The Washington Times - October 2, 2009, 01:52PM

Not a whole lot to report from Washington Capitals practice here at Kettler. The session was pushed back an hour because the team got home late thanks to some issues with the plane.

Everyone was on the ice this morning. The lines and defense pairs were the same as yesterday. Bruce Boudreau confirmed what he said yesterday that Semyon Varalmov will get the start in net tomorrow night against the Maple Leafs.


As for any other lineup changes, specifically inserting Jeff Schultz or Tyler Sloan into the lineup, well Bourdreau said he isn’t sure yet — but he also said all six defensemen played well and it would be hard to take any of them out of the lineup.

Among all of the things that went very well last night, the power play clicked for a pair of goals from Brooks Laich. I had a great quote from Laich (shocker, I know) that I completely forgot to get in the paper/on the blog.

Everyone had made a big deal about Mike Knuble’s ability to stand in front of the net when he signed, but Laich showed he’s still pretty good at it too.

“What was I supposed to do, quit doing it then?” Laich said. “I know why I get paid too, and Mike will do it too. He almost had one in the second period there. I’m sure he’s going to get a lot of chances in there too.”

Last season the Caps finished second in the league on the PP to Detroit, and this year it wouldn’t be a bad bet to pick them to finish first. Check tomorrow’s paper for more on the Caps power-play unit.


There are some people out there on the interweb who do a very good job of providing fantasy hockey analysis, but I still feel like the info isn’t quite as availabe as it is for the other sports.

So let’s try another new idea on here. At the end of one of these posts every day, we’ll include a fantasy tip of some kind. It will probably be a player to pick up (or dump), but it could be something else as well.

How deep a league is can vary the type of information people are looking for, but this stuff is probably going to be for deep leagues. You’re not going to get “Detroit is playing Atlanta tonight so get Henrik Zetterberg in the lineup” in this space.

So, without further ado, the fantasy tip(s) of the day:

1. In shallow leagues, add Jaroslav Spacek. He was already a nice bet, but Andrei Markov’s injury means he will be running the show on the Montreal PP.

2. In deeper leagues, consider Francois Beauchemin. He was hurt most of last season and has never been a great offensive player, but his new digs in Toronto could mean a spike in his totals. He had seven shots on goal in the opener against Montreal, and being the other guy on the power-play point with Tomas Kaberle means he will be putting his booming shot to good use.