Sutter's son, Brandon, returned to the Hurricanes' lineup Wednesday night for the first time since he suffered a concussion against the Islanders on Oct. 25. Sutter said he spoke to Brandon after the game - a 5-1 loss to the Capitals -- and that he was feeling fine.
I asked Sutter if Brandon gave him a scouting report on the Capitals.
"All he said was, 'Ovechkin,Semin and Backstrom-- Wow!"
Those three players are skating on the same line now and Alexander Semin had two goals and three assists Wednesday night.
capitals.nhl.com, Nov. 13:
November 14 vs. New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center Time: 7:00 pm
New Jersey Devils (7-6-2) Washington Capitals (9-4-2)
Possible Line Combos and Defensive Pairings
New Jersey Forwards
9-Parise, 19-Zajac, 15-Langenbrunner
26-Elias, 8-Zubrus, 14-Gionta
20-Pandolfo, 11-Madden, 23-Clarkson
New Jersey Defensemen
8-Ovechkin, 19-Backstrom, 28-Semin
14-Fleischmann, 92-Nylander, 25-Kozlov
21-Laich, 39-Steckel, 17-Clark
87-Brashear, 15-Gordon, 10-Bradley
Both of Washington’s other notable injured players – center Sergei Fedorov and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn – are nearly ready to return to action.
“I think he’s pretty close,” says Boudreau when queried as to Morrisonn’s status. “We’ll see [Friday] or the next day. [It will be a] game-time decision type thing.”
Boudreau also believes that Fedorov is almost healthy enough to play again.
“He said he was feeling better,” says Boudreau. “We kept him off the ice today; he’ll probably be on the ice [Friday]. When we were in Carolina they skated pretty hard. That’s why he’s getting an extra day’s rest [Thursday].”
The Boston Globe, Nov. 13, 2008:
NYLANDER TO HAWKS?
Rumors abound that the Blackhawks are closing in on a deal with the Capitals to acquire ex-Bruin forward Michael Nylander, 36, who also played here for a couple of seasons. With so many young players in the Blackhawks lineup, Nylander's veteran presence would help. Nylander missed half of last season because of injury, but has been healthy from the start this season, collecting two goals and 9 points . . .
Those rumors don't go away... Even Ted Leonsis lately said in his blog that goaltending is an issue and Bulin is a proven veteran... I don't think Caps will go after Huet after what has happened in the summer...
Update from Capitals Insider:
Michael Nylander, who has only one assist in his past seven games, will be a healthy scratch tonight. Jose Theodore will start in goal and likely face Scott Clemmensen. Sergei Fedorov is also out, as is Shaone Morrisonn.
Corey Masisak reports that Fedorov and Morrison are skating for the first time...
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