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Today's lineup: Caps at Kings

Michal Neuvirth will start in goal this afternoon for the Caps, who are attempting to bounce back from a pair of ugly losses. The rookie will oppose Jonathan Quick, one of three Kings named to the U.S. Olympic team yesterday.

Eric Fehr, as we suspected based on Bruce Boudreau's comments yesterday, will be the odd forward out. Meanwhile, the rest of the Caps' lineup should look like this:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Fleischmann-Morrison-Bradley
Chimera-Laich-Knuble
Laing-Steckel-Gordon

Defense
Schultz-Green
Morrisonn-Poti
Alzner-Erskine

Goalies
Neuvirth
Theodore

I'll have more later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 2, 2010; 3:38 PM ET
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Comments

I am hoping for something good from the Chimera, Laich, Knuble line.

Posted by: uncatim | January 2, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Gordon can play wing?

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil (From previous thread)

Fehr has less margin for error than anyone else on the team. He has a fair (no pun intended) number of goals, a good plus minus rating, but the day he screws up, he's healthy scratched. (Boudreau had called him for being "out to lunch" on that one goal.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: arcassells | January 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: arcassells | January 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The lines look weird to me, but a shake up was definitely needed. Some of the comments on this blog have made it look like the season is ending of late; hopefully the Caps can pull one out so people get positive again.

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@uncatim

Join the club in hoping for that.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75

I commented in the other thread, but I guess they want to see Gordon since he became healthy again.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I see your response.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred15

The lines are not dissimilar to what I would choose, except I'd rather see Fehr on the second line instead of Bradley. Okay, Brads has been great for a 4th liner.

And maybe they want to see BG.

I'm sure JSchon is not happy with tonight's lines. He's a big Fehr fan. Fehr and Flash are probably my two favorites outside of Ovi and Semin.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Let the Semin bashinf commence.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of these lines:

OV - Backs - Knuble
Semin - Morrison - Flash
Fehr - Laich - Brads
Laing - Stecks - Chimera

Or something like that. Brads on the top two lines just looks weird to me.

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

If we lose, people will be calling for him to take the place of Fehr in the pressbox on Tuesday.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Good Lord Schultz is ssssssoooooooo ssssssllllllooooooowwwwwww. Maybe that's why the NHL gave us 2 days off so we could give time for Schultz to get from San Jose to LA!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, of course. If we lose, the trolls will come out of the woodwork blaming it on a Semin penalty.

Anything else doesn't matter, Semin has sealed his fate, shall the Caps lose.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is Paul Coffey compared to Erskine

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

They're both pretty slow. I'd say we had the slowest blue line until Juice was gone, but we are still pretty slow back there.

Which is funny, because Green is so fast.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

No complaints about Semin here. His pluses are far greater than his minues. Can't stand Schultz tho. Good thing he's only makin 500k. He's not worth a penny more.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I agree with you. All the trolls will blame this loss on Semin, if we lose and call for him to:

1) Be healthy scratched in favor of Fehr

2) Traded

And one of the worst things about it, is even writers and bloggers will be calling for that as well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Schultz makes like 800K and is worth every penny.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

We're having trouble clearing the puck on our PK's.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@pokerfaceI208

We always have trouble clearing during PK's. That's why we lost to the Penguins.

Maybe we should trade for people who are good at clearing the puck for PK's. Any good ideas.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

D. Brown. I love him.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

looks like these players woke up just a half hour before the game... real sloppy

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

That wasn't a trade suggestion, I just was commenting on his hit.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Stephane Yelle. Carolina got him though. But since they aren't in the running maybe they'll let him go.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Capsfan75 - I've always had the unpopular opinion of Steckel on the PK. I agree he's great at faceoffs but he's not fast enuf IMO for a top PK unit. More than anything else you need speed on the PK to get to loose pucks and to get to open guys. He's big and wins a lot of faceoffs but he's not fast. Yelle while he's getting towards the end of career would still be a great upgrade for our PK while still being cap friendly.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Boston is #1 in PK, watch their games and you tell me what you see. I see a lot a lot of speed and attacking the puck.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

No shots since the opening minute or so...

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, there we go. Thank you Bradley.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Chimera is a big and fast guy so I would expect to see him with some PK time at some point as well. If everything else with this team stays the same but we can pick up a player or 2 to help our PK and get it in the top 10 of the league I really think we'd be set for a long playoff run.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen the Kings this year, and I am not impressed. However, the Caps continue to sleep walk.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Will they move Bradley to the top line for next period? Everyone else has failed there.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Bound to happen eventually....

Wrap it up and play some "okay" hockey at least in the 2nd please.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

More fine work by Poti in the crease on the goal

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

Sigh...I hate Poti. Not necessarily blaming the goal on him, but...I hate Poti.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I would expect to see a much better 2nd from the boys.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

dont see that as neuvy's fault, just happens when you end up with 3 pk. just one period, lets get rested and get back out and battle.

Posted by: mrszilla | January 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

those late period goals burn. poti failed to box his guy out. hopefully we'll get some PPs in the 2nd. refs missed a few on LA.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

What a snoozer of a game so far... the boys look hungover.

Posted by: Vermonters | January 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Very confused on the penalty call. The Kings forward touched the puck a half second before Erskine hit him, so it can't be interference. Meanwhile, Laich got cross checked in the back at center ice about 5 minutes earlier. Missed and bad call in my opinion.

