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Tonight's lineup: Canadiens at Caps

Michal Neuvirth will make his season debut tonight at Verizon Center as the Caps look to win their second straight game and for the sixth time in their past seven contests. Carey Price, meanwhile, will get the nod for the Canadiens.

The Caps, as you know by now, are really banged up. They're so banged up, in fact, owner Ted Leonsis blogged about it earlier today:

No Alexander Semin; Mike Knuble; Boyd Gordon; Quintin Laing; Milan Jurcina; Shaone Morrisonn. Jose Theodore is out for a few days and, of course, Michael Nylander is deciding where he wants to play. It is funny. That is about $20 million in payroll not in the lineup.

With that said, here's what the Caps' lineup should look like:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Fleischmann
Laich-Morrison-Clark
Steckel-Perreault-Fehr
Sloan-Beagle-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Poti-Carlson
Erskine-Pothier

Goalies
Neuvirth
Varlamov

I'll have more after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 20, 2009; 5:28 PM ET
 
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Bears Woooo!

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Bears Woooo!

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Yea seriously! Lets go bearcaps!!

Posted by: mrszilla | November 20, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Seeing all the Bears that are coming up and performing well just reinforces my belief that the people in the front office know what they're doing.

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 20, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Man, that's a 3rd line that can do some damage. Fehr haters, whatever; that kid's always giving everything he's got.

I love this team. The forwards anyway.

Posted by: large23220 | November 20, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Also interesting seeing Poti and Carlson together. Both puck-movers. Interesting. Alzner's the more stay at home guy.

Posted by: large23220 | November 20, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Interesting "Nylander is deciding where he wants to play...". Suppose he says Washington?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | November 20, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

kcbrichmond -
My thoughts exactly. Funny if Nyls speaks publicly and says "I want to play for the Capitals now!" What's the organization going to say then??? I think Ted put his foot in his mouth.

Tarik, head to Rockville and get the statements before some other city's beat writer does.

Posted by: puckman | November 20, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO MARYLAND!!!

oh sorry...wrong blog...

btw...lets go rooks!!!

Posted by: deadskin | November 20, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Ted lists all of the players who are out for the game tonight, and there is a lot of talent there. Then I look at tonight's line-up and I don't see any particular weaknesses there (I am optimistic that Neuvirth will play well). That says something about the team's depth.

Posted by: zmega | November 20, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's go Neuvy!

Wow, did anyone see the clip of some Ducks fans fighting over Scott Niedermayer's hockey stick? Wow... it's just a hockey stick. People need to chill..

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

yeah that blonde was really swinging for it...

Posted by: joek443 | November 20, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah it's really embarrassing. He wanted to give it to a little girl and the ADULTS are the ones punching each other and acting like maniacs. Nice way to be a good example to young kids...

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Bears at Binghamton tonight.
Bears lead 1-0 two minutes into the game...Boyd Kane.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Michal is so calm. I love that about him. Always in great position. Wake up offense!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

That PP was a perfect example of why I prefer BMo at the point. I love Ovi, but he just turns the puck over too often from there.

Tyler Sloan's probably feeling a little like a ping-pong ball the way he's bouncing between wing and defender, but it should make him a more complete and valuable player in the long run. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 20, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Great work by Neuvy so far!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 20, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Sloan likes bouncing between F and D and not being on the Bears instead. Him being able to play both is the reason he is here so he will do whatever is asked.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 20, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

ERIC FEHR! YES!!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

FEHR!!!!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 20, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Perreault must stay! He did all the work on Fehr's goal. Who's spot does he take though? (if we ever get healthy)

Posted by: caps512 | November 20, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

It kills me to say it, but Perrault > Gordon. He is just so much more hungry.

Posted by: Unleash_The_Caps | November 20, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, I've never been a big Boyd Gordon fan so I would be happy to see Matty take his place permanently.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I feel more comfortable with Neuvy in net..

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree Gordon is the odd man out but gordon does win a lot of faceoffs. If steckel were to go down who takes the important defensive zone draws. I would healthy scratch gordon and figure out the blue line.

Posted by: caps512 | November 20, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

good job Erskine. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Timberrr!

