Morning Reading List
Karl Alzner put together a respectable outing in his NHL debut Wednesday night, playing a solid 21 minutes and 6 seconds -- second on the team in ice time against the Thrashers only to Alex Ovechkin. He wanted to keep things simple in that first game but is anxious to improve. Wth potentially seven players from Washington's opening night roster out with injuries for tonight's 7 p.m. game against Montreal, Alzner's poise could be key to the Capitals weathering one of their busiest months of the season.
*Flash back to 2001-2002 when Jose Theodore was on top of the NHL with a 2.11 GAA, a .931 save percentage for the Canadiens and he won the Vezina and Hart Trophies to boot. Theodore is expected to start against his former team for the second time since leaving Montreal tonight -- the first time was a 8-5 Canadiens win over Colorado.
*Missed Pierre LeBrun's take on the Caps' call ups/injury situation in the second half of his blog earlier this week, which includes some quotes from General Manager George McPhee.
Montreal Cliff notes:
*In addition to the absence of Mike Komisarek (shoulder strain), Montreal's Alex Tanguay, Alexei Kovalev and Josh Georges are all a little banged up but Coach Guy Carbonneau said he expects them all to play tonight against the Capitals.
*The Canadiens called up forward Matt D'Agostini from the Hamilton Bulldogs for tonight. D'Agostini is Hamilton's leading scorer with 25 points (14G, 11A).
*In case you missed it Wednesday night, the Canadiens defeated Detroit 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena to end a two-game losing streak.
In the system:
*For Hershey's American players, Thanksgiving Thursday meant a trip to Albany for tonight's game against the River Rats. As Chris Bourque said, although missing holidays for hockey is old hat to many players it doesn't mean they don't miss family traditions.
"I feel like I haven't even had a Thanksgiving since I turned pro," Bourque said. "I can't remember the last time I had a good Thanksgiving dinner. I kind of miss it. It's a fun time of the year.
"Holidays are always fun, being around your family and stuff. Now it's not as fun. It would be nice to be around the family."
*Stack the Pads has photos and videos of Bears goaltender Simeon Varlamov.
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