Don't get me wrong, the Caps look AWFUL, and they certainly deserve to be down 1-0, so I am not trying to make excuses. Something is very, very off these past few games. Oh well, lots of time to work it out, hopefully it "doesn't spin out of control" though.

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Caps75, another great PKer is Brendan Morrow. There are a handful or so that are really good and some will become available. The bottom line is they all have 1 common denominator and that's speed.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

those late period goals burn. poti failed to box his guy out. hopefully we'll get some PPs in the 2nd. refs missed a few on LA.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse
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There were two LA Kings players in the crease with Poti. Poti got one of them, but Green was a little late on getting the other.

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, richmondphil. Bound to happen.

OK, the PK units have had enough practice for one day. Time for the PP units to show off in the last two periods. (But of course, I'll take goals no matter where they come from.) LET'S GO, CAPS!!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | January 2, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred15

I hope it doesn't "spin out of control" for the Caps either.

Last year, they had the roadtrip from Hell and we look to be in a repeat of that.

But I don't want to see them do what Montreal and NY did last year. Both of those teams got off to good starts and then imploded but hung on to playoff berths (but not before firing their coaches). And then Buffalo, who got off to a good start and then imploded, as well, and missed out on the playoffs.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@pokerfaceI208: I've been saying the same thing about Steckel on the pk. He is way too slow to be playing it.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Poti has been horrible... again.

I think he's been on for more PP goals against than any other Capital. Not sure if that's still the case after the game he missed. He's struggling to clear pucks, he always seems a step slow and late to react.

Ovechkin needs to somehow learn to quit trying those those risky, cross-ice passes through multiple opposing players.

Overall, we're once again getting outplayed, outhustled and outworked. They are pushing us around out there.

We struggle immensely at times getting the puck out of our own end. That's one of the things Pittsburgh did to us in the playoffs. They abused us with their forecheck.

I think our defense is simply too slow on top of not being physical enough. When teams can establish their forecheck and we're stuck in our own for extended periods, everything else falls apart.

We need more speed and physicality on the backend. That will help a lot, in my opinion.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Green didn't sound too upbeat in that interview.

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Our team is wayyy better than the Habs or Rags last year. Miller's injury probably killed their chances last year.

Our team is far too dynamic and overloaded with talent to slump like those teams did last year.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@elicea - Maybe they will show another replay. What I saw was two Kings in the crease and Poti standing about 6 feet up-ice, so as to avoid the need for any physical contact.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

BB has to be letting them have it between periods. Gotta have a serious spark shown in the 2nd period. We have gotta get back on track.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Steckel has been consistently overrated by Boudreau and many fans.

He brings absolutely nothing that is NHL caliber other than his faceoff ability.

For a guy his size, he's a marshmallow on the forecheck and against the walls. He's so easy to knock off the puck.

I see nothing special about his PK abilities. His length and reach is outweighed by his incredibly slow-footedness and slow reaction time. I'd rather have a midget out there with better reaction time.

He struggles mightily with clearing the puck at times, too, which is not a good thing for a key penalty killer.

He also is among the least skilled forwards in the league. For a guy with so little skill, he needs to bring more than faceoff ability and being tall.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

did craig l. just insinuate to mike green that he thought the caps had a good first period? I hope not.cause i dont know w2hat game he's watching but i think the caps are sukin sooo bad.I hope BB really gets on em in the locker room.LETS GO CAPS!!! GET IT TOGETHER! or i'm comin to d.c and giving a tongue lashing,and i'm in fl.!GO CAPS

Posted by: gratefuldid | January 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I checked out the Stats. Backstrom has been on the ice more than any other forward on our team. (Of course, his linemates have spent time in the box).

Laing and Gordon have very low TOI. Chimera and Steckel don't have much more.

Our "bad boys" have the most, outside of Backstrom.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I don't feel that are team is nearly as deep as some people seem to think.

Our top 4 players are elite but I don't see the kind of talent depth on our roster that teams like Chicago and few other teams have.

Despite being the highest scoring team in the league, I think we should be even better offensively playing Boudreau's system.

I don't think Morrison is playing well enough as a second line center and I really don't think our second-tier offensive options necessarily outweight those of many other teams.

The reason we score so much, imo, has more to do with out top line, Mike Green on the backend and Boudreau's run 'n gun style of play than it does with our depth.

I think we could still use an upgrade at second line center as well as on the backend. We may even benefit with some upgrades on our checking/energy lines and on the wings.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

@gratefuldid

The Caps play next on Tuesday in DC so you need to get to work. And fast.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Ovie needs to stop the drop passes at the blue line. The Kings keep Stealin the passes.

The caps need to keep the lines together more than a game or in some cases a period. They don't seem to know where the other line mates are on the ice. Boudreau's experiments have hurt the team recently. They need more consistency

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

New Years or trade hangover? What a lackluster effort take 3.

Posted by: festus75 | January 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

From that acela express that Locker does, Poti was dealing with his man, which was Brown. Unfortunately, Smith had the presence of mind to sneak behind Green and go after a rebound. I don't think Poti deserves much of the blame most are giving him on the goal, at all.

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

i'm comin to d.c and giving a tongue lashing,and i'm in fl.!GO CAPS

Posted by: gratefuldid | January 2, 2010 4:58 PM |

The game is in LA.

@tmac

Every team can use upgrades everywhere. But our scoring spread is a bit more diverse than you seem to want to give credit for. We aren't the "deepest" team in the league, but we are pretty close.

