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Ovechkin-Semin-Backstrom might be getting the band back together tonight

Dec 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have lost five of their last six games. If the playoffs started today, they’d be making tee times. Looking to turn things around tonight in Ottawa, there’s reason to believe coach Dale Hunter will reunite the line of Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom.

The trio skated together at practice yesterday, though Hunter wasn’t willing to commit to playing them together tonight.

“Just practice, scrambling the lines around, you never where they end up, though,” Hunter said, as per the Washington Post. “I don’t know how the lines are going to fall. Just threw them in there, scramble ‘em up a bit and see what happens tomorrow.”

Ovechkin-Semin-Backstrom has been a dangerous combination in the past. It even has a “best line in the NHL” Facebook page. However, it’s not exactly overflowing with Selke Trophy candidates. Backstrom is the only one of the three that could qualify for two-way status.

“Nick’s a good player. Backsy, he’s offensive; he’s defensive,” Hunter said, as per the Washington Times. “When you have a guy killing penalties and also playing your first power play, you know you’ve got a player that goes at both ends of the ice.”

Reuniting the line might also be Hunter throwing Ovechkin and Semin a bone. You want to score some goals? Here’s your chance. Now go score some goals.

  1. govtminion - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Frankly, it’s not a bad idea. Like the end of the article says, if Hunter puts these three together and they still don’t rack up any points, he can at least say “hey, I even tried THAT!”. And if it DOES work- well, what could be bad about that?

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    “Here. I’m putting you with Backstrom. Hopefully he’ll make you look better. Lord knows nothing ELSE is.”

  3. brianforster - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    The comment about Backstrom is funny because Semin at his best (which even as one of his biggest homers, I will say he is nowhere near his best lately) was amazing on the PK as well as the PP. It never seems to translate into him becoming a two way player, which is frustrating to me as a fan. Can’t imagine how frustrating it may be as a coach.

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    this is the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen from Semin….

    • bcjim - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:25 PM

      All the Semin naysayers should watch these

      I think it would be stupid to trade Semin.

  5. dcfan4life - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Alexander Semin is being put on this line to wake up, score some goals, gain some value then get traded. Last year of his contract, underachiever, and worth a good amount. The Caps traded away key second liners like Fleishman and Steckel, and didn’t get anything in return other then rented players for a half season. I just hope when we do trade Semin, we get something we use for years to come.

    • govtminion - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Sounds great, but… a chronic underachiever, with a pretty big cap hit, and whose contract ends after this year? Don’t expect a whole lot out of any trade for Semin unless other assets are thrown in with him.

      On the bright side, it’s not like McPhee is going to be hurting for good draft picks this summer.

      • brianforster - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        Thanks Colorado!

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