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Tonight's lineup: Caps at 'Canes

Jose Theodore will make his first start in more than two weeks tonight at RBC Center, where the Caps will look to extend their winning streak to three. Michael Leighton, meantime, will be in net for the 'Canes.

Looks like Jay Beagle is out and Tyler Sloan, who just returned from personal leave, will suit up as a forward on the fourth line. The rest of the lineup should look familiar.

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

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Jurcina
Erskine-Pothier

Goalies
Theodore
Varlamov

I'll have more after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 30, 2009; 6:44 PM ET
 
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LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: ludeman95 | November 30, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

This feels like a trap game. Hope the guys rally around JT. Would luv to see him have a strong game and get some confidence back.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 30, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I am curious. Could someone tell me why Giroux is on the front line? I want him to do well, don't get me wrong. I was afraid that his performance was not that great last night and then, poor guy, he got two penalties. What do you think he brings to that line? I would love for him, Clark and Perreault to score. Oh yes, Steckel too.

Posted by: caraveli | November 30, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@cbs75

Carolina usually hasn't been a trap team in the recent past.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey person named Svantje: are we going to win tonight or not? What you say goes.


Posted by: caraveli | November 30, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75

I can't remember. Do you know what our record with Carolina has been so far?

Posted by: caraveli | November 30, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

From previous threads on nicknames:

So Ovi calls Perreault "Matty". Must admit, I do too.

If we wanted to do the whole Russian theme, his name would be Matvey Petrushkov with a nickname of "Matya". (I don't know the first name of MP's father so I can't come up with his patronymic.)

Green's full Russian name would be Mikhail Davidovich Zelenkov with nickname of Misha.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

caraveli:
my guess on giroux would be that BB wants to see if the 75 ahl goals he scored can be brought to the nhl. that will never happen if he is on the 3rd or 4th line. i'd also say that he won't get very much time there if BB doesn't see production right away.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Count me in as one that flat doesn't agree with JT in net. Varly has been playing really well and his confidence has been building every period. Why sit him to play Theo where you have no idea what you're gonna get. As stated above this could be a trap game and we don't need an inconsistent Theo in net.

Yes I realize the Canes are the worst in the league but it's not like Varly is fatigued. I just don't like this move but hopefully we'll get 2pts tonight and Varly can take back over for the next several starts.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | November 30, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Where can I get a live stream? ATDHE does not have it. PLEASE HELP!!

Posted by: caps4life2 | November 30, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

the PK is just pathetic, they can't even stop the carolina PP

77% (24th ranked) and sinking...

Posted by: joek443 | November 30, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom keeps rolling. Way to go get it!

Posted by: Terptwin | November 30, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice role reversal, ovie to backs...SCORE!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Capt_Kirk_

Your reasoning makes sense: "BB wants to see if the 75 ahl goals he scored can be brought to the nhl. that will never happen if he is on the 3rd or 4th line."

It would be a huge asset if it paid off, so I hope BB gives him some time. He may need time to feel comfortable and confident playing on this level.

pokerfaceI208:

I share your feelings about Theo but I suppose BB can't sit him out the rest of the season. You don't want another Nylander. And, unless he benches him for the rest of the season, now is the time to give him chances.

I truly believe that Theo does not have too many chances left with BB. I sensed BB growing impatient when he sent Theo home from an away game (though others disagreed).


While my heart goes out to him as a person, I don't buy his personal grievances as legitimate excuses for poor or mediocre perfomance.

First, when he first came, he said he needed time to adjust. Then he said that he does much better the second half of the season and he is not an "early season player. Then, the next time he faltered in the plyer." He improved and then collapsed in the playoffs. His excuse then was that it was just a bad game and he made several whiny remarks about not being given the chance to redeem himself.

This year he has "personal issues." What I mean is that there seems to be always a reason why he can't just plunge in, tough it out, and play on his level consistently. I think BB is reaching his limit.

Personally, I would rather have Theo play badly or average than have him be brilliant 3-4 times, gain back BB's confidence and then break down. Unless, of course, he really really turns it around this time. Otherwise, I don't like to be teased and then disappointed.


Posted by: caraveli | November 30, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

no, not again

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

uh-oh.

Posted by: grackle5 | November 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Definite suspension coming for OV. Let's just hope that's all the time he misses, and not more due to an injury...

Posted by: Aldred15 | November 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Well OV's out for awhile even if he isn't hurt.... dammit

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

That could be the season folks.

Pray.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Beat me to it Aldred

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Why would he do that! I love him but he really pisses me off sometimes! Right after a boarding call! He deserves a suspension for that!

Posted by: capscoach | November 30, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

You have to worry about ligaments with the way he reacted.

ACL, MCL, etc...

This could be devastating, folks. Prepare yourselves.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

What happened?? I cant watch the game. Did ovi have another questionable hit???

