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No Kozlov, Johnson

The Caps are on the ice for the morning skate but Viktor Kozlov and goaltender Brent Johnson are missing.

I'll try to get an update on their status after the skate. But the fact that they are not skating almost certainly rules them out for tonight's game against Los Angeles.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 5, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
 
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Lets hope the Kozlov thing is just a precaution. We have players that can fill in, and no rush to throw him back in there.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 5, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Bummer. Random question (putting my caps fan hat on again). If Johnny goes down for an extended period, do we bring up Varlamov and have him share time with Theo? To be fair, Theo has been pretty darn good the last month, and its kind of hard to justify demoting him to 1A given the perforance lately.

(Kings hat back on). Of course, tonight Theo's success will come crashing back to earth. Should I chant 1-2-3-4-5 to him? (Just kidding about the chant.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 5, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Question. I was thinking about switching to FIOS, but I don't see Comcast Sportsnet in their channel lineup. Does anyone have FIOS, and if so, can you get Caps games?

Posted by: Baildog | February 5, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Lets hope the Kozlov thing is just a precaution. We have players that can fill in, and no rush to throw him back in there.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 5, 2009 10:22 AM


I smell a 21 game update...

Posted by: Section117 | February 5, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Here's what I'd like to see up front tonight, assuming Kozlov is given the night off.

OV/Fedorov/Fehr
Laich/Backstrom/Semin
Flash/Nylander/Steckel
Brash/Gordon/Bradley

Posted by: Jeff_ | February 5, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Just a repeat from the previous post. Clark is having surgery today; Johnson is also going to have surgery.
Kozlov is expected to be back on Saturday.
Anything else you all want to know?

Posted by: atybat | February 5, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I thought we expected johnny to be out. Is he not deciding about surgery??

Posted by: majiksea | February 5, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@Jeff

Fehr on the 1st line makes me happy.

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I'd go with:

OV/Feds/Semin
Flash/Backs/Fehr
Liach/Nyls/Stecks
Brash/Gordo/Bradley

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

atybat,
Next weeks Lottery numbers?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey - The problem with calling Varlamov up is that he is also injured at the moment. He's skating, but he is not ready to play.

The Bears' current backup goalie is a fellow named Kris Mayotte. He's 33, and has played (and lost) one game for the Lowell Lock Monsters (now the Lowell Devils) in 2005-06.

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What about Lionheart? Where's the love?

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

1) Looks like the Caps may need to acquire a back up goalie. The guy that makes the most sense is Martin Gerber.
a)They wouldn't have to give up anything to get him. He needs to go through re-entry waivers(which will cut his salary in 1/2)
b) He has playoff experience.
c) He's a UFA after this season.

Posted by: fauxrumors | February 5, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@Baildog:

My parents have FIOS in Montgomery County, and they have CSN, both in standard and HD. The HD was added pretty recently, I believe.

Posted by: kenjabi | February 5, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Re: Kris Mayotte - He's also played at the ECHL level for the last two seasons, last year for the Fresno Falcons, and this year for the Johnstown Chiefs. Last year, he had a SV% of .900 (860/955), and this year, it's .912 so far (832/912)

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Baildog, look at 76/576. Then again, you never said where you're located. But I'm a FiOS subscriber, and I did that specifically to maximize the amount of hockey that I get as compared to Comcast. (NHL HD and Center Ice HD are both unavailable on Comcast in our area but are available on FiOS. Both providers have CSN HD and Versus HD.)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | February 5, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@ Baildog

I have FIOS and live in Anne Arundel County, MD. Comcast is included in the package, channel 576 in HD, not sure what channel is standard format. Not sure where you live, but should be included in their packages.

Posted by: DaleHunter | February 5, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@atybat: The only thing I'm looking for is your source :) Please provide a link.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 5, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

No thanks to Gerber.

I rather put one of our kids (Varly or Neuvrith) in net as a back-up.

Posted by: Cerealman | February 5, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

CHeese would be the backup. Varly is staying down until next season.

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Baildog,
In addition to the other answers on the Fios lineup, earlier this season when there was a Wizards/Caps conflict, the Caps were bounced to Fios channel 1. Since the Zards are playing at such an incredible level, perhaps that will change, but I somehow doubt it.
In Fairfax:
1 is CSN+
76 is CSN standard
576 is CSN HD

Posted by: _Mark | February 5, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Wish I could get FiOS. It's not available in my area right now.

I'd like to see Fehr on the top line tonight. I think he worked hard enough to earn it on Tuesday, and I'd like to see what he can do with it.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 5, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@kittypawz

I get my information directly from the source so sorry, no links. If you want second hand information, get it from Tarik.

Posted by: atybat | February 5, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Just say no to Pronger and Gerber.

