The Washington Times - October 1, 2009, 12:20PM

Well, tonight’s the night they finally start counting. The Caps and Bruins open the NHL’s regular season with the (sort of) nationally televised game on Versus.

Here’s a few notes from this morning:

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* Forward lines for Caps:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin

Laich-Morrison-Knuble

Laing-Steckel-Clark

Kane-Gordon-Bradley

Nylander-Fehr

D pairs appear to be the same (Morrisonn-Green, Poti-Jurcina, Erskine-Pothier, Sloan-Schultz) but Boudreau did say he hasn’t decided which pair is out. Hard to believe it wouldn’t be Sloan and Schultz though.

* Early on during the morning skate, it appeared that Jose Theodore might not be the starting goaltender tonight (he said yesterday that Boudreau told him he’s in) but then he was the first guy off so is. Probably.

Q: “Goaltender tonight?” Boudreau: “Yes.”

* Forward lines for Bruins:

Lucic-Savard-Sturm

Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder

Recchi-Bergeron-Kobasew

Thornton-Begin-Bitz

* Mike Knuble didn’t go on the ice, but Boudreau said he will play.

* Boyd Kane flew directly from Harrisburg to Boston yesterday afternoon and met the team here. He said he packed for a few days, and his family will bring more clothes and the like from Hershey if needed, but he’s not taking it for granted that he will be with the Caps for an extended period of time.

“It was a big surprise to come up this early,” Kane said. “I played for Bruce in Hershey when we won [the Calder Cup] there. He’s always been honest with me, and that is part of the reason I came back here [from the Phildelphia organization as a free agent this summer]. He told me that he wouldn’t be scared to call me up if they needed a guy like me. He knew what I could do.”