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Machesney Recalled (Updated)

The Caps recalled goaltender Daren Machesney from Hershey this morning. Coach Bruce Boudreau is set to talk to reporters in about 10 minutes here at Nassau Coliseum, so check back in a half hour for details.

Update: Machesney was recalled to replace Brent Johnson, who suffered an injury in practice last week. Boudreau was not specific, but I do recall Johnson taking a shot off the inside of his knee (in the unprotected area between the leg pad and shorts), then looking to be in some discomfort as he skated off.

"It's a new" injury, Boudreau said when asked Johnson was suffering from the hip injury that dogged him earlier this season. "I just think it's day-to-day, though. We assume he'll be back after the all star break."

Also, Chris Clark (who recently removed his visor) will return to the lineup after two games as a healthy scratch. Boyd Gordon, meantime, will return from a five-game absence due to back spasms. That means Eric Fehr and David Steckel will come out.

Update:*The Islanders are in dead last place in the NHL -- by nine points. But Boudreau isn't taking anything for granted. In fact, he said these are the kinds of days that are challenging for a coach.

"Especially after you've played a game against the one team you want to catch in the league," Boudreau said. "We have all been around the game long enough to know there's going to be a letdown. It's the coach's job not to let them have that letdown. Whether it's by warnings or information or whether it's by whatever, I have to find that way make them play like it's the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final tonight rather than an afternoon game [on Long Island]."

*I'm hearing the Isles will be without key players Trent Hunter and Chris Campoli because of injury. I'm working to confirm this.

*These Caps (29-14-3) can become the fastest team in franchise history to 30 wins today. The fastest to this point was the 1984-85 squad, which reached 30 in Game 49.

*With another goal, Alex Ovechkin will have his fourth straight 30 goal season, joining Peter Bondra and Mike Gartner as the only players in franchise history to pull off the feat.

*Jose Theodore can become the 11th active goalie to reach 200 victories.

I hope to get the lines during warmup, so check back in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 19, 2009; 11:48 AM ET
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I'm assuming Johnson must be ill. Hope he is alright. Exciting to see Machesney get to sit behind the bench. Maybe he will even get to start tomorrow night. Probably not but that would be very cool.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Happy to see Machesney, but what about Varlamov?

Posted by: BDeegan | January 19, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd be shocked if Cheese played at all. I'm also kind of surprised that the Caps didn't use this opportunity to play Varlamov one of the next two games.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 19, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Varly is hurt with an undisclosed injury and is not set to return to Wednesday.

Posted by: HBFan | January 19, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov is injured, saw that Bears called up Neuvirth from Stingrays instead.. It was either on the John Walton or Stingrays blog, will look and give you a link in a moment..

Posted by: gavlegirl | January 19, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Super, just wanted to say outloud, that the Sexy Lumberjack played well Saturday.

Hope the boys play well today.

Posted by: Leeguru | January 19, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Varlamov was scratched last game for the Bears for an injury concern. Wouldn't call him up if me may still be hurting.

Posted by: Stu_c | January 19, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

sexy lumberjack?

Posted by: jamebow | January 19, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The team is playinggreat right now,cant wait for the game.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 19, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if the time off will help improve Clark's game. If not I don't think he has much time left in Washington. But it's also tough to trade a guy who hasn't really got his game back since being injured.

Posted by: Stu_c | January 19, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

glad to see Gordo back

and for those who haven't been following...

sexy lumberjack = Erskine
juice = Jurcina

Posted by: rh71 | January 19, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

So a day after Steckel gets the hard hat he's out? Right...

Posted by: cupcrzy | January 19, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Is there an insinuation that Clark removing his visor had something to do with coming back into the lineup?

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 19, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The depth is going to allow some guys to get rest. With back-to-back games it is a good thing.

This wont last all season though.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Bruce has commented on how it takes time after being off the ice for almost a year. He is willing to give CC some time to try to find his game again. I thought he was better after comming back from his forearm injury. It's a great think to have problems like these, as far as who is in the line-up and who is out.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 19, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

no visor = more fights

Posted by: Andoy | January 19, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

jamebow: For some reason Erskine is often referred to as "the sexy lumberjack".

