Semin could be next 'coach's decision'

Semin could be next 'coach's decision'
November 6, 2011, 5:19 pm
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Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has been playing musical chairs with his forward lines this season and in Saturday night's 5-3 loss to the Islanders he was at it again.

Boudreau started the game by replacing right wing Alex Semin with Troy Brouwer on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Semin was dropped to the second line, where he played on the right side of center Marcus Johansson and Brooks Laich, who was moved up from his spot as third-line center. Later in the game, Boudreau reunited Laich with Joel Ward and Jason Chimera.

Why mess with the meat-and-potatoes third line? Because Boudreau wants to get Alex Semin going offensively. The talented right wing has just two goals this season and did not help his cause by taking a lazy neutral-zone penalty against the Islanders.

Semin now leads the Capitals in minor penalties with seven, and if Boudreau holds true to his promise to hold EVERY player accountable, it might be time for Semin to be replaced on the second line by either rookie Cody Eakin or Mike Knuble.

Eakin came out of the lineup on Saturday, one day after scoring his first NHL goal.

The Caps have the day off Sunday, but it will be interesting to see where Boudreau puts Semin when they hit the ice Monday at Kettler.