Tonight's Lineup vs. Calgary (Updated)
Olie Kolzig, who is seeking his 300th career victory, will start tonight and is expected to oppose Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff at Verizon Center.
Jarome Iginla and the Northwest Division-leading Flames are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, but the Caps haven't lost to them since 1999, a streak that includes 5 wins and two ties. Obviously, this would be a good time for Washington to keep that streak going, considering their fading playoff prospects.
Here are some notes from the a.m. skate to tide you over until game time:
*Despite a sore shoulder that's bothered him for the past few days, NHL leading scorer Alex Ovechkin is good to go, according to Coach Boudreau. Ovechkin was clearly bothered during practice yesterday. But knowing him, and his rep for playing through pain and injury, he'll be the same old A.O. against the Flames.
Boudreau said he plans to talk to his young superstar about not being distracted by the 'OvechKam' that's going to focus on him tonight.
"Alex knows what's at stake," Boudreau said. "I've got to believe that he's focused enough that he'll understand the ramifications and he'll play just as hard."
Update:I wrote earlier that Ovechkin did not skate this morning. He did, in fact, go on the ice for about 15 minutes, I'm told. It must have been before I arrived. Sorry for the confusion.
*Chris Clark did not skate again today, fueling speculation that he's probably further away from returning than he had hoped.
"A guy that hasn't played in so long, he needs some hard practices," Boudreau said. He left it at that. But it doesn't sound like Clark will be playing anytime soon.
Here's the lineup:
The scratches will be Brent Johnson, Steve Eminger and Quintin Laing.
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