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Tonight's lineup vs. the Islanders

Here's the lineup for tonight's game on Long Island:



Eminger will be the scratch, and Kolzig will start in net. DiPietro will get the nod for the Isles.

Here's what Boudreau had to say about the lineup: "For the first shift of the game, at least, it's going to look like that."

"We're going to do whatever it takes to win. If it takes Alex [Ovechkin] playing 40 minutes, or playing 17 minutes, we've got a few days off after this. So it's not a question of resting somebody for tomorrow night."

When I told Ovechkin what Boudreau said, Alex shot back: "Forty minutes? Tell him I'm ready."

Boudreau, of course, was joking. I'm not so sure about Alex.

When asked about managing his players' minutes, Boudreau turned serious again.

"I think I've got a pretty good handle on how much I want everyone to play," he said. "Sometimes it gets out of hand. When I see Ovie at 27 minutes, and 26 minutes, I say that's too much. You'd like to keep him at 20 or 21 minutes, 22 minutes at the most."

Boudreau also said he's been emphasizing the importance of taking shorter shifts--and backed it up with video proof from the Detroit game.

"All of the guys need [to concentrate on taking] shorter shifts," he said. "I've been harping on it. When we succeed, guys are averaging less than 50 seconds. When we're not succeeding, guys are staying out there over a minute. It's pretty black and white."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 22, 2007; 11:34 AM ET
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