Flash and Fehr would be 2nd-line steadies on a lot of teams. They are 2/3 liners here.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

And I dont see how it was poti's fault on that goal.Two guys in the crease ,he had one put the puck went to the other guy to shot it in.caps should have more D up front on the PK.poti aint playing no worse than any other cap right now.

Posted by: gratefuldid | January 2, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Here we go boys, just what we need to get on track. GO PP!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

thanks Mikey

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

GREEN!

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Greeny!!!

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

GREENIE!!!!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | January 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, Green showed some energy drawing the penalty and on the goal. Maybe some others will join him now.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Green to Doughty and the Canadian olympic committee: eff you.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Now that's the way to start the 2nd period!

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Question: why is Brooks in the slot instead of Ovi? His hands are not as good me thinks.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Green draws the penalty, then scores on the PP!

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

why is Brooks in the slot instead of Ovi? His hands are not as good me thinks.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:07 PM |

You really want Ovie being the screen for our shots?

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Steve Downie just scored against PIT.

Bahahahahaha.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"he'll HATCH that one in the blue paint"

lol

first time ive heard that call

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Good point...more off-slot instead of down low I guess is my question

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Or back on point

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@wtf
That's one of the reasons I love Joe B.

Posted by: wocoliz | January 2, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I like Ovie at the half-wall. That way he isn't responsible on the back end, and he's capable of sniping in those sick angles.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Point taken...thanks

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Chimera has 3 of the 7 shots. Not sure on that..might be 2 shots.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Q LAING IS A SHOT BLOCKING MACHINE!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Back to back blocks by Q. Nice!

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I love Laing

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Good to see that some are coming around on the Steckel thing. He's too slow for the PK but BB loves him due to his faceoff ability. I absolutely love Laing though as a PKer. IMO he is our best asset when killing penalties.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@ralCaps

To be honest, I'd like to see Knuble get more time on the first unit. Setting up the screen at the crease/shoveling in the garbage is what he is used to.

Laich, although is often classified the same way, I think seems to fancy himself a sniper..like Fehr. Two big guys who could probably be more effective if they tweaked their games a bit.. But what do I know...they are playing in the NHL, and I am typing about it. hah.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Not to beat the PK to death but BMo is a better option on the PK due to his speed and he is a center.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

No team can ever have enough guys like Laing.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Seems the boys have finally settled in

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

BMo played a shift or two in the first PK.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Is Backstrom hurt does anyone know? I am watching the King's feed so they haven't commented, but it seems to me he's missed a few shifts. I know BMo has been on the first line the last few times out, so maybe I just missed Backs on the second line.

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@pokerfaceI208: I'm with you again. I like BMo on the PK. Gordon is also a good option since he is about as good as Steckel on draws and has pretty good speed.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Whats the really good reason that we aren't giving Flash a try at Center instead of Laich? Know that I love both as player, just sayin.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@RichmondPhil

Agree with you on getting Knuble out there on first unit. Would be good getting him back in 'his game'...garbage time although he did pick up one the other night.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil

Great comment. You had me laughing.

I agree with Fehr and Laich...those snipers need to get in front of the net. Laich can bang the puck in from the crease. Fehr does have better hands that Laich in close.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Backs is fine

He just broke a nail or sumthin

He's Swedish

He'll be back directly

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

RE; Backstrom

He had taken a number of big hits this game, and I haven't seen him log any icetime in a while nor have seen him out there. I have the Kings feed as well, so...

Anyone, has Locker/Joe B. said anything about Backs?

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Locker/Joe B just noticed Nick is off and don't know why either.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 2, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Game must not be on comcast b/c i only have kings feed too.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

I believe it was locker that just mentioned it

Posted by: ebolean1 | January 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Anyone, has Locker/Joe B. said anything about Backs?

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse
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Yep, they're wondering about Backs, themselves. They have no information as to Why Backs is gone, just that they noticed there were only 19 players on the bench and that Caps have been changing centers for all lines.

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Naw, I'm just watching a crappy stream on my computer. I think it's on CSN.

Backstrom has taken like 5 hits this game, including a few big ones by Greene early on in the second. Makes me worried...

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil
Locker said Backs isn't on the bench either and that he had logged 7:44 TOI in the first period. Locker's hoping it's a skate issue--didn't say why he thinks that, though.

Posted by: wocoliz | January 2, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Losing Backstrom for any stretch of time would be devastating to this team.

He does so many little things in addition to the highlight real stuff.

I'm crossing my fingers.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

LA broadcasters just figured out with 3:36 to go in the period that Backs isn't on the ice or bench for that matter. Can't get anything by them can we?

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I am noticing Semin being quite reckless with his stick. I would not like to be out there against him right now.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, I'm watching the real-time logs, and Backstrom has taken quite a number of hits, including two early in the 2nd.

tmac2yao has already said it. Losing Backstrom would be absolutely devastating to this team.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

AND FLASH WINS THE FACEOFF

FLASH FOR CENTER!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I think it's Joe B's fault if Backs is hurt and misses our next game. He just mentioned the other night that he hasn't missed a game in his entire career. Just kidding Joe B!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it took Joe and Craig 11 minutes of playing time and over 20 minutes of real time to figure out Backstrom was missing. My son and I sat here wondering when the heck we were going to get an update on his whereabouts and all of a sudden Craig asks like he's discovered electricity because he has figured out that Backstrom isn't on the bench. I can't believe these guys are paid to follow the game.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 2, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Backstrom is out because they traded him to stay uder the cap next year. I kid because I love!!!

