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Plenty of Caps absent from practice

The Capitals started practice about 20 minutes later than expected, but Coach Bruce Boudreau is putting his players through some fairly rigorous five-on-five drills considering the team didn't get back from Ottawa until 1:30 am last night.

Injured defensemen Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn are both skating, but Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Knuble, Tom Poti and Boyd Gordon are all missing. All the Hershey guys (John Carlson, Jay Beagle, and Andrew Gordon) are all still here. More to come once the team gets off the ice.

By Mark Giannotto  |  November 24, 2009; 12:47 PM ET
 
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Thats it...run em into the ground...maybe I will sell my tickets for tomorrow.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 24, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Primero! :-) I mean primero line is replaced by Bears.

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 24, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Here are the forward lines (CM):

Sloan-Backstrom-Clark
Laich-Morrison-Fehr
Fleischmann-Perreault-Bradley
Steckel-Beagle-A. Gordon

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 24, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Have Gordon, Knuble, and Laing been put on LTIR yet? We sure could use a little cap space....

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 24, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, we can really spin stats the way we'd like to make our Caps look bad. Green is in fact 21st in the league in giveaways with 21. Tied with the likes of Lidstrom, and less Giveaways than players like Spacek, Hal Gil, and oh yeah, 6 less than Sidney Crosby. The prototype stay at home defenseman that a lot of fans would like on our team, Chris Pronger, has 18 giveaways himself. Pronger and Green have 12 takeaways each.

The top defenseman in the league for takeaways is Mark Streit. BTW, Mark Streit has been a healthy scratch on a couple of occasions for playing poorly.

Now, Green is a +3, and 19th in the league in scoring. Tops among D. He is tied with Kaberle but wins the tie-breaker because he has 1 more goal than assist.

Mike Green did have a tough game yesterday but this kid is talented as heck and all some can do is complain about every aspect of his game. The folks on HNIC raved about the world-class move Nash made on Green, they didn't bash Green. If you don't want to read Green's twitters, don't read them, I don't. Mike Green is 24 years old, 24 people, he's just a kid too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 24, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Until Mike Green does something about global warming, no one here will be happy with his status as a player and as a person.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 24, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

He's already Green. Shouldn't that be enough?

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 24, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the message will eventually get across that there are three periods in a hockey game and not two. I'm sick of seeing this team outworked, especially when they put the cruise control on after they have a lead in the third period. If you asperations are the SC Finals, strat laying like it for 60 minutes. Ted, GMGM, BB and the fans are doing there part.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 24, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I for one think the Caps are doing great under the circumstances, they are currently a team made of AHLers and NHLers players with a killer scheduled in terms of games played in a short time. Ideally I would like them to win every game, but realistically getting a point a game is more than satisfactory. So to quote Ted: CHILL OUT.

Posted by: hock1 | November 24, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

hock1

If your happy with a team that is expected to be a cup contender winning about 50% of the time then you are easily satisified. Take the season as whole before making which is about 25% complete now before making sweeping generalizations based on there current 4 game melt down. Yhey have had problems all season long holding on to leads with and without injuries. The had had work ethetic issues as well all season long as well. When is the last time you heard a an opposing coaoch make a remark that the Caps are one of the harding working teams in the league. Answer-you have not this year.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 24, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Only 5 teams have skated off the ice with a regulation win against the Caps this season. Furthermore, only 1 of those, NJ, won by more than 1 goal. Teams have been happy just to be able to compete with the Caps this season. Opposing coaches have expressed pleasure with the fact that their team was able to compete with the Caps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 24, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Good article on Chris Clark: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=507291

Posted by: armonroe | November 24, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Until Mike Green does something about global warming, no one here will be happy with his status as a player and as a person.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 24, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

He's already Green. Shouldn't that be enough?

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 24, 2009 1:23 PM

Best joke of the month!!!

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

TheRiddler1: watchout Tominfl1 is going to rip your head off and eat your spinal cord for that comment, lol.

Posted by: capsfan01 | November 24, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

And btw, he'll have a Chianti w that.

Posted by: capsfan01 | November 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

SA-town: Oh, and you get the "Ed McMahon Award" for best set-up on a hockey blog.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

capsfan01: I think you would know by now that spinal cord doesn't go with Chianti.

It's best served with white.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@ Riddler1: If you're sick, we suggest you see a doctor for it. We don't want your case of unusually high levels of self-importance to spread among the innoculated on this message board. Most of us tend understand that yelling at the tv or ranting on these boards is just a means to release our stress, not effectuate change.

"And this too shall pass"....

