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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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 54 15 19 -13 34
J. Skinner 54 19 12 -3 31
V. Rask 52 12 19 0 31
J. Staal 54 12 19 8 31
K. Versteeg 53 10 21 1 31
E. Staal 54 9 21 0 30
E. Lindholm 54 8 16 -9 24
A. Nestrasil 47 7 12 0 19
J. Nordstrom 43 5 9 2 14
R. Hainsey 54 3 11 -11 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 15 11 6 .908 2.38
E. Lack 9 10 3 .901 2.74
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