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Morning roundup: All-Star Game reactions

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

Here are some links to get the day rolling before the Capitals get their first look at the new-and-improved Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Verizon Center.

--The Caps made a few noteworthy radio appearances on Wednesday. First up, Brooks Laich on NHL Live, which includes the quote below with his take on the new All-Star Game format.

"If you get a guy who makes his first NHL All-Star Game and then he gets picked last overall on national TV, somebody, unfortunately is going to be embarrassed in the situation," Laich said. "I think the concept of it would be neat. It goes back to old road hockey, back in the day when you were kids, you'd always pick teams and stuff like that...I would just feel really bad for the guy that gets selected last overall. Granted, you're still in the All-Star Game, so how bad can life really be."

-And you can also check out Mike Green's regular appearance on 106.7 The Fan with LaVar and Dukes, where he discusses his fight with Brandon Dubinsky at Madison Square Garden Tuesday.

--The Lightning on the test that the Capitals pose. (Tampabay.com)

"They're the team to beat in the East," goaltender Dan Ellis said. "Between them, and Philly and Pittsburgh, those three teams have been the marquee teams in the East the last three years. To match up against those teams is going to be big. We're going to have to bring our 'A' game."

By Katie Carrera  | November 11, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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Comments

Looks like special teams is going to be extra important tonight. As good as the Caps are on the PK (85.9%) and the powerplay (20.3), the Lightning have performed even better on both (90.6% and 23.7%, respectively). Tonight will be a good measuring stick to see how good those units for the Caps really are.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 11, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Can you imagine being the last player chosen? And what about the politics? If Crosby is a captain, doesn't he have to choose Geno? Doesn't Ovechkin have to choose Backstrom or Green?

I think someone gave all the GMs roofies in their drinks..

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 11, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking they could announce maybe the fist 10 picks for each team and then do the rest privately.

Posted by: capscoach | November 11, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Screw politics. Ovechkin or Crosby are going to pick based on who they think are the best players. If Crosby is a Captain for one team and let's say Lindros for another, I see Crosby picking up Ovechkin for his team all politics aside. It's old time pond hockey right there.

Posted by: RuskiSi | November 11, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

RedLitYogi:
every time i read one of your posts - i can't help but think this:

Red = nose (like wc fields)
Lit = drunk
Yogi = yogi berra

makes me laugh every time

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


@RuskiSi

Lindros?? That would be shocking considering he's been retired for a few years now.

Posted by: chombie13 | November 11, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Do they still play the All-star game? Who cares what the teams are in "no-contact" hockey. Let's worry about the Caps and the Cup!

Posted by: chriscaps | November 11, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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