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Tonight's lineup: Devils at Caps

Michal Neuvirth will start in net tonight as the Caps seek to win their ninth straight home opener. Martin Brodeur, meanwhile, will get the nod for the Devils.

In the aftermath of Washington's 4-2 loss in Atlanta on Friday, Coach Bruce Boudreau has tweaked his lineup for the Devils, who are coming off a 4-3 loss to Dallas.

Boudreau's biggest change is on the blue line, where youngsters John Carlson and Karl Alzner will skate together. Up front, Dave Steckel will come out for Boyd Gordon.

The rest of the lineup should look like this:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Fleischmann-Semin
Chimera-Johansson-Fehr
Hendricks-B. Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Poti-Erskine

I'll have more after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  | October 9, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, New Jersey Devils  
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Comments

Backstrom
Fleischmann
Johansson
B. Gordon

Yikes that's bad.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | October 9, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Why has no one talked about how bad Fleischman looked last night? Yes, the passing that led up to the first goal last night was nice. Other than that, he constantly gave up the puck and was out of place on almost every shift.

Posted by: caprat27 | October 9, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see the Carlzner pairing.

And any center line with Backstrom in it is okay by me.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | October 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see the Carlzner pairing.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | October 9, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Flash looks pretty good. Come on people get a grip...

Posted by: guer_j | October 9, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Flash hater, but, IMO, his lazy attempt to clear the puck out of the zone led directly to Kane's first goal.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | October 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Win or lose, 60 minutes of effort.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@tmac

I just want to clarify that I am in line with you in thinking that most of the past faults rest on GMGM's shoulders. Also, BB gets a fair amount of the blame for last year's early exit.

I was just simply trying to refute the idea that BB is a bad coach, or a lucky coach. He turned this team around, specifically Backstrom's development. Of course this does not excuse him from any accountability for the past two years, it's just that to say that BB is a bad coach is just false.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not passing judgment on anyone after a rusty opening night effort, Flash included. He was not horrible. Alzner and Erskine do not compliment one another, so I'm glad to see them split. I did want to see King tonight.

Posted by: thomas20 | October 9, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@North

Haha, not just in your opinion, that's a cold, hard fact.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Lets not embarrass ourselves with comments like last night's.

WE WILL BE BETTER...I predict a spirited win.

GO CAPS!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Alan May ROCKIN the RED with a FAT tie!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

new thread, seems slow too.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Nice telestrator work by Alan May. Boy, he doesn't sugarcoat the truth, does he? Love that!

Posted by: wocoliz | October 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

agreed woco

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Lets not embarrass ourselves with comments like last night's.
@WTF- that's just wishful thinking. lol

@woco- agree, I love that about May.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | October 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Last night lacked cohesion and especially grit...the caps struggle when teams crowd them. We need Hendricks, and Erskine to throw their weight around a bit, and I REALLY want to see players screening the goalie better and maybe 1 or 2 dirty goals. Once we show teams we can create traffic, that will force them to let up the man to man assaults and the top line can get away with those beautiful skates through the neutral zone to score.

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

lol, Karl Alzner = awful on that entire play.

Can't push anyone off the puck
Gets cleared out from his own crease
Then flops around like a fish and is way out of position

I'll take Tyler Sloan on the PK over Alzner. McPhee's little prized gem is very turdy.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

and our 3rd line's getting stuck in our own end. With all that speed on that line you'd think they'd find a way to spend more time in the other end of the ice but none of em seem to want to work the boards or win any one on one battles.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 9, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

forget about the 60 min effort. Lets hope for a 30 min one.

Alzner on that last play almost lost the puck on a forecheck, ended up having to dish it off too late and got his teammate nailed on a hit because of it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 9, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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