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Varlamov Recalled

Rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov, as expected, was recalled by the Caps this morning after getting a start in Hershey last night. Varlamov has been told by the Washington coaching staff that he'll get at least two more starts with the Caps before the end of the regular season, and with the NHL's worst team coming to town on Wednesday, I'm thinking one of Varlamov's opportunities will be against the Islanders.

I'll check in from KCI in about an hour.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 30, 2009; 9:19 AM ET
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Lets keep the Islanders the worst team in the NHL.

Posted by: uncatim | March 30, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Didn't post this on the last thread but congrats to Alex Giroux on his 54th goal. Go for 60!

Will be good to see Varly again a couple of times before the playoffs start.

Not sure why people were hoping for a Boston win over Philly last night, worried that Philly may catch us.

People, do you know how the seedings work? It doesn't matter how many points Philly get, they can't take third seed off us. The only team who can do that is Carolina and that isn't going to happen.

Not that we should settle for 3rd. NJ's recent form and their remaining games makes 2nd a real possibility. I'd take that against either NYR, CAR or FLA.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | March 30, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

From the "Russia's Washington Line" thread and the discussion about college hockey:

irockthered, I know several area schools hockey programs. Most (if not all) of them are club programs, not sponsored by the school. They're obviously not at the same level as Wisconsin and UMD, but still, local college hockey. I believe some of the teams practice at Kettler. I know in the past that AU and Maryland's women have played a game at the verizon center. I have the AU team links handy since I'm an alum, but a quick google search should turn up the rest!

If you attend Caps games, you've probably seen some of the teams selling programs to raise money. I'm a sucker for these college club teams and I always buy programs from them, even if I don't need one!

American Men:
American Women:

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 30, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I would disagree on Varlomov Wednesday.

If the point is to get Theo some rest down the stretch, Wednesday would not be the night to do it since he has been off since Friday.

I would think he would start Sunday and let Theo play Wednesday and Friday. Friday is a good start for Theo, because Buffalo is going to bring it if they are still in the hunt.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 30, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl and RedBirdie - Cool! Thanks for letting me know. Ya learn something new every day. :-)

Local college hockey is good!

Re: Giroux - WAY TO GO ALEX! Let's see him break 60! That would really be the icing on the cake for a terrific Bears team!

Re: Mink - Oh, sh**. We need him back. Hope his hand heals quickly enough that he comes back for the playoffs! Minker's a great forward, but he's bounced team-to-team in the AHL for a while now; I'd like to see him settle in Hershey.

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

hope varly gets reimbursed for mileage between here and hershey...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 30, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

On my previous post.

I would start the kid Sunday vs Atlanta, and Thursday vs Tampa Bay

Posted by: SA-Town | March 30, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

OMG Giroux outdid Ovie!

Posted by: rh71 | March 30, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

@DaveUKCapsFan - I do know how it works, yes.

Right now, we're 2nd seed, with NJ hot on our tails.

Philadelphia is chasing NJ.

If Philadelphia catches NJ - with 92 points to NJ's 98 - they could wind up with 3rd seed, assuming we keep 2nd. That would put them first in the Atlantic division, and able to pass us.

I don't want "third by default" this year, i.e. third seed just because we lead what some in the media call the "South Least" division. I want us to deserve the seed we end up with by virtue of having that many points.

Ergo, Philadelphia needs to stay where they are.

The Hurricanes are at 91 to our 99. They can still catch us, but not for long. We need to clinch the division first, and then continue the fight into the playoffs like we did last year.

Color me greedy, but I want to see the team break the single season points record for the Caps. And yes, I KNOW "normalized points" and all that blah-de-blah. That was then; this is now. Whatever; the team is not adjusting, so neither am I! ;-)

We can still do it, and we don't even have to win all our games to do so; we could go as badly as 3-0-3 and still break the record. Any worse, and we wouldn't, but we'd tie it at 2-0-4. AND clinch the division in the process.

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@rh71 - For now...

Posted by: irockthered | March 30, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Nice remaining game summary for all eastern playoff bound teams over "On Frozen Blog"

Posted by: billd2 | March 30, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Semyon!

Posted by: Sonyask | March 30, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

March didn't look like it would continue the run - the Caps came in like lambs, but they made it after starting the month at 0-3-1; finishing the month with a 6-2-1 run.

Monthly records

October 5-3-1
November 8-5-2
December 11-3
January 7-4-1
February 9-2-1
March 6-5-2

Have the Cap run six winning months in a row before?

It wasn't long ago - maybe 4-6 weeks - that I wasn't much worried about the #2 or #3 seed. With the 'Canes and Pens surging, I've changed my mind. There's little doubt that the Rangers or Habs would be a better option than either of those two. One point lead with the Devils holding a game. This will be fun...

Posted by: saintex | March 30, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Green suffered minor burns on his hot stick. Didn't realize it was too hot to handle. Taking today off to recover.

Posted by: dsphvywght | March 30, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@irockthered, @daveukcapsfan

it'll be a tough slog to remain ahead of NJ - they've got a game in hand and our schedule and theirs seem to be about equal. We have Carolina two more times (I think) and that is a tough team right now. 2nd seed likely to face NYR or Montreal (or Florida) while 3rd seed has to deal with one of Pitt, Philly, or Carolina, all tougher teams.

Posted by: WritingLight | March 30, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Good choice with Varly. The guys a fantastic prospect he seems much faster than Theo from post to post, he's aggressive, and he seems to really have a nice mindset about the goals he lets by in his few starts.

Can't wait for this guy to be called up permanently. Not to knock Theo much, but Varly seems to have a lot in him at such a young age.

Posted by: breaklance | March 30, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

You're half right on how the seedings work. Yes, if the Caps win the divison, Philly can't be seeded higher in the first round regardless how many points they have. However, if Philly finish with more points in the regular season than the Caps, they WOULD have the higher seeding in the second round. Division rankings don't count then. So, in answer to your question, we know how the seedings work and it is very important to keep an eye on Philly.

Posted by: billieb | March 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Varly was absolutely stunning on Sunday. He's so athletic and flexible - I didn't think people could move the way he did. Can't wait to see him play in the NHL more.

Posted by: RtR52 | March 30, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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