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Crosby to IR; Olie In; Mo Out

The Caps will look to win their fourth straight game - and for the sixth time in seven contests - tonight at Mellon Arena, where they'll face a significantly shorthanded Pens team.

Washington is also hoping to snap a six-game losing streak against Pittsburgh, which is already without captain Sidney Crosby, but also might not have Colby Armstrong, Adam Hall and Tyler Kennedy, according to this report in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The Pens are so concerned about their status, in fact, they've called up three players from Wilkes-Barre Scranton.

As for the Caps, who, of course, are also missing key players, I'll have to check in on them at the morning skate. They took a well-deserved day off yesterday, and I'm still at Dulles waiting for my flight.

In the meantime, here's another interesting article to get you ready for the Pens: 'Malkin Becomes Center of Attention'.

Check back for an update on injuries and lineup changes in a few hours.

Update: Although the tentative plan was for Brent Johnson to get a second straight start tonight, I'm told Olie Kolzig will get the nod. He's expected to oppose Dany Sabourin. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he made the change because Kolzig was able to rest up yesterday (the team was off).

Looks like Kolzig will play in Toronto, too, before the Caps come back with Johnson on Thursday. Keep in mind, goalie rotations are subject to change (and they often do.)

Also, defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, who was struck on the foot with a slap shot on Saturday vs. Florida, won't play tonight because of an injured foot. I'm told there's no break, just bruising, and that in a pinch he probably could have played. The team is just being cautious. He is on the trip, and could play in Toronto. Looks like Tom Poti will be paired with Mike Green, but that could change.

The forward lines are the same.

Update:Not surprising considering Crosby's injury -- a high ankle sprain -- but the Pens center was placed on IR today. He will be examined tomorrow by team doctors (after the swelling goes down). Injuries such as these generally sideline players for a month or longer. And even when they come back, it takes a while for them to feel 100 percent.

That's it for now.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 21, 2008; 7:49 AM ET
 
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