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Semin, Gordon missing

With their first Southeast Division game looming tomorrow in Atlanta, the Caps are running low on healthy forwards.

Alexander Semin (the team said he was ill on Monday) and Boyd Gordon (sore back) are missing from practice this morning. Tomas Fleischmann, meantime, is skating, but he's on LTI and is unavailable to play until next week's game Philly.

As of this moment, the lines look like this:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Morrison-Fehr
Fleischmann-Nylander-Clark
Laing-Steckel-Bradley

Stay tuned. Boudreau will likely have some answers in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 21, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
 
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Comments

@oldtimehockey

RE; Frolov

I agree with you on those points, I just wanted to point out that although Frolov gets a rap for being a finesse player (and for all intents and purposes, he is), he is a solid two-way forward as well who loves to backcheck as much as he likes to score. He shows flashes of Semin/Datsyuk brilliance sometimes as well. He does seem to be very inconsistent, that criticism is certainly true.

As far as Simmonds goes, him and Purcell both show signs of promise, but do you really think Simmonds is ready for the 2nd line? Frolov is an almost guaranteed 25+ goals.

Much rather have Frolov than the crop of guys who were thrown out there, but as you and I both agree, the Kings would never make that deal.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 21, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Could the SE story be in part a recycled story from a year ago? That would explain the part about missing most of last season.

With Gordon and Semin possibly out and Flash not ready, unless we bring someone up, and/or put Sloan at F again, Nyls plays?

Unfortunate situation. Looks like the team may be forced to play Nyls.

Posted by: _Mark | October 21, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@Mark

I kind of want him to pop open and score like 3 goals and then we'd have to play him and we'd not have 4.85 million on the bench.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 21, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I second richmondphil's statement. I'd rather that Nylander contributes than sit. Here's hoping some magic occurs on that third line with him on it. *crosses fingers, holds breath, thinks happy thoughts*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | October 21, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I agree richmondphil. I have long said that I believe he can still contribute. I wasn't clear this time perhaps. He is a talented player and he is good enough to adapt, so hopefully if this is his shot, he makes things happen.

It is unfortunate that we have had him sitting. It is beyond our control and we can win without him, but agreed that it is a shame to have that much money riding the pine.

Posted by: _Mark | October 21, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I'll take Wayne Simmonds anyday of the week.

Gordo is fragile

Nyles can hopefully showcase himself to where SOME team is interested in him. He'll never again be a permanent fixture in our lineup.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 21, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Me too. But my question was whether he was ready for 2nd line minutes full-time in LA. I'm not sure he is, though I'd love to have him on our checking line and PK.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 21, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

This is completely off-topic, but I'm hoping someone can help.

I've only ever been to the team store at the arena before or after a game. Does anyone know if it's open when the Caps aren't in town?

Or, does anyone have suggestions about where to buy a birthday present for a 2 year old, soon to be diehard Caps fan? Online is ruled out because I've procrastinated and need it right away.

Posted by: bryc3 | October 21, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

bryc3 - Try the store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

A two-year old? I recommend taking something you gave him/her on their last birthday and re-gifting it. They will never know.

Posted by: WhyGo | October 21, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to be at the game in ATL tomorrow night and for once, I'd like to see Semin play.

And I certainly don't want to see Nylander play. I recall screaming "Get off the ice, Nylander" during a game in Phillips Arena last year after the expensive center turned the puck over repeatedly.

Posted by: Cerealman | October 21, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Kettler has tons of great Caps gear for sure, lot's of kid-freindly stuff - unless the re-gift idea made you go hhmmmm.

Posted by: WhyGo | October 21, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Kovy-Ovie show tomorrow. Mark my words.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 21, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Kettler is a great idea, and I hadn't even thought of it. Thanks so much.

As for the re-gifting: I'm the kind of guy who waits until the last minute to buy his nephew a present, what makes you think I can even remember what I got him last year? ;)

Posted by: bryc3 | October 21, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

WhyGo:
where have you been?!? i've missed your one liners!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 21, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe nylander will play - WOW- what a crappy position to be in - I feel bad for him.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 21, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil:
Yeah I would hope he'd pop in 3 too. Maybe that will make up for the 3 turnovers that will turn into quality scoring chances for the other team. ;-)

Disclaimer: Yes, there were games when he contributed and helped the team, but more often than not I had issues with the turnovers and defensive aspects of his game.

I don't have anything against Nylander and I would love for him to turn my opinion back to positive. He can do that with good play. He doesn't even have to score, just nix the bad turnovers and be defensively sound.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | October 21, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

A two-year old? I recommend taking something you gave him/her on their last birthday and re-gifting it. They will never know.

Posted by: WhyGo | October 21, 2009 11:42 AM

My parents did that to me when I turned two and the disappointment and hurt still lingers to this day.

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 21, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are not watching. The last 5 games or so Semin has been one of the second pair of forwards out on the penalty kill. If he is not responsible defensively would Boudreau do that? Semin is quietly becoming a top 2 way player--he's not the one hanging back at the blue line waiting for a break-out pass--that's his countryman.

Posted by: ijamsman | October 21, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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