Erskine in, Sloan out for Caps

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The Caps will try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight when the Devils come to the Phone Booth. From the morning skate this morning, it appears the only lineup change from the 3-2 loss in Detroit will be Tyler Sloan coming out and John Erskine going back in:

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This is the third straight start for Theodore, who also finished the game in Philadelphia. Aside from a bad period against the Rangers, Theodore has been very sharp so far — even if his teammates have let him down.

“He’s more focused,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He’s a veteran guy who saw what happened last year. Guys that have been around a long time — there’s a reason they’ve been around a long time in that they don’t want anybody coming up and taking their spot.”

Boudreau said he talked to certain individuals about the penalty problems (i.e. Semin and Green), but it looks like he hasn’t reached the point of limiting ice time. He also said after watching the tape the infactions were either iffy calls or not lazy penalties.

Fantasy tip of the day

Been a few days since we offered up some advice for the poolies (that’s Canadian for fantasy players, sorry) but here’s a couple of guys worth taking a look at:

Jamie Benn, Dallas (owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! leagues) — This rookie forward is getting every opportunity to prove he can help the Stars score more goals. He’s playing on a line with Mike Ribeiro and Brendan Morrow and is on the No. 1 power-play unit. He’s getting more time on the top PP unit that Loui Eriksson, who scored 36 goals last year. He could be this year’s Eriksson.

Peter Regin, Ottawa (1 percent) — Like Benn, Regin was not a high draft pick, but the Danish forward was a darling of Ottawa’s training camp and he has continued his strong play early in the season. He’s not getting the same prime ice time that Benn’s gotten, but if he keeps producing he will. 

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