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It's agonizing at times to watch Ovechkin just floating around in the defensive zone with a blatantly obvious unmarked opposing player.

The same can be said about his turnovers at the blueline.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

8.5 continues to shine.
Neuvy looks great.
MTL had a good plan on D, esp for the top line.
POINT SHOTS NEED TO HIT THE GOAL!!!!

E_who? Way to finish....MORE!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 20, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

sorry to ask this, but can't remember the website. Anyone know where i can watch the game on-line. Live in Raleigh and don't have Center Ice

Posted by: UMWHockey | November 20, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

ATDHE DOT NET

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 20, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering.....has Green shown enough "grit" tonight for capsfan01?? Also, this team is starting to gel into that total team BB has been preaching....Backie was in that last scrum in front of the net clearing the crease for HIS goalie....this team will be extremely scary as the season goes on to others competing for Lord Stanley....

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

thanks wtf_e_fher

Posted by: UMWHockey | November 20, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Giroux Bears 2-0

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Can't blame Neuvy for that one.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Carlson looks fine. Not sure he will play this year but he looks good. Hope they move Pothier and another D.

Posted by: jgrasse | November 20, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Pothier has made a couple of weak clears tonight...

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be f'ing kidding me....

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

3-0 Bears. Gordon.

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Bears lead 3-0...A.Gordon
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Habs have had a couple of lucky deflections tonight.
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Tough watching one game while listening to the other......

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Darn. Carlson hits the post, and suddenly the Habs get back to back goals. Come on Caps.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 20, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Carlson looks like he is rushing his passes a lot especially in the D zone. He already has two D zone turnovers and got beat on what could have been the third goal as well but he was saved by Fehr's back check.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 20, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Is the line out right now Beagle, Steckel and Ovechkin?

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 20, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm....Locker says great backcheck by Fehr or it would be 3-1....Fehr has a goal and a goal saving play but is too "brittle" to play for the Caps....at least according to some CI bloggers...

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Montreal took it to us for most of the 1st period despite the score. Positive things were bound to happen for them.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Poti may be the next injury victim.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Green is playing like someone lit a fire under him. Maybe the kind words from the Captain?

Posted by: zmega | November 20, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Bears lead 4-0.
Trevor Bruess with his first pro goal.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see what happened to Poti?

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

zmega: That is funny & possibly accurate.

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tess. I've been wondering if young Trevor can agitate for the caps.

Posted by: uncatim | November 20, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Something seems a little out of sync among the forwards tonight. Not sure what it is. I also didn't like Bradley on the top line. It shifted the defensive coverage even more toward Ovechkin because Bradley isn't as much of an offensive threat as someone like Flash. I think that line hampered OV a little more in the second. I'd like to see Backstrom become a little more selfish occasionally, too. He had a seam to shoot up the middle in the latter stages of the second, but he made a pass to OV instead.

Posted by: CDon | November 20, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

CDon, Backstrom will always look for the pass first....just second nature for him ...but I love how he got in the muck in fron of the net tonight to protect his goalie.....he is turning into that two way center we need.....I expect the boys to pick it up in the third and gain the two points that are expected...

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Please do not lose to a Canadian team tonight as we will have to hear fricking Don Cherry's rant tomorrow on Hockey Night In Canada.........

Posted by: PhilR | November 20, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Perreault continues to play great.

Beagle has looked very good tonight as well.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Green is definitely feisty tonight.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

This might be the best I've ever seen Green play.

Posted by: Unleash_The_Caps | November 20, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

we need a hero...this would be such a great win

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 20, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Bears lead 5-1. Goal Kyle Wilson.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Some so-so officiating tonight. Def some soft calls and no-calls. Hmmm.... Come on Caps!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 20, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Some so-so officiating tonight. Def some soft calls and no-calls. Hmmm.... Come on Caps!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 20, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

It's over Johnny. The top two lines have been MIA tonight.

Posted by: Unleash_The_Caps | November 20, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

MTL D has been the key

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 20, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Is it me, or do the Habs look like the Devs w/their d' tonight?

Posted by: cbs75 | November 20, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Laich tripped him the way the Canadien player (forgot who it was) tripped Brendan Morrison but Morrison gets the diving call. Haha. Tell me how Morrison could've stayed on his feet after that. What a joke.

