02/18/09 Washington Capitals vs Montreal Canadiens. Verizon Center. 7:30PM
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (36-16-5) MONTREAL CANADIENS (30-21-6)
TV: CSN-DC (HD),TSN (HD),RDS (HD),NHLN-US, Online Feed: Game Center
For information on tonight's game follow Senior Caps writer Mike Vogel's preview HERE
For supplementary coverage you can check out Tarik El-Bashir's blog from the Washington Post HERE
11/28/08 Washington 3 - 0 Montreal GWG: T. Fleischmann Winning Goalie: J. Theodore
12/13/08 Washington 2 - 1 Montreal GWG: M. Nylander Winning Goalie: S. Varlamov
01/10/09 Washington 4 - 5 Montreal GWG: S. Kostitsyn Winning Goalie: J. Halak
1. A. Ovechkin - 55GP - 41G - 33A - 74PTS
2. N. Backstrom - 57GP - 13G - 47A - 60PTS
3. A. Semin - 38GP - 21G - 29A - 50PTS
4. M. Green - 44GP - 22G - 28A - 50PTS
5. V. Kozlov - 47GP - 11G - 20A - 31PTS
Defenseman Brian Pothier is out (PCS).
Goaltender Brent Johnson is out (surgery).
Forward Chris Clark is out (surgery).
Forward Viktor Kozlov is day-to-day (groin).
Forward Alex Tanguay is out.
Forward Guillaume Latendresse is out.
Forward Robert Lang is out.
Forward Alexei Kovalev is on “vacation.”
The Rangers were in a serious funk, too, although they had home ice to help spark them.
No comparison when it comes to controversy, though, with the whole Kovalev situation. That has to be a big distraction for everyone at a time when their focus hasn't been great as it is. You've got to think there are going to be yet more somewhat serious changes to their roster over the next two weeks.
Actually...from everything I've ever read or heard, Kovalev is a decent teammate...just goes through the motions from time to time with his game.
If Gainey would deal Kovalev for Nylander (and a throw in pick perhaps)...well...I don't think you think twice about it. The room will take care of it's self....but I don't see adding him causing any major problems with the existing unit.
Sure is going to be an interesting game to watch. Nothing easy for the Caps though, because Montreal is going to come in primed to work hard.
Regarding Kovalev, he would not be looked upon to lead on this team, and I think he'd be fine as a 2nd line piece. Doesn't really matter, even to contemplate this, Mtl would have to take Nylander.. which they'd be crazy to do. But GMGM should try, anyway..
Maybe that's why Nylander was scratched last game because Montreal and Washington were in talks for a trade, and since they haven't finalized it, Kovalev is being benched -- only way we'll know is if Nylander is benched tonight too.
Honestly, Kovalev is not the kind of influence the Capitals need in their dressing room.
Meh. Fedorov could easily keep him in check, I think, as Kovy's not really a bit time personality. He just has effort issues and he clearly wouldn't be the top dog here so the situation might not be as tense as it is now in Montreal.
Not that anything would happen, mind you, it just wouldn't be the worst if it could.
can you imagine a power play with he and ovechkin on opposite half-walls waiting for one timers? umbrella it with green at the top, laich in front and backstrom floating around down low. the pk would have no clue who to defend.