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Brent Johnson hopes to not miss any playing time after injuring his hip against Carolina on Wednesday, but he will most likely back up Jose Theodore tonight at Verizon Center against New Jersey. Theodore hasn't started since the Caps 5-0 loss to Buffalo on Nov. 1, but now has a prime opportunity to show he can be the team's hot-hand and No. 1 goaltender.

Read more about the two goaltenders along with how Shaone Morrisonn and Sergei Fedorov are faring in today's notebook.

*Alex Ovechkin had a conference call with reporters across the league yesterday, and while he discussed the chemistry between himself, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom many reporters were still focused on Semin's comments about Sidney Crosby, which Ovechkin insisted were lost in translation.

*Colleague Dan Steinberg over at the Bog has pictures of Johnson's new mask, which is covered in D.C. monuments and landmarks (Theodore's mask is still in the works). He also has a tribute to Tom Poti's set of black eyes.

New Jersey cliff notes:
*Scott Clemmensen will start in goal tonight for the Devils. In three career games against the Capitals, Clemmensen has allowed six goals with a .893 save percentage.

*Defenseman Paul Martin skated in practice yesterday for the first time since Nov. 2 and has missed five games with a back problem. Martin said he hoped to play against the Capitals tonight.

*Devils leading scorer Zach Parise, however did miss practice but was just taking time off to nurse a bruised left heel. He is expected to play against the Capitals.

*After dropping four of their last five games, the Devils are in a predicament that seems to come often for Caps opponents -- desperate and seeking a win any way they can find one. Washington, conversely, has won four straight heading into this weekend's home-and-home.

And on to a question of D.C.'s fanhood:
*ESPN's Bill Simmons shared what he thought of D.C. sports fans in yesterday's Sports Guy's mailbag, search D.C. or Capitals when you go to the link. Or you can read Steinberg's take on the Bog.

In the system:
*As many of you noticed yesterday, Simeon Varlamov will start for Hershey tonight against Philadelphia as the Bears look to break out of their slump.

*While they must face the Phantoms first on Friday and Saturday, the Bears hope to have a strong stand on Sunday against Binghamton. Hershey is 1-2-0-1 in Sunday games this season.

*The London Knights and Barrie Colts are set to face each other tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will feature two Caps prospects, newly-signed defenseman John Carlson and London against left wing Stefan Della Rovere and the Colts.

*In case you wondered what the ramifications of Michael Neuvirth's return to North America would be, South Carolina (ECHL) traded goaltender Josh Johnson to Gwinnett this week while holding on to Neuvirth and Bobby Goepfert.

By Katie Carrera  |  November 14, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
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screw bill simmons, bashing dc, whata tool

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Tom Poti is doing his Anze Kopitar impression.

Great win by the Kings last night, by the way.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I would like to see a big game out of Nylander and the Brash/Bradley line.

I also would like to see a trigger happy team throwing target practice at Clemmensen..

N.J will try to slow it down, and we need to shoot..shoot..and shoot more.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse more [excessive] passing action, just shoot!!

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | November 14, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

From previous thread: Of course it is. Call it personal satisfaction if you will. I have a very dear friend who is a Penguins fan, and ragging rights are at stake here!

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Nice mask for Johnson, BTW.

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

That whole Simmons piece was idiotic, but we are cursed with having a lot of fans from opposing sides in our stadiums for one simple reason. This area draws people from all over the US and Canada. I don't think anyone has ever actually born in this region. So of course you'll have the wackos from Pittsburgh who live in DC root for their home-team. Same deal with the Wizars and ... what's that football team?

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

NJ's trap system will be used against us. The only way to beat it is with QUICK passes and SPEED out of our zone. The passes have to be accurate.


Did I feed a troll with my last post? Also, as a dyslexic, my spelling is atrocious. Do we get a discounted rate on misspellings?

Other ponderings... What jerk thought that "dyslexia" should be the name given to people that switch letters and numbers around, use the "spelling" rules incorrectly... That word alone is enoough to give you dyslexia!

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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