The Lineup

Here’s what we’ve got for tonight:
8-Ovechkin, 25-Kozlov, 43-Fleischmann
19-Backstrom, 92-Nylander, 28-Semin
18-Pettinger, 39-Steckel, 15-Gordon
56-Bourque, 21-Laich, 38-Klepis

3-Poti, 52-Green
26-Morrisonn, 44-Eminger
55-Schultz, 2-Pothier

37-Kolzig, 1-Johnson

Kolzig will start and judging by past patterns, will go all the way. And it may not mean anything, but I’ll note it anyway. This is the fourth time in as many games that each of Washington’s three defensive pairings has gone lefty-righty.

Not sure exactly how the Canes will line up, as they gave us a roster of 20 skaters. Eighteen of those guys will dress, and I’m told Cam Ward will start in goal.

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7 Comments on “The Lineup”

  1. trevor Says:

    so is clarkie just taking a night off?

  2. dumpnchase Says:

    Yep. The vets don’t play as much as the bubble guys in the preseason. Most vets only need three or four games to be ready to go, and management needs to see the kids and bubble guys as much as possible.

  3. Mark Says:

    I thought Steckel and Pettinger looked really good last night – if Clark stays on the 3rd line, is there room for Steckel?

  4. Kurt Says:

    That third line will be a fantastic shutdown group if Gordon stays as sharp on the draw as he was last night. I’m psyched to see that third unit get ice time against some top lines.

  5. dumpnchase Says:

    Good question. I think so. I’ve been singing the praises of the Gordon-Steckel combo all summer. I’d love to see them playing together on the same line like they did in the spring of 2006 with the Bears. That may not be possible right off the bat, but Steckel is making it hard for them to send him back to Hershey.

    One of the reasons that line is so effective is that you’ve got two centers on the line, and you’ve got a righty (Gordon) and a lefty (Steckel) who can a draw for you depending on which side of the ice the face-off is held. It’s a coach’s dream.

  6. Drew Says:

    How much movement of defensemen between Hershey and Verizon do you think we’ll see this year? More than usual? I ask because the last two seasons we had a glut of veterans who weren’t able to go down (Muir, Heward, Erskine), hence becoming the ad hoc regular core among the blue-liners. Now it appears we could have a revolving door including Green, Boomer, Pollock, Schultz.

    I don’t know the contracts status too well, but I’m guessing there is no movement possible for Jurcina, Erskine, Pothier, and Morrisonn … nor would we want those four anywhere but DC … leaving at most two slots available for short term call-ups. Is that how you see it?

  7. Drew Says:

    I forgot about Eminger, but I get the sense he’ll be our most regular healthy scratch. If he elevates his game, great. Trade bait.

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