Thursday morning update (UPDATE)

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The Caps are finishing up the morning skate here in Arlington. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Poti were on the ice at the beginning of the skate. There are no new players here, so it seems like Poti has to play at this point (or Sergei Fedorov is making another visit to the blue line.

UPDATE: Bruce Boudreau confirmed that Ovechkin and Poti will both play tonight. Jose Theodore will be back in net after missing Tuesday’s game with the flu.

Boudreau said Brian Pothier could be back with the Caps in “10-14 days.” He said Pothier is in great shape after practicing with the team for the past several weeks, and just needs some game action. This seems like a bit of an optimistic projection. He hasn’t played in 14 months, and I’m sure the team will be cautious with him because of the nature of his injury.

No word on whether Michael Nylander will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch of late. Nylander did practice on the third line with Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr yesterday, which would suggest he will be.

Boudreau’s take on yesterday’s trade deadline was pretty simple: He didn’t think the other teams around the Caps (i.e. New Jersey and Boston) got significantly better and the potential addition of Pothier could be as helpful as anyone the Caps might have traded for.

Now that the Devils have added Niclas Havelid (and more importantly, Martin Brodeur) they look a lot more formidable then they did the last time they played the Caps.

Finally, a programming note: We have a live chat at 2 p.m. this afternoon and I will be here to talk about the Caps. People can submit questions now.

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