted by: nag1055 | March 16, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

patrone

you have got to be kidding me. All the infos we're getting is a huge bonus. To complaining about abundance of material is... I don't want to insult you, but please! And Tarik is still writing his perspective.

We have just to be very grateful on everything we're getting, from every source. And the "live chat" idea is a wonderful one. Watching the game with reporters and discuss about it while it's happening? As the credit card commercial would say: priceless.

Posted by: mauree | March 16, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This is the best place to go for Caps news,features,etc. I check it out multiple times every day. Twitter away.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 16, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@ patrone:

Thanks for asking about that. We're hoping, quite simply, that these changes bring more depth and interactivity to our Capitals coverage.

Anything new is in addition to Tarik's regular updates and analysis -- we're certainly not cutting back on that. In fact, Tarik has been posting MORE analysis (mornings after games) recently.

Feedback is always appreciated, though, so feel free to let us know how you feel about anything new you may see in the coming weeks.

Thanks,
Lindsay Applebaum
NHL Editor

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | March 16, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey nag, that's what I meant. I didn't know if versus had some rights on this game that wouldn't allow AM1500 (which I listen to through the website when i can't watch a game) to air the game. I hope they do--I'll be tuned in. And by the way, in that interview (video) with Pothier, he and the reporter agreed that things move slower in the American league, and that one has more time to make decisions... including when to dodge or duck when a 200+ lb. man is coming at you at 20 mph. I just hope he doesn't take a bad hit, AND I suspect anybody that "puts" a hit on him is going to be mauled by our team (deservedly).

Posted by: wutzthedeal | March 16, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Ladies, Tarik, you guys do a great job! I feel like I know everything going no with my Caps. Heck, we knew (even though we probably didn't want to know) that OV was injured because he was hit by a shot. That's the kind of information you only get if you are able to go to Kettler on weekdays. Thanks again.

Also, I haven't noticed Aucoin being sent back, or I missed it, if he's still here does that mean Federov's still under the weather?

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 16, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

No complaints on my end about the content and who's posting. I think Katie and Lindsay posting in addition to Tarik makes it that much more important to check this during wor...I mean, after regular business hours and at home after a long day at work. Oops.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I agree......if someone does try to run BP, then that is a good reason as ever been thought up to empty the bench.....no place for that...

Posted by: RichC3 | March 16, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Seeing the phrase Lindsay Applebaum, NHL Editor makes me shudder.

Katie has brought a great second voice to this blog, but Applebaum does little more than try to incite reaction by making outlandish, incendiary and often inaccurate statements.

I'm not a fan.

Posted by: stormblue | March 16, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

wow, first complaints about no coverage, now complaints about too much coverage. now i know how ted must feel after looking in his inbox.

stormblue, the nice thing about these posts is that they have the byline right there. you can feel free to bypass lindsey's postings.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 16, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow stormblue,
That is a pretty outlandish and incendiary statement. Are you trying to incite a reaction?

Posted by: _Mark | March 16, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, good grief! How on earth can you complain about the coverage NOW? Put a sock in it, Stormblue.

Now, to Caps Hockey.

When are the Masterton awardees nominated? Will that give Pothier enough time to be nominated?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Stormblue is a Pens blog editor. This is the only place he/she will get a response that is remotely intelligent. I'd be gentle with him. *reveals big pugil stick to bop Stormblue on the head with*

Sorry for the early morning rudeness from some of the posters, Lindsay.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1
Aucoin was not in Hershey last night, so I assume he was on the plane to Atlanta with the Caps. Maybe he's there as insurance in case Feds isn't better by tonight.

Posted by: tess2201 | March 16, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Greg S.,
Good call on the Masterton. I think Pothier would be a great selection.

Posted by: _Mark | March 16, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Aucoin said after the game Saturday night that he was going on the trip with the Caps. He wasn't sure how long he would stay with the team and when Feds would be back. I want Feds in there, but it is nice to see Aucoin get another chance, even if it ends up being brief.

