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Here are the forward groups this morning. It is almost getting crowded out there. Alexander Semin Tomas Fleischmann and Donald Brashear are practicing, so there are enough guys for five lines.

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov

Fleischmann-Laich-Semin

Giroux-Nylander-Clark

Bourque-Steckel-Fehr

Brashear-Gordon-Bradley

For those of you who have the sports page at washingtontimes.com bookmarked (and I do this for every other newspaper in an NHL city) you might have missed this story because it ran on A1 and was therfore stuck on the home page of the website. Tim Lemke also had this story on the Winter Classic, so there was about 2,000 words worth of hockey in the paper on New Year’s Day. Considering the state of the other three pro franchises in this town, this might actually become commonplace over the next few months.

Speaking of the Winter Classic, this ran in the paper today as part of Caps Plus, but I don’t think it is always online.

TWT FIVE: FUTURE WINTER CLASSIC SITES

Here are a few non-traditional spots for future Winter Classics (Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park have been talked about enough):

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Skinny: The new University of Minnesota stadium could be a picturesque setting, and “the State of Hockey” deserves an outdoor game.

Qwest Field, Seattle

Skinny: Junior hockey is booming in the Pacific Northwest, and putting on an NHL game in maybe the coolest NFL stadium could be a hit.

Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

Skinny: This will probably never happen, but a hockey game at a NASCAR track (Bristol would work too) might be an interesting novelty.

Skydome, Toronto

Skinny: With the roof open of course – watching the game from the hotel would be a bit like the rooftop seats at Wrigley Field.

Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

Skinny: The league says a warm-weather game is possible, and a soccer-only facility might be worth a try as well (Pizza Hut Park would also work).

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