From Vogel: Injuries
Goaltender Cristobal Huet underwent hamstring surgery and is out indefinitely.
Defenseman Craig Rivet has pneumonia and is on injured reserve.
Left wing Alexei Kovalev has an elbow injury and is day-to-day.
Goaltender Olie Kolzig has a knee injury and is out for two weeks.
Defenseman Bryan Muir has a fractured foot and is out indefinitely.
Possible Line Combos and Defensive Pairings
21-Higgins, 11-Koivu, 73-Ryder
15-Samsonov, 35-Plekanec, 20-Johnson
84-Latendresse, 14-Bonk, 42-Perezhogin
62-Milroy, 40-Lapierre, 22-Begin
I was pretty angry when Montreal selected Perezhogin in 2001 (pick from the Zubrus/Linden trade) but haven't really paid attention to him really since his suspension. What happened? He looked like a lock for 20 goals a year at this level. Looking back, the entire 2nd round/late first looks pretty dismal.
George McPhee....The Teflon GM. 15 years of failure and counting....
6 - Number of playoff series the Capitals have won since George McPhee took over as General Manager in 1997 (which makes him the third-longest-tenured GM in the League), three of which came in McPhee's first season on the job.