Posted by: _Mark | March 16, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I love the content on here. I try to watch as many games as possible, and I come here every day to get caught up. Post more!!! Keep up the great work and LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | March 16, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Stormblue can stick up his or her's ass!!!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | March 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Tess! By the way, not sure what everyone else thought but IMO Aucoin looked very good. He does see the ice well. He could probably be a major set-up guy in the majors too.

I also want to get some of your opinions from those of you that watched the Rangers vs Flyers game yesterday. I know the hit by Mike Richards on Zherdev that resulted in Girardi going after Richards was considered a "legal" check. What is charging if Richards' hit wasn't charging? Zherdev was flanked by two Flyers, they were all basically standing still, and Richards literally took off from the other side of the zone and ran him over. Sorry folks, that's charging. The officials gave out the penalties that will be the standard next season when a "legal check" is given and a fight starts in retaliation. The penalties were 2 min instigator, 5 min for fighting, and a 10 minute misconduct.
I whole heartedly agree with the league cracking down on players retaliating when a clean check is given. For example, Jurcina hitting a Penguin so hard the glass gets knocked out and then BS offsetting roughing calls are given even though Jurcina simply defended himself. That monotone twice Pierre McGuire said even if you are not a Flyers fan you have to agree it was a clean check. Again, my opinion was it was charging. Anyone else care to chime in, not argue, or call me an idiot, but chime in on a slow morning.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Where are all the unicorns and rainbows?

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Could the Post PLEASE start publishing NHL Standings by Conference -- the Division races are all decided by now, except possibly for NW. The playoff positioning is what matters now, and it's so hard to know who's in/out unless you can see standings by Conference. Also, it would be helpful to add a Games Played column, since that also tells a big part of the story at this time of year.

Posted by: Little_John | March 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@ RichC3,

I hope Brian Pothier stays healthy as much as the next guy. However, if he cannot withstand getting kabonked, he needs to stay the hell off the ice. We cannot have our guys worried about protecting someone that has no business being on the ice. I doubt that people will be headhunting for him, but I am sure he will get run just like any other player tonight.

I hope BP's return serves as a rallying point to get the Caps more focused and cohesive, sort of like what people hope for with when bringing in a player via trade.

Caps Insider team: thanks for all the coverage. I really enjoy it.

Posted by: crooks_c | March 16, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

828-I don't get all the Schultz haters... especially coming from Caps' fans

Why would non=caps fans hate on Schultz? what the heck would a pittsburgh or flyer fan give a rats a__ about one of our fringe defenseman. The reason Caps fans hate on Schultz is because more often than not he plays the game with little or no heart and enthusiasm and hangs his goalie out to dry and he's not making dramatic strides forward. One can even argue and say he's regressed in some ways.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 15, 2009 11:42 PM

Well, then my comment speaks for itself. A few years ago, that is exactly how they described Semin. He's 23 and Bruce believes in him enough to put him out on the PK during OT. What's next? Caps fans going to throw snow balls at Santa. That is what I am talking about why Caps fans are hating on Schultz. What's next?

See cstanton1, the difference between you and me is that I don't bash the players on the team or the management. This isn't politics! Sure, there is always room for improvement... but we have the team we have. Most of them are really young and doing a pretty good job. So, instead of complaining all the time about who doesn't do what... I choose to support them because it is what it is and it's not going to change - at least not this season.

Posted by: _828 | March 16, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@ Little_John: NHL.com brother. You can view the standing by division, conference, and league. You can also view how the Caps did against each division, and against the West. Every view includes number of games played. Would be nice if the Post would start putting the Conference standing in so we can start seeing teams clinch playoff spots, divisions, etc.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 16, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Is Simeon "Dirty Varlz" Varlamov starting in net tonight?

I think Theo should get tonight off.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 16, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Schultz has played well the past few games. He usually neutralizes opponent drives, which is his job after all.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 16, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I for one appreciate the new changes and the new faces on this blog. The more (informed) perspectives on this team, the merrier. I don't know why I keep reading the comments here because they're so often empty complaints from weak people. I guess I just love the Caps that much.

