Lineup Shakeup

Some big doings lineup-wise for tonight’s game against the Flyers in Philadelphia. First, Richard Zednik did not make the trip. He is sidelined back in Washington with an upper body injury. Second, Ben Clymer is moving back to the wing tonight and the CBS shutdown line has been reunited. Third, left wing Tomas Fleischmann has been summoned from Hershey of the AHL, and he will be in the lineup tonight.

The Ovechkin-Zubrus-Clark line remains the same. Fleischmann will skate the left side of a line with Jakub Klepis and Matt Pettinger. The other line will consist of Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon and Donald Brashear. Brooks Laich and Kris Beech are both scratched.

On defense, Steve Eminger is back in the lineup. He will play with Bryan Muir. Brent Johnson is in goal tonight, seeking his first career win against the Flyers while the Caps vie for their first win in Philadelphia since Jan. 31, 1998.

It’s also a good bet that many (if not all) the scouts who were at Friday night’s Caps-Thrashers game in Washington will be in attendance tonight at Wachovia Center. Face-off is just over four hours away.

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7 Comments on “Lineup Shakeup”

  1. Caps Fan Says:

    Way to go Comcast don’t broadcast the only game the caps will win this year

  2. PlayoffSeeker Says:

    What is the deal with Semin? He was doing so well and now he’s been more quiet than a mime convention. Is this b/c they keep shuffling his line-mates and he just can’t get comfortable? or is he just a streaky player? Glad to see the Caps take that game from the Flyers, but that Thrashers game was a heart-breaker. I hope they keep up their winning ways and I hope they find set lines real soon. I know, and you know that these games may not be THAT important, but if they can get as many of these games as possible, they might be able to give it a run this year. (Excuse My Wishful Thinking
    :-D)

  3. PlayoffSeeker Says:

    11/6/06 Thanks for proving me wrong Semin, 3 Assists.

  4. fatdaddy Says:

    Caps are playing decent hockey. They’re on pace for 94 points, which would probably put them back in the playoffs. They have a painful tendency to get trapped in their own zone for waaaaay too long, which a solid defenseman would probably help out. But other than that, they score, their forwards are better than average on-the-puck defenders, and they have good goaltending. They have a decent shot at the playoffs.

    They’re also learning on the job, a bit. I can think of two games that the Caps should have taken 2 poiints out of, where they only got one. An experienced team would have salted those games away. They should start to be more effective as we progress through this season.

    Semin came out of the gate on fire. I think that he was largely ignored as the other teams concentrated on the Big O. Of late, Semin has cooled and Ovechkin has turned it on – think that’s a coincidence?

    Go, Caps, go!

  5. strungout Says:

    Can they just end the Klepis experiment? Please?

  6. fatdaddy Says:

    Klepis? He’s not horrible. His +/- is at zero, he can skate a bit, he’s not a liability with the puck, and I think he’s generally mindful about his defensive responsibilities.

    It would be great to have someone more productive out there, but who do the Caps have?

    If nothing else, he can eat up a few minutes without costing the team a huge amount.

  7. dumpnchase Says:

    Having won four out of five, I don’t imagine any sweeping lineup changes on the immediate horizon. If fortunes take a swing in a southerly direction, perhaps.

    Sure would aid the cause though if either Beech or Klepis were able to establish himself as even a semi-legit #2.


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