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Tonight's lineup: Canadiens at Caps

Welcome to the 2010 playoffs. The Caps' quest for the Cup begins tonight, and here's how we expect them to lineup against the Habs:

As you no doubt know by now, Jose Theodore will start in goal and face Jaroslav Halak. There rest of the lines and pairs will look familiar, too. But just in case you've been buried at work ...

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Fleischmann-Semin
Chimera-Belanger-Fehr
Bradley-Steckel-Gordon

Defense
Schultz-Green
Poti-Carlson
Morrisonn-Corvo

Goalies
Theodore
Varlamov

Make sure to stop by afterward for a postgame chat with Gene Wang.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 15, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
 
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I am both very nervous and very excited. Let's do this! C-A-P-S!

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 15, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I WILL BE SITTIN' ON MY COUCH!

Alan May just said that he thought that THEO was one of 2 of the BEST goalies in the Eastern Conf all season!

WOW

DROP IT!

GO CAAAAAAAAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 6:39 PM |

Good timing WaPo!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO CAPSSSS!! WOOHOO GO JOSE!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that BB settled on Flash as second line center. He must have decided that the chemistry with Semin outweighs the face-off issues (at least at home). Also, not a good sign for BMo sitting out this one. And I will be interested to see how the ice time is allocated between the second and third pairings. It will surprise me if BB will use Poti/Carlson more than ShaMo and Corvo.

Posted by: zmega | April 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Looks like its you and me on the COUCH Rach!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

IB History Essay or Caps?

pretty straightforward...

Posted by: wowkanut | April 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I just took off my Straight Jacket...its on.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPS!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like its you and me on the COUCH Rach!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr

Exactly! Very comfy. Nerves are starting to set in but the biggest key is staying out of the box.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hoping there was gonna be a chat tonight. Oh well, got the TV on the beer is cold...

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

...alrighty, whats up MyPost?!?!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I want to see if Halak can handle Chimera taking it to the rack like he's been doing lately.

Posted by: zmega | April 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Montreal: 35.7% effective PP against us... that's quite scary.

Come on PK...

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I was hoping for a live chat as well

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, stuck in class. I wish I could be watching this now.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

4 people who give us motivation to win in the playoffs

1.) Tomas Pleckanec
2.) R.J. Umberger
3.) Mike Wise
4.) Caps haters

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 15, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

No TV! It's a crime!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

wtf,

SO PUMPED!!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I only wish I could watch the CSN feed instead of the VS with their "C" squad

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

IB History Essay or Caps?

pretty straightforward...

Posted by: wowkanut

Get your priorities straight ;)

hockeynightincanada: HAHAHA Mike Wise!! lol!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin has been almost too subdued in his recent interviews.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 15, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

L
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Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

HNIC: Aren't 3 & 4 redundant?

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS

1. NEVER schedule a night class during playoff time.

2. atdhe.net with no volume is better then nothing.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!

Posted by: dc33 | April 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

DROP THE PUCK AND GO, CAPS, GO!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

So nervous. LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

FACE-OFF!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

7:10 right on time...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

GAME TIME

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

YEAH PP!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

PP

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

PP already....sweet

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

carlson with a nice hit less than 10 seconds in

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

PP!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok lets get the lead early now on the PP

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

nice job by Chimer! LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: elicea | April 15, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Backs is clearly, truly our PP QB

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

We've got to continue to pound their little forwards.

Posted by: zmega | April 15, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Chimera. Speed kills.

Posted by: kevbnyc | April 15, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

5 shots to none, good start

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Argh, unsuccessful PP, but I think we got some decent shots off.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

If anything good happens for us in this 1st period, I will be surprised and pleased.

I CANT IMAGINE THE JITTERS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Poti turnover almost leads to a goal.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

decent PP, shots on goal MPDA...

If they can get a few PP's, they'll light the lamp

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

OHHH LAICH!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

CARP!!!!!

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

ahhhh missed on a break and a lazy hook by Semin

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Here's a hugeeee test for our PK..

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Come on, PK!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Sasha with a penalty.....of course....argh

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Shots are 7-0 CAPS per NHL.com

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Regular season means nothing look at the Yotes game last night. Lets kill this

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

B. Laich is a grown man.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie. Intensity.

Posted by: kevbnyc | April 15, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

JOSE!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Theo.

Posted by: kevbnyc | April 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

KILLLLL

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

good kill

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

GREAT PK!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Nice PK

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Terrific kill!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Halak?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

First half of this period has been ALL HALAK!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Joe B. "There's some fraternizing in front."

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Some fraternizing in front, gotta love Joe B.

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

nice

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

good start....lazy penalty by Semin....pk looked better...more agressive

Posted by: wendel2 | April 15, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

there's no reason to make all those moves when you're within 30 feet of the goalie... just blast the friggin' puck for god's sake

they're trying to be too cute

Posted by: joek443 | April 15, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

good start....lazy penalty by Semin....pk looked better...more agressive

Posted by: wendel2 | April 15, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Damn, Halak has been solid so far. The boys just need to continue overwhelming him with shots. He'll break soon enough.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@TimDz

You're right, I misspelled NBC and Pens fans

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 15, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Some fraternizing in front, gotta love Joe B.

