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Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Braden Holtby to start against Oilers

By Katie Carrera

Braden Holtby will make his eighth start of the season for the Capitals tonight against the Oilers at Verizon Center. Michal Neuvirth will serve as the back-up and went out and took shots once he arrived at KCI after a doctor's appointment this morning.

Neuvirth didn't appear any worse for the wear after being unable to complete Monday night's game in Tampa Bay and he wouldn't be backing-up if he weren't at least healthy enough to be called into the contest if necessary.

Holtby is 5-2-2 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .918 save percentage for the Capitals and will likely oppose Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin, who is 10-26-2 with a 3.33 GAA and .893 save percentage this season.

In other news:

--Semyon Varlamov also took to the ice this morning, albeit briefly and he skated rather gingerly before the rest of the team went out for the regular pre-game skate. Varlamov has missed the past five games with a knee injury and hasn't played since Feb. 20 against Buffalo.

--Jay Beagle is healthy and was back out for practice with the Capitals this morning. He had been suffering from an upper body injury, the nature of which was not disclosed by the team, since appearing on Feb. 26 against the Islanders.

Beagle, Tyler Sloan and D.J. King all took part in extra work this morning so they are the likely healthy scratches for tonight's tilt.

--Mike Green, who is out indefinitely with what is believed to be a concussion, did not skate this morning. He skated Monday and Tuesday, marking the first time he had been on the ice since being hit by New York's Derek Stepan on Feb. 25.

--Eric Fehr returns to the Capitals' lineup after missing 22 contests with a dislocated right shoulder. More on Fehr to come.

By Katie Carrera  | March 9, 2011; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
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Comments

That's the opinion of an apparent hockey doofus who doesn't know anything about team sports.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | March 9, 2011 12:53 PM

Why call yourself a doofus? You make a good opinion. As I said, you are on one side of the spectrum (original post more than this latest). Obviously you think the Caps can win. Many here think they have "no chance" until McPhee and BB are gone.

My main point here was the most successful teams always seem to have a shutdown line with players like Draper and Helm, as Timbo pointed out. McPhee has not provided those players. And I question whether or not BB would use them anyway.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So, WTF returns. And Goose in net.

Get well soon B├Ąckis...we need you!

If any goalie appears to be "hot", EDM's goalie would seem due. Khabibulin has the misfortune to be a very good goalie on a very bad (or unlucky, depending on your point of view) team.

I hope the Caps win thoroughly tonight...

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 9, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"at least you didn't accuse me of gay-bashing like you do other posters...so thanks, I think"
Posted by: vermontcaps | March 9, 2011 12:41 PM

I haven't seen anybody here accuse you of gay-bashing. The way you keep sniffing DJK's jock and shoving your head deep into JE04's duke, I might suspect just the opposite.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | March 9, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Ohhh, Wiley, you're being bad now...

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 9, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Where does Fehr play and what happens to the salary Cap?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 9, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And yeah, about a month or two back there was someone on here that got all up in arms about a "fairy" comment that was made, may have been vermont who had that quote but I'm not positive. So accusations of gay bashing have occurred.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon,

I would assume that with Green out that there isn't an issue with the Cap. The combination of he and Poti is significant relief. I would prefer they do the same with Backs and bring him back with about five games to play so he gets back into game shape prior to the playoffs.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

enter the WTF

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 9, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

McPhee has not provided those players. And I question whether or not BB would use them anyway.
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This gets to the heart of it, to these eyes anyway. If you look at a guy like Kopecky, I have to question 1) whether we'd have any interest, despite his very low cost at the time CHI got him [maybe moreso now than we ever used to, but the point remains], & 2) whether he'd see any ice time here, anyway [I just get the feeling BB'd take one look, mutter to himself, 'why's he in the league, back in the day I had way better hands than this dude and I got buried in the minors].' But - the guy skates well*, works his tail off, is unselfish and absorbs hits to make plays, and in turn hits anything that moves, the bigger the better [ie., Pronger last finals]. He's a classic "3rd-line" guy, certainly not a prolific scorer, probably never will be - but Chi acquired him, and now Q gives him significant PP time, because he busts his tail, does the dirty work and gets the puck to Kane, Toews and Hossa, and plants his sturdy behind in front of the crease. And has helped two different orgs win Cups, along the way.

