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Morning roundup: Caps see a model in Wings


Morning roundup


When the Capitals look at how the Detroit Red Wings organization is run and what it has accomplished, they see the type of powerhouse they would like to one day become:

"Detroit, whether they win or not, they just keep going and going and going," Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They're great, and they find players out of the woodwork, it seems, and they come in, and you put the Red Wings jersey on, and you automatically play better." | Full story »

Tonight's matchup:

 

Detroit Red Wings (24-16-8)
Washington Capitals (30-12-6)
Verizon Center, 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 820 AM, 1500 AM

Caps' power rankings

The Hockey News: 2 (last week: 2)
TSN: 5 (6)
ESPN: 4 (5)
CBS Sports: 2 (2)

Morning links

*Ovechkin is the first star because he can do "more than put the puck in the net." (He can act, too!) (NHL.com)

*All you new-agey Internet people can't come up with a good nickname for the Caps' top line? (Puck Daddy)

*The Caps are good at everything but- "It's defense, yeah, yeah." Mike Green's not buying it. (Fanhouse)

*Ted is happy about the win over Philadelphia, but... "Really, we only drew one power play all night. What was up with that stat?" (Ted's Take)

*Barometer week for Caps. (Examiner)

Stay tuned for more from today's morning skate at Kettler.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 19, 2010; 5:32 AM ET
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Comments

PLEASE don't overlook tonight's game!! LET'S GO CAPS!!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 19, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

So,is it really too early to worry about varly's health??? Well maybe if this was the first or even second time in his early career that he's been hurt.Problem is,it's not.He's been injury prone even before he came to the caps' organization.So i think its not too early to worry and the caps need to address the situation and figure a way to fix it.Cause he's not gonna last long in the nhl if hes always hurt or getting hurt.I love the guy and hope he is our goalie of the future but the future dont look bright if hes always broke.GET WELL SOON VARLY,AND STAY WELL!!! GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | January 19, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

The Caps may in a strange way be blessed. They have two potential starting goalies with Nuevy and Varly for years to come (perhaps). If Varly cannot be an every night goalie and Neuvy gets rattled at times, this may be a good scenario for a rotation. This assumes the Caps do not resign super streaky Theo.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | January 19, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I always thought when Semin, Ovechkin, and Backstrom are on the same line it should be the S.O.B. line, any thoughts?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | January 19, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Defense is the weak link. That's why it gets criticism. Green will never be a Lidstrom.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | January 19, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

But Green is showing every indication he'll be like a Paul Coffey, and I'll take that.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 19, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Regardless, OV will break most if not all of Mario's records in a more defensive NHL.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 19, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

the one thing Ovie will NOT even come close to Mario is the number of short-handed goals he scored.

when you judge a hockey player you can't just look at the offensive numbers. Ovie beats Mario in physical play but Mario was a better overall player.

and he was deceptively fast, just ask Langway and Stevens how fast he could be

Posted by: joek443 | January 19, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

If D is the Caps weak link, then how do you explain having only given up 6 more goals 5-5 then the Devils?

Posted by: SA-Town | January 19, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

4-4 we are bad.

2 goals for, and 7 against.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 19, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

4-4 we are bad.

2 goals for, and 7 against.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 19, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, but my sense is those mostly came early in the season. We're playing a more disciplined brand of hockey currently.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 19, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

For four of those seven 4 on 4 goals against, the OT losses (non-shootout)came pretty early as follows:

Oct 6, 2009 Flyers
Oct. 30, 2009 Islanders
Nov 1, 2009 Blue Jackets
Nov 23, 2009 Senators

Posted by: Sonyask | January 19, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

the one thing Ovie will NOT even come close to Mario is the number of short-handed goals he scored.

Posted by: joek443 | January 19, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Is Ovie even out there on the PK? I don't recall seeing him out there when the Caps are short-handed, as I'm guessing BB wants to take those opportunities to rest him. He's obviously not going to score short-handed goals from the bench.

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 19, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Interesting point made over at Japers' Rink: That Jose Theodore gets the most goal support than any other net minder. (3.79) And he still has crappy numbers... although he has been playing better.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 19, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

1.6 GAA in his last three games.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 19, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The defense is an interesting discussion. Of course, we all 'know' the playoffs are different but for the season the Caps are right in the middle of the league in goals against (with the Pens) and lead the league in scoring. They have the highest per game differential (+.92) in the goals per game numbers.

