Based on reports out of Montreal, it appears as though Washington Capitals' defenseman Shaone Morrisonn will be a game-time decision for tonight's NHL Eastern Conference Game 4 at the Bell Centre.
Morrisonn, who skipped yesterday's skate along with fellow blueliner Joe Corvo, participated in this morning's session. Media reports also indicate that the forward combinations will remain unchanged and that Corvo is expected to play. If Morrisonn cannot go, he will be replaced by either John Erskine or Tyler Sloan - most likely Erskine, who played well in last year's playoffs.
It appears as though defenseman Jaro Spacek also is a game-time decision for the Habs.
Washington Probable Forw...
While Habs' nation waits to hear whether it will be Jaroslav Halak or Carey Price in goal for tonight's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Washington, Bruce Boudreau pondered the history he and the Caps' organization have with Price.
Boudreau's Hershey Bears faced Price and the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2007 Calder Cup Finals, falling in five games. Price was outstanding in the series, ultimately earning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.
"We played five games against him, I think we averaged 42 shots, and they won in five games," Boudreau said yesterday. "He was quite a difference-maker at that point, and he still is. We know he's a good goalie. If ...
By Scott Lowe
After a convincing 5-1 road victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Washington Capitals are beginning to look like the dominant team that ran up 121 points during the regular season. Perhaps the most encouraging thing for the Caps at this point, however, is that they still haven’t hit on all cylinders.
Washington coach Bruce Boudreau certainly pulled the right strings to get help get the Caps on the right track at the Bell Centre Monday, inserting Boyd Gordon back into the lineup as the fourth-line center and starting Semyon Varlamov over Jose Theodore in goal. All Gordon did was win 11 of his first 12 faceoffs en rout...
Based on reports from Washington Post beat writer Tarik El-Bashir, Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice after the Wasghington Capitals' pregame skate today, which nine times out of 10 would indicate he will get the starting nod tonight. Jose Theodore, who was pulled from Game 2 Saturday and has allowed goals on the last three shots he has faced, stayed on the ice for extra work.
In addition, it appears as though Eric Belanger, who has won 80 percent of his faceoffs thus far in the series, will be moved to the second line. If that's the case, the Washington lineup would look like this:
By Scott Lowe
The Washington Capitals enjoyed the finest regular season by far in franchise history, and they did it with a high-flying, high-powered offense that easily was the highest-scoring in the NHL en route to capturing the Southeast Division, the Eastern Conference top seed and the Presidents’ Trophy. Because of that unprecedented regular-season success it’s possible to see how the Caps might enter the postseason with a “my way or the highway” mentality and the confidence that if they just maintained the status quo everything would be fine.
It’s possible to see how that mentality could creep into the locker room, but in this case it’s not entirely understandable. No...
It appears as though Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau will be juggling his lineup a bit for tonight's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals aganinst the Montreal Canadiens.
Perhaps looking for a spark or maybe a little more offense up and down the lineup or maybe some veteran leadership in the dressing room, Boudreau appears to be leaning toward dressing versatile veteran center Brendan Morrison and playing him on the second line at center instead of Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann will be returned to his customary left wing position, most likely on the third line. Ah, the luxury of what baseball manager Earl Weaver used to call "deep depth."
The question is, who sits? Appar...
By Scott Lowe
It’s time for Alex Ovechkin to step up, and he knows it. After being held without a shot for only the fourth time in his career, Ovechkin has taken the blame for his performance in Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal and seems ready to make amends immediately.
If past history is any indication, when the fiery Russian puts his mind to it, he’s usually able to take his game to a new level, no matter what the matchup. That was the case two years ago when the hockey pundits lauded the job that Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was doing to limit Ovechkin’s offensive contribution. And last year when Sidney Crosby turned it on in Game 2 of the co...
By Scott Lowe
In scanning the blogosphere – at least the D.C. version – there are a lot of people saying that the Washington Capitals controlled play and dominated in the shot, hit and faceoff department in last night’s Game 1 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal overtime loss to Montreal. No need to panic is the battle cry. Washington was the better team. Once a game gets into overtime anything can happen, and the Habs capitalized on an opportunity. That’s playoff hockey.
A closer look, however, reveals that last night’s 3-2 Montreal victory was truly a tale of two games, and the lesson that the Caps need to learn can be found easily enough by watching the opening 20 minutes o...
Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
First Game – April 15, 2010
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
Washington Probable Line Combinations
Brendan Morrison has practiced as part of the first line this week, taking the ill Nick Backstrom’s spot on Tuesday and alternating with Mike Knuble on Wednesday. Knuble was picked up to provide a physical presence up front during the playoffs and to create space for Backstrom and Ovechkin. Clearly Knuble (29 goals) is a lock to play, so it appears as though Morrison, who tailed...