Posted by: fronesis1016 | March 16, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Question for Lindsay:

We'll obviously find out soon enough, but will the in-game chat be in the form of blog posts/comments to the Insider or will it be in the live discussion format with questions and answers? Personally prefer the former to the latter so all comments are available - also would like to see a single "chat" post with updates noted by time rather than new posts each time. Maybe a single updating post per period.

Just my two cents.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | March 16, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

" I don't know why I keep reading the comments here because they're so often empty complaints from weak people." - fronesis1016

Dude, I am in the same boat... have no clue why I come here and read the comments.

People complain about a player and then the next month they buy their jersey.

Posted by: _828 | March 16, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The more info from the team the better...who cares who posts it? stupid

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 16, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town, I'd play Theo tonight. He is red hot and so are the Thrashers. I'd play Varly against the relatively cool Panthers. Unless Kovulchuk ans Slater are both out, then maybe. I'd hate to see Varly get lit up like Neuvy last week.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 16, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate the Post's efforts. With other options and recent events I think it's a good direction.

Went to the Bruins/Islanders snoozefest in Boston this wkd. There's a lot to be said for a somewhat undisciplined Caps team winning an exciting 5-4 shootout game over a Conference-leading Bruins team eeking out a 2-1 yawner.

:)

Posted by: austinsteve | March 16, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

@ RicketyCricket:

We're using software called Cover It Live, which you've probably seen if you read any Yahoo blogs (Puck Daddy might be a good example).

It'll be a cross between the regular "comments chat" and a live discussion.

As for the number of posts, we'll try to find a happy medium between leaving updates long enough to not disrupt conversation and the need to make money. More posts = more page hits :)

Plus, those who don't comment as much might not notice if the same post updates. I hear ya, though.

- Lindsay

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | March 16, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Concur, SA-Town. Save Theo for the Kitties.

@fanohock1: As of this morning, Detroit and SJ are said to have clinched playoff spots (they're both over 100). Only five teams are over 90 - those two plus Boston at 99, NJ at 93 and WSH at 92.

I'm wondering if there's any confirmation yet on who the D scratch is. I can't imagine Pothier not getting a sweater tonight, but there's been no guarantee that he'll play from anyone.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 16, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

@Little_John and fanohock,

In the Post's standings window, at the top of the standings grid you'll see "Division Standings | Conference Standings"

Click those to toggle between the two views.

Posted by: grackle5 | March 16, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't have cable TV at home - I know, I'm an over-the-air, digital, guy - and AM radio can be tenuous at best. I signed up for NHL this season at $20 a month so I could watch the Caps on the road. Ha ha, that's funny - my fault for not reading the fine print. Anyway, I eventually subscribe to hockeysteams.com (they do daily, weekly, or monthly non-recurring accounts) and I can watch every single NHL game every night on my computer. For a little extra you can get the HD feed if your computer or laptop is capabl - full screen and all. It's about $10 a month, $5 a week, and $4 per day. If you're traveling or don't have the feed on TV at home, I think it's pretty awesome.

Posted by: saintex | March 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting the number of people that are unhappy with the Caps. 55 and 23 are not my favorite D but thet are only 23 or so. Take away 5 or 6 players and this ' average age is something like 24. This team could go on a 10 year of playoffs and possible Cups. I will take that over what we had 2 years ago (71 pts.) Good Luck Brian!!!

Posted by: nimrodrsp | March 16, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I will be very curious to see if Pothier will play tonight and who will be in the pipes. I am interested to see Varly get a another try at it, in which ever game the coaches decide. Geez...even when Erskine came back after his concussion I cringed when he was dealt a hard blow. I am also a little nervous about Pothier, because his situation has been a bit more serious. I have an astigmatism in both eyes, but I don't find myself being dizzy or having blurred peripheral vision. I just feel like there is a little more going on and it has more to do with the concussion. But I am not a doctor...just a nurse. Either way I hope he does well and stays well. I just hope the road continues to be good to us! Let's go Caps!

@Tarik, Katie, and Lindsey:
Thank you for the many updates and stories, it keeps my days filled with Caps knowledge! I am jealous...I wish I could have your job!


@ RicketyCricket: Love the screen name and the show!

