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Tom Poti 'probable' for Caps' matchup with Lightning

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning that defenseman Tom Poti is "probable" for tonight's game at Verizon Center against Tampa Bay. Poti has missed the past eight games with what is believed to be a groin injury, and the last time he suited up was Oct. 21 against the Boston Bruins.

--Boudreau said there isn't a specific plan for how many games Semyon Varlamov will play in Hershey, that the goal of the assignment is to just see if he's recovered. The Bears are home Friday against Toronto before visiting Syracuse Saturday and returning to Giant Center to face Binghamton on Sunday.

"I don't care if he gets one, two or three [games]; I just want him to get healthy," Boudreau said. "I just want him to get healthy so that when he comes back here he's not going to get hurt again. I think last time he wanted to play so bad that he came back a little early and he tweaked it. We want to make sure he's healthy."

--Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice at KCI this morning, so it looks like he'll make his 14th start of the season.

--Marcus Johansson is back from Hershey, but he took part in the scratches' skate with D.J. King, so he might not be back in the lineup just yet.

--When asked about the new All-Star Game format, Alex Ovechkin said he didn't know about the changes, but the general feeling in the Capitals' dressing room is that the change can't hurt.

"It's interesting and throws a little curve ball into things," said Mike Green, who said he didn't want to name all of the players he'd pick, but that Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom would easily be one of them.

Boudreau: "Anything different is worth a try. I don't think the game itself was working the other way, so I think it's a really intriguing proposition. So we'll see how it goes."

--One leftover item from the 5-3 win over the Rangers from earlier this week: Mike Green's second fight of the season against Brandon Dubinsky. As you can imagine, Boudreau doesn't really like seeing his two-time Norris Trophy candidate mixing it up much.

"I don't want him to do it, and the fact that he won the fight makes it even worse; now he might want to do it again," Boudreau said. "You've got guys like that, you want to keep them on the ice and you don't want them to get into a lot of fights."

By Katie Carrera  | November 11, 2010; 11:51 AM ET
Categories:  All-Star Game, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Green, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tom Poti  
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Comments

BB and I think alike...probable why I am not very popular on this board :)

I don't want the Greens, Ovies, Backstroms, Semins fighting...it is an unecessary risk that is better suited for Hendricks, Erskine, Bradley, or King...not that I wouldn't miss them, but they are much more easily replaced should they be injured.

Posted by: capscoach | November 11, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

capscoach:
i wouldn't want to see anyone making over $2-3M fighting on a regular basis. i do think it is important that these guys (ovi, backstrom, semin, green etc) stick up for themselves and their teammates. sometimes that means they will have to drop the gloves and take their chances. however green is on a pace to get into 10+ fights for the year - that is to risky.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 11, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach
Who cares about popularity? This isn't high school :-). Do you.

I somewhat agree with your comments but sometimes you just have to take up for yourself, your team and send a message. Suffer the consequences later. Hopefully, you live to fight (or play) another day.

Posted by: nicety251 | November 11, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

But Green fighting might result in people like Dubi taking less liberties with him down the road. That's a good thing, no?

I have no problem with Ov, Green, Nicky, or whoever fighting every once in a while if it means they get a couple less cheap shots thrown their way.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Pens trolls today? Could their absence have anything to do with the way the Pens gagged big-time last night against the Bruins? Now below .500 - very sad.

Posted by: zmega | November 11, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Huge melt down by the Pens.

MAF just plain sucks this year (yes, I know Johnny was in net last night not MAF), and Johnny is not the guy you want to start the majority of games.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 11, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Huge melt down by the Pens.

MAF just plain stinks this year (yes, I know Johnny was in net last night not MAF), and Johnny is not the guy you want to start the majority of games.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

zmega: Good point. Where is LittleGameSid and his comments on Ovechkin?

Methinks the entire Troll Battalion of the Doofus Brigade is in retreat to hide under their bridge.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

@nicety251

please note the :) next to the popularity comment. I love this blog no matter what.
@steveR

true about MAF, but Johnson was in net last night...which actually proves ur point anyway b/c how many teams are gonna put in their back up against Boston!

Posted by: capscoach | November 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Tom, I believe their hiding place is in Mario's basement.

Posted by: zmega | November 11, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ, others

I'm not sure why they have to drop mitts to "stick up for their teammates"? They come into the corners and scrum, that's good enough, I think. Don't want either of those guys fighting (52,28,19,8) esp someone with a bum shoulder like Greenie. They don't have to buy into the Canadian/North American/Brian Burke worldview - this team can establish its own identity, its own version of what is "the right way to play the game" and I hope it does...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 11, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

RedLitYogi:

if there is one thing this team lacks/stills needs more of - it is some toughness. i'd still enjoy hockey if there were no fighting at all. but that day is not here yet. it would be nice if none of these guys every dropped the gloves - but i think this is leading by example. if carlson, alzner, chimmy, flash, fehr, gordo, laich, schultz, sloan and steckel all see them willing to do what it takes to keep the team a little safer while on the ice - then it might not be a bad thing. i don't want any of them to try and be king, bradley, erskine or hendricks - leave the heavy work to the heavyweights. if green is willing to fight - the rest should be willing to at least finish some heavy checks.

from the last thread.
every time i read one of your posts - i can't help but think this:

Red = nose (like wc fields)
Lit = drunk
Yogi = yogi berra

makes me laugh every time

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I just don't want Mike Green taking himself out of the game for 5 minutes.

Posted by: j762 | November 11, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Fighting has, is, and should always be a part of NHL hockey. What gives w/so many afraid of our star players getting hurt in a fight?? Are you afraid everytime one of our players absorbs a hit or camps out in the crease? Intimidation and agression can't be understated, and my guess is that neither will be present in tonight's game. (Why don't we dress DJK tonight and let him run roughshod, causing the Bolts to fret how they'll match our physicality? Again, we always try to "match-up" against other teams instead of saying, "Watch out Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier DJK's coming and he's coming hard!").....anyway, GO CAPS

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 11, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, don't trash the Pens! Everytime I think they're down and out, they come back and win the Cup or go to the Finals, or just beat us in a playoff series. They're pure evil and the Caps need to find a Ruling Ring or something to destroy them forever, or at least win a playoff series. Bold prediction: Vokoun is a Pen at the trade deadline. You heard it here first

Posted by: TempusFugitRGV1 | November 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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