Posted by: caps4life2 | November 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I think suspension is the last thing we all should be worried about... I'd be very surprised if that wasn't a major injury

Posted by: joek443 | November 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't even want to think about it.

Posted by: zmega | November 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Not to be Debbie Downer, but this season was probably our best shot and it very well is likely over.

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Ovie kneed some guy and busted his knee doint it. He got a major, game misconduct and had to be helped off the ice...

Posted by: atybat | November 30, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

@caps4life2:

Ovi knee-to-knee hit. 5 minute major, game misconduct, automatic suspension. AND Ovechkin looked like he was hurt badly.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 30, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Wait, guys, why a suspension. Was it a major? I thought it had to be a major and not a minor to get him suspended.

But why is Ovie getting so many penalties lately? At least it seems to me that he is becoming a little too aggressive and careless.

Still 2 penalties already and 4 sog vs. 15 does not bode well.

Posted by: caraveli | November 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

what happened????

Posted by: caps4life2 | November 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

CSN TV crew (I think Locker) said Ovechkin got a game misconduct along with the five minute major. Definite suspension, plus whatever time he's out for the injury. And Ovie did not look very good coming off the ice.

Posted by: greggwiggins | November 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Questionable?? Didn't look that way. Another knee on knee ala OV on Gonchar. Now with history, OV's suspended for sure. But he was down in a heap for AWHILE. Helped off the ice. Suspension is the least of our concerns for the 8

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

the last time I saw a Caps player get helped off the ice like that was when Gussy broke his leg... sure hope that's not what we're looking at here

Posted by: joek443 | November 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

STAY POSITIVE FOLKS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Think this will teach Ovi to stop going for the big hit and start playing defense? Trying to see the bright side...

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 30, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

what happened???????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by: caps4life2 | November 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice goal!

Posted by: cbs75 | November 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this will finally get it through OV's head that he needs to be more careful out there. He has no regard for his own body when he plays and this was bound to happen at some point. All I know is Semin needs to hurt up and get back out there because we are going to need him big time now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Heck...the way FEHR is scoring, we can afford for ovie to sit out a few and think about his game.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and Fehr, Flash, and Semin are going to score 40 goals each now :)

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

To me, it looked like the OV led with his shoulder, the guy just tried to dodge with his upper body. What can you do. Not good that OV is on probation. He's at least out a month now, either by being hurt or a technicality.

Posted by: ejohnsto | November 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I've been the biggest Ovi fan around, but you know, after these last two hits, I now understand why Ovi is boo'd by other fans around the league--he is a dirty player.

Posted by: hockeydad | November 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

caps4life- it's been explained like 10 times, scroll up

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Yay Fehr. But I can't be happy right now. WHY, Ovie, why did you do that?!!!!!! ;(

Posted by: rachel216 | November 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

got it thsnks everyone. I just hope hes not injured

Posted by: caps4life2 | November 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi is suspended for 10-20 games considering the way he took out Gonchar last year and the misconduct two games ago.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 30, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Theo was pretty good...considering

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

i can't watch the game but how long would a suspension be for? one game or more depending on the commissioner's discrepancy?

Posted by: visionof75 | November 30, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Well Good thing Semin is coming back. That is why you don't trade 35 goal scorers for this specific reason. They don't grow on trees.

If Ovie is out for 1-2 months we will be ok because Semin and Knuble both coming back.

Just hope its not Season Ending.

Posted by: lightshow | November 30, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Just say my first replay of the ovie hit...looked to me like he was attempting a shoulder check, the guy dipped his torso to avoid or go wherever he was going..then the worst happened.

It didnt look intentional or malicious to me.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Holy sh*t. did you see Ballard slash Vokoun in the head?! WOW!!! Sent his own goalie out on a stretcher

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Good for Gleason to return, this was stupid move (again) by Ovechkin.

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow Panthers...killing your own goalie.

Ovie is just too aggressive. He needs to know when he's crossing the line. Like Brian Pothier said, it's good to be aggressive but you can't cross the line!!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 30, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

There is a much bigger concern that any kind of suspension he will get beyond the 1 game minimum.

This could be a season-ending injury and possibly worse depending on the nature of the injury.

Best-case scenario: he miraculously just got some kind of minimal bone bruise.

Worst-case scenario: an injury that never allows him to regain his form.

Knee injuries are no joke.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

It absolutley WAS NOT intentional but it will be twisted as such by all his detractors.

He may be reckless but he did not mean to hurt himself or the Carolina player. The same can be said about the Gonchar knee-on-knee but once again his detractors will refuse to believe that.

He is reckless but NOT dirty.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

cheef- so nice to hear from you. And with something positive and unbiased as usual...

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Backs was HYPE after he scored that goal!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Just ask Pavel Bure about his knees. Was never the same player after the first knee injury. Was forced to retire in his early 30's because of bad knees.