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Let us Centerice'rs/ Non-CSN feed people know about Backstrom if they happen to touch on it during the intermission.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

fanhock - i get to see a bunch of different broadcasts on center ice and i can promise you joe b & locker are far superior than 90%+ of their peers. They are better than the VS. team as well as the NBC team. I think we fans caught this one before anybody else did.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

If Backstrom is out for an extended period of time (has never missed a game since becoming a Capital) we have a problem. Our 2nd best playmaking center is Matty P and we all know where he is. Brooks works hard, as does BMo, but neither of them have the passing skill Backstrom does. Matt P doesn't either but he is definitely a playmaking type center with nice touch passes.

I thought I saw Backs take a hit at the tail end of the 1st that drove his left shoulder awkwardly into the glass. I'll just keep my fingers crossed like the rest of you because Backs would be a HUGE loss.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Anybody heard any trade rumors about
Theodore? Hasn't played, they keep on playing Neuwi, yes Varly is down in Hershey for conditioning but... Anybody?

Posted by: Blah-Blah-Blah | January 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with Nicky? No one saw him go down. He played a lot of time on an early PP and then disappeared.

Does he have a migraine -- like when he missed a period against Montreal? Or did he get hurt?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e-fehr

Semin is getting a bit reckless, but they seem to be holding his stick anytime they can. Which is making him have to pull on his stick to get it free. The first penalty looked like he caught the king up high trying to get his stick back.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

BACKS SPECULATION NOT WITHSTANDING!!!

Much better period by your Caps!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Let us Centerice'rs/ Non-CSN feed people know about Backstrom if they happen to touch on it during the intermission.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse


Yahoo Sports is carrying our home game. I'm watching on Ctr Ice, but listening on Yahoo Sports.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Yes, losing Nicky B would be really big.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Theodore hasn't played because he sucks. If he is ever traded, it would not be until the deadline. Add even then, you better hope a team has like 234234 injuries to their goalies.

Man..if Backstrom is out for any period of time...that's not good at all for our team.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Does he have a migraine -- like when he missed a period against Montreal? Or did he get hurt?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:43 PM |

I hope it's just a migraine.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Once again....Theodore will not be traded....ever

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

What a physical game...the kings hits seem to be packing a little bit more punch. That give them an advantage on the boards.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Add I think BMo would do fine as the replacement on the first line..the problem is is that it kills all the other lines.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Someone said he got checked hard against the boards in the first period.

Next question. Will Matty P. be called up from Hershey as an "emergency" recall?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I think over a stretch of time, we could cope better without Ovechkin and Backstrom. We'd lose some goal scoring but Backstrom is by far our best two-way player and our best when it comes to puck possession and good decision-making.

Does that make him our real MVP?

I'd say so.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Per Tarik's twitter:

"Nicklas Backstrom played less than a minute, so he's hurt. The Caps aren't saying anything -- yet."

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to think of call-ups yet. I am still hoping he'll come out in the 3rd.

Matty P. would be the logical choice though.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Semin had a very good second period. A scoring chance, a takeaway and he was in front screening on the Green goal. Let's go boys!!

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say "cope better without Ovechkin than* Backstrom."

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphi

If we don't see Nicky this period, Matty will get called up. Guess he can go on a line with Flash and Fehr. And BMo moves up.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

backie has about half the TOI of either semin or ovie and they were both in the box for 2

Posted by: ebolean1 | January 2, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

@Caps4Life1

So Semin is no longer today's scapegoat. Now let's hope he scores and the Caps winning.

Of course I'll settle for the Caps winning no matter who scores.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Not to take anything away from Ovi and his unique abilities, but I agree. Backstrom is the steady cog in this team.

If he's out for an extended period, we have some interesting weeks ahead.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

@ebolean1

He was ahead of them in TOI after the first period.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

If that was the play where Backstrom got hurt, he didn't seem to be hurt bad.

It looks like something upper body if that was the play in question.

Then again, for Backstrom not to be on the ice could also mean it's not a minor thing.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

02:01 2nd Matt Greene HIT on Nicklas Backstrom
01:58 2nd Matt Greene HIT on Nicklas Backstrom

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

#19- Not out for the third.

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Checking the Caps, Vogal, and TEBs twitter and none of them are saying anything more about Nick

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 2, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

So they have Alzner as a guest between periods and don't bother to ask him the obvious question. If he says "I don't know then fine, but ask him the question. Are they that intimidated by Caps management?

We also have a Post reporter at the game. Wouldn't you think that he would post an update? Jason Reid (Redskins) posts ten updates a game complete with injury updates, etc.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 2, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Nicklas Backstrom, who left the game in the second period, might return in the third period.
4 minutes ago from UberTwitter

Caps twitter

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 2, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't know that I've heard of Backs havign migraines. While I don't wish those on anybody having had them myself, I just hope it's something more short term and he can play next game.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Another lazy play in our own zone on the PP.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL..jesus christ this team....

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

WHY WHY WHY is Chimera on the PP?? Honestly, what? Also, how are you that wide open while short handed?

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75

I have always supported Semin. I am not afraid to say he is one of my favorite players.

