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Morning roundup: Swine flu hitting hockey?

Morning Roundup

Quintin Laing is one of a handful of NHLers who have been diagnosed with swine flu, and the Caps are taking steps to prevent the virus from spreading.

"I'm hoping to shake fewer hands," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It gets in your hands and fingers, and germs get in your cuticles. Everybody you meet is nice and wants to shake your hand. You don't want to be rude and say no, but . . ."

Tyler Sloan, Laing's roommate on the road, added: "When I first heard, I was concerned for Quintin and his family because he's got two boys and one is under the age of 2, so it's kind of scary. Everything's okay now. I texted him and he's doing okay."

Anyway, enough swine flu talk. The Caps head on down to Hotlanta tonight to face an Ilya Kovalchuk-less Thrashers club.

Game info:


Capitals (7-2-2)
Thrashers (4-3-1)
Philips Arena, 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 820 AM, 1500 AM

* Fleischmann could be back tonight, says Tarik.

* Caps go for sixth straight, preferably not in as hideous a fashion as the last win in Atlanta. (Mike Vogel)

* Keith Aucoin is making the best of yet another opportunity with the Caps. (Examiner)

* Versus sets regular-season record with Flyers-Caps showdown. (Puck Daddy)

* Canadians laugh at us. "Record ratings and not even a million viewers? That's adorable." (Toronto Star)

* Who says D.C. has no hockey history? (OFB) (Update: First posted by DC Sports Chick. Thanks, CodePoetry!)

* Gilbert Arenas is a weirdo. (Ted's Take)

* In case you had any doubt, here's proof that Sean Avery is unlovable. From The Washington Times' story on Bruce Boudreau's new book (more on that from us this weekend):

"He told me I was the biggest, fattest bleeping pig he had ever seen," Boudreau said in the book. "He told me I was fatter than bleeping Ken Hitchcock. He told me I was going to die because I was such a fat bleep."

* ESPN's hockey gurus discuss whether the Caps are the real deal or just flashy scorers.

* Yet another hilarious ESPN polling map: Which team is better at the moment, Caps or Penguins?

Does the D.C. area know something the rest of the country doesn't?!

* Speaking of the Pens, Sidney Crosby is good at hockey, especially on Oct. 28. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

* Yesterday's hot topic on Off the Record: H1N1. Check out the podcast. (TSN)

* Injuries are making hockey lame. (Miami Herald)

* Keith Primeau pushing for a tougher stance on head shots. (USA Today)

* Celebrating Jaques Plante and 10 other things that changed the face of hockey (The Hockey News)

* Late add: The Hockey News just put up its magazine feature on Nicklas Backstrom. An excerpt:

Often lost in the radiant aura of Alex Ovechkin are the equally mesmerizing, unfortunately under-admired talents of No. 8's linemate in Washington, Nicklas Backstrom.
It's easy to see why that happens; Ovechkin and Alex Semin are expected to do the bulk of the scoring for Backstrom's team - and rare is the pair of players who fill that role with as much panache as does Washington's Russian duo.
However, if you appreciate the art of the assist, you've got to go ga-ga for the things Backstrom already has done in just two NHL seasons - and all before he turns 22 this November.
"He does things that are very subtle, but that not very many people can do," said Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. "As a passer, I'd put him in the same category as anyone you'd put in with the best passers in the NHL today.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 29, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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There is a game tonight...I think we covered the CDC flu blog yesterday.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 29, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Lindsay, what's the schedule for th elive chats, they used to be every Friday but I think there's only been one this year, will those pick up at all as the season moves along?

Posted by: moondue8 | October 29, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

A few minutes ago, Mike Green tweeted "You know when you think your getting sick but it's just in your head? [F-ing] swine flu"

Stay well, Mike!

Posted by: CapsChick | October 29, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

@lyle: ...did you read past the first three paragraphs?!

@moondue: Good question. Tarik will definitely be doing one next week. And yes, the plan is to have one per week. I was just talking to our discussions producer about this!

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | October 29, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Does the NHL have a contingency plan for this? For example if half the team was unable to play would a game be put off until later or would they be S.O.L?

Posted by: MKadyman | October 29, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I am sitting here imaging very very bad things happening to Sean Avery. Very. Bad.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 29, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

You know when you think your getting sick but it's just in your head? [F-ing] swine flu

Can someone translate, please? Is he sick or what? :)

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 29, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Sean Avery is immune to H1N1, he's got swine genes at birth

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 29, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone have any information on the Boudreau book signing? Time, book availablitily, etc?