*Lest I forget, he's also always got Hossa's back, very similar to how Adam Graves did playing with Mess in NY.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 9, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Here are tonight's Rooting Instructions (Wednesday March 9):"
Posted by: Rhino40 | March 9, 2011 12:53 PM

I love reading these posts. Keep it up!

Is anybody keeping track of how successful you're been with this wishlist?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | March 9, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I have been asking for a salary cap article since the trades...nada. Green I don't think is on LTIR. Cap Geek says there's $270K of space, but that would be spending the bonus cushion (and paying next year, if bonuses are paid, MP's will not I think).

http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=30

However, bringing Fehr back will change the equation quickly. And if Green is to go LTIR, they must keep him out through March 21.

Note: I believe LTIRing Green would get you some retroactive savings back to when they first went over the cap (Feb 28).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"about a month or two back there was someone on here that got all up in arms about a 'fairy' comment that was made, ...
So accusations of gay bashing have occurred."
Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 1:34 PM

Yeah, but those people are just a little light in the loafers.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | March 9, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Let the Holtbyism's begin!

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Let the Holtbyism's begin!

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 1:53 PM

BraHo!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal,

No way Green comes back before that date anyway, the guy can't even currently skate three days in a row....he will be LTIR and they will retroact it to when he left for his Grandmother's funeral.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Holtby has earned this start, no matter what Neuvy's health status is. Neuvy has been busting his ass and could use the break anyway.

Any word anywhere on who will be our 4th center for the game? 21? 26? ... curious.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | March 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

so lines are...

8-44-28
21-18-16
25-90-22
26-15-10

Posted by: caps4life2 | March 9, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

My main point here was the most successful teams always seem to have a shutdown line with players like Draper and Helm, as Timbo pointed out. McPhee has not provided those players. And I question whether or not BB would use them anyway.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse
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You're letting one person influence you too much Tom. I mean that respectfully.

You're right that the "traditional" team make up was of a 1st & 2nd line for scoring, 3rd line as "shutdown" line who's primary purpose was to stop the opposing teams top line from scoring, and a 4th line that just hits everything in the opposing color and fights when needed.

GMGM is building a different team and it remains to be seen if it will be successful or not. I think this yrs version is better than last. Our team fits the traditional model with the exception of the 3rd line. Rather than those guys being the gritty shutdown guys they are better offensively and not as "shutdown" as you'd like them to be.

I think your critisism of BB is a lil off target maybe? I think he knows how to utilize top 6 forwards but handling true "enforcers" might not be his strength. He loves Brads so you can't say he doesn't knonw how to utilize 4th line guys. I just think it might be more narrow than that. I think he just might not like to put a DJK out there and fight every game. I don't know just going off my observations. The elephant in the room is DJK for sure. I mean he cleared waivers so he not real wanted by other teams apparently.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 9, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Johnan, Arnott, Gordon...who is the 4th center? Brooksie? He's the only other forward that plays center that I'm aware of.

Posted by: Avar | March 9, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen anybody here accuse you of gay-bashing. The way you keep sniffing DJK's jock and shoving your head deep into JE04's duke, I might suspect just the opposite.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | March 9, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse
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Stick around long enough, wiley, and you'll learn that stevie boy is our de-facto pc/gay rights officer. He accused me once of gay-bashing because I had the gall to use "gay" in a post (and to convey a sense of happiness, at that), and I've seen him take others (most notably cstanton) to task because, after all, it's his duty to be the voice of the persecuted.

But back to you, wiley, your infatuation with my posts certainly stokes my ego but they are causing me some concern. It's unhealthy to be so obsessed with another. (I gave you a bunny, wiley, and my guess is that even you can turn that last sentence around to use against me.) I'd be happy to sniff your jock too, if only you had reason to wear one in the first place.

Back to tonight, I'm disappointed to see Fehr instead of DJK. This, I'm afraid, will not sit well with the Hockey Gods. We better hope Stevie Mac isn't in the lineup, but if he is let's hope he runs amok whenever Erskine isn't on the ice.

Johnny, listen good and carefully: MAKE NO EFFORT TO CONFRONT SM IN THE EVENT HE LOOKS TO GET SOMETHING STARTED; STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM HIM AS YOU CAN.

Please, please, PLEASE do that for me Rock Star...we need you to finish the season strong and go deep in the playoffs, and SM is one bad, mean mf-er who you shouldn't be messing with.

