The Caps just finished up their morning skate here on Long Island. Bruce Boudreau said he doesn’t expect any lineup changes for their game against the Islanders tonight, except for Jose Theodore being in net.
Here’s what the lineup should look like:
As for Ovechkin, he said he talked to Colin Campbell about his fine yesterday for the slew-footing of Atlanta’s Rich Peverley late in Thursday’s game.
“I just tell him I was trying to outmuscle him and I don’t mean to [kick my foot],” Ovechkin said. “
I was surprised, yeah, but it is the rules and if I make a mistake I have to pay for it. It is good I didn’t miss games, but I think it is bad situation for me and I look bad right now.”
Boudreau also had his superstar’s back about the incident.
“I don’t think whatever Alex does there is ever a thought of injury,” he said. “He just plays really hard and he plays to go get the puck. I don’t think he is going to change how he plays, but I don’t think anything he does is malicious.”
In other news of the day, Tomas Fleischmann was sent to Hershey for a conditioning stint and is expected to play for the Bears tonight. Fleischmann has missed the beginning of the season because of a blood clot in his leg.
Boudreau didn’t rule him out for Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, but let’s say it is a long, longshot at this point.
“It is important I thought to get him a couple of games,” Boudreau said. “Let’s face it — since July, he’s only skated by himself until this week when he skated with his teammates and that wasn’t a real physical practice. At least with this he’ll get into some physicality this weekend and then we’ll see Monday how he comes out of it.”
Last season Fleischmann got off to a great start and his second half was more of a struggle after he had a bout with mono and a leg injury (which might actually be the same injury and not the whole “blocked a shot in the playoffs” deal).
“You knew there was something a little wrong because he was well on his way to 30-plus goals,” Boudreau said. “Then he got sick and never really recovered. If he is fully healthy, he is stronger [this year]. He weighs more, but it is through muscle so I am really excited to see him at his peak.”
Also, Michael Nylander had three assists in his debut for the Grand Rapids Girffens last night. If the Caps were hoping to showcase him for European clubs by sending him there, this has to be considered a good start.
Finally, a programming note — I’ve gotten a couple of emails about problems with internet explorer (and there were some comments about it a couple of days ago). My boss is getting back from vacation tomorrow and I will bring it up with him (so he can bug the IT peeps about it) whenever I talk to him.