Posted by: Bagher | October 29, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry Sean Avery is immune to H1N1. He got swine genes at birth!

ROFLMFAO! OMG, that is great!

As for Mike Green... I hope not? Yikes?

Posted by: irockthered | October 29, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, OFB folks, but this has been published in here two years ago (with greater detail):

This is an ad for the AHL's 1942-1943 Washington Lions. They did not last long in our fair city; according to the Wikipedia entry, the AHL's Lions played here for two years, and then they came back a couple of years later as the Eastern Hockey League's Washington Lions. In the '42-43 season, they weren't the worst team in the AHL East; that dubious honor goes to the New Haven Eagles.

Chicks dig hockey!

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 29, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Have to be pleased with the 7-2-2 record.

But...and we have plenty of time to figure this seems to me we have one super line and three checking lines. That ain't gonna win the Cup.

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | October 29, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh, I didn't know that (thanks to dc sports chick for the link ):

In the mid-1950s, the Hershey Bears signed Don Cherry, a young high-schooler playing in the Ontario Hockey Association.[2] Cherry's first National Hockey League game was in the 1954–1955 season, when the Boston Bruins called him up for a playoff game. He went on playing for another 20 seasons before becoming a coach, and eventually, a comentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Hockey Night in Canada television broadcast. During the three seasons Cherry played for the Bears, from 1954 to 1957, he earned 424 penalty minutes, 15 goals, and 55 assists.

15 goals in 3 years? No wonder why he is so jealous of Ovi celebrating 50th goal in one season.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 29, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry: Fixed! Thank you!

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | October 29, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hit Avery where it hurts - burn all his designer clothes in a bonfire!

ESPN has got to be joking with their stupid polls. For all we know, their a$$hat poll workers asked them "Which mascot is the cutest - the Eagle for the Washington Capitals or this cute, cuddly wuddly Penguin of Pittsburgh? You like chocolate, don'tcha'? Pennsylvania has loads of it. And Pittsburgh is in that state. So what's your answer?" *rolls eyes* I've lost all respect for that sad, sack of a cable channel.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | October 29, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse


yes- yesterday turned into the CDC blog.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 29, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm so glad the ratings in Canada is so much higher than the ratings here. More Canadians get to see their beloved Leafs start out to their worst start in franchise history to become the worst team in the NHL right now. hahahahahaha!!!

Posted by: Andoy | October 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

We also haven't been fully staffed all season.

Posted by: JSchon | October 29, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Here you go Bagher,

Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau Book Signing, 10/31/09

Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau will have a book signing on October 31 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., in conjunction with the formal release of his autobiography, "Gabby: Confessions of a Hockey Lifer." The signing session is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. on the mezzanine level of Kettler. Copies of the book, published by Potomac Books, Inc., will be available for purchase.

Posted by: _Mark | October 29, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

hockeypuck1 - 3 checking lines? Are you saying you don't think Morrison, Laich and Knuble can rack up points? Maybe they have been quiet the last few games, but give them a break!

Posted by: gonchpup | October 29, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mark!

Posted by: Bagher | October 29, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I could care less about that poll...

A storm's brewing, and on Jan 21st in that dump of a building they call the Igloo, you better build an ark..cause the sky's will open.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 29, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Flash - In
Fehr - Out
Sloan - 4th line
Varly - In Net

Shultz - Predicted a hat-trick tonight

Posted by: SA-Town | October 29, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing new; everyone knows that Avery is (and will forever be) a d0u¢#3b@g

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 29, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The worst you could do to Avery is swap his wardrobe with Don Cherry's.

Posted by: pstenigma | October 29, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Head coach Dan Bylsma announced that forward Evgeni Malkin will miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury. It is not the same injury that kept Malkin out of the lineup during the beginning of the 2006-07 season and the team is being cautious.

“Geno is going to be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks,” Bylsma said. “He strained his shoulder about 10 days or so ago. I don’t know the exact day. It is precautionary for the player. We are worried about the safety of the shoulder. A couple weeks of rest and rehab will get that thing healthy so he can get back onto the ice.

Watch Pens dive...

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 29, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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