NOTE: As you may have noticed, our website is going through some changes. That’s why there was no posts from me yesterday, and that’s why this one is just now going up. There shouldn’t be any more problems moving forward.
The Caps are just getting out on the ice here at Philips Arena for the morning skate. Bruce Boudreau said Donald Brashear is ‘very doubtful’ for tonight’s game against the Thrashers, so expect to see Keith Aucoin in the lineup again.
There remains plenty for the Caps to play for tonight – namely the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and home ice in the second round (against either New Jersey or the No. 8 seed should there be an upset). It looked like the Caps had put it on cruise control for the first two periods against these same Thrashers on Sunday, but a spirited third period got them the two points they needed.
Now, about those first two periods …
“I want [the third period] to carry over, but I also want the first two to be played like we did in the third with that sense of urgency,” Boudreau said. “I think it all stems from passion – when you do something because you really need to do it and you have to do it, it is so much more important. We were sleepwalking through the first two periods – we were close, but we were containing instead of being in their face and for us to be good we have to be in their face.”
Here are what the lines MIGHT look like tonight, based on the one drill during the morning skate where the guys skate in sets of three:
Note: Kozlov was with the fourth line guys and Brashear with Backstrom and Fleischmann, so putting him on that line is a bit of a leap of logic/faith. If the lineup is different, I’ll re-post it before the game.