This all comes with a massive thank you to Ben Raby, who generously is providing the material for Inside/Out visitors. Thanks to Team 990′s Rod Francis for procession the audio on Plekanec.
Washington Capitals Radio/Special to Inside/Out
ARLINGTON, Va. – Bruce Boudreau has confirmed that José Theodore will start Thursday’s series opener. Boudreau had suggested yesterday that he would not reveal his starter until Thursday.
“It’s no secret,” Boudreau said. ”The reason quite frankly why I wasn’t saying anything was just to keep everybody on their toes, but I told José last week, and he knew he was going to be the starter and he’s earned it. It’s quite a different situation than it was [from] last year. He’s been our guy.”
Boudreau added that there will be “no short leash” this year with Theodore, who lasted just one game in last year’s first-round series against the Rangers.
There was also plenty of reaction to comments made yesterday by Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec.
Plekanec suggested that the Capitals do not have a dominant goalie, noting that the Canadiens would not be facing Martin Brodeur or Ryan Miller in the series.
“They’re not,” Boudreau said. ”They’re facing José. I’d take José’s record the last 23 games (20-0-3) over those two guys.”
Theodore took a few shots of his own: “Tomas who? Jagr? Oh, Plekanec, OK. I thought you meant Jagr.
“I’m not [Brodeur or Miller], they’re two of the best goalies in the league. [The Canadiens] got the edge, Halak and Price are two solid goalies. I’m just lucky to be part of a good team, you know. That’s it.”
• Nicklas Backstrom missed practice today. Boudreau said that Backstrom is “sick” and is “questionable” for Game 1. There are suggestions that Boudreau may be hiding an injury. Backstrom did not miss a shift in Sunday’s season-finale against Boston and has not missed a game in his three-year career.