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Tonight's Lineup

Based on the morning skate here's what the lineup should look like against the Hurricanes tonight at Verizon Center.




**19-year-old goaltender Braden Holtby returned to his junior team this morning.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 25, 2008; 12:47 PM ET
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Our PP units will look good tonight with Green and Godfrey on the points. I had heard that Alzner was supposed to skate with Green tonight, I guess BB had a change of heart?

Posted by: CapsCorndog | September 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I am bereft!

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the game will be on tv tonight?

Posted by: sandecker | September 25, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The game is on live, but only in Boise Idaho

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I get the back-to-back games for Nylander,. Is Boudreau really looking for chemistry on Nylander's line, or is it to exhibit his fine fitness for potential shoppers??

not that it matters much..

Posted by: Vlad | September 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing these lines...though the Green-Erskine pairing is probably not something I'd want to see during the regular season.

Posted by: Jill | September 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse


This is random but do you know when Jose is getting a new helmet? He has been here for like 3 months and still has that old one.

Posted by: Shwedick | September 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Moving Laich back to center? That should be an interesting line. Can't wait to see how they do.

Posted by: Tim | September 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Man! No Finns at all? I guess I'll have to settle for rooting for Ovie and Semin..

Posted by: Jordan | September 25, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

whoa no Oscar and no Alzner? BOO!

Posted by: Go Skins Go | September 25, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This sucks. No Alzner. Hopefully he makes the team so I can watch him finally.

Posted by: blankn1612 | September 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

ovechkin on the right side? that's different. maybe bruce thinks he didn't score enough from the left the past few years...

Posted by: pgreene | September 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

random answer: Theo's new helmet is on the way, it it's not here already. When I asked him about it last week, it was being airbrushed in Sweden and the artist was working on getting the colors perfect, which apparently isn't that easy.

Posted by: Tarik | September 25, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

hell yeah, John "sexy lumberjack" Erskine is playing tonight!!!

Posted by: stevo | September 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I heard Jozy is a real jerk when it comes to his mask, typical.

Posted by: Chief | September 25, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

so, no tv?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

A 'real jerk'? What are you, 10?

Posted by: Fro | September 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

TSN comment last night: Sidney Crosby is clearly the best player in the NHL and the most popular player as well.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 828 | September 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Both McNeill's are defensivemen??

Posted by: um.... | September 25, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse


Just checking to see if you were paying attention. Flipped them by accident.

Posted by: Katie | September 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

If Erskine makes the team this year, then there is no god.

Posted by: Jesus | September 25, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse --> livewire is scheduled to show the game (like they did last night) as well. Got it fine here in NY.

Posted by: rh71 | September 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

yeah Jesus, because we are great with schultz crying back there instead of someone who will actually check and grind it out

Posted by: stevo | September 25, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse


Are you happy to be back with an exciting team after having to put up with the Mystics all summer? ;)

Posted by: Leeguru | September 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

C'mon B, where are the Finns!?!

But I'm sure it'll be a good game anyway.

Posted by: Condalator | September 25, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

stevo seems to have quite the crush on Erskine based on the pet name for him that he's used in his comments the past several blog posts

Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

whats wrong with having a crush on Erskine?

Posted by: Matt "pretty boy" Pettinger | September 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Best part of that article about Crosby. "Sidney Crosby says" and "Crosby points" and "Sidney Crosby Likes."

Nothing at all shows how anyone but Crosby thinks, and the writing is terrible. Darren Dreger needs a day job, as I could write better.

Also, Erskine's one of my favorite players, though this guy is slow. But name any other defender on the Caps who can throw his body better. It's hard to do. Provided he's a 5-6 man, the Caps should be fine.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | September 25, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather have Erskine make the roster before Schultz. if Schultz makes the team, THERE IS NO GOD.

Posted by: Thomas | September 25, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

If you've ever seen a not super hockey-related interview with Crosby, you'd realize he doesn't think. This lady asked him what kind of music he liked and he said "Well, the guys like [insert band name here]." He seems to have no thoughts of his own except hockey ones. Even then, I bet Gipetto, er Mario, helps him with those, too.
I'll be checking scores tonight. Hopefully Google can keep up this time instead of telling me it was still the 1st period at 9:30.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 25, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Which McNeill is playing? Hopefully it's Grant.

Posted by: matt | September 25, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

@ um....

Grant McNeill has been moved to left wing during training camp. How do I know - because he told me on Sunday after practice when I asked him why he was playing so far forward in the offensive zone throughout the scrimmage (not being MG and all).

Posted by: Zaichik | September 25, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@Thomas - Schultz will be one of our more steady defensive presences this year. Mark my words. Just because the guy doesn't crush people and clear the crease like you would think someone as tall as him would, don't take anything away from how solid he was in the second half of last year. He's young and he's only going to get better.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think Nyls is playing back-to-back nights? I dont think anyone else is...

Posted by: Joe | September 25, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Clark will be on the ice tonight.

Posted by: AP | September 25, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@ Thomas:

Erskine has no future beyond a 6th-7th defenseman. Schultz is already far better and actually has high potential. Fact of the matter is that (As I think Japer's Rink pointed out) Schultz and some of the other much-disparaged defensemen on this team are far better than many people perceive them to be, from a statistical point of view. Our goaltending has been (and may be) our biggest problem in the past few years.


Posted by: Sapper | September 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Less than two hours til gametime I was hoping for more chatter on the blog! I feel like we won yesterday with a mostly Hershey squad, we're unleashing the fury tonight, I think we're going to light them up.

Posted by: 8b4Ovie | September 25, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"Tarik, (w)hy do you think Nyls is playing back-to-back nights? I dont think anyone else is..."

Maybe because he hasn't played a competitive hockey game in nine months. There goes CapsFan trying to read something into nothing.

Posted by: pga3 | September 25, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Anonymous | September 25, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

nope. won't respond because you are a rude little PR$CK!

Posted by: Leeguru | September 25, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Nylander wanted to come back to DC, signed a reasonable contract, played well until he was hurt (even then he played hurt), is now healthy and ready to play. So why would we trade him when we don't need to? We can keep him until the trade deadline and if we need to get rid of him trade him then, but it seems that Nylander would be a pretty basic part of this team this year. I see him getting a lot of minutes on the power play and being important to the depth of the Caps. Why this obsession to trade him? Why get rid of Nylander?

Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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