Eeeeew...what a lazy PP for the caps

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

sloppy plays in the defensive zone

Posted by: elicea | January 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope they had fun partying last night. They sure have no interest in playing hockey today.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

@Caps4Life1

Horrible PP. I think the Caps have blown this game.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I got so mad my husband made me turn off the game.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

That Neuvirth save attempt on the Caps PP was Theo-esque.

What's with this recently anemic Caps offense?

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Not the type of game I expected from the Caps. After two demoralizing losses, followed by two rigorous practices, I expected more. Hope they can find their mojo back soon.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I am so disappointed. I can't believe we were scored on during our own power play. So many missed opportunities and sloppy instances. Could someone tell me what is going on?

Posted by: caraveli | January 2, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

@CDon

Do they really miss Clark that much? I'm thinking so.

Or is it just our annual West Coast road trip from hell?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@Cdon

Must be the lack of fire power Clark used to bring to the team (haha)

Actually, I think there are still trying to make to many cross ice passes in the zone. The problem is there is usually a d-man in the way.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

WHY WHY WHY is Chimera on the PP?? Honestly, what? Also, how are you that wide open while short handed?

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

With Backstrom out you have: Semin, Laich, Ovechkin/Morrison (whoever isn't on the point), Flash, Knuble, and....... who else are you goint to put out on the second unit? Bradley? Laing? Gordon? Steckel?

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Looked like Backstrom wrenched his wrist in that last hit.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | January 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

Maybe Bradley, Steckel, Laing, and company would be an improvement. Maybe they wouldn't give up a shortie.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

That's why I'm so upset. And why I'm not watching the game anymore.

I should have gone to church with my daughter and her boyfriend.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao

I agree: "I think our defense is simply too slow on top of not being physical enough. When teams can establish their forecheck and we're stuck in our own for extended periods, everything else falls apart."

What about our offense. Why have we had so much trouble scoring, even on power plays?

Posted by: caraveli | January 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75:

True but as bad as everyone has said our PP has been today they do have our only goal of the game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Where oh where has our offense gone.

Oh where oh where can it be?

(I've been saying that an awful lot lately.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps have reached the point now where they need to forget about the score and wins and losses.

They need to focus on the process and eliminating the AHL-caliber mistakes they're making.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

That's because the Caps haven't established any fore check in this game. It's PP or nothing.

We need a strong late 3rd period push, or this game is over. This 3rd has been worse than the 1st, and the 1st was horrible.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The "low" was going to come eventually..better earlier than later. Time to improve and have that strong push into the off-season.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

It already is over.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

boy do we NEED to score

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

These losses, if this is a loss, suck. But, we need to relax a little. Every team in the league gives up a shortie at some point. Now if it becomes a pattern, we have serious problems.

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Remember what happened three games ago? A trade that pissed some players off. A trade that might have upset the chemistry of this team.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

We'll see some Hershey callups for next game. Like Perreault.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

I would bump OV up front and put Poti on the point, as they did on the first PP, which they scored on (I realize OV was off the ice, but Poti on the point set up the goal).

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

hah....it's now or never.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Gotta bury this on the 5-3. GOT TO

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

well now here we go

a 5 on 3

LETS GO DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Well they worked on this exact situation a lot in practice yesterday so we'll see if they worked on it enough.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

@MKadyman

I think the trade pissed off more people than anyone would have suspected at the time. Based on the timing. Clark (and Juice) were here for the morning skate and suddenly they were gone -- for good.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

That was the quickest whistle I have ever seen.

Posted by: Raber | January 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow I don't like OV down low.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like never.

Worst 4 on 4 and 5 on 3 in the league right here.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

sucks - that puck was loose - whistle should not have been blown

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97
I would bump OV up front and put Poti on the point, as they did on the first PP, which they scored on (I realize OV was off the ice, but Poti on the point set up the goal).

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Then you have just Poti and Green on the point and no second wave.

BTW another horrible call against the Caps this one a whistle that should not have been blown at all.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The Caps need quicker D-men and a couple of gritty forwards WITH offensive prowess. Something Clark certainly was about three years ago.

And that 5-on-3 is the perfect illustration of the Caps refusing to make the easy play. It takes them almost 50 seconds just to put a shot on goal because they want to score the easy backdoor goal. It's just a matter of finding guys who make the easy plays and who want to battle for pucks in the corners.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mkadyman-I think you are correct. If Clark can go, why not anyone else? And then gone with no notice. It has to be playing on everyone's mind.

Posted by: festus75 | January 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

If a trade is affecting the play of the Caps to this point, they should all be stripped of their "professional contracts."

The trade is the very last thing on their mind right now people...

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Total BS by the ref...ridiculous quick whistle or the game was tied...

Posted by: JCB9 | January 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Who will be the next Cap to get shipped out?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

A bunch of losses is one thing when your team was in it. But these last few games, Caps have been outplayed. This slump is tough to handle.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Sure.... That' why they're playing so well. LOL.

Posted by: festus75 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

last push....

Posted by: JCB9 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Mkadyman-I think you are correct. If Clark can go, why not anyone else? And then gone with no notice. It has to be playing on everyone's mind.

Posted by: festus75 | January 2, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

since when did chris clark become wayne gretzky???

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

jeeeezzzz we are terrible at 5 on 3s. Can we decline the penalty next time we get a 5 on 3 opportunbity? They suck! Scared to crash the net. Everything on the outside.

Posted by: Andoy | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Guess Locker extended his New Year's celebration a little bit, seems like he's in the bottle today, just clearly misidentified Chimera as Erskine, that after several unusual verbal stumbles earlier on. Apparently, Koken is rubbing off on him.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | January 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

It aint over yet...

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

CDon- that's why OV needs to be on the point there

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Sure.... That' why they're playing so well. LOL.

Posted by: festus75 | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM |

Yeah, great inference there Kripke.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The two scratches would have brought grit and a crash the net attitude.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

jeeeezzzz we are terrible at 5 on 3s. Can we decline the penalty next time we get a 5 on 3 opportunbity? They suck! Scared to crash the net. Everything on the outside.

Posted by: Andoy | January 2, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Caps are always scared to crash the net. I thought that was what Knuble was for? He should be on top PP unit with Green, OV, Semin and Backstrom. Caps need a Scottie Hartsnell type of player.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

BMo, Semin, Laich, OV, Green on the first, then OV up front with Knuble and Flash and Poti and Green in back.

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I'm wondering myself.

His absence should not be affecting the team this much. But.... they've played total crap since he was sent packing.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

the reason why the Caps give up so many shorties is because they have 4 forwards on the ice - Ovie at the point is the biggest culprit.

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Do we all agree that Neuvy has done a great job?

Posted by: caraveli | January 2, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@Caps4Life1

Will Sloan and Fehr be back? I think Fehr will be back next game.

If Nicky's out, we don't have a spare forward. Or will they call up MP? And then who will be scratched? Stecks? I know who STC would scratch.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

these quick whistles are bs.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

another fu**in quick whistle....

Posted by: JCB9 | January 2, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Ovie stunk tonight. Another stupid behind the back pass. He keeps taking shots into shins. You can go through 3 people with a shot.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't say I'm pleased with the effort. Not a lot of great scoring chances for the third straight game. Guess those hard practices didn't do much for the players.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Joek433 said ;since "when did chris clark become wayne gretzky?"


I am guessing that you never played team sports. Clark is not Wayne Gretzky. It is the intangables that he and Jurcina brought to the locker room, the bar after the game, the flights to other cities. Its a big deal and a trade that this team may regret making.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 2, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Ovie was terrible tonight. Another back pass behing the back. His shot selection was no better.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 2, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I want Clarke back...

Posted by: Vermonters | January 2, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

That was disgraceful - Green was the only one who came to play. I say bring up the Bears for a couple games - I mean the whole team. At least they would skate hard.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

another stinker....nauseating loss! What's BB gonna do now? 2 tough practices and they are outplayed again!

Posted by: JCB9 | January 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Loss sucked, but they had the better of the play for the last two periods. Crappy turnover on PP was only mistake and real threat and they made us pay for it.

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone wanna give the Kings credit for playing a good game on home ice? They've been one of the top teams in the League throughout the season for good reason. Playing Western teams is a good gut check and measuring stick for where the Caps currently reside in the hierarchy of the NHL. Better to take the lumps now and rectify than be caught unawares come June.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | January 2, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

My 3 stars:

1. Jonathan Quick
2. Referee Mike Lego
3. Michal Handzus

Damn, we really needed a win....

Posted by: EricCarr | January 2, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

@ MKadyman

if the players on this team are that fragile, they have absolutely NO chance of winning the Cup.

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

@ Vermonters

If you love Clark so much, at least spell his name right.

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Making trades isn't a big deal. It shouldn't be for professional athletes. But you always have to ask yourself if a particular trade was useful. I'm not sure dumping Clark and Jurcina for a grinder was necessarily the most useful trade. But that doesn't matter because it's happened. Now the Caps have to play and act like professionals and move on if it's affecting them that much. Not sure it is, but something is certainly killing their collective psyche recently.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The biggest problem right now is the mental lapses. We're making AHL-caliber mistakes that are leading directly to goals.

Forget about wins and losses for a while and fix the breakdowns and sloppy play in our own end.

We also make some real boneheaded blunders at the end of our PPs leading to scoring chances for opposing teams.

I'm not worried about the offense as much as the minor league mistakes and inability to handle the forecheck in our own end.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Kings didn't play that good though.

I'm getting off this thing before it's flooded with Semin hate and "Clark is the reason we lost" comments.

Til next time, Caps fans!

GET WELL SOON BACKSTROM!

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@MetalCaps - The Kings stink. I saw nothing to indicate that they are any better than the record, which is mediocre. I will give them credit for coming ready to play and working hard, which is the minimum we should expect from a pro team.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Remember when we were first in the East and McPhee traded Zednik and Bulis for Linden and Zubrus? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Another great move by GMGM...first time we've lost three in regulation all season.

Posted by: MFab12 | January 2, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure dumping Clark and Jurcina for a grinder was necessarily the most useful trade.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:36 PM |

Yeah, but that is completely ignoring the real reason this trade was made in the Caps side...salary space.

Ed Frankovic had a great article about the trade which everyone should read.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@MetalCaps

Let's also realize they had lost five of their last six, so they obviously hadn't been playing that well. Caps could've beaten them today, if they had been willing to forecheck aggressively and battle for pucks in the corners.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

**Three in a row in regulation

Posted by: MFab12 | January 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

first things first...any news on Backstrom?

I nkow this is just a mini-slump, but before this becomes a prolonged slump, this would be a good time to have one of those players only meetings. They need to rectify this quickly before it gets too bad. Whoever emerges a leader in absence of Clark needs to make one of those emotional speeches on the plane home.

Posted by: Andoy | January 2, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Our team defense and positioning on the ice has been dreadful the last few games.

Opposing teams have been getting tons of scoring chances and odd man rushes.

It's not just the defensemen either. It's also the forwards. Players are not thinking well without the puck and getting into position.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I understand it was made to clear cap space. That's all well and good. But I wonder if McPhee has something lined up or made the trade hoping something would line up. If it's the former, OK. If it's the latter, then I'm not feeling as great about the deal. I guess we won't know until a trade is made or the deadline passes.

Posted by: CDon | January 2, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

@Satts

We have no offense so we can't afford to make ANY mistakes.

That shortie goal killed us.

Anyone ready to trade for a new center?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The book on Chimera is that he skates fast. And you know what, from what I see he skates SO FAST I can't even SEE him. He is absolutely INVISIBLE out there. What a great pickup by GMGM!!!!

Can you undo a trade, sort like annulling a marriage several days later cause you know you made a big mistake?

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | January 2, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Pretty uninspiring effort if you ask me. I really expected to see a better effort. I hope this trade hasn't messed up the chemistry of this team. There seems to be no cohesivness or flow since the trade. We're back home next game and I think that will tell a lot. Rarely have we gone out to the west coast and faired well. Not time to panick tho. Every team goes through this. Backs being out for most of the game obviously hurt.

Oh and can we stop blaming the refs please? Elite teams are supposed to overcome referees especially in games like this. The stripes didn't decide this game. Our lack of effort and continuity did as well as the Kings playing a good game.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | January 2, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Try to stay reasonable people..it's just 3 regulation games in the middle of the season. Things will turn around, it's an 82 game season.

Hope Backstrom is okay! See you soon Perreault!

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

We have no offense??? Now that is funny. This is what is called a slump. We nmeed to weather the storm and bounce back. Remember at Christmas last year it looked like the Pens would not even make the play-offs.

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

The book on Chimera is that he skates fast. And you know what, from what I see he skates SO FAST I can't even SEE him. He is absolutely INVISIBLE out there. What a great pickup by GMGM!!!!

Can you undo a trade, sort like annulling a marriage several days later cause you know you made a big mistake?

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | January 2, 2010 6:43 PM |

He's played way better than Clark, especially against SJ last time.

Again, the trade was made for SALARY SPACE. Chimera was not the focus of the trade.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

@pokerfaceI208

I'm beginning to wonder if we have messed up the chemistry of the team to some degree.

Or is the fact that West Coast trips to Southern California tend to be "road trips from hell" for us?

At least we'll be the third seed in the playoffs at the very worst.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

And I have to get off this before I get sucked in and sit here all night commenting.

Stay calm people.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

What a poor performance. Losing Backstrom hurt, but the team should have played better than it did. They are pro's and payed well, time to do a better job. Nothing is given in this league.

Posted by: cbs75 | January 2, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

@CDon

You're absolutely right. Our forecheck is soft and ineffective.

I still say the biggest problem is our inability to handle the forecheck of opposing teams and get the puck out of our own end.

When that happens, everything else falls apart.

Throw in the AHL-caliber mistakes we've been making whether that's turnovers like Alzner's against SJ or forwards forgetting completely about defense (Fehr), stupid passes (Ovechkin, Semin), the inability to clear the puck (Poti, Steckel and others), we're just not doing the little things right, paritcularly in our own end.

We are in a legit slump now.

Forget about goal scoring and wins and losses. Focus on the process. Start with playing responsible team defense, cutting out the boneheaded plays, cleaning up the sloppy play in our own end and out-working teams for the next few games and the other things will fall into place.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I'll admit this wasn't the Caps best effort but I can't believe nobody's mentioned the bad calls(Mike Leggo), are you f***ing kidding me?!!! You're reffing an NHL game more poorly than Squirt team deserves!

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | January 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

And I have to get off this before I get sucked in and sit here all night commenting.

Stay calm people.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:46 PM

I am with you, this is ridiculous.

Posted by: Satts | January 2, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

He's played way better than Clark, especially against SJ last time.

Again, the trade was made for SALARY SPACE. Chimera was not the focus of the trade.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:44 PM

One assist in two games for Chimera, plus a penalty with 4 min to go tonight...how much worse could Clark have played? (Not to mention what Juice might have contributed.)

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | January 2, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Things are already spinning out of control although Boudreau was trying to prevent that.

I think tmac2yao is right. Focus on the process and not the results. Keep things simple.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

@hockeypuck1

I may be wrong but I believe it was Erskine that got beat. Chimera did good just to help out on that play. I have to see the replay though. Not sure.

I'd say Chimera has played very well so far. He is not the problem. He's probably been one of our better players the last 2 games.

In my opinion, this has nothing to do with the trade.

I think it possibly has more to do with us thumping Buffalo and NJ and getting overconfident.

We're also a young team. Maybe they partied too much over the holdiays?

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

One assist in two games for Chimera, plus a penalty with 4 min to go tonight...how much worse could Clark have played? (Not to mention what Juice might have contributed.)

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | January 2, 2010 6:49 PM |

Um..you watched Clark play this year right? Chimera had great shifts against San Jose.

Hockey is much more than reading a stat sheet after the game...but I am sure you know that.

I don't think it's any real secret that Chimera has played much better than Clark did for us this year. But, it doesn't matter because, once again, this trade was made on the Caps side for Salary Space. Nothing more, nothing less.

Go read Ed Frankovic's article on the trade. I am out of here people, stay calm.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Umm, the Kings may "stink", but there's no patsies in the Pacific Division like the Caps have the luxury to play against for 24 games a year in the Southeast. L.A. has been in the lead/within striking distance of their division lead for much of the year against the likes of San Jose and the surprising Coyotes. So, the Caps taking a 2-1 loss is no shame. Sure, the Caps could have played better, but so could have the Kings, regardless of their recent stumbles. They followed their game plan to a tee, so let's give credit where it's due. Time to beat the hapless Habs on Tuesday. Sante!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | January 2, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
Keep in mind I only saw the last 9 minutes of the game. From what I saw in that time frame.

Horrible whistle by the ref - I understand there's a crowd but he didn't see that puck. Flash had it on the stick and the goalie tried to cover it and his stick - he has every right to try and bury that. No room for quick whistles in this league ref - go back to the ECHL.

From gathering on your posts and I wondered if my eyes were deceiving me but Backstrom was missing. Hope he's ok - anyone see what happened?

The overall play in that final 9 minutes - spurts by the Caps but it just seemd LA's forecheck was much more ferocious than the Caps. What gives? They work hard for two practices and they come away with only one goal to show for?

This is frustrating but I'm not going to sit here and be like "OH MY hit the panic button." LOL. Give the Kings credit - they've been solid on home ice and took it to the Caps. It was a hard fought one goal game.

Three regulation losses in a row - that doesn't happen with this team haha. When was the last time it happened? Wow. Oh well.

FELLOW POSTERS: Feel free to give me some input on the other 51 minutes I didn't see. Did this team put forth a better effort than San Jose? What gives with giving up a shorty for the game winner? How did it go down? Look forward to your input.

Crap your frustrations out on here or in the toilet and then relax. Time for the flight home for the guys.

Back to the phone booth as the Sens come a knocking on Tuesday.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers

Posted by: Jonathan6 | January 2, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, the last three games the Caps have been totally disorganized. Let me think here, hmmm, what has changed in the last three games...

I believe Clark brought tons of heart and leadership. That counts for a lot.

Great point refered to several notes back about the Trevor Linden debacle. Also, I am glad I am not the only one who thought Locker sounded "off".

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | January 2, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

the Caps can't win these grinding-type games unless Varly is in net - anyone even remember the last time another Caps goalie pitched a shutout??

they gotta run and gun.

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

When a team has given up 5 SHGs this early in the season, you know there is something wrong with the defensive philosophy and/or execution.

I know that's a special teams statistic but I think the same breakdowns and irresponsible plays our visible at even strength.

Despite some offensive problems, I think our number one problem by a wide margin is team defense (not just the defensemen).

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 2, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I follow the Kings second behind our Capitals, and I don't think either team played that great of a game. Incredibly sloppy game from both teams. Kings just played a solid 3rd.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

@MetalCapsFan

The Kings had played poorly but they had woken up against the Minnesota Wild and seem to have righted their ship before facing us this game.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 2, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to comment once and get out of here before I get sucked in.

The Caps got outworked for the third straight game. They were frustrated by the Kings' defense, which kept the Caps to the boards to the most part, and the Kings' forecheck.

Posted by: blindskateluke | January 2, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I said I would only comment once, but I forgot to mention how the Kings shut down Ovechkin by putting two defenders on him at all times. Someone has to step up and put the puck in the net when Ovechkin is being shut down. It just has to happen.

Posted by: blindskateluke | January 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I think this game shows how much we need Nicky. Apparently we can win without Ovi but not without Nicky.

Also I think that the trade has had an affect on the team. While I understand somewhat the players involved, the timing sucked. Looks like it may have thrown several players off their game, and could be causing some to play a little more uneasy.

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 2, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Whoever posted "Can we decline the next 5 on 3?" Hilarious! Maybe declining any schedule that has trips west of the Mississippi River would be better. As good as the Caps can look sometime, when they go to the west coast the opposing fans must be asking "What's supposed to be so great about this Caps team?". Well alot of teams have slumps, so we'll see...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 2, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

To make myself clear, I don't doubt at all the the trade has had some kind of effect on the team.

However, do I think it's effecting the on-ice product, especially to the point of the results of the last 3? Hell no...there are deeper issues causing this slump, and I think they have all been touched upon by myself or other posters. (Go read tmac2yao's posts)

Posted by: richmondphil | January 2, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

speaking of clark and jurcina - columbus and colorado game on now and watching clark (11) and jurcina (23)

Posted by: ebolean1 | January 2, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

@Kim-3

While I am a Nicky fan, I don't think one lost game means we cannot win without him. We lost 2 in a row before this with him. Do we want to play without him on a regular basis? No! But I think more is going on.

I do think the trade affects the team -- not just missing your former teamamtes and the alteration to chemistry, but each player has to be wondering which one is expendable next? It seemed like such a surprise, especially after settling Nylander GMGM and/or BB said they were in no hurry to do anything just because they suddenly had cap space. So, no one probably really thought about a trade that would free up more.

@blindskateluke

Others were trying; Semin had 6 shots and Laich & Green each had 3. Ironically, the night I thought they were trying a little harder to take shots and get it to the next for garbage goals, the refs were waayy too quick on the whistle which negated our chances.

Re Chimera, I think he's had a decent first 2 games. When the whole team is in a funk, it's hard to point the finger at the new guy and say he is not going enough!

Posted by: Steakum | January 2, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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