It sure would be comforting to see #17 on the bench tonight, but it looks like it's going to be every man for themselves once again tonight.

Best of luck tonight boys, let's see if we can't tap that oil well

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 9, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Wiley Wiley Wiley. That was pretty d@mn funny. Duke? LMFAO!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 9, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

8-90-22
18-44-28
25-21-16
26-15-10

That is the way I see things playing out for tonight.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I think splitting Ovie and Nicky up might not be a bad idea for a few games, but I don't like that the reason for them not playing together is an injury.

How much do you want to bet the score is 0-0 at the end of the first period?

Posted by: griz0615 | March 9, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

The question is how effective of a shut down line can Hendricks/BGordon/Bradley be. If they remain healthy(looking at BGordon here), I don't see any reason why they can't be a solid shut down line. In the few games they have played together since the trades, they have shown the ability to do so. Now that is a small sample size and they will need to show that they are able to do it over the course of the playoffs, but I think they have the ability to be a very solid shutdown line.

I also like having Beagle available as the substitute if any of those players get hurt.

On a side note, I saw this earlier, but it wouldn't suprise me that if the Caps are up by 1 goal with less than one minute left in a playoff game and there is a faceoff in the Caps zone, that the three forwrads that will be on the ice will be Laich/BGordon/Knuble.

Laich is the Caps best defensive left winger, Knuble is the Caps best defensive right wing, and BGordon is very good on faceoffs and very solid at D, and good at blocking shots.

Yes, you could put them all together as the checking line game in and game out(moving Sturm up to 2nd line LW duty and Fehr up to first line RW duty and have MJ center Hendricks and Bradley as an energy line), but I think BB wants to spread out the defensive wealth so every line has at least one very good defensive forward on it.

But it wouldn't shock me to see these lines during the playoffs either:

Ovie/Backstrom/Fehr
Sturm/Arnott/Semin
Laich/BGordon/Knuble
Hendricks/MJ/Bradley

Posted by: sgm3 | March 9, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It isn't clear to me that Green is out that long. They might be holding him back somewhat to avoid further injury. Team's in the playoffs, so its about be ready for them. (I would like to also take the time now to demand my props for telling the hyper among us to not stress about the playoffs, and lo and behold we're in third place and challenging number one. You people need to relax.

I'm curious to see Holtby tonight. He looked extremely poised last night. Little panic, flashes of insane talent, and excellent rebound control for the most part. A little out of position and slow lateral movement at times, which he bailed himself out of with the flashes of talent.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 9, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey,

I say they will keep him out that long as they know they will be over the cap if they do not plus it gives him the extra days to fully recover (I know when I played I would say I felt fine even if I didn't so I could get back in the game). Just makes no sense to let him come back in and risk something like that, collect the cap space and be happy with that.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Johnan, Arnott, Gordon...who is the 4th center? Brooksie? He's the only other forward that plays center that I'm aware of.

Posted by: Avar
Hendricks can play center

lines I would like to see

8/90/21
28/44/22
25/26/16
10/15/18

Posted by: capscoach | March 9, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Sturm is a top six forward, he needs to be moved off those bottom two lines to fully utilize his potential. Plus Beagle>Chimera, please fix this already!

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

My preferred third line going forward once everyone is healthy would be Laich/MaJo/Beagle as they would make a great shutdown line that could contribute on the O as well in spurts.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Sturm is a top six forward, he needs to be moved off those bottom two lines to fully utilize his potential. Plus Beagle>Chimera, please fix this already!

Posted by: PhilR

yes he is, but right now his hands are like bricks...so I say let him get it together before putting him on a line where we need him to score.

Beagle is a good fourth liner, but I wouldn't put him above it.

Posted by: capscoach | March 9, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR, that's certainly a possibility, but the only knock on that is it only gives them 2 or 3 games to test him/get him back to game speed before the playoffs start. Not saying you're wrong, and if this were January, you would be right, but not sure this close to the end.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 9, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

pokerface: BTW, we still have an active bet :)

Ovie/Backstrom/Fehr
Sturm/Arnott/Semin
Laich/BGordon/Knuble
Hendricks/MJ/Bradley

Posted by: sgm3 | March 9, 2011 2:12 PM


Actually, I like that quite a bit. You've come over to my way of thinking. If only we can get MaJo better on faceoffs to switch him and Gordon. I think Laich/MaJo/Knuble is a worthy "orthodox" third line, as they are very good at defense and can score. I think the stats show Laich is best at stopping opposing scoring btw. He'll get the $3.25M I have projected for him on the "sum of all his statistics."

