Sam Lepisto got his shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That was enough for Caps management know they have a very capable defensