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Theodore to start; Bradley's status unclear

Jose Theodore will return from a hip flexor injury this afternoon as the Caps attempt tie a franchise record for victories with their 10th in a row. Mike Smith, I'm told, will be in net for Tampa Bay.

"Jose was playing really good before and he deserves to come back," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked why he tapped Theodore instead of Michal Neuvirth, who is 3-0-0 with a 1.20 goals against average and a .963 save percentage in his last four appearances. "And Michal struggled against these guys last time."

There will be at least one change to the Caps' lineup but there could be two. Mike Green, of course, will serve the first game of a three-game suspension and will be replaced by Tyler Sloan.

Meantime, Matt Bradley, who missed practice yesterday with an "upper body injury", will be a game-time decision, according to Boudreau, who added that "he thinks he's fine."

If Bradley can't go, he'll be replaced in the lineup by Quintin Laing.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
 
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Come on Quintin

Posted by: billd2 | January 31, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Go Caps!!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 31, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh oh, Matt out is not good against Konopka and Downie ... :-(

... hopefully the refs are paying attention ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | January 31, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Three players with something to prove: Sloan needs to show that he can step up to the same degree Alzner and Carlson did in their recent call-ups; Laing's gotta go big after a long rest to prove he's a guy the Caps can count on when he gets the nod; Theo's been terrific and needs to demonstrate that there's no need for the club to bring in a different veteran goalie for consistently strong tending for the playoffs.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 31, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"And Michal struggled against these guys last time."

If I remember correctly, BB said Michal played well vs. the Rays even though he gave up 4 goals. I thought he played well but the team was pretty bad that night. Oh well. Go Theo!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 31, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Chimera will fight Zeno Konopka!!! and Downie!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 31, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I really hate that the lines might be changed this much when we are playing so well...though maybe some shot bloking from Laing will be a good thing...and he'll work extra hard after being benchd for so long.

Posted by: capscoach | January 31, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of D men, Leafs got Dion Phaneuf from Calgary.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4874486

Not that I felt we could have had him for the price that Brian Burke was asking (or that TEB got scooped) but ... oh well!

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | January 31, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I see where the Senators set a team record nine straight wins. What is the league record for straight wins?????

Posted by: billd2 | January 31, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I see where the Senators set a team record nine straight wins. What is the league record for straight wins?????

Posted by: billd2 | January 31, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse
---------
1992-93 PIttsburgh Penguins team with 17 straight wins.

Posted by: elicea | January 31, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach, the 4th has been clicking, as have the other lines, but if there has to be a change the 4th is the right place for it and Laing seems like the right guy. He may not share the chemistry with Gordo and Stecks that Bradley can boast, but an appropriate sub nonetheless.

We're spoiled and not used to this (rather modest) number of changes. Plus, Brads might play.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 31, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

No I didn't know this. I researched this: the 1992-93 Penguins team won 17 in a row.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 31, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

the best revenge will be winning the game 8 - 2... the Caps can't afford to start anything against anyone with their "no goon" policy.

Posted by: joek443 | January 31, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

elicea beat me to it!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 31, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

By the way it's pretty likely that Taylor Hall will be a Boston Bruin.

Posted by: elicea | January 31, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

that Pens team got upset by the Isles in the playoffs... they were going for the 3rd straight Cup

just goes to show these winning streaks don't really mean much... I'll take two 8-game winning streaks from mid-April to June any year

Posted by: joek443 | January 31, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

... the power-play of the Wings is too bad: they are out of sync, too slow, reacting too late ...


... oh no, goal for the Pens ... :-(

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | January 31, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@Sonyask

BB is LEGEND (more or less)for changng up lines on a game to game basis...I just was enjoying the familiarity. I actuall real like Laing and am glad h might get back in.

On a sa note...Crysby just scored :(

Posted by: capscoach | January 31, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Super Mario scored 69 goals and 60 games that year, was well on pace to break Gretzky's record of 92 goals in a season

Posted by: joek443 | January 31, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Interesting Phaneuf gone, Souray hurt. This changes things as far as the Caps trade rumors. What do you think now?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 31, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I still really want a top 4 D man added to the roster by the trade deadline...thats all we need, but with te Souray injury andPhaneuf already traded, it will b hard and expensive to get one.

Posted by: capscoach | January 31, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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