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:28 PM

VS announcers s*ck - d*mn blackouts

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

agree with Locker...HALAK on his game...PISSED!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

you knew that Halak was going to be the story of the series. The Habs don't score much 5 on 5 so he was going to have to play out of his mind to win games.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Come on Nik. Awesome hit then dumb penalty.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Got to be more disaplined guys come on.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

very uncharacteristic by Backs

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The question is whether Halak can stand on his head for 60 minutes tonight.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

poti held that too long - no clear and then a goal

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

DAMNIT

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

we just game them EXACTLY what they wanted

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Mother puss sucker -- why do the Caps have to live up to the critics, weak PK.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Surprise. Montreal strikes first on the Power Play. Time to turn it up boys.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Another bad turnover by Poti. That is two already today. Can we please get Juice back quick and take Poti out?

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Another bad turnover by Poti. That is two already today. Can we please get Juice back quick and take Poti out?

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

eff

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Even it up here guys

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least we've got lots of experience at playing from behind.

Of course, it helps that we just drew another PP.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

everyone's just standing around on that last PK watching montreal

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

that wasn't a good goal on Theo, he over-committed to his stick side...

Posted by: joek443 | April 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Here we go

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps get the equalizer on the PP

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

We are going to need a SCREEN with Halak!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

i hate halak already

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, Halak is playing awesome

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

We must not CREATE our own LUNDY!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are dominating 5v5, but no goals, grr. Well this should be a good trend if the Caps can tickle the twine

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

geez we're badly outshooting them but still down 1-0 cuz their goalie is the difference. and it's on the PP that they score. exact scenario i feared.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful pass by Flash on the PP. Too bad there was no one in front of the crease to stick it in.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I was a Poti supporter/defender, but through the course of this season, I'm starting to consider changing my tune because of how often he fails to get the puck out of the zone on the PK.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand that call on Nicky. Cross-Checking? How do you cross-check with one hand, which is not holding a stick?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

GGGOOOAAALLL!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

CHIMERA THANK THE LORD

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

now thats more like it

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

WOOOO HOOOOOOOO

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

THAT IS WHY WE TARGETED HIM!

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Trash goals! I like them!

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!!!

Posted by: elicea | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

GOALL!

That's what we gotta do, dirty, in front of the net, screen. Perfect. Do that more and we win easy.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Ask and ye shall receive, wtf.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

YES YES YES!!!! Corvo paying off!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

i love corvo - i've always been in his corner - ok so i lie a little. way to go corvo

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

corvo

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

We are going to need a SCREEN with Halak!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr

GOOD JOB WTF!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who picked Corvo for the first Caps goal in the playoffs is really good.....

Not to mention a bold face liar.

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

How do like Corvo now?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow nice trip on Brads literally right in front of the ref.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

WTF should be our next assistent hire.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Twine tickled in 5v5, sweet! Halak is not a brick wall after all -- and almost 20 shots in the first period, wow.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The boys need to just keep overwhelming on the Habs' zone.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

We are dominating them, we just need to stay out of the friggin box

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who picked Corvo for the first Caps goal in the playoffs is really good.....

Not to mention a bold face liar.

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

On ESPN earlier I said it would be a guy who wasn't a 20+ goal guy so I was close.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who picked Corvo for the first Caps goal in the playoffs is really good.....

Not to mention a bold face liar.

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

On ESPN earlier I said it would be a guy who wasn't a 20+ goal guy so I was close.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps keep outskating the Habs like this, they will be uber tired. This can go very well.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Chimera is fast.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

...now we have him THINKING!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm astonished by how much they are letting them get away with, this is already getting out of hand. Someone is going to get hurt.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

We are dominating this game. The equalizer is special teams play. If we keep this up, we should be able to wear down Montreal tonight and throughout this opening round series.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

geez wiz basketball played last night and the ice is all crappy... players are falling everywhere.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

habs seemed to have gotten a bit rattled after that goal. A lot of fumbling the puck in their defensive zone

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Steckel and OV only forwards without a shot.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

the Caps have to play a simpler, north/south game against this team... they're so much bigger and stronger.

they've won just about every physical battle in the first period, the only big guy they have is Hal Gill.

everyone, especially Ovi, has to stop trying to be too cute and creative against these midgets.

Posted by: joek443 | April 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

geez wiz basketball played last night and the ice is all crappy... players are falling everywhere.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:47 PM

___________

Guess we don't have to worry about the Basketball court for the playoffs.

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

here CSN anchors go again.. Tuukka RUSK

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, the boys are really gonna have to work for that 2nd goal. They're dominating the Habs but Halak has been so good.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

here CSN anchors go again.. Tuukka RUSK

Posted by: rachel216

Yeah they just make names up.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Their defense is using up a lot of energy trying to take Ovechkin out, physically. It looks like they are taking the Team Canada approach: out-physical the physical Ovechkin.

He needs to keep bringing it. I don't think they will be able to sustain that for an entire game or series.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 15, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

even if mtl could get their PP to click at 33% - they would need 9 PP to get 3 goals. they've done nothing 5 on 5

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Agree, I don't want to get too overly confident but if we keep playing like we did in the first, we should win. We must stay out of the box though. They've been in their defensive zone a lot so far and we're thoroughly outskating them.

They really are a small team. I have a feeling Ovie will heat up in the second. ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Knubs with 6 shots, that is close to net dominance and he will not be denied much longer.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 15, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Jeez, the boys are really gonna have to work for that 2nd goal. They're dominating the Habs but Halak has been so good."

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Meh, I say just keep doing what they're doing. If Halak can stop 60 SOG, the Habs deserve it.

Somehow I don't think he can though...

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 15, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

new thread--Geno with a first-period summary.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope that this is the BEGINNING of Corvo's legacy here in DC.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

there is a new post, I guess we are supposed to switch now?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 15, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

THEO


Posted by: kevbnyc | April 15, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Nicky!

Posted by: kevbnyc | April 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, here we go!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Keith Jones, the kiss of death.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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