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Forslund's View from Washington

Thursday, 11.6.2008 / 11:05 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Forslund\'s View from Washington

You may have already noticed it on the site (slot 2 of our top story rotator), but CanesVision Online will be shadowing John Forslund throughout the day to see how he prepares for a game on the road.

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The first two videos in the series are up now, and more will be posted throughout the day/night.  Keep checking that spot to see when a new installment is up.  John has already provided a few injury and lineup updates for tonight’s game, so make sure you stay tuned for more.

Big game tonight – with Washington arguably the Canes’ biggest threat in the Southeast Division, the two points mean a little bit more when these two teams play each other.  See last season for details.

Backup goaltender Brent Johnson will make his second start in as many games against Carolina tonight.  He was the main reason the Caps got a point in Ottawa on Tuesday, as he got his team to overtime despite being outshot 44-27.  Washington coach Bruce Boudreau insists there isn’t a goaltending controversy between Johnson and offseason acquisition Jose Theodore, even though Johnson’s numbers (.914, 2.47) are much better than Theodore’s so far (.877, 3.44).

Instead, he’s making it pretty clear he’ll go with whoever happens to be playing better at the time.

”If Brent goes in and is crappy, then obviously I’m going to use [Theodore} Saturday against the Rangers,” Boudreau told the Washington Times.

Nice.

Alex Ovechkin is back from visiting his sick grandfather in Russia and hopes he can focus more on hockey now after his slow start.  With five points through nine games and a seven-game goal drought, he’s not even the highest-scoring Alex on his team right now.  That honor goes to Mr. Semin, who has 17 points through 11 contests.

Even when he’s not on a tear like he is right now, Semin is usually a Canes killer – he has a seven-game point streak against Carolina heading into tonight.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81