Posted by: Boo- | February 5, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

290 posts on that stupid Chant from yesterday! Insane! Hopefully we can discuss hockey today?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 5, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@atybat - Since we don't know you from Adam, word-of-mouth still constitutes rumors. Sorry, but I don't consider you a reliable news source just yet.

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Baildog, you know, I just looked at Verizon's FIOS website. While CSN is not explicitly listed on the webpage, it is in the PDF channel listing. The broadcast networks (NBC, FOX) aren't listed on the webpage either, just in the PDF. Must be a "of course you get that" thing.

Posted by: koalatek | February 5, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Boston Globe:

The Oilers, still in the hunt for one of the final playoff seeds in the Western Conference, are in need of a winger to play on the Shawn Horcoff-Ales Hemsky line. They also could use help at the faceoff circle, where Horcoff takes most of the draws.

The Bruins would have great interest in ex-Hurricanes winger Erik Cole, the big, smooth-skating winger. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 50 games this season. Cole, 30, who is making $4 million this season, becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Bruins could fit him into the salary cap because they have Marco Sturm's $3.5 million at their disposal, following the German winger's season-ending knee surgery.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 5, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@atybat - Oh, one more thing: you ARE second-hand information, unless you're Bruce or Johnny.

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I hate Erik Cole.

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

MEEEE-OOOOWWW!!!!!

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

_Mark, check the schedule... Our final CSN+ game of the season was the Columbus game back on Jan 9.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | February 5, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

@Leeguru

Did you use the word "seasoning" is recent post?

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Greg,
I didn't bother to look before. I knew it had been a while since we had been on the plus. Good news for those with HD.

Posted by: _Mark | February 5, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it all relates to food with me.

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@Section117,

Thanks. Must have missed the Varlamov got hurt. That sucks.

Re FIOS and CSN/CSN+. Is it me or are the Wizz-ullets being sent to CSN+ more often this year than the Caps? I don't have any numbers, but it seems much rarer that I'm watching the Caps on the redheaded step-goalie channel that is CSN+.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 5, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes on "RED" but my section doesn't yell "O",
we yell "OVY".

If the singers don't like it, they can sing those [and other parts] faster so we can't yell.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 5, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Top 5 seasonings...

5. Corriander
4. Salt
3. Pepper
2. Cumin
1. Garlic

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

atibat,
"I get my information directly from the source so sorry, no links. If you want second hand information, get it from Tarik."

LOL. I can't attest for your first sentence, but the second one is spot on.

From Joe B's blog, a comment from someone named Oama:

Composite play-by-play? What is that mean? Some color-commentator, some play-by-play, some BS, some blah-blah-blah? That explains why you irritate me, I was expecting just a play-by -play guy.
Posted by Oama at 7:51 am Feb 05, 2009"

Things I miss:
Fighting about chants

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Top 5 seasonings...
Oh, yeah? Where are your stats to back that up?

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I also find that Ketchup is a universal seasoning. makes any food taste better.

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Ketchup potato chips are good.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 5, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I tried those ketchup french fry chips. I found it to be an affront to nature!

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Nothing taste better than 1/8lb burger with a bottle of ketchup and an over-inflated bread. Add a light beer and a diet coke and you are in heaven.

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

JSchon:
Top FIVE seasonings?!? I've never disagreed with you more.

Posted by: Boo- | February 5, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I think mustard... a good spicy brown mustard... is better.

Of course, if we're talking foods, we have to talk the two basic food groups. These are, of course, salt and chocolate. Everything tastes better with one or the other of these two additives. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"Add a light beer and a diet coke and you are in heaven." Is that like milk and Pepsi?

Posted by: Boo- | February 5, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

seasoning, not food. thanks for playing though

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"Is that like milk and Pepsi?"
Well, yes, that will do in a pinch.

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Can we please get back to talking about chants? You people are making me hungry.

Posted by: _Mark | February 5, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@Leeguru

Not ketchup french fry chips, those sound awful. You need to track down ketchup chips (UTZ is the best but they are near impossible to find)

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 5, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

What, chocolate isn't a seasoning? ;-) We're always talking about seasoning guys in Hershey, after all... what other kind of seasoning do they have up there? ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"seasoning, not food. thanks for playing though"
Since when does any intelligent conversation stays on track? eh?

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

maybe we can start a "peeeanut, peanut butter, JELLY, JELLY" chant at the game (that's for you mark)

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

...REEEEEEEEEEEEED GLAREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!


go go chant chats.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 5, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

CHocolate isn't a seasoning. It's a staple of life. Sort of like beer.

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Peanut Butter Jelly and a Hockey Stick?

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

_Mark.
Sorry to inform you, according to some of my sources, the chant people are taking a time out to rest.

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@Leeguru - Now there, we have a point of accord. Unless you like Guiness, in which case all bets are off. I prefer to drink my beer, not eat it with a fork. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I think the funniest food-related twist I've ever heard was the day a bunch of us were at a Christmas caroling event. They started Dona Nobis Pacem and a couple of us turned it into Donuts Nachos Popcorn.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 5, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

read somewhere that Hershey doesn't actually make chocalate in Hershey anymore, all overseas or Mexico,
Now that's un American, worse thatn "o"

Posted by: billd2 | February 5, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

IRTR, I picture you as a coors Light drinker.

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

IRTR,
I think oldtime was looking at a longer term view. As evidenced by him saying "If Johnny goes down for an extended period"

If Johnny has to go under the knife, he could be out months, if Varly is back skating and is only a couple of weeks away from playing I think it's obvious in those circumstances that Varly comes up, backs up Theo and plays the odd game while Neuvy goes to Hershey.

I'd like to see Neuvy get some time while we wait on Varly to get fully fit. Having both these two getting time with the big boys is great for the long term health of the club.

I hear the "they'd be better off playing than sitting on the bench" arguement but the experience of being part of the NHL, practicing with players like Feds, Ovie etc is priceless.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the FiOS responses. Good info. You guys should get a commission from FiOS if I switch. When I chatted with the FiOS people, they didn't have a clue.

I am in Fairfax, btw.

Posted by: Baildog | February 5, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@hock

I have no stats to back up my top 5 seasonings... only my own personal experience... which accounts for very little...

Posted by: JSchon | February 5, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The only thing made in the US is the consumer. sob sob sob (the first two as tears the other as an acronym)

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

JSchonk
Don't be so serious. :)

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Balldog,
I didn't know you were in Fairfax. I live there, I have tried Verizon, HDTV, COX, Hughes. I am back with Cox, it has the best package and service over the others, I highly recommend it.

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Re Seasoning:

Frank's Red Hot: I put that s*** on everything!

Posted by: CapManJ | February 5, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Whats with the Guiness hating - it's heaven in a glass.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@DaveUKCapsFan - Unfortunately, there's a rumor about just that regarding Johnson - that he may have to go in for surgery.

@Leeguru - Actually, I generally drink Harp if I'm drinking beer at all; at the Phone Booth, I go in for Bacardi Raz.

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Balldog, one more thing. It took more than 6 months for Verizon to disconnect my services, apparently, you have to talk to different people all over the world - that is after hours of holding and transfers among their departments.
With Cox you deal with one person, and, behold, they have a walk in office where customers can go and exchange products have things fixed.

Posted by: hock1 | February 5, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Dave,

I thought it was "brilliant!" (recent Guiness commercials in the states)

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Leeguru,
Brilliant - Do they feature a strange looking guy in a woolly hat? I can't Youtube at work to check they are what I think they are.

IRTR,
That's is exactly my point. IF Johnny is sidelined for some time (season ending?) then Varly is coming up as soon as he is fit.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

two cartoon looking guys dressed in bathing suits from the 20's

Posted by: Leeguru | February 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

nothing worse than surgery on your johnson.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Lee,
Ah, not what I thought it was.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

It's

GUINNESS

Two "N"s two "S"es

Posted by: no_private_info | February 5, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@DaveUKCapsFan - Yes, absolutely correct. If Johnson is out, Varlamov will ultimately come up, but right this minute, he can't. I'm not sure how close to coming back Varly is. "Skating" can mean he's wearing skates and moving slowly on the ice, or it can mean he's actively practicing, and the Hershey Bears' website is not forthcoming about injury statuses due to privacy requirements.

@dcsportsfan1 - *wince* You're bad!

Posted by: irockthered | February 5, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Should Johnny be done for the season, the silver lining is that he'd be easier to re-sign this summer than if he stood on his head from here on out. Small consolation...

Posted by: dml1077 | February 5, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Frank's Red Hot: I put that s*** on everything!

Posted by: CapManJ | February 5, 2009 11:33 AM

S***? That's a new condiment on me. Thanks, I'll pass.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Thanks IRTR,
I'm fully aware of what "skating" means.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

cilantro

Posted by: CBT2 | February 5, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

oh, and Old Bay, of course

Posted by: CBT2 | February 5, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Ketchup and mustard are condiments. Five best condiments:

Ketchup (except Heinz - from Pittsburgh)
Mustard
Relish
Pickles
Trojan

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 5, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

New thread!

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | February 5, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@ kitty

lol, it's a commercial thats been on DC101 this past week, just think about how a 80 year old lady would sound saying that.

Posted by: CapManJ | February 5, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I can see none of you are from the south where the top five seasonings are:

1.Red Hot Sauce
2.Red Hot Sauce
3. Red Hot Sauce
4. More Hot Sauce
5. Last but not least........Hot Sauce

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 5, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Fios has CSN, but no CSN+

Posted by: griz0615 | February 5, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I season my pretzel dogs with salt

Posted by: griz0615 | February 5, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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