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Tarik has more about Coach Bruce Boudreau's decision to start Brent Johnson in goal tonight against the Carolina Huricanes at Verizon Center in the hard-copy edition.

Here are cliff notes on the Hurricanes to get you ready for tonight's game.

*Winners in three of their past four contests, the Southeast Division leading Hurricanes are fresh off an overtime win in Toronto on Tuesday.

Carolina is winning despite a plethora of injuries: Justin Williams (torn achilles), Joni Pitkanen (torn shoulder meniscus), Scott Walker (torn hand ligament), Frantisek Kaberle (leg) David Tanabe (concussion) and Brandon Sutter (concussion), but has found success in some unusual places, like the Franken-line combination of Tuomo Ruutu, Chad LaRose and rookie Dwight Helminen. The group combined for six points (each with a goal and assist) and a plus-7 rating against the Leafs. But players like workhorse defenseman Dennis Seidenberg have also stepped up to take the lead with so many key cogs missing.

*Best hope that the Caps and Canes don't make it to overtime tonight, lest allow Carolina's 'secret weapon' Niclas Wallin have another crack at ending a game. No defenseman in the history of the league has scored more playoff overtime goals than Wallin (3), although his winner against the Leafs Tuesday was his first of this young regular season.

*Here's a picture of the Alex Ovechkin bobblehead that the first 15,000 fans will receive on Dec. 18 against St. Louis.

In the system:
*Bears coach Bob Woods said Simeon Varlamov, who has been nursing a groin injury and hasn't played since Oct. 17, will start for Hershey on Friday when they take on the River Rats. Bobby Goepfert has been reassigned to South Carolina. Tyler Sloan, Graham Mink and Dean Arsene are banged up and may not make the trip to Albany.

*Defensive prospect Eric Mestery was traded from the Tri-City Americans to the Lethbridge Hurricanes as part of a five-player trade yesterday. He is still part of the Capitals organization.

By Katie Carrera  |  November 6, 2008; 8:59 AM ET
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Posted by: MFepelst | November 6, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the readings, Katie.

Boy I sure hope we win tonight.

Posted by: _jordan | November 6, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Caps win 5-3 with goals from Liach, Ovie (2, 1 an empty netter), Green and Backstrom. Johnson stops 30 of 33 shots.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 6, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Lethbridge has a great system there. I think that Eric will really thrive there.

“Mitch Fadden is an incredibly gifted, talented and exciting player however our biggest need right now is a solid top four defenseman and Eric Mestery fits that bill.” said Stasiuk, the Canes’ GM."

Posted by: Greg S. | November 6, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S: Yeah, we could use a solid top-four defenseman too ^^

From a previous thread, though, amen to DrinkingPartner. For all the negativity and beer-blubbering and calls for heads we've been seeing on the boards lately, I for one still love the Caps and am gunning for a win tonight.


Posted by: kittypawz | November 6, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Ollie does not want any of his players with the Caps organization.
While the team is not playing up to expections, please remember they are playing as usual a lot of early season games on the road and they are still ahead of the pace from last year, but they do need to put some points in the bank now there is a good chance they will not close like last year.

Posted by: RichC3 | November 6, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Tonight would be a good night to make a in win; win pretty, win ugly, just win, baby!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 6, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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