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Jose Theodore will start in net tonight at Scotiabank Place. Meanwhile, it looks like David Steckel will return to the lineup and that Michael Nylander and Eric Fehr will be the healthy scratches.

More when the skate wraps up.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 20, 2009; 11:27 AM ET
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Please trade Nylander and Clark....

Posted by: numero94 | January 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse


Agree on Nyls

Posted by: Steve_R | January 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Thirds on Nylander.

Posted by: Roose | January 20, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Nylander out, Steckel in...THANK YOU!!

Posted by: dcox50 | January 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

question is, why even play Nylander anymore ? Fedorov clearly has better chemistry on that 2nd line (if only because he does a better job of covering for his other 2 wingers who have no inclination to play south of their own blueline).

And since Nylander is a terrible fit on the 3rd line as a checking center why does Bruce even bother scratching a quality player like Steckel who has been playing very hard lately? Makes no sense. Hopefully he stays in the lineup.

Clarkie is in there because unfortunately Fehr has not played himself INTO the lineup and the Caps need whatever leadership Clark does bring

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 20, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse


I had to read your post twice. No anti-Green venom today?

Posted by: Steve_R | January 20, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse


What do you know about Kolzig's situation in Tampa? I imagine he's very unhappy playing backup duty, a mere 8 games on a losing team this season. Do you think he regrets not Rocking The Red?

Posted by: Tex21 | January 20, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

do you even remember the kolzig situation? our management never gave him word, so he did what any respectable sports player did and looked into free agency.

with that said, peek theo > peek olie any day.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 20, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse


Kolzig is on IR in Tampa.

As far as Nylander--his line with Laich and Clark was decent yesterday...he's not being scratched because the coach hates him, or because he's about to be traded...he's being scratched to make use of the team's DEPTH...nothing else...

Posted by: R617 | January 20, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought Fehr played well when Giroux was called up and when he plays with Fleishmann but hasn't been working well aside from that. Good to see Steckel back in. I'd like to see Nylander and Clark traded to bring in a good defenseman. But Clark, Steckel and Laich may be pretty solid as a 3rd line. Not that Ottawa has enough scoring depth to really need a shutdown 3rd line. Really just need to take away Spezza's passing lanes and he'll give the puck up with an ill-advised pass and don't let Fisher drive to the net.

Posted by: Stu_c | January 20, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I thought Nyl was playing rather good the last couple of games. Clark needs reconditioning... but I'd have Fehr play tonight instead, at least to let one rest, the other keep the form.

Posted by: mauree | January 20, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse has pictures of Ovie's new girlfriend, not too shabby (miss russia 2003)

Posted by: _stevo | January 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Count me in the minority (maybe) but I think Nylander is still a worthwhile contributor to this team and is probably one of the better third-line centers in the league. I know the "Circles" debate has raged on for a good two seasons now but I still feel like his veteran savvy and on-ice vision will help in the postseason. Even though he's lost a step, he still creates scoring chances and is a reliable player. Clark on the other hand...he's often credited (and has been captained) for his intangible qualities but his tangible output has been minimal.

Posted by: donknutts | January 20, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Fehr needs to be on one of the top 2 scoring lines. He has a wicked shot, but always misses the net. Missing a full season can have an impact on that. I'd like to see him play more, but who do you take out? I'd have to guess that Clark and Fehr share some playing time over the rest of the season.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 20, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

People, please stop ragging on Nylander. I understand that you want him traded and that he isn't doing as well as we want him to, and I think he could get us a couple of good assets.

But he wants to stay here and he's been playing alright the last few games. I predict Nylander will have a much better season next year, and it's hard to come back after sitting out half a year with an injury. Ask Marian Gaborik! Forget him, ask Chris Clark. He has received no love from the Caps fans this season. Despite the lack of his scoring he is doing everything a captain should be doing, and that is laying down hits and fighting. It doesn't matter if he wins or loses, he does a good job standing up for his teammates and not a lot of the Caps do that. Well Brashear and Bradley but those are our only tough guys, but even they aren't as tough as they were in previous seasons.

Again, I predict much better seasons from Clark and Nylander next season. That is if Clark returns. Nylander would have to waive his no trade clause

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 20, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Joe-Zay Theodore:
since the debacle first period against the NYR.
in 10 2/3 games: gaa = 1.86 / sv pct = .929

only one game with 4 goals against

i'm liking how he has played - of course some can be credited to the D - but i think he has found a level of confidence/continuity with the rest of the team.

i'll be happy with three-or-less - as the caps personnel is not really compatible with one or two goals every night. it will be up to the offense to get three+ per game if they are to catch the B's

i hope BB can keep finding the right combo's now that they have the luxury to have some 'healthy' scratches

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 20, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Nylander should stay - how many teams have the depth that we have at center - why get rid of that?

Clark needs to go!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

It is good to see Nyls scratched. It would be better to see Nyls traded.

I'll take a puck moving D-man for Nyls, Clark, and a first, thank you.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 20, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Kolzig is on IR in Tampa."

He is NOT on IR. They sent Ramo back down when they activated Olie. He was the backup last night but he's definitely considered their backup goalie and it's no longer a 1/1A situation.

Posted by: CindyJennings | January 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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