Also, I agree, like to get Beagle in there, but don't know how. And glad you omitted Chimera. We can only hope Boudreau begins to see what some of us saw (and have been pointing out) since the MTL series.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@Phil: agreed about Sturm. I'm hoping those chances will start turning into points, and I suspect he's gotta be top-6 to have any hope. The center-shifting ain't gonna help him any.

"voice of the persecuted"

Ha - I like that. More like, "Voice against the persecuting," but that's my definition.

Anti-gay, anti-racist, anti-uncivil more generally: yep, I'll own that.

Despite leaning towards the dark-sider edge of the fence, I just like passionate, reasoned debate about hockey, and you bet I'll call out those who are about something else.

Don't forget, vermon: I also call out hypocritical fans of two Eastern Conference teams (WTF?! A whole 15 years, eh?!) who claim to be fine with their dual-citizenship yet pretend not to know a players name and then claim "the whole post was a big joke" just to cover that fact.

Coward. Hypocrite.


(Come to think of it, I built my professional life around punching hypocritical, cowardly bullies in the face. Hmm . . . You may be on to something, vermon.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 9, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

You really need to watch Beagle a little more. The Hendricks/Stecks/Beagle line was the best shutdown line this team has had all year and traditionally a shutdown line is your 3rd line. Beagle is amazing on the D-side of the puck and will be playing regular third line minutes next season if not for the Caps than another NHL team.

Sturm does not have hands of stone, you have him mixed up with Chim-Chim.:-) He heeds time to gel with players of his calibre not 3rd/4th liners IMO.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

(And to clarify: "ANTI-homophobic/gay-bashing.")

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 9, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

agreed, beagle is a decent 4th liner but nothing more, but 10, 26,15 are better than beagle so...beagle = pressbox for now

Posted by: _stevo | March 9, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I say they will keep him out that long as they know they will be over the cap if they do not plus it gives him the extra days to fully recover (I know when I played I would say I felt fine even if I didn't so I could get back in the game). Just makes no sense to let him come back in and risk something like that, collect the cap space and be happy with that.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:24 PM

+1.

Most likely scenario. BTW, if Green comes back starting Mar 22 vs Flyers, he'll have 9 games to get into "playoff shape." Maybe unlike other years he won't be beaten down upon playoffs starting. And maybe this year we'll do selective resting the last 2-3 games and not be so worried about "stat padding" like last year.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

_stevo,

Please see my response to capscoach on Beagle. When he is playing solid 3rd line minutes for another NHL team next year people will be complaining that GMGM let him get away.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Agree about Chi Chim...as for a shut down line...I feel like BB uses the 4th line for that more than 3rd...we use the third line for energy which is Why I put Chimera up there. I think Chimera is feeling insecure since Sturm came on board...he's hitting more. Sturm may or may not overtake Chimera...time will tell as at least from what I have seen and what Sturm had said, he isn't 100% back yet. He has had chances but been unable to put the puck in.

Posted by: capscoach | March 9, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, pokerface, one little response, respectfully, about my "criticisms" of Boudreau re checking line usage.

First, he doesn't make a checking line, not really. Proof is that in the last minute of the game, when we are up by one goal, and every other NHL coach would PUT OUT his checking line (because 1 - he'd have one and 2 - he'd know when to use them), Boudreau puts out his PETS (Ovi, Backie and whoever scored the lead goal that night) so they can engage in STAT PADDING.

No, honestly, we don't give too many "6th attacker" tying goals, but should Ovechkin be on the ice instead of Laich, Knuble or even Bradley in these cases? Sure, Ovi gets ENers sometimes, but he also ICES it too.

Go ahead pokerface :) and defend Boudreau on this one!

Bruce "stat padder" Boudreau they should call him!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As soon as Sturm is at least 90%, Chimera can go to the pressbox!

That way can squeeze the cheese for Sloan's nachos!

I am back from lunch and I must've had rattlesnake since I am feeling full of VENOM!!!

Hiss!

:)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe some cracks in the Bulin Wall lately. I haven't seen him mentioned as a candidate for the Russian National Team in a while.

Posted by: zmega | March 9, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

It's not like we have let a lot of teams score with the goalie pulled this season, so I really don't see why you should complain.

