Olie in Goal, Alfie Out

Olie Kolzig gets the call in goal for the Capitals tonight against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center. Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson will not be in the lineup; he suffered an apparent knee injury late in last night’s 4-2 Senators victory over the Islanders in New York.

With Matt Bradley (family funeral) and Dainius Zubrus (flu) both back in tonight’s Washington lineup after a two-game absence, some tweaking of the forward lines becomes necessary. Despite a very strong game against Buffalo on Saturday night, center Jakub Klepis is the odd man out tonight. Zubrus will assume his usual spot between Alex Ovechkin and Chris Clark. The second line of Alexander Semin, Kris Beech and Matt Pettinger was extremely effective on Saturday against the Sabres and it will remain intact for tonight.

Prior to tonight’s game, Caps coach Glen Hanlon reiterated his preference to keep lines intact on a game-to-game basis whenever possible. With that in mind, left wing Donald Brashear will remain on the left side of a revamped CBS line despite Bradley’s return. That means that Bradley will assume the spot vacated by the injured Richard Zednik. He’ll fill out a trio that includes Brooks Laich on the left wing and Boyd Gordon in the middle.

Hanlon was quick to point out that Klepis played well against Buffalo and has been playing well of late. He doesn’t relish making such decisions, but the fact that he has to do so is an indication of how far Washington’s depth has come in the last 12 months or so.

The absence of Alfredsson won’t cause any tears to be shed in the District. The Senators’ captain has traditionally feasted on Washington goaltending. totaling 24 goals and 42 points in just 37 career contests against the Caps.

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4 Comments on “Olie in Goal, Alfie Out”

  1. bob Says:

    does ne1 know how long zed will b out for?

  2. Matt, Ohio Says:

    How many times can Marty cry in one season?

  3. Jesse Says:

    That Ovie-Zubrus-Clark line is one of the best in the NHL

  4. fatdaddy Says:

    I’m down with OZC (yeah, you know me).

    Nothing like saving the best for last, as the Caps wrap up their homestand against the best the NHL has to offer. I have been consistetly impressed over the last three games as the Caps have cooled off very good or very hot teams.

    It will be interesting to see how the Caps do against a team that is not on the back end of consecutive games – this one is going to be a test, in all likelihood. First game on the road for the Ducks, I imagine they got into town last night so they should be rested, they have no injuries, their blue line is beastly…it could be a real struggle.

    But I never imagined the Caps could go 3-0 for this last stretch, so maybe they can pull another rabbit out of the hat.

    Go Caps Go!!

    P.S. Bob – Zednik will be out until he his back.


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