Can you explain the reason for scratching Orlov? It's not like he was bad. I would understand and take that.
I'm talking about the ominous tone of your post.
The team currently sitting in 8th is "very likely" to miss the playoffs, too. Got it.
Newsflash: Not playing every Russian player all the time doesn't suddenly make the Caps the [insert worst team here]. And if Semin has any real complaints about it... he should score more than 18 goals.