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 19, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

So does this mean that Jose will go again tomorrow against the Sens? Back to back?

Posted by: Landshark | January 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Alzner only played 13:53 on Saturday. Interesting considering he has averaged over 20 minutes a game during the season.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

i really would like machesney to see some NHL ice time.

steckel out? hm....

Posted by: richmondphil | January 19, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of a single way that Chris Clark has helped us on the ice this season. we're better off with Steckel OR Fehr in the lineup. In fact, we're better off with any other player in the lineup than Clark. His captaincy is becoming a sham.

Posted by: MTB7 | January 19, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl, Tess, HBFan:

Thanks for the Beagle update.

Posted by: uncatim | January 19, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

From the other thread:

Someone suggested Detroit moving to accomodate NYI to KC. Problem with Detroit going to NE Div is someone would have to come out. Mont-Ott-Bos-Buff-Tor is perfect as is. The Sabres would not want to go to Atlantic.

Someone else said Columbus doesn't want to move. That would mean Nashville to SE.

The other wild card is Phoenix is very unstable financially and the Panthers are a very poor draw in South Florida. I'm sure the NHL would absolutely hate to have teams moving around and divisions realigning every year. Then it's like a minor sport. Whatever they are going to do, they need to try and do it all at once.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 19, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Roose | January 19, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

really? pulling out Stecks to put Clark back in? Clark hasn't showed me anything special since his return. And who's going to win faceoffs now if Stecks is a healthy scratch?

Posted by: abuddy2004 | January 19, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@ Leeguru

Yah, he played great, and I hope he continues, simple old time hockey. 1 hour 4 minutes left. Great day to take a day off. LET'S GO CAPS!!!


Posted by: SZALACH7 | January 19, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I was joking re Boo. Of course I know she's a lady! Some else (I'll leave out the name to avoid embarassment) posted "Thanks man" to Boo earlier in the thread. I merely followed that up.

She has been referred to a dude/man several times now but I still find it funny!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 19, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse


Just because she's female does not mean that she is a "Lady!"

I'm going to get it for that comment....

Posted by: Leeguru | January 19, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The way Steck has played over the last month, he doesn't deserve to sit. Clark just may be trade bait at this point. BB might be getting him to play better so that he is a more appealing trade option. Wouldn't mind the Caps packaging him and Nyls to obtain some defensive help. The is too much up side on a player like Steck to trade him. Just heard on ESPN that NHLPA is reopening discussions on the Collective-Bargaining Agreement. Could more room on the salary cap be coming?
The only reason that Alzner's ice time was cut was because of his partner on defense. Alzner is NHL material and doesn't make any glaring mistakes. The Isles may be last but they skate hard for all 60 we need to be on our game. Go Caps!

Posted by: psugolf | January 19, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Johnson hurt himself at practice on Thursday. I remember seeing him in pain, then skating off the ice. Hope he gets better soon.

Posted by: blushfilms | January 19, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Um, Gordon in means Steckel comes out. Clark is replacing Fehr. Neither Clark nor Fehr are scoring.

Posted by: koalatek | January 19, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess Clark's visor was keeping him from seeing the net...maybe he can at least get some shots on goal.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 19, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I have to agree...seeing Stecks sitting today was a bit of a shock. Think he was like 10 of 16 the other day on faceoffs. Strange...

Has anyone else considered trying to get CC back on track by getting him some time on the PP (i.e. in front of the net)? Realize that is premium time. Maybe he needs to show it on his reg. shift first I guess.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 19, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse


I get the blame for the dude references :)

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 19, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse


haha I suspected that (but wasn't 100% sure :D), that's why I also sneaked in the "dude".


40 minutes to the game... glad to see Clark back, I think he played pretty well his last couple of games... but I also like Fehr... well, we'll see.

Posted by: mauree | January 19, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Steckel out!?!? What the heck!?!? He's been solid this year. Why not sit Nylander?? What good has he been this year??