Posted by: NatyBG | March 16, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@crooks_c .........I am not talking about normal hitting in the course of the game. You are right he has to hold his own there. I am talking about someone taking a run at him. Do not think for one minute there is not some idiot in this league that would run him just to prove something, Alvery comes to mind as do a few others particularly in the playoffs when the intensity goes up. Normal hitting is one thing, running someone is another, it is like porn, you know when you see.

Posted by: RichC3 | March 16, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@ _828

I voice of reason that I agree with 99% of the time. Sometimes you make comments that I would have written myself.

I have never bashed Theo, Flash (last season), Schultz, or Juice, or Nylander. They are our players and I support them. They are young guys, let them develop for goodness sakes.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | March 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

does anyone have the information for the caps twiiter page?

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | March 16, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

But I am not a doctor...just a nurse. Either way I hope he does well and stays well.

Posted by: NatyBG | March 16, 2009 12:35 PM

@NatyBG: I, too share your concerns about BP2, and wish him the best.

However, you should never again say that you are "just" a nurse...no person who puts in the time and dedication required to learn and perform such a difficult, demanding profession should have to concede to being "just" anything.

I have met many a nurse (including my niece) who had better skills and knowledge than the very doctors to whom they were (supposedly) subordinate.

Yours is an honorable and indispensable profession; take pride in it always.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 16, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

HockeyFarmer:

The Post's Caps Twitter page is here:

http://twitter.com/capitalsinsider

Jon DeNunzio

Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | March 16, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

thanks Jon Denunzio

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | March 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

so i might be a bit dense, but where is katie chatting? just on twitter or on some separate section of the post website? or on caps insider?

i can rarely find the url for tarik's afternoon chat sections in time so i'm not just dense about this.

Posted by: am_jim | March 16, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@am_jim:

Katie will be chatting on the Caps Insider. We'll have the "chatroom" set up a little bit before the game starts, so check back and you'll see it.

- Lindsay

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | March 16, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is good. Prattle on all you like about how he's not Chara (neither was Chara at 23). Replay footage of him out of position down low (ignoring that he's out of position *bcs he's moving to cover his partner's abandoned post*). Make up all the excuses you will for why Malkin, Staal, the Ded Things powerplay, and the empty-net 'Canes just can't be bothered to score when that useless 55 is on the ice. But Japers, BB, and quite a few NHL forwards will tell you the truth: Schultz is good. For his experience and his salary, he might even be -very- good.

Posted by: redlineblue | March 16, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40:
Thank you very much...so sweet!

Posted by: NatyBG | March 16, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is good. Prattle on all you like about how he's not Chara (neither was Chara at 23). Replay footage of him out of position down low (ignoring that he's out of position *bcs he's moving to cover his partner's abandoned post*). Make up all the excuses you will for why Malkin, Staal, the Ded Things powerplay, and the empty-net 'Canes just can't be bothered to score when that useless 55 is on the ice. But Japers, BB, and quite a few NHL forwards will tell you the truth: Schultz is good. For his experience and his salary, he might even be -very- good.


Posted by: redlineblue | March 16, 2009 2:52 PM


lol, did you ever watch Chara at 23? I'm guessing not. Schultz will NEVER turn into Chara. He doesn't have the mean streak for one. Chara was a tad meeker as a young player than he is today but he displayed his strength a lot more than Schultz currently does. Just because both players are tall its fashionable to try and compare them at similar stages of development. There is no similarity between the two players really. Schultz probably has more polish to his game than Chara did as a youngster with the Isles but Chara was much stronger and meaner and thats why any fan who thinks there's a chance that Schultz will one day turn into a dominating defensive player who doles out heavy hits and plays the game Chara does is deluding himself/herself

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

See cstanton1, the difference between you and me is that I don't bash the players on the team or the management. This isn't politics! Sure, there is always room for improvement... but we have the team we have. Most of them are really young and doing a pretty good job. So, instead of complaining all the time about who doesn't do what... I choose to support them because it is what it is and it's not going to change - at least not this season.


Posted by: _828 | March 16, 2009 11:40 AM


well then you keep being you and I'll keep being me. What you consider "bashing" I consider food for discussion.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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