The Caps will never lead the league in goals against with BB as coach and I'm cool with that. If we assume that defense -across the board - locks down in th playoffs then move all the numbers down (offense and defense) and I'll still take our ratio.

Posted by: saintex | January 19, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Karl Alzner just just recalled by the big team, he will dress for the Wings.

Posted by: JSchon | January 19, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

They've been playing good lately but overall D is their weakest link. It sure isn't offense. When you're top D guy is a goal scorer, D is going to suffer. Not a big deal, just a fact. Take it for what it is.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | January 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Karl Alzner just just recalled by the big team, he will dress for the Wings.

Posted by: JSchon | January 19, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Cool. Karl's gonna be motivated to get his #1 D prospect status back. Wonder what's up with Erskine's status, though I gather from this he's probably out another game.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 19, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

We are the best 5 on 5 team in the league, that has directly attributed to all the high +/- totals on the team.

We are horrendous on the PK. That needs to change. Luckily we are much better at not being penalized.

4 on 4, we are pretty lousy too.

Verdict, stay outta the box and practice the SH game until they get it.

Posted by: JSchon | January 19, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

This season, Ovie has just over 2 minutes of SH TOI - and no SH goals. Last season, he had a SH goal in 73:25 SH TOI. The only other season he had more than 20 minutes SH TOI was 2005-06, when he had 3 SH goals in 65:52.

I can see plenty of reasons not to use Ovie on the PK. He plays virtually every second of PP time (he is second on the Caps in PP TOI) and gets more even strength TOI/game than any other forward on the Caps. Plus, a forward on the PK has to be willing to block a shot from a defenseman - and I don't think any of us wants to see Ovie take a shot off the foot. With all the work he does the rest of the game, I think Boudreau is smart to let him sit during the PK.

Posted by: timmyv38 | January 19, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

You act like the current D is not good enough to win the cup..

Our numbers show that it is. Can we upgrade, yes...do we not have a shot at the cup without making changes? No...

Posted by: SA-Town | January 19, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

In the recent goal scoring deluge our forwards have been less aggressive in getting back on D. I'd love to see Nicky pot his 20th this week, but I'd be even happier to see him more consistently getting back to disrupt the rush on the other end. We were much stronger in this department in December and have gotten away from it of late.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 19, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Just saying, in comparison, our offense is better at offense than our defense is at defense. So of course, any criticism is going to be aimed at the weakest link, which is D. Never said they wouldn't win the SC. I find it amusing how people get their panties in a bunch when someone criticizes one, yet important, aspect of the team. LOL

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | January 19, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I still vote to call the Ovi-Backstrom-Semin line the Mega Powers line.

Posted by: superpaqman | January 19, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Rachel, if anyone "over looks" the Red Wings there's something wrong

Posted by: superpaqman | January 19, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

This is an interesting upcoming 3 games we have with DET, PIT & PHO. Yes Phoenix. Phoenix is up and coming and have played real solid this year under Tippet. I would like to think we can get 5 outta 6 points over these next 3 games with 2 being at home. DET and PIT are not playing well currently and PHO is at VC. If you're gonna be an elite team with high expectations 5 outta 6 points should be a minimum expectation.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

A friend of mine calls the Ovie-Backs-Semin line the CareBears because they pass to each other too often and don't take enough shots. "After you!" "No, after YOU."

Posted by: pirate1 | January 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

since green doesn't know what defense means, why would you expect anything less from him??

Posted by: doughless | January 19, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

About the Flyers game - in my opinion it's impossible to take a penalty against Danny Carcillo, because he's always done something bad first (and he deserves whatever he gets). The refs just overlooked all his cross checks and roughings and slashings and called only the Caps' retaliations. Flyers have a certifiable goon on every line, and we only get one power play? Come on.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | January 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The Caps havent done well holding the top spot. I am hoping they will win but wouldnt be suprised if they lose this one. Its hard to overlook the wings but there is that possibility with the Penguins coming up.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | January 19, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The refs just overlooked all his cross checks and roughings and slashings and called only the Caps' retaliations.

live TV link http://www.nowgoal.com/22.shtml

Posted by: bgfgf402 | January 20, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

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