Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday Morning Go-Around

Against the Oilers on the second half of back-to-back nights, the Red Wings felt it was a good night to dress Chris Chelios, so Brett Lebda was in the press box to open up a spot for the long-time veteran. Chelios and Lebda have been opposites in the line-up, since Chelios' return from injury and that will likely continue through the playoffs as well.

The Canucks decided to finally debut defenseman, Ossi Vaananen, on Tuesday night in Dallas, which meant one of the regular defensemen had to sit. Shane O'Brien won the toss and he was in the press box for the game. Vaananen only registered 8 minutes worth of ice-time, picking up an assist and was -1, so I would have to believe that O'Brien would be back in the line-up in St. Louis on Thursday.

It looks as though that Brian Pothier is still getting slowly inserted into the Capitals line-up, taking every other game off at the moment. Pothier is not likely 100%, coming back from post-concussion syndrome or he just may not be fully back in game shape. With Washington rolling along in the Eastern Conference, they likely don't feel the pressure to dress another defenseman right away.

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