This was a strange game. How often do we score 1 goal at home? Sucks for Neuvy, he had some bad luck.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Too much line tinkering tonight from BB. No one developed any chemistry tonight. It seemed like everyone had an opportunity to play on the opposite side of OV tonight. I think it might be time to move BMo off the point on the PP, too. He seems to have trouble getting his shot through. Need to move OV back up there. Also seems like the PP clicks more with Semin in the lineup.

Posted by: CDon | November 20, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

The diving call on BMo was awful. I'm sure it was a makeup call for Green's punch to a MTL player's face that wasn't called. Still, Laich's trip was weak, and the hook on Perreault wasn't called.

Posted by: CDon | November 20, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Offense out of sync all night. Very frustrating game to watch.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 20, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Ovie is not a net crasher or a tipper. His shot is key. He doesn't pick up the junk. Way too much line tinkering.

Posted by: Unleash_The_Caps | November 20, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hell Yeah!!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 20, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

flash

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 20, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

what an effort

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 20, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

What was that at the end? GD Canadian BS!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 20, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Defense trumped offense on this night.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Forwards out of sync all night. PP finally looked effective tonight when OV was put back at the point. I'd like to see BB stick with a top line for all 60 minutes tomorrow. Caps should be pretty pissed, though, going into tomorrow night's game.

Posted by: CDon | November 20, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Bears win 5-2.
Win 9 in their last 10 games.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 20, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

This team needs some consistency in goal. Using a crap shoot model for goalie doesn't help the team or defense. Find a starter and stick with him.

What's with the player of game honors? Eric Fehr is now going to receive $100 gift certificate from Palm?? Really?

Posted by: redskinsux | November 20, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Not much effort from Ovi until the last few minutes.

Posted by: zmega | November 20, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Pissed, perhaps, but also tired. The Leafs will be rested and waiting.

Green's pass to Morrison was outstanding.

His failed clearing attempt before the Canadiens' 3rd goal, on the other hand, was awful.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Goaltending had nothing to do with this loss unless you're talking about Price's performance.

Neuvirth was good. Our defense was bad on every single Canadien goal.

Failed to close out on the shooter on the 1st goal and Poti needed to do more to prevent that deflection. If he's going to take the body, do it right. If not, take his stick.

All kinds of chaos on the 2nd goal. Poor spacing and coverage.

Green failed to clear on the 3rd goal then Sloan effectively provided a screen for the shooter who had way too much space to begin with.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The Canadiens came out strong with their forecheck and dominated the first 10 minutes or so of the game.

Price was very good if not excellent.

When they got the lead, they just went into a shell and got some good fortune. We hit a couple of posts and had plenty of scoring opportunites. This game could've gone either way.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 20, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

1. this team is not gonna win many games when they only score 2 goals. they will live and die by their offense... even saw Erskine of all people pinching in deep and giving up a two on one that the Canadiens should've scored on.

2. their PK continues to be their biggest problem, only 1 for 2 against a terrible PP unit. their 78% and 23 ranked PK going further in the wrong direction.

3. Carlson played a pretty good game... he didn't look out of place which is about all you can hope from a 19-year old rookie d-man playing his first NHL game.

Posted by: joek443 | November 20, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

My take is that Ovi was having an off night. I think BB kept switching up the lines looking for that spark--either with Ovi or with the other guys. Thought Neuvy looked pretty solid and he had a couple of athletic saves. Amazing that we had five Hershey guys on the ice tonight. Final thought-- Green was good tonight--the only Caps tonight who got a star. Perhaps all the posters who were so negative about him over the last two threads should reconsider their position. I believe constructive criticism--personally I disliked the personal attacks and ranting on the players by many of the posters. Also some of you need to get a sense of humor. Tominfl1 doesn't need me to be his Erskine tonight but I couldn't believe how many of you were insulted by his gentle mockery.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 20, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I mean I believe in constructive criticism and not personal attacks. Someone or several someones in the recent threads referenced Green's haircut and his car--that qualifies as unhelpful criticism, indeed as personal attacks. Trade the SOB he has bad hair and loves his car more than the team (sarcasm).

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 20, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I hate losing! Yuchi!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 20, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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