Jose Theodore was the first goaltender off the ice for the Washington Capitals here at RBC Center, which means he could be in line for his first start since Nov. 14 at New Jersey. Theodore’s last two outings were not great — eight goals allowed in less than four periods of work. Semyon Varalmov has started the previous four contests.
Shaone Morrisonn skated again today, but will not play tonight for the sixth straight game because of a concussion. Karl Alzner will play his third game.
Tyler Sloan is here and he skated this morning — in a white jersey. Alexandre Giroux is also still here, but unless someone else sits one of them will be a scratch tonight.
The Hurricanes are expected to have Joni Pitkanen back on defense, but will still be a couple of forwards short. They’ve lost four straight — which pales in comparison to their 14-game skid earlier this season.
Had a long chat with Brooks Laich about the Grey Cup, which I’ve decided was maybe the worst defeat for a die-hard fan to stomach in my lifetime when you factor in the collapse (Saskatchewan was up 27-11 midway through the fourth quarter), how they lost (Montreal missed the game-winning field goal but the Riders had too many men on the field to allow another kick) and the magnitude of the game (league title on the line).
No Super Bowl or NCAA national title game that I can remember was that bad of a loss. Laich said “there were five plays where I thought ‘If we stop them here, it is over’ but we couldn’t stop them.” Obviously the CFL is not the NFL, but that game last night was some great theatre — and those Saskatchewan fans are borderline nuts.