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 24, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

i agree that posters kicking around green need to lay the bleep off. they just aren't happy unless they have someone to beat up on. semin is out so they are using mike as their pinata in the meantime. with mikey logging all that ice time, how long until he hurts himself and he's out too?

these guys are real human beings, and they are not going to be perfect all the time. they aren't even going to be perfect most of the time. they are going to be human. they aren't video game action figures you can reboot and fix everything that's wrong.

so quit with the stupidity of expecting them to win every game every night no matter what. >:\

Posted by: spinner-33 | November 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

of the 4 teams with 5 reg losses

tb: 6-3, 7-1, 4-1, 6-2, 3-1
no emtpy netters - all losses by at least 2 goals
no real chance to win these games

sj: 5-2, 6-4 (en), 4-1, 5-2 (en), 4-3
they were in the 6-4 loss. the 4-3 loss they scored with :52 left to lose by one
actually in two games at the end

chi: 3-2, 4-3, 3-2, 2-0 (en), 3-1
the 3-1 loss was their worst

was: 4-3, 3-2, 3-2, 5-2, 3-2
scored with just over 1:30 left in the 3-2 loss to nj
scored with just over 2:30 left in the 3-2 loss to mon

the caps have been in every game except the nj 5-2 loss
it is disturbing and frustrating that they could have won all of these
the reality of sports is that they will not

2 yrs ago they spent the last few weeks of the season just trying to get into the playoffs - pretty much a bunch of one games series before falling to phi in the first round
last year they kind of coasted into the playoffs - not playing very well at the end of the season and had to pull out the series against the nyr. they carried that over to the pit series and somehow just lost 'it' against the pens

this year BB needs to find a balance between these entering the playoffs

i contend that it is not possible to sustain 60 minutes of mental/physical play for 82 games and then keep that up into the playoffs

many here have said that this type of play will not do in the 'second' season - i agree - playoff teams pick up there play in the playoffs. to be able to 'pick up' your play would indicate that you have something extra to give.

every coach walks a fine line trying to get the most from their team over a 6 month season

i do not think it is time to panic, but BB needs to keep on top of his players performance and slowly reverse the trend of losing leads and pull out a few additional wins.
it will be important for the players to feel these close games will be victories and not defeats

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 24, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Riddler1
You are taking everything out of context. I didn't say I am I happy or that I would be if the team wins 50% of the time on its run for the Cup. Obviously, they would not be in a run for the Cup if they were to do that. My comment was in reference to the last 3 loses or the killer stretch in this part of the schedule, and of the make-up of the team during those games - a make up of AHLers and NHLers. I don't expect the rest of the season to go that way, and it wont in terms of scheduling and hopefully not in terms of injuries. Now going back to my point. I still think that this team has played very well under those circumstances. so yes. chill out, the injured players will be back, the schedule would ease up and the Caps will be more formidable than they are now. AND you should stop caring or listening to what other coaches say. Do you really think what they say about the Caps amount to a hill of beans?

Posted by: hock1 | November 24, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think Green is getting an unfair amount of criticism because when he does commit his blunders, they are often egregious, like in slot area(see last night). I am not a huge Green fan but despite last night, he has greatly improved since he came back from his injury. Fatigue is obviously a big factor and BB may need to manage his time a little better despite all the injuries.

Posted by: jakopz | November 24, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I am basking in the sunshine that is all this Green love.

Someone send him a tweet, or twitter, or twix, or whatever they call it, and let him know the love is back.

Maybe Eric Clapton could stop by and put down the words to "The Sunshine of Your Green Love."

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Tominfl1, do you not drink red wine? You are always recommending whites.

Posted by: capsfan01 | November 24, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Riddler1 - Maybe it's time you find another team....

Posted by: gonchpup | November 24, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

1. you can't expect Mike Green or anyone else to play mistake-free hockey when he's out there for nearly 30 minutes/game. BB needs to play other guys more.

2. Ovie almost gets a free pass when it comes to defense. when he's not on the attack, he doesn't even pretend to back-check. he just floats around and waits for an opportunity.

3. Ted, GMGM or BB needs to have the kinda talk that Scotty Bowman had with Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman - if you wanna win the Cup, you gotta start playing some defense.

Posted by: joek443 | November 24, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

A few hic-cups due to injuries and tired players...I wouldn't panic.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 24, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Lylewimbledon,
I agree.

Imagine a 10 ton truck having the need to cross a bridge in need of repairs and with a weight limitations of only 5 tons. Now imagine if the driver and the engineers were the bloggers we find here.
"What is the problem?, the bridge is standing, the truck has wheels and I can see the other side, go for it" The bloggers would cry.

The truck goes, the bridge breaks, the truck falls.
"The problem was the lazy driver"
"The problem was the old truck"
"The problem was the bridge"
They all cried and fought each other to the end.

