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Rinne 'Doubtful' Tonight

The slumping Caps may catch a little break tonight in Nashville. I'm hearing Predators starting goaltender Pekka Rinne (22-11-1 with a 2.27 goals against average with a .921 save percentage) is doubtful because of the flu. If Rinne can't play, Barry Trotz will turn to Dan Ellis, who hasn't played since giving up six goals to Detroit on Feb. 18.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2009; 12:20 PM ET
 
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Good deal - Rinne has been a beast lately...

Posted by: panic13 | March 10, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Off topic - how long do practices usually last? Thanks!!

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 10, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Well. Some days the breaks really do go our way.

I hope he does sit, or better yet, lie down with a hot toddy. We don't neeed his germs, thanks, and it can't be any fun to sit there with the flu.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 10, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

Saturday's practice lasted about an hour. I think it all depends on if they have a game the next day so I'd say 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

Posted by: ThePat | March 10, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Has Rinne been sneezing on the other Preds?

Posted by: Steve_R | March 10, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Pekka Rinne is so good and his name is awesome.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

We have a knack for making goalies look good lately...So Im not reading too much in this being an advantage.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Not so good, I dont think the Caps need another reason for them to feel they can coast through this game. Didnt Toronto have a goalie in that didnt play for a few months?

Posted by: Kevin9149 | March 10, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

yeah, Gerber. but he has been good in every game after ours too. He's just been on.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@puckguru: You are just like Cheef, you come here when the Caps are in a rough patch. First of all you sound like Don Cherry. He was trashing the Detroit Red Wings because Don Cherry claims they aren't tough either. He was saying that fans were leaving before games were over, games they were winning, because it was boring "pretty" hockey. It's true they aren't like the Flyers, but the Flyers aren't what the Caps aspire to emulate, they choose to emulate a champion. The Red Wings only have 1 guy that regularly goes to the net and that is Thomas Holmstrom, otherwise they are a skilled team that, oh yeah, is the most successful club for the last 10+ years. I am not saying we are up there organization wise with the Red Wings---almost, not yet, not until we win a Stanley Cup and then come out the following year and get to the top of the Conference again. I totally disagree that crashing the net can't be taught. You have to remember that even the biggest net crasher in the NHL was probably the go to stud goal scorer back before they went to Juniors. They had to alter their game to get to the AHL or NHL. They found out what would get them into an NHL sweater, and how to keep it on.

I totally agree, and was hoping for a player like Tkachuk to come to the Caps at the deadline, along with a playoff proven stay at home defenseman, but it didn't happen. Since BB told the 3rd and 4th lines that they need to bring the puck to the net we will see a lot of crashing and some ugly goals.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

From Tennesee.com

Dan Ellis will be between the pipes tonight when the Predators take on Alexander Ovechkin and the high-scoring Washington Capitals.

Pekka Rinne has been battling flu-like symptoms for several days now, and when he arrived under-the-weather for Tuesday’s morning skate, the Preds decided he would be better off at home trying to get healthy.

It will be the first start for Ellis since Feb. 18, when he surrendered six goals on 41 shots in a loss to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. Rinne started and went the distance in the eight games since then.

Ellis began the year as the starter, but gave way to Rinne before the NHL All-Star break. He said he’s looking at the game against the Capitals as another chance to show he can excel – similar to last season, when a snowstorm delayed Rinne’s arrival from Milwaukee and Ellis held on to the starter’s role through the playoffs.

``I look at this opportunity the same way I did the snowstorm last year,’’ Ellis said. ``I’ll try to call it `Snowstorm Number Two,’ minus the snow.

``You don’t know when your next opportunity is going to come, so you’ve got to play the best you can when you finally get a chance. It’s nice to get back in there and play the best player in the world.’’

Defenseman Greg de Vries, who missed Monday’s practice with the flu, skated Tuesday morning and should be ready for the Capitals. Center Scott Nichol is expected to make his return to the lineup tonight, with Ryan Jones the likely scratch as a result.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

So again, the Caps are making people buy next year's season tickets to get this seaon's playoff tickets. What a greedy sham.

It'd be hilarious if the Caps don't make the playoffs this year (which is entirely possible).

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | March 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh no! That is the same Dan Ellis that stood on his head in the playoffs and is the ONLY reason Nashville won the two games against Detroit last year. I certainly hope he doesn't play well enough today to cause a goaltender problem in Nashville down the stretch.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

So again, the Caps are making people buy next year's season tickets to get this seaon's playoff tickets. What a greedy sham.

It'd be hilarious if the Caps don't make the playoffs this year (which is entirely possible).

