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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/ 1/2011

Winter Classic update: Tom Poti out for Capitals

By Washington Post Sports Editors

Some quick hits from today's morning skate at Consol Energy Center, with much more to come:

*The Capitals' lines were the same as last week, with Tom Poti, who has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion Dec. 23 against Pittsburgh, out tonight against the Penguins.

*Semyon Varlamov was the first goalie off the ice, and the likely starter tonight at Heinz Field.

*For the Penguins, Jordan Staal, who has been out with foot and hand injuries, will make his season debut tonight at Heinz Field.

Check back soon for more.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 1, 2011; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Tom Poti, Winter Classic  
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Did anyone else see the NHL Network interview yesterday with the Refs for tonight's game?

I find it a little bothersome that one of the refs(I forget his name) is from Pittsburgh and was wearing Penguins gear(a scarf) during the interview. He then spoke about his love of Pittsburgh(the city).

He may come out and ref a perfect game and show no bias whatsoever, but why would the NHL want to put out refs whose personal ties hints that the ref may not be neutral.

It would make more sense to only have refs, reffing games who have no ties(or as little as possible) to the two cities of the teams playing that game.

The ref is from and still lives in Pittsburgh. It just seems shady and dumb.

Since Colin Campbell may be in charge of it, shady and dumb seems about right.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 1, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Your last sentence says it all

Posted by: CF11555 | January 1, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If you do not think ref's should be officiating games of teams where they live,99% of the ref's would never work a Toronto,Calgary,Montreal,Edmonton, Ottawa or Vancouver game.

Last year in the WC the linesman were from Boston and NH.

Posted by: akus2 | January 1, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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