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Saturday's practice in limbo

The Washington Capitals may not have practice on Saturday depending on the severity of the snow storm that is moving through the D.C. area. The team said it would make a decision early in the morning based on a handful of factors, including accumulation totals and road conditions.

As much as 28 inches of snow could fall in our area, according to many predictions. The Capitals' practice facility, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, is located near the Ballston Metro station, which is underground, but it's unclear if above-ground stops will be able to open.

The Capitals could use the rest after playing the second of back-to-back games tonight. They beat Atlanta, 5-2, thanks to Nicklas Backstrom's go-ahead goal in the second period and goals from Alexander Semin, Jason Chimera and Mike Green in the third period.

Check back tomorrow for updates.

By Gene Wang  |  February 5, 2010; 10:19 PM ET
 
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Comments

Anyone know if migraines can be set off suddenly by oh say a hit to the head. He has had this on and off for a while but it hasn't caused him to miss too many games.
Posted by: rjma1 | February 5, 2010 10:19 PM
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I get migraines, and yes, they can be set off suddenly by a variety of factors. Sometimes you get a warning sign like a sudden blurring of vision but not always. Mine are controlled by medicine. Hopefully Nicky's are also.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 5, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

A baker's dozen

Posted by: kevinsquinn1 | February 5, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

what's the likelyhood of Sunday's game being postponed ??

Posted by: FishCaps | February 5, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHT:
A baker's dozen in a record snowstorm. This team needs to get back to getting out of the gate a little quicker albeit yes they were playing on consecutive nights.

Neuvirth: Solid, sparkling and a great job inhaling pucks all night with very few rebounds.

Ovie: Doing what he does best. What a blast. The team continues to step up. Semin and Chimera - they are a well oiled machine even when Backstrom was out for the third. Hope he's ok.

Kudos to Atlanta for coming in after trading away their star player and putting together a solid effort.

Here's to hoping the guys get some rest and all the fans up there are safe during this crazy weather.

It's time to shoot for 14 against the Pens at the Booth on Sunday.

It's been a two point night.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 5, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

13 in a row, they desrve the day off. Won't be suprised if the Caps vs. Pens games will get pushed until Monday. It might be tough for Pitt to fly into DC after there afternoon game in MTL. So pumped tho! Keep it up Caps!

Posted by: Capsnskins1 | February 5, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts and prayers go out to Leafs GM Brian Burke - whose son was killed on Friday in auto accident. Just horrible.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 5, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P Brendan Burke. My condolences go out to the Burke family.

Posted by: elicea | February 5, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

What horrible news about Brendan Burke. I read John Buccigross' beautiful piece about him on ESPN.com not long ago and was very moved by his courage and his father's compassion. My thoughts and best wishes to the family.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 5, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The guy in limbo for the Caps, right now, could be Brendan Morrison. Earlier in the year, he was playing very well and he was effective. I'm not saying he wasn't a good deal for the money. But, right now, look at the 3rd line. Chimera and Fehr are contributing in a variety of ways. BMo, not so much.

One thing the Caps clearly don't have (and I don't say "lack" because that implies you are missing something, and it is debatable) is a checking line. For years, the lunchpail Caps (OK, they never won) always had a 3rd line with guys like Kelly Miller, Kono, Dahlen, Bobby Gould, Esa Tikkanen, etc. Do we need that? Right now the 3rd line is just a lighter version of the 2nd line which is a lighter version of the 1st line. All three are offense first. Then our 4th line is very gritty, very effective, maybe as good a 4th line as you could want, but it isn't a shutdown line.

What if you got someone like Ott and made the 3rd line's role to be defensive in nature? Use them on d-zone draws and on PK. Don't they make the defensemen instantly better? Right now the only solution is to use the Steckel line, but it's more gritty than shutdown.

You have 4 lines. Shouldn't at least one be designed to shadow and shutdown the other team? (ie, keep Crosby out of the crease).

Also, remember, defensive forwards generally cost less than the guys who score, so doing this is also a cap friendly manuever.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 5, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Garnet Exelby only played 4 minutes for the Leafs tonight vs NJ (Phaneuf on other hand played 28).

I couldn't tell if Exelby was ejected, injured or yanked because he was being dealt.

He's kind of an upper-income (not quite "rich") man's version of Erskine and therefore could be a candidate for Caps.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 5, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

kettler already said that they will be closed tomorrow...

and rip brendan burke :( your courage will never be forgotten!

Posted by: lovecaps28 | February 5, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what happened to the plan for the special 35th anniversary jerseys that the Caps were supposed to wear tonight? Did they scratch the idea because of the winning streak maybe (not wanting to wear something different)?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 5, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Do you think ATL would trade us Kubina for our 1st round pick?

He is a free agent after this season, 32 years old, and ATL is rebuilding with youth like the Caps did. Only problem might be is that Kubina is making $5 million this year so it wil be tight fighting him under the cap if we dont ship out a defensemen in a seperate trade because ATL does not need anymore.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 6, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Some of you act like we have to prep for the future with all this trade talk.
THE TEAM IS ON A 13 STRAIGHT WINNERS.

WAY TO NOT KARMALIZE IT...

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 6, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

what's the likelyhood of Sunday's game being postponed ??
Posted by: FishCaps | February 5, 2010 10:40 PM

Based on my experience with the snow removal expertise of the DC area I would say 99% only because nothing is certain in life.
Besides, if the predictions are true this could be almost twice the 16" dusting you guys got back in December. Good luck.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | February 6, 2010 3:29 AM | Report abuse

WE NEED A SHUTDOWN LINE . WE CAN NOT WIN A LORD STANLEY WITH THE WAY WE ARE PLAYING EVERY NIGHT . WE HAVE GOT TO DISPLAY A KNOCK OUT EFFORT BY LETTING OTHER TEAMS KNOW IF YOU SHAKTE IN OUR ZONE YOU MAY GET KNOCK OUT AND CARRIED OFF THE ICE . OUR DEFENSE PLAY JUST ABOVE THE " WE SUCK LINE " TO WIN . WE NEED TO LET OTHER TEAMS KNOW WE GOT DEFENSE .WE CAN'T SCORE 4-5 GOALS EVERY NIGHT . IF WE PLAY BETTER D THEN THEO MIGHT NOT GIVE UP 2-3 GOALS EVERY NIGHT . YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON THEO TO GIVE THE OTHER TEAM A 2-0 LEAD IF JUST CAN'T SHUT THEM OUT BUT THE GUY IN A BEAR UNIFORM CAN AND I PRAY HE GETS HEALTHY AND BACK TO DC SOON WE NEED HIM , WE NEED HIM FOR THE PLAYOFFS BB IS NOT GOING TO PUT THEO IN THERE FOR THE PLAYOFFS HELL THEO MAY NOT EVEN STILL BE A CAPS IN 2 WEEKS .

GO CAPS BRING THAT DEFENSE !!!

Posted by: terryreece | February 6, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Tarik, I thought BB said there would be no practice today (see: end of post game interview on http://capitals.nhl.com, Caps 365)?

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | February 6, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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