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | March 10, 2009 12:57 PM

what rock did you crawl out from? every team in every sport does this. don't like it, dont buy 'em. its really pretty simple.

btw genius, you dont HAVE to buy next years season tickets to get playoff tickets, you just guarantee yourself playoff tickets when you buy next years season tickets. what's your next post about, that beer costs more at sporting events than at costco?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

DannyBoy1975: What the heck is the deal with you and others saying the Caps are making people buy next year's season tickets to get this season's playoff tickets. Getting season tickets for next season GUARANTEES you get YOUR seats for the playoffs if you re-new your seats. I'll get a stack for every POTENTIAL home playoff game. There will still be tickets available if you want to go. You also get a great deal on the seats. The most I will pay if the Caps make the Stanley Cup Finals is $29 a ticket (Section 43) and the gate price is like $75. It's a great deal for us too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

@dannyboy

They dont charge you for the playoff tickets until the series is done...So it wouldnt really be that funny, because the Caps dont have anyone's money.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@ DannyBoy1975:

The Caps did it the same way last year. And no, you don't HAVE to renew your season tickets to buy playoff tickets. But IF you renew, you are guaranteed to have tickets to the playoffs. Regular joes will be able to get tickets too, although priority is given to season ticket holders. And why shouldn't it be that way? Most of us have invested YEARS and THOUSANDS of dollars on season tickets. I don't get all the hate toward the Caps for this.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | March 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad STH's get the play off tickets.Hopefully that'll keep the interlopers to a minimum. Tough....

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I got playoff tickets without being a season ticket holder. Not a sham.

What would be even more hilarious is if the Pitts don't make it to the playoffs! How 'bout them apples?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

No DannyBoy, they are saying that is the only way to guarantee playoff tickets....If you are going to come on here and make an ass of yourself at least have your facts straight.

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@dannyboy

You do realize that we are 10 points ahead of the last playoff spot right? And we only have 15 games left in the season. For us to drop 10 points in the standings in 15 games we would basically have to lose every single game from here on out.

We are gonna make the playoffs

Posted by: graig82 | March 10, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice call on the Costco one.

What do you think this is dannyboy? Sunday Theatre in the park day? Bring your picnic and sit for free?

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

whoops Section 430, not 43.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Off Topic... Does anyone have any hidden jems in terms of things to do in D.C. I'll be downtown all day Saturday before the game. I've done all the museums and such.... Just curious if I'm missing out on a local favorite spot.

Posted by: cappies | March 10, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I could see the Caps missing the Playoffs if we go 4-11 down the stretch with no OT losses.

If we finish the season 4-15-1, Im not sure I want to be in the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Caps's Management has become so emboldened by these idiot's behavior, they've instituted a policy of Blackmail --------- and most of you have gleefully accepted it. Because it's nothing short of BLACKMAIL to insist one buy a FULL Season Ticket Package, to be "Eligible" to buy playoff tickets.
Yes, Ted is laughing all the way to the bank. And, I don't blame him. He's got 15,ooo SUCKERS he's bleeding dry. Go 'head, Ted. Puckguru's laughing too.

Posted by: Puckguru | March 10, 2009 11:26 AM

wow, genius, you think the caps are the first team to think about this. here's a note from your beloved flyers web site:

Playoff Priority

Guarantee yourself playoff priority by placing a deposit for 2009-10 season tickets.

There is no better time to purchase Philadelphia Flyers Season Tickets than now. Whether entertaining clients, enjoying games with friends, or spending time with the family, Philadelphia Flyers hockey is an unforgettable experience.

i guys the flyer fans are suckers too. i'm willing to bet you'd find the same policy for every team in every sport. puck"guru", you continue to prove just how smart you really are. keep itup.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2009 1:11 PM

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

IMO it would be awesome if the caps could pull of a 10-5 stretch run. That would give them their first ever 50 win season, push them well over the 100 point mark, and send them into the post season with a nice push. Although I wouldn't have any fingernails left I'd rather see them have to scratch and claw for their points so they are already playing playoff hockey too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@cappies: Hmmm. It's early yet for cherry blossoms, and they're projected to be a little late this year anyway. Have you gone down to the National Zoo?

Posted by: kittypawz | March 10, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

To add to dcsportsfan1, the Caps DO NOT require a deposit either.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

wait...the caps are doing what every professional team does?

WEIRD.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Gary Roberts announced his retirement today. Looks like the TB budget issues have been given a significant boost in the past week.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 10, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the stretch run, what ever happened to WJS? Has he abandoned his post?

Posted by: 1hockeymom | March 10, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

i love roberts. come on man, you are only 90 pts from 1000!

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ever try buying tickets for a game 7 in the finals? You might as well pay for season tickets. This just guarantees if that ever happens you don't have to fork out the dough on Stub Hub or trying to stand in line at the box office for tickets that you will never have a chance to get anyway. It's actually a great idea which is why every team does it across all sports.

Posted by: cappies | March 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I think you guys misunderstood my earlier comment.

I meant to say that if someone had bought next season's season tickets hoping to guarantee seats to this year's playoff games, and then the Caps don't make the playoffs, that person is stuck with next year's season tickets.