He doesn't put out the top line...he puts out one top scorer to try to put the game out of reach...he also puts out our best face off guy, two best defenseman, and one other forward of your choosing.

Posted by: capscoach | March 9, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Sturm does not have hands of stone, you have him mixed up with Chim-Chim.:-)
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Funny, but true. It's not unheard of for newly-acquired players to grip the stick a little tighter to try and justify their acquisition; Sturm's a good player, he'll snap out of it.

Poor Chimera, if the guy had even decent hands - not even great, just adequate - he'd have 25 goals this year already.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 9, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

zmega,

The Bulin Wall is crumbling with age but he also plays for a very young team who hasn't figured out how to win.

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Sturm needs to start scoring first, *then* you can put him on the 2nd line. The relative quality of his linemates hasn't hampered his chances, he's just not delivering.

The message need to be sent that TOI is earned, not given. The lack of this message is part of the problem, IMHO.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 9, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal1:
BB already has too many nicknames - but of the ones i've read - this one is most likely closest to being accurate
ovi should never be on the ice with

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 9, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

Good one: Sturm with Arnott and Semin. Maybe BB gives it a shot.

I think the cap may have something to do with shutdown line problems. There were classic shutdown players in the past - Esa Tikannen, Bob Gainey - but they were pricey.

I think the 4th lines should now be called the "salary cap" lines because there are too any players on those lines anywhere in the league making much more than half a mil...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 9, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

capscoach: Ovechkin is always out there in the last minute when we're up by one. Always. And he's not nearly our best defensive forward.

Anyway, I like to complain, even if there's nothing to complain about, or at least mrstominsocal1 says so.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 9, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

i think once sturm gets into 'game shape' - he should be given time on the 2nd line to prove himself, it could take quite a while if he needed to do that while on the 3rd line

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 9, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"it could take quite a while if he needed to do that while on the 3rd line"

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Like I said, he seems to be getting plenty of chances in the line he's on. He's just Chimera-ing every opportunity.

Once he starts converting on a couple of those, I'm all for giving him a shot on 2, until then, I don't see why you would demote 21, who *is* converting chances.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 9, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@tom...Bruce tended to put OV_Backi & Stecks out for a late face off in the D-zone, Backi was our 2nd best face off man and can play defensive, and OV will go after the puck like a bull, he can play a defemnsive role with a one goal lead and less than one minute left, I have even seen him pass up a chance to go for the EN and just loft the puck out of the d-zone...

regarding a 3rd line checking unit...in the season the Caps had the 3rd most points after last season (1985-86), their third line was "The Plumberss" : Adams-Haworth-Laughlin, theyu were a secondary scoring line and not a checking line, the checkers were primarily the 4th line of Duchesne-Jarvis-Gould, an excellent checking line until Jarvis was traded for Jorgen Pettersson...the two top lines used the Carpenter-Gartner and Gustafsson-Christian pairs with a variety of left wingers...of course they were like the Caps in 2008-09, an excellent regular season followed by a 2nd round exit...
my point to this is you can have your top scoring line followed by two secondary scoring lines with the 4th line a checking or eenrgy line...one of the premises used by Bruce and other coaches on line matching is that if you always match up your checkers against the other teams top line, your top line will see the ice less often...

Posted by: boomer44 | March 9, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@Tom

Is he giving time to his "pets" or is he rewardiing people for a hard game? Plus by having OV out there you know darn well that if the puck gets on his stick, game over. Sure he ices the puck and misses sometimes that's why we don't call him Jesus Christ (even if OV can walk on water, albeit frozen).

And this isn't a big weakness of ours IMO. Could he put out better "defensive" forwards, sure. I can only think of 1 time this yr when the opposing team pulled their goalie and we gave up a goal. I believe it was the Carolina game that everybody here went nuts about b/c they scored in like the last 10 seconds of the game.

I mean if we kept getting scored on and BB kept sending out the same players then maybe it's a bigger issue????

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 9, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

DJK is OK for a tussle but adds nothing else to a team. Doe not skate well, stck handle or shoot. Why as a coach would you want him unless a score needs settled.

Holtby will be trying hard to show he is in the mix for #1. I have stated that he might be the best one. I like his maturity and style. We have three good goalies and it will not matter if we score a few for them. Let me repeat for those that are hampered. We have the goalie position covered.

Posted by: ballgame21 | March 9, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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