Just hope there is no severe structural damage to his knee. To me it looked like he hyper extended it.

Posted by: lightshow | November 30, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

WOW, looking at the numbers its incredible that we are winning right now.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I am in class and haven't seen the play yet, but it's events like this that are the reason Ovie is not C material, and might never be. He's got to know that the best thing for the team is when he's on the ice and he's got to be smarter about his hitting. Sad that it has to be a potential injury/suspension, but better now than in the playoffs again, and while he's young enough to recover.

We played some pretty decent hockey while he was out before, hopefully we can keep it rolling...

Posted by: snakegriffin | November 30, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Holy sh*t. did you see Ballard slash Vokoun in the head?! WOW!!! Sent his own goalie out on a stretcher

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 7:48 PM |

YES, and it was not pretty. That was a "football" like cart off. And the guy took 2 hacks at the post!!! He MUST be heavily disciplined.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replays, it's not nearly as bad of a hit as it appeared to be in real-time. His feet were spread b4 gleason attempted to get out of the way... If Gleason hadn't tried to avoid the hit, it would have been a clean (and crushing) hit. The last second move by Gleason looked like the reason it happened. Anyone else see it that way?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Ballard's gotta feel like a total tool after that one. The whole team's going to give it to him I bet. Bars of soap in hand towels like Full Metal Jacket maybe?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replays, it's not nearly as bad of a hit as it appeared to be in real-time. His feet were spread b4 gleason attempted to get out of the way... If Gleason hadn't tried to avoid the hit, it would have been a clean (and crushing) hit. The last second move by Gleason looked like the reason it happened. Anyone else see it that way?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 8:00 PM |


yes, see above

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Yep, sorry I missed it. I just wonder if the powers-that-be will see it that way too. OV may have run out of luck in that department though.

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Any way you cut it, it was a dirty hit. He is looking at the guy, not at the puck. In hockey, you hit an opponent to separate him from the puck. Ovie just likes to hit and he got bit this time, big time.
Hopefully, this injury will not get him out more than 6-8 weeks and he can learn a valuable lesson.
I don't think that Ovie is fair to his numerous fans. He puts his health and career in jeopardy for stupid hits like that; he puts his team in a terrible situation and he prevents himself from achieving team and personal accomplishments/goals.

Posted by: atybat | November 30, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

well, no big surprise there dude. I mean, Semin ain't the only high risk/high reward guy in our line-up is he? The intensity OV brings is why nobody can take their eyes off of him, this type of thing is somewhat inevitable isn't it?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Any way you cut it, it was a dirty hit. He is looking at the guy, not at the puck. In hockey, you hit an opponent to separate him from the puck. Ovie just likes to hit and he got bit this time, big time.
Hopefully, this injury will not get him out more than 6-8 weeks and he can learn a valuable lesson.
I don't think that Ovie is fair to his numerous fans. He puts his health and career in jeopardy for stupid hits like that; he puts his team in a terrible situation and he prevents himself from achieving team and personal accomplishments/goals.

Posted by: atybat | November 30, 2009 8:08 PM |

Dirty?
Ovie...gangsta?
Puck dat!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Chad8 - Without sounding like I am simply siding with Ovie out of loyalty, I am with you on this one. I watched frame-to-frame and agree it looked like his stance was set wide before the hit. Seemed Gleason's move sent him into Ovie's leg... but that sounds like I am insinuating it was Gleason's fault (not so). Ovie plays a physical game and he is responsible for what happens. Even without intent, he is responsible. A suspension might do him good. I'm crossing my fingers his injury is minor.

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Any way you cut it, it was a dirty hit. He is looking at the guy, not at the puck. In hockey, you hit an opponent to separate him from the puck. Ovie just likes to hit and he got bit this time, big time.
Hopefully, this injury will not get him out more than 6-8 weeks and he can learn a valuable lesson.
^^^^^^^

You are supposed to look at the guy when you are hitting him or playing D. Otherwise you will get dangled out your joc watching their stick.

Posted by: jdove80 | November 30, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Holy Cow!
We look like a seriously dirty team now.
A 5min, unmatched, major.
Then a 5on2.
..and we have YET to see a PP?

W..T...?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Chad8 - Without sounding like I am simply siding with Ovie out of loyalty, I am with you on this one. I watched frame-to-frame and agree it looked like his stance was set wide before the hit. Seemed Gleason's move sent him into Ovie's leg... but that sounds like I am insinuating it was Gleason's fault (not so). Ovie plays a physical game and he is responsible for what happens. Even without intent, he is responsible. A suspension might do him good. I'm crossing my fingers his injury is minor.

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Gonch. Intention is probably irrelevant. He should be held responsible. He's my favorite player, but he needs to be smarter about throwing his body around with reckless abandon. Hopefully this is a lesson

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

THEO!

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY A PP!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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