There is Woody Allen movie in there ... LOL


Posted by: hock1 | November 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@Hock1

That bridge wasn't playing 3 games in 4 nights either...lol.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Tominfl1, do you not drink red wine? You are always recommending whites.

Posted by: capsfan01 | November 24, 2009 2:35 PM


Yes, a ripped and bloody head would go with Chianti, but everyone knows spinal cord goes with a good califorina chardonnay.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans need to lay off of Mike Green. He was one of the only reasons we were in the game last night. Simple fact of the matter is that he played too many minutes last night because of all the injuries.

It's a joke that Caps fans are getting on players like Green and Semin. Last time I checked the team was tied for first in the east. Long season boys and girls....it's a marathon not a sprint. The Caps will be contending for the cup so take a chill pill and understand hockey a little bit more. Trying supporting the guys who are giving the effort day in and day out. When the team is down a little because of injuries they need support. When did we become a bunch of Philly fans who piss and moan all the time? I go to every game and that's all I hear in the stands. It's time to support one of the most exciting teams in the league. ROCK THE RED!

Posted by: RockTheRed2009 | November 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

joek,

i agree on point 1, but green also needs to recognize when he is gassed and adjust his game accordingly. dump the puck, make the safe play and live to fight another shift.

2. ovie backchecks plenty but clealy he's not going to win the selke award. i think we had a coach who tried to make him focus on defense once. like green, i think ovie takes shifts that are too long. we all know he goes all out on every shift. that's why i think its a mistake to have him in the center on the PP. that takes a lot out of a guy compared to floating around the point looking for one-timers.


3. steve y. and mario were centers and had more defensive responsibilities than the wings. never really thought of mario as a top notch defender, but it was a while ago.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@mikesfan

(from previous thread)

I'm not saying I agree with the Green bashers. Of course his turnover in OT didn't cause the Caps to blow a 2 goal lead. People just like to vent. Maybe they don't like a player so they'll jump on any error. I may not agree with them, but they have the right to say it.

Right now, I will disagree with you about criticism. When I'm screw up at work, people don't ignore it and focus on the positives of someone else. I am told about the error so that I will correct it. Praise and criticism help people become even better. Besides, we are just web warriors. We don't bust our butts practicing hours a day and traveling all over the US and Canada to get knocked around for an hour 3-4 times a week. If some player is sulking because a poster on the CI blog called him out, this team is in trouble.

That said, I can't wait until Theo and Semin are back. It's getting hard to find a player to scapegoat for a loss. Maybe they should put Nyles in the line up to make things easier.


Posted by: ablake70 | November 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans are practically gift wrapping Green and hand delivering him to the new Penguins arena. It isn't long before the knuckleheads in Verizon Center start to "whoot, whoot, whoot!" Green right out of town like they did Larry Murphy, Kevin Hatcher and Sergei Gonchar. I'll be happy to have him. It's a mystery to me why Caps fans have a long tradition of not appreciating their offensively gifted D-men.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | November 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

@Jumpy66 - THANK you.

Posted by: irockthered | November 24, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Jump66: Sorry, but you've been assigned to the Doofus Brigade, P Company, for no other reason than you are from Pittsburgh.

I know, you can't help where you were born, but no one ever said life was fair.

Grab your weapon and start marching!

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, but Jumpy66, you are 100% correct.

That doesn't change the fact that you're from Pittsburgh.

"Hut, two, three, four!"

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Jump66: Sorry, but you've been assigned to the Doofus Brigade, P Company, for no other reason than you are from Pittsburgh.

I know, you can't help where you were born, but no one ever said life was fair.

Grab your weapon and start marching!

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 3:13 PM


Oh, but Jumpy66, you are 100% correct.

That doesn't change the fact that you're from Pittsburgh.

"Hut, two, three, four!"

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 24, 2009 3:15 PM |


@ tominfl1:

"Doofus Brigade"....ROTGDFLMMFAO! XD

Posted by: Rhino40 | November 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

1 Pittsburgh Penguins
2 Washington Capitals
3 Ottawa Senators
4 New Jersey Devils
5 Buffalo Sabres
6 Boston Bruins
7 Philadelphia Flyers
8 Tampa Bay Lightning

Um I think at the end of November last year we were not even in Second Place. I say at least we will get all the Injuries and bugs worked out a lot sooner this year, and be able to put together a good strong run after the Olympic break this year. Right now we are play with a lot of guys from Hershey so I am actually pretty proud of the team. I know that they have been only play 40 minutes of the game some times, but whats new guys and gals. We act like we are surprised by this. The boys will figure it out, Just keep the faith. Hey at least we can still say that the Caps are the best team in DC sports.

OK I have said my piece.

God Bless Abe Pollen, and the Best Wishes to the Pollen family in these tough times.

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | November 24, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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