Posted by: dcox50 | January 19, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure BB has tons of stuff working in his head: matchups, time off, resting players, wondering about trades. I see the Clark/Gordn and Fehr/Steckel situation as nothing more than working the line-up in order to win. I'm a big fan of Steckel and Gordon but there's only one line center position open right now. Let's get two wins and some time off. I'll worry about anything after decisions are made after the break.

Posted by: saintex | January 19, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Nylander's setup to Green last game was beautiful. I'm not the biggest Nylander fan but he's played pretty well over the last three or four games.

Posted by: saintex | January 19, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse


Totally agree dude. Nyls pass was awesome! He also brings the puck in the zone/controls the puck pretty effectively...more so than I think he gets credit for. Could he do more on the #s...ofcourse.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse


agreed.. Nylander is worth...let me see.. NOTHING.. trade him or sit him..Steck deserves to be in the game.. Nylander doesnt.

Let's go CAPS.. 20 minutes to Puck Drop..

Posted by: -19- | January 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to the game tonight. Hoping the guys bring their A game, especially against a team that is so easy to look past. A 10-1 Caps win would be just perfect.
Off topic, but is anybody going to a party tomorrow night or know anything about the event at the Omni Shoreham?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 19, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse


Fehr's value at this level is not in his scoring ability. He has 6 goals in 78 NHL games. It's just not what he does.

I've seen him swing the momentum of games with this forechecking. He's tenacious. He makes transition situations that make opponents start playing on their heels.

He can't finish, but neither can Clark. He wont fight, but Clark's not that great at it anyway. Clark, however, doesn't have the same inclination to forecheck, and if you want your 3rd line doing ANYTHING while your
top lines suck wind on the bench, it's forecheck.

He definitely makes an impact as a 3rd line winger. As an "energy" guy he beats Clark hands down.

Posted by: large23220 | January 19, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This does make Cheez the fifth goalie we've dressed, correct? We're starting to sound like the Kings from last season.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 19, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The problem is, Fehr was billed as a talented goal scorer. He hasn't lived up to that as of yet. Clark did have, what, 30 one year, but I don't see that happening again.

I hate to see Steckel out of the lineup. But Gordo is an even better faceoff guy than Stecks, so I guess he sits. Nyls is probably going to get more PP time now. Maybe that's how he is going to start contributing.

Posted by: WVPhil | January 19, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Anybody we are thinking about moving has to show some value, which means they have to play. Why not shop Nyls, Clark or whoever against the worst team in the league. Boost their stats and thus there trade value. Let other teams get some "tape" on them? Flip side is...What if Nylander finds the touch that he had in NY? Would we be so quick to move him? He still has games left, lets get what we paid for.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 19, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

large23220, I think Fehr is supposed to be a Kozlov-type of scoring winger, at least he was a scorer in juniors. Clark is the one more likely to be a checking-line specialist.

Posted by: koalatek | January 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

gordon and clark for steckel and fehr = advantage for the opponents badddd move

Posted by: wendel2 | January 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Gordon in is a good thing. He wins face-offs and his skills on the PK are tops.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 19, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Give clarkie some time, he will regain form. His value as captain of this team is underestimated by many of you. Try coming back from the injuries he has had, for any athlete in any professional sport its not that easy.

Posted by: rickylooper | January 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

All I want for my birthday is two points! Go Caps!

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | January 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

This thing is set up to be a Caps offensive explosion. Worst team in the league, 3rd string goalie in net with no wins. Coming off a defeat of arguably the best team in the league. And Ov and Backs are due for one of those 4-5 pt games.


Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 19, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Clark and Gord in with Fehr and Stecks out will make ALL the difference against the Isles.

Smart post Wendel.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | January 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, GregAnnapolis!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Many Happy Returns Greg.

Anyone else having problems with the atdhe stream?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

New post. And man I hope they fix the HD channel. They have the 16:9 widescreen smooshed to 4:3, with wings. No likey likey.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | January 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Happy BDay dude...think they heard you on the tv resolution

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

hopefully it wont but is not a move that makes us stronger smart ass post expert

Posted by: wendel2 | January 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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