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Tonight's Lineup: Devils at Caps (Updated)

Jose Theodore will make his third straight start and will oppose Martin Brodeur, who is 33-12-4 with 2.12 goals against average all time vs. the Caps.

The rest of the lineup is expected to look like this:

Forwards

Ovechkin »

Backstrom »

Semin »

Laich »

Morrison »

Knuble »

Fehr »

Steckel »

Clark »

Laing »

Gordon »

Bradley »

Scratch: Nylander

Defensemen

Morrisonn »

Green»

Poti »

Jurcina »

Pothier »

Erskine »

Scratches: Schultz, Sloan

Goalies

Theodore »

Varlamov »

One more note: Tomas Fleischmann is inching closer toward making his return from a blood clot in his left leg. He told me after the morning skate that he's hoping to be cleared by the end of the week, and if that happens, could be back within 7-10 days of rejoining his teammates for practice.

Update: Brendan Morrison was just announced as the center between Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin. So perhaps the Alexes have been split up. Keep an eye on that, and enjoy the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 12, 2009; 5:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

I like the pictures, nice touch. Is it me or does Sasha look like Iron Man (not Robert Downey, the actual suit) with his beady eyes and square jaw?

Posted by: Moose33 | October 12, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Pics are a VERY nice touch. I would only add their numbers with the names link - good job.

I still believe that Semin and Knuble should trade places. I just don't think it's good to have both Alex's together except possibly on PP. I think Knuble and Laitch could act as crease crowders on Lines #1. Clark could do the same for #3.

Posted by: fosseweber | October 12, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

correction:
Laich
Lines #1 and #2

Posted by: fosseweber | October 12, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

hope knuble and green decide to show up for tonights game.

Posted by: gratefuldid | October 12, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

This is off topic, but the last thread got me thinking about who we have and haven't heard from. Has anybody seen anything from RedBirdie lately?

Anyway, everyone enjoy the game tonight--just wish I could be at the Booth to see it. oh well, at least I'll have Joe B and Locker to keep me company.

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | October 12, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE SPEED UP TIME TO 7? DROP THE DAMN PUCK ALREADY!!!!!!!!!! :) Let's Go Caps. Time to erase the last couple of games and carry over the hard effort from Detroit.

Ice Breakers Goal Shakers.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | October 12, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that pothier deserves more recognition for the way he has been playing.

Posted by: capscoach | October 12, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Capscoach. Yes I have been saying that to my friends. Pothier seems to be our best overall defender right now. He still makes mistakes etc. I still think Bruce needs to change that first line!

Posted by: ERHDC1 | October 12, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Huh, Nylander is scratched, what's up with that???

Posted by: HappyWeagle | October 12, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen the same kind of "energy" that the Caps had last year. I don't see the "big hits" like I did last year.

There seems to be a lot of skating up and down the ice, but no heavy hits and less agitation.

Anybody else see this? Does the absence of Brashear make our guys shy away from the physical aspect of the game because they don't feel like they have backup?

Posted by: muddapucker | October 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

is Brodeur confirmed as the starter for NJ?

Posted by: mclaugpl | October 12, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Steven Hindle/Hockeybuzz...

"Caps Vs. Devils | Game Notes,Lineups + Caps Must Play Up To Their Potential"

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Steven-Hindle/Caps-Vs-Devils--Game-NotesLineups--Caps-Must-Play-Up-To-Their-Potential/98/23608

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | October 12, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The pictures make a great addition. I suggest that they become a permanent addition to the blog's sidebar that gets refreshed for each game or practice (with a label for when they were last updated) instead of making a post with just the line combos before every game.

Posted by: washcaps | October 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Does the absence of Brashear make our guys shy away from the physical aspect of the game because they don't feel like they have backup?

Posted by: muddapucker | October 12, 2009 5:53 PM

That assumption could definitely have some merit, especially in light of the fact that Red Wings GM Ken "we don't need an enforcer" Holland signed pugilist Brad May last week, not to mention that several other teams also beefed up in the off season. Shorten the bench come playoff time after the 1st round since few fights happen in the 2nd round and onwards. But, gimme an honest to goodness scrapper in the regular season, both to stir the pot and allow the rest of the team stand a little taller.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | October 12, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

We better re-sign Backstrom by December.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | October 12, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that pothier deserves more recognition for the way he has been playing.

Posted by: capscoach | October 12, 2009 5:35 PM

Yes. Like CapsFan75 said in an earlier post, Pothier and Green stayed on the ice a long time today to practice. Good spirit.

Hurry up, time! I'm sick already!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | October 12, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree pics plus their numbers would be great!

I sure hope Semin and Green can play to their potential tonightas I havbe really been disapointed intheir paly of late. Sometimes I think they are just going through the motions of their past greatness.

One thing I don`t get....Bradley... who has played 5 games gets 4th line and who has TOI in the bottom 3 of all forwards in every game this year has 3 points and is a plus 3.

The following have all played the same number of games with much more TOI and their stats are as follows:

2nd line Knuble 1 point -1
3rd line Clarke 1 point +1
3rd line Stecks 0 points +1

You can argue that they may be better players than Bradley.... but so far with much less TOI Bradley deserves better from Gabby.

