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Toni L. Sandys -TWP

*While it's uncertain if Michal Neuvirth will indeed make his NHL debut during the Capitals' three-game road trip, which begins tonight against the Rangers, he's certainly hoping a highlight of his well-traveled, first professional season will come in Florida this weekend.

*Colleague Corey Masisak also featured Neuvirth's journey for today's Times.

*If Mike Green extends his goal-scoring streak to seven games tonight against the Rangers he'll tie Boston's Mike O'Connell for the longest such stretch by a defenseman in NHL history.

*To follow up on yesterday's stories about Verizon Center's ice, here is Dan Steinberg's historical look at the ice conditions in Washington and Owner Ted Leonsis' latest comments about the ice on his blog.

*The neighboring D.C. Sports Bog offers for your enjoyment tales from Rod Langway and Craig Laughlin's playing days and a post about Bruce Boudreau's pro-wrestling fandom. (Not to mention his former interest in soap operas.)

*So you may have seen the Mt. Rushmore of Sports thing ESPN is doing. Well, John Buccigross picked his "Mt. Rushmore" for every NHL team.

*Greg Wyshynski brings you another interview with one of the league's top Russian talents. He sat down with Evgeni Malkin, who talks about his relationship with Alex Ovechkin among other things.

Rangers Cliff notes:
*The Capitals look to sweep the season series for the first time in franchise history against the reeling Rangers, who have lost their last five games and scored just five goals during that stretch and have been shut out three of their past seven contests. As Pierre LeBrun said, they're playing like they've "lost all confidence."

*Part of this streak included a 10-2 shellacking by the Dallas Stars, which prompted questions about coach Tom Renney's job status.

*Then there's the whole vicious circle of will they/won't they pick up Sean Avery rumors buzzing around the league.

In the system:
*The Bears take on Hamilton tonight at Giant Center, and will be without winger Kip Brennan who suffered a knee injury this past weekend. Read more and check out lines from practice yesterday here and don't forget about Bear Tracks.

*Graham Mink talks about facing his friend and former teammate Mathieu Darche over the past weekend when Portland faced Hershey.

*Braden Holtby recorded his fifth shutout of the season as Saskatoon defeated Medicine Hat 3-0 last night.

By Katie Carrera  |  February 11, 2009; 7:44 AM ET
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Still kinda boring this morning.

Posted by: Section117 | February 11, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

A quick tip: if you click the "permalink" link instead of "continue reading this post," the links to the Sports Bog, etc will go to the top of the post, rather than the middle of it.

Posted by: slustbader | February 11, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

*sigh* I wouldn't blow off the Rangers and I don't care what their record is coming into this game. They're back at home, looking to redeem themselves, and we're in a dogfight with New Jersey for that second seed. We need to act like it.

I'm just afraid that we are going to get sloppy and blow off the Rangers and bad things will happen tonight as a result. And here, JSchon, have your buck-six.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 11, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

it is interesting to me what little comment that there has been about the Caps organization trying to shut the players up from talking about the ice conditions to the press. Fedorov's comments yesterday were quite incredible--it was clear they had a meeting and were told to shut it. Ted's blog post referenced above essentially tells the players to stop talking. I find it outrageous.

Posted by: melissa2809 | February 11, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

kittypawz +1

*hands over his $1.06*

Posted by: mauree | February 11, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

How Buccigross can leave off Langway for a Caps Mt. Rushmore is beyond me.

Posted by: koalatek | February 11, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse


actually I wondered myself the same thing. Why are they asked not to talk about it?

Also: dehumidifiers are expensive... how expensive exactly?

Posted by: mauree | February 11, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

That Mt. Rushmore of the Caps puzzles me too. Langway should be first on the list. I guess it is a question of preference between Gartner ad Bondra. Not sure why Hunter made it over Gartner or Labre.

Posted by: tomdchancar | February 11, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Dehumidifiers are expensive?

So is Michael Nylander!
So is having Kozlov on the pine because of a tweakage of his loin area!
So are micro-brews and imports at VC!
So is the fine for being windjammer!

BTW, what is the count down for the stretch run for all the newbies?

Posted by: JSchon | February 11, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

JSchon is on a roll this morning folks! Cracking me up!

Posted by: PhilR | February 11, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

They're asked not to talk about it because it causes negative press about the Caps organization and the venue itself, which if you're attracting free agents is something you want to very much avoid. The business world is not about honesty or transparency or truth. It's about appearances and perceptions, and they're trying to manage perceptions. If that involves an elephant-in-the-living-room scenario, so be it.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 11, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Top 5 Worst Hockey heads/analyst...

5. Don Cherry
4. John Buccigross
3. Brian Enblom
2. Scott Burnside
1. Mike Millbury

Posted by: JSchon | February 11, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

When a player makes some negative comment about the team or facility, he in fact is bad mouthing the corporation which has hired him. How many corporations will put up with that? Ted is correct in asking his employees to keep it as an internal matter. You will have to be an idiot to believe that the condition of the ice is a simple matter; there are many reasons for having bad ice during a game, scheduling probably being the most culpable, and that is the team's responsibility not Verizon Center. By the way, Ted is a part owner of WSELP.

Posted by: opita1 | February 11, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Caps' Mt Rushmore:

1. Langway
2. Hunter
3. Bondra
4. Gartner

A separate mountain will be sculpted just for Ovechkin.

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 11, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

thanks tomdchancar: you're absolutely right. What is Hunter doing on that list ahead of Langway or Gartner? Bondra was great but I'd put Gartner up there ahead of him. Langway was the most significant Caps player because he turned the franchise around and probably saved it...

Posted by: WritingLight | February 11, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

There is another side to squelching the complaints and managing the disgruntles before it gets out of hand. Just take a look at the "Redskins" organization where you have a silent, but meddlesome, owner and a bunch of Prima Donnas that think they are more important than the owner, coaches or team. Besides, the current complaints about the ice conditions is really directed at Mr. Pollin and his penchant to over-schedule in order to squeeze that last drop of dollar as oppose to the welfare of the Hockey team. I still do not believe that Mr. Pollin respect the Hockey team as he does for that "Last Place" Basketball team. Why else would he sell the team right after the Captials went to the Stanley Cup Finals? Mr. Pollin is probably still jealous that Ted is a better owner than he will ever be.

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 11, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

hey jschon...where's pierre mcguire on that list?

Posted by: reesem37 | February 11, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Pollin is probably still jealous that Ted is a better owner than he will ever be.

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 11, 2009 10:18 AM

And yet Abe has a trophy, so...?

Posted by: Section117 | February 11, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Greg Wyshinski sat down with Malkin and did an interview in Russian?!

Posted by: EveryCap | February 11, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

lil cutie pie!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 11, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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