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Time for the Capitals to show up — Game 4 in Philadelphia against the Flyers. 7 p.m., CSN, Versus

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In the Room: Corey Masisak checks in from Game 4 between the Capitals and Flyers in Philadelphia.

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

1. CRISTOBAL HUET

A tough decision for Caps general manager George McPhee: Assess free agent-to-be Huet on the last six weeks of the regular season or the turning-into-a-debacle playoff series? Go with the former.

2. MILAN JURCINA

Memo to the Caps defenseman: If you’re fortunate not to be a healthy scratch for Game 4, the team you play for wears white sweaters, not black. Jurcina’s inexplicable giveaway resulted in an easy Flyers goal.

3. ALEX OVECHKIN

The Moscow Dynamo has just one goal and three points so far in the series. Before piling on, three things to consider: 1. This is his first playoff experience. 2. Philadelphia’s D is very good. 3. He’s playing with a rookie center.

4. DONALD BRASHEAR

Undoubtedly, Brashear has seen his team’s franchise and veteran goalie roughed up by the Flyers. If the chance presents itself tonight, an early scrap could light a fire under his shaken teammates.

5. BRUCE BOUDREAU

He pushed all the right buttons for the dozen games leading into the playoffs. A bold stroke would be going with Olie Kolzig (not going to happen). But double-shifting Ovechkin is a no brainer at this point.

TWT FIVE - GAMES THE REDSKINS SHOULD WIN

1. Sept. 14 vs. New Orleans: The Redskins will have 10 days to rest up. It’s the home opener. The Saints couldn’t stop anybody last year. Reggie Bush is overrated. No excuses here.

2. Sept. 21 vs. Arizona: This game precedes road games against Dallas and Philadelphia. The Cardinals still will be the same old Cardinals until they prove otherwise.

3. Oct. 12 vs. St. Louis: Old friend Al Saunders returns to FedEx, so maybe the Rams can light it up offensively. The problem is they stink on defense, so the Redskins will outlast St. Louis.

4. Oct. 26 at Detroit: The Lions will never be good as long as Matt Millen is in charge of their front office. This will be the Redskins’ fourth road game and potentially Jim Zorn’s first road victory.

5. Dec. 14 at Cincinnati: The Bengals will be in the toilet, and Chad Johnson will be counting off the days until he can leave town. Marvin Lewis has yet to build a decent defense.

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