Posted by: capper3 | October 12, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This IS the game where we get back on track...BELIEVE IT!!!

GO

CAAAAAAAAPPPPPSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I like the line change having Semin on the #2 with Knuble on the #1

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

BB has punished Semin for his bad penalties. wow

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I really hope my fantasy team goalie gets lit up tonight.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 12, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure how much of it was to punish Semin and how much of it was to try and keep him and Ovechkin from getting too fancy with each other

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Mikeeeeeeeeey!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 12, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

YES!!! I guess Greenie just needed some birthday luck

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Not a very strong shift after the goal though

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Greenie...about time!!!!

Posted by: CapsSkins | October 12, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Good look for Knuble and Green is Johnny on the spot. That looked like his shot hitting the mark finally...not that anyone should be surprised, you knew he was going to put one in.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | October 12, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Even though we have the lead, I think the Devils have played better.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Seen more traffic in front of nj net then in any caps game this year. I guess practice helps.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 12, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

wow

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

That is why I liked the line change.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

theo awesome on one end...and then your top line shows its stuff....yeah

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

He didn't get enough of it, that's what was missing when Ovie was coming over the blue line against Detroit, someone going to the net. Nice goal Knubs!

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | October 12, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Bad time for a fight for the Caps. Clark has got to know not to fight back NJ is just looking for a spark.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Fight killed the a good-looking developing play. Clark should have skated away on that one.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | October 12, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

BMo just missed that center to Semin.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | October 12, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Bradley and Laing working a little shiftiness 2 on 2. What in the world? The Wall almost buried it too...

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | October 12, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Good period especially by Theo. Let's keep this lead Caps.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Bad time for a fight for the Caps. Clark has got to know not to fight back NJ is just looking for a spark.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

i was thinking the same thing. on the other hand, good to see the captain sticking up for his guys. clarkson is not an easy out.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 12, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Second was not as good. Caps need to put the puck in the net on the PP.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

No more goals against. Lets try to have a team score less than 3 for a change. Cmon Caps!

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | October 12, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

TIME TO TIGHTEN UP CAPS!!!

...and a PP goal WOULDNT HURT!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

That whole chance by NJ was all because Ov wasn't on the defensive side of his man.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Ovie is passing more now than ever before.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's score on this PP guys we need it.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

5 on 3 now we REALLY have to get one.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

OK...NOW U KNOW YOU MUST SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

BB understands....

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hella All!
Been watching but just got a chance to post.

Lets Go Cap - I - Tals!!!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | October 12, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

...that was stinky

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

five guys standing still on the PP. Someone tell these guys they have to move.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Guess the refs want a tight one for the 12 mins remaining. Can't blame 'em.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | October 12, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This 5 on 3 problem isnt new. This was a bit of a problem last year. With all this skill, its just utterly frustrating.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The Devs are giving us the chances we just need to capitalize.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Can't take penalities while on the PP it is a killer.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Another Keystone Cops/Bad News Bears 3rd period.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Theo will have to be the hero

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

That was really weak...
Better wake up or we won't even get a point out of this boys.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | October 12, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

getting beat to too many pucks right now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

saw that one coming. Ice it if you have to but you have to get it out of the zone

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Last year, the Caps were known for holding third-period leads. This year, not so much.

Seriously, is there another top team in the NHL that gets forechecked as badly as the Caps?

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, and a minor penalty with less than six minutes left. More third-period collapses from the Caps.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"saw that one coming. Ice it if you have to but you have to get it out of the zone"

But if you ice it, don't you have to keep your same 5 guys on the ice? That's not much of a breather, and our guys were dead tired out there.

Posted by: tess2201 | October 12, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm gettin' sick of this pattern we find ourselves in.

Could it be conditioning where we just cannot find the energy for full 60 mins???

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | October 12, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Incredible... Boyd Gordon again.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 12, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Gordon the culprit again. Of course, this could all be moot if the Caps were relearn how to score on the PP. What's the deal?

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Theo is the only reason why we are not down by at least two.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

"saw that one coming. Ice it if you have to but you have to get it out of the zone"

But if you ice it, don't you have to keep your same 5 guys on the ice? That's not much of a breather, and our guys were dead tired out there.
_____________________________________

Yes you do have to keep the same guys out there but it does give you a second to catch your breath and to regroup and make sure everyone knows what they are doing.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

With how we played in the 3rd we are lucky to get at least a point out of this.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

So should we now work to NOT have the lead going into the 3rd?

How does BB fix this routine of failure?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain why Boudreau did not let Semin's line to play in last 4 min? Why did he not put Semin with Backs and Ovi? WHY???

Posted by: fnralch | October 12, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the PK unit bail the team out late in third. They played with an edge on that PK, and it paid off.