Now that is pretty hilarious, don't you think?

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | March 10, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil: I've always hated Roberts because of his style of play, however, if we had an available contract he probably would have been a nice answer to our crash the net issue. Not sure how much he was making either, but considering his production the last few years, I wouldn't think all that much. I know JR came back to SJ for less than a mil a year if I remember right, could be wrong.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@Dannyboy
Get your facts straight. The deal is that if you commit to next years Season tickets now, you get your current seats for the playoffs. Then the Caps payment process is "Pay as You Go.". Meaning, you are billed as the playoffs progress. When the Caps enter the playoffs, then all remaining seats will be available. If you are a STH and you delay, you have the chance of losing your current seat(s) and may end end somewhere else. If you don't want playoff seats, you don't have to purchase them now. You can renew your seats for next year, only.

@fanhock
Add Dan Cleary to crashing the net for the Wings. I was at the game Saturday against Columbus. He was constantly camping in front of Mason. The Wings fans were definitely quiet as they were receiving the shellacing from the Jackets. Many of them left half way through the 3rd.

Defensively, they looked weak. Osgood was left out on his own too many times. I won't count them out of not repeating but I question whether they have the drive after winning it all last year. They still have a tremendous amount of talent.

Posted by: puckman | March 10, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

No I haven't but thanks for the suggestion. Sucks being from way out of town so I always have to make a vacation of it.

Posted by: cappies | March 10, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I love Roberts for his style of play.

Gary Roberts dude.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I think you guys misunderstood my earlier comment.

I meant to say that if someone had bought next season's season tickets hoping to guarantee seats to this year's playoff games, and then the Caps don't make the playoffs, that person is stuck with next year's season tickets.

Now that is pretty hilarious, don't you think?

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | March 10, 2009 1:19 PM

actually, i think you implied that this practice was a "greedy sham" to which anyone who knows anything has responded by noting that every team does this.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

For all the Jeff Schultz haters out there, here's something to slake your thirst for perspective:

http://www.japersrink.com/

enjoy!

Posted by: bigonetimer | March 10, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, I think Roberts is one of those guys you hate unless they play for your team. I think the only pestering type player I would never want to see in a Caps jersey is Avery. I think he's an A$$ on and off the ice. A majority of the love 'em if you have them players are pretty cool when you see them in interviews on the NHL Network.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Laich's goal is #4 for the week per CBC.CA. Semin's from his knees is #1

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/ondemand/?playlistId=420a65442fa7b343551416840309cbb4deef0e97&videoId=1056930362

Posted by: Greg S. | March 10, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Roberts is an awesome power forward.

Avery is an ass.

Roberts broke his leg and refused to get carried out on a stretcher. GRIT.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Some people just have OCD with being negative. They cant help it.

Posted by: Bobby894 | March 10, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

haha good lord. So now the trolls are criticizing the Caps for offering people that buy season tickets for next season guaranteed playoff tickets. This is not new, it is not unique among professional sports, and it is a way to reward your loyal customers and fans with discounted playoff tickets. What is there to criticize?

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 10, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I for one am more than happy to put down the deposit for next year's tickets in order to guarantee playoff seats. I went to 2 games last year and paid over 300 dollars for MY seat(gee thanks stub hub!). We'd have to go to a 7th game of the stanley cup finals for me to exceed that based on what the caps charge season ticket holders for playoff tickets(its DIRT cheap).

p.s. The only good part about this losing streak=no more WJS.

Posted by: capsfansteve | March 10, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Now, if we could only lose SC1907, Cheef, and puckguru, then we'd be free of the vermin infestation whenever the Caps lose a game or two.

I'm enjoying the time while the three of them are manning the drive-thru's. Keep up the good work, gentlemen!

So good to be a Caps fan!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@cappies - you said you have been to all the museums, but have you gone to the National Geographic Museum, they usually have interesting & different exhibits also the botanical garden is a good visit, especially if it is a cold day.

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 10, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Well, ALL the other teams do." That's SOME justification. "Blackmail" is a moredignified way of defining it. PIMPIN' is more to the point. Which makes all who accept the policy, A BUNCH OF "TRICKS."

Posted by: Puckguru | March 10, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@Puckguru:

Do you have the business acumen to be making any comments and criticisms about the business structure that is selling season tickets? I didn't realize they were so thorough for a drive-thru window position. I'm amazed.

For the record, your mom clarified the term "pimpin'". She indicated that the pimp sends out his/her tricks to perform services and collect monetary compensation. Seeing as how a professional sports team does not "pimp" out its' season ticket holders to make money, individuals who choose to become season ticket holders are neither pimped, nor tricks.

Can't say it enough. You need fiber.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately Ellis' has something to prove as well having not played in two weeks. Look out Caps! You don't want to be riding a 5 game loosing streak going into the beast which is philly

Posted by: diner99 | March 10, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

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