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No Kozlov

Injured forward Viktor Kozlov is not on the ice at all today. That probably means he won't play tomorrow in New York, but I won't be able to confirm that until after practice.

Kozlov has missed the past two games with a groin muscle injury. It appeared he was making progress yesterday since he skated briefly with the team. But apparently, he has had a setback or isn't as far along as he thought.

The lines look like this:


I'll have a more detailed update after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 10, 2009; 10:32 AM ET
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Might as well get it out of the way...

Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run? Yada yada yada...

Posted by: yosemite_sam | February 10, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Kozlov won't be missed

Posted by: gtydings | February 10, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Kozlov will be missed.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | February 10, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Bull @ gtydings -- Kozlov creates a lot more space for OV than Nylander. He is willing to pull pucks from the boards and two defenders on him to free up OV for one-timers. Nylander skates in circles and pulls up on the rush giving the opposition time to set up. Nylander also gives up the puck a lot easier than Koz and does not back check well.

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

Rangers are 0-4-1 in their last 5, giving up 22 goals and only scoring 8.

We got to come out firing, and they will fold like they did last night to N.J.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 10, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

But he is getting better (Nyls). I have noticed him actually checking somebody the last few games.

I'm really bored. Three days without a CAPS game this time of year is killer. But I am hoping tonight's game will help. San Jose against Boston. Should be a good one. GO SHARKS!!

Posted by: waitingsince75 | February 10, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'll be out of town when the Flyers come to town end of the month (golf in FL). I have my tix on StubHub but would rather sell them to a bonafide Caps fan. Sec 433 Row G, $50 bucks each (face value).

Any takers?

Posted by: waitingsince75 | February 10, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

No crys for Pothier on the wing?
(Just kiddin)

I'm with you.

Posted by: pmoravek | February 10, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Whawhawhat?!? Party at Boo's house?!? Well if JSchon is bringing the 13 layer dip ...

Has the 3rd person fine gone up? Boo can't afford that ... (darn!).

"*sad face emoticon*" HA!! :-D (DARN!!)

So Koz is out ... that's too bad. I'd frankly rather see him out there than Nyls. Oh well. I guess the next question is will Kronwall be on the ice?!?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 10, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

If anyone is interested in those Flyer tickets email me at risewood at verizon dot net. You HAVE to be a Caps fan, otherwise the price is double. Seriously.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | February 10, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

As the VC ice worsens, I wonder if they have the Kettler folks make that rink worse too. I was on that rink last night and it was bad, bad, bad. It might explain why they are so awesome at home, as its a "unique" skating opportunity.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 10, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Which rink were you on?

Posted by: waitingsince75 | February 10, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse


Caps side. Bruce's lines and plays from practice were still on the glass. Ice was terrible. Beyond terrible.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 10, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh man. That's a pity, Kozlov being out. I hope he'll be all right.

The Rangers got shut out last night, though. I imagine they're pretty embarrassed and will be skating hard today. Don't take them lightly, especially with New Jersey breathing down our necks.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 10, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

They better not take them 'lightly' as they are a possible 1st round playoff opponent!

Posted by: fauxrumors | February 10, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Is the Bruins/Sharks game on VS tonight. I want to see that game!

Posted by: oo7 | February 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse


Yup. That's the game. Based on the way the Kings went blowing through the East leaders, I would expect SJ to destroy the Bruins.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 10, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse


Kozlov career assist per game: 0.37 for 830 games
Nyls assist per game: 0.53 for 848 games. They have just about the same amount of assists this year with Kozlov playing 2-3 minutes more per game and with much better players than Nyls.

Nyls'a much better passer and can get the puck to Ovie under pressur much better than Kozlov.

Keep eating you popcorn.

Posted by: atybat | February 10, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Rangers aren't very impressive... But they're also seriously slumping and have to break out at some point. Couple that with the recent dominance that the Caps have displayed over them and this game is rather worrisome.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | February 10, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Bull @ Atybat - Re: Kozlov vs. Nylander

Where are you getting your stats for Kozlov-Ovechkin vs. Nylander-Ovechkin? You're handing out stats for the careers of these two skaters. That's not entirely relevant to the situation here. I'd like to see:

* Assists per game when on a line with Ovechkin.
* Assists per game when NOT on a line with Ovechkin.

THAT would be the relevant statistic in this case, and would support or tear down your argument quite nicely. Career stats do not.

Posted by: irockthered | February 10, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Tarik or anyone else that went to practice, do you know what the defensive lines look like?

Posted by: Thomas32 | February 10, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is so, so underappreciated.

Posted by: Zornado | February 10, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

@ratgurl46: I have to agree. They need to break out at some point. Not gloom and doom so much as we need to look sharp and pay attention or we will lose our #2 seed. We can't afford to slack now; home ice in the first two rounds of the playoffs is nothing to sneeze at.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 10, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Kronwall hit and resulting scuffle around the 18 second mark:
Fight in the AHL in May:

Looking forward to seeing what we got when we acquired him!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 10, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

oth & waiting, I too was on the Caps rink at Kettler last night.

I had two (fairly) open net chances -- nice passes too, that hit me right in front of the crease. Unfortunately, they both bounced over my stick like electrically charged biscuits.

I hope it's not as frustrating for the pros on the VC ice.

Come to think of it, two weeks ago there was a 1" diameter hole in the ice on the edge of one of the goal side faceoff circles. Incredible.

Posted by: atomicshakespeare | February 10, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

...and to stay on topic, Kov will be missed, but I'd argue the puck handling comments. Nyls has been improving. Interested to see how he gets up against his most recent former team. And... go Sharks!

Posted by: atomicshakespeare | February 10, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is so, so underappreciated.

Posted by: Zornado | February 10, 2009 12:15 PM

Really? Unless he's become Mr. April, he's about where he should be.

Posted by: Section117 | February 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Did Kozlov hurt himself at Verizon? Frustrating. I saw Poti slam the ice surface also. You would think it would get better. What's it going to take, OV getting injured before things improve? Have they made any changes to improve the ice since last season?

Posted by: larryn703 | February 10, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Saw the Post article about the ice. Glad it's still being looked at, but it sounds like they need to do more. A hockey only arena anybody? Home games at Kettler?

Posted by: larryn703 | February 10, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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