Theo is the reason the Caps are in this game, which I guess could also be said about Brodeur and the Devils, too. But Washington has to find its PP touch again because they've had opportunities tonight to bury a couple.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Un-friggin'-believable with this team. Not a good stretch for them, and it doesn't get any easier. If this group of games early was going to be some kind of measuring stick for the team, well, then they're not exactly measuring up so far.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Jeebus, when are we going to stop shooting ourselves in the foot?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 12, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

fnralch Semin has a history of late costly penalities so he didn't want him to be in the box when NJ scored the game winner. It is amazing how one trip gets called and one doesn't.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

WOW that is all I can say

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

THEO=UNCONSCIOUS

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

ay yi yi

Posted by: chrislarry | October 12, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

great kill. Theo is the number one star no matter what happens from here in.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 12, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Theo has brought it the last two contests. If only the other players could match his energy and focus. Dude is big timin' it.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Knuble is Comcast player of the game? Yea, he had a good game, but how could you not name Theo as player of the game tonight?

Posted by: tess2201 | October 12, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

um

theo

whew

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

backs

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

parise

makes it look

ise

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

dam.....

Posted by: chrislarry | October 12, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

semin is a dipsy do'er

what was he dipsy...doing?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

this stinks, and I missed heroes...


good night

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 12, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, back to the drawing board again. This team can't seem to figure things out. Remember when they used to be virtually unbeatable at home? Caps are playing like they did at the end of last year: sloppy and undisciplined. I'm wondering if it's the focus that's affecting this team. But this is a disappointing start to the season. They've played just one complete game so far.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I think people are overrating what Theodore did during that OT PK. The first shot was partially muffed. The second shot was put right into Theo who was just laying on his back. The third shot was sent over the goal.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 12, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Theo kept the Caps in this game.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

So much for my good feeling. Wish we could put them away on a 5 on 3 PP...

Posted by: Raber | October 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

That was lame. Oh well, I still like hockey better than football, any day of the week.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | October 12, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

tmac, go watch again. he gets his paddle on the first one at the goal line. i think the second one hit is skate before he swated it with his glove. try that at home and see if you can do it.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 12, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm still debating whether to get the NHL Center Ice package for this season. It's expensive, but I can probably swing it. But after the start to this season, I'm wondering. I'm hoping we see a big turn around in the next five games.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Theo was great. I was just talking about that one sequence. It looked more like the Devils made it easy on us. The defense may have helped on the 2nd and 3rd shots.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 12, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Caps lost four in a row once last season at the start of March. They've done it once already this season. They need some renewed vigor and concentration in their games. Not sure how you coach that, though.

Posted by: CDon | October 12, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

If he got his paddle on the first shot, it was right near the post. If the shooter puts it up high, Theo has no chance. That was just luck. The second shot was put right into him when he was laying on his back when the entire top half of the goal was open. I'm not sure if one of our defenders may have contributed to it. The third shot just went over the goal with a wide open net again.

Theo was great tonight but that sequence was more good luck and possibly defense than anything Theo did, including the first of those 3 shots. Even if he did get his stick on it, any goalie would at least try to put there stick out there like he did. He didn't react or do anything special.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 12, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Penalties did it again. A penaltie right in the middle of the OT gave us little opportunity to score before the shootout.

This team is undisciplined to say the least.

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Theo brought it tonight. No one else did. Number 1 problem in my opinion: not scoring on the PP (including a 5-3!!!!) If we had scored even ONE pp goal this game would have had a totally different feeling.

also, who would have thought at this time we'd all be wishing the players could play as focussed and as intensely as THEO???? theo played awesome, the rest of the team was just ehhhhh.

Posted by: chevychase1 | October 12, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

In the last four games this team has blown games late in the third. This is the third time in four games that supposed shut down forward Boyd Gordon has taken a penalty late in the third...with this being the first that did not lead to a goal.

Zero confidence in this team right now to finish off games. When it comes to crunch time and the other team takes it up a notch the Caps (as a team) can't match.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | October 12, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Devils deserve the two points. They played hard all night. They were unlucky to be two goals down after the first. Sometimes teams get hot and there's not much you can do about it. We need to get hot.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 12, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The Devils second goal was a result of sustained pressure in our zone. The Pens did that to eliminate us last year. Somebody took note. We used to do that but couldn't tonight, we need to get back to that.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 12, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't get what's with this team not holding on to early leads. But Theo's success in two consecutive games is BIG. If he becomes the goalie he once was, it will be a huge boost.

Posted by: caraveli | October 12, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Remember Erskine was out injured, that mucks up defensive pairings.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 12, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

people who take stupid penalties should sit the next game - end of story. play someone from hershey who wont do it. These minor penalties have cost us pretty much every game we lost.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | October 12, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Not playing winning hockey. Can't score on the PP with a chance to put games away. Can't protect 1 goal leads, can't kill penalties in the 3rd. Already lost 3 straight games when leading after 2. Half the league won't accomplish that feat the entire season. Maybe this is what happens when the organization tells the players division titles and the regular season don't matter

Posted by: bukaki23 | October 12, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@wocoliz

Red Birdie now mostly posts on Japers. Guess she gave up on the group here. (While Japers is a great site and great at statistical analysis, the discussions are a lot more narrow.) This site actually has more interesting discussions, even though we have to deal with the trolls.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 12, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are losing because they've been hanging out with the Redskins a little too much. =X The Redskins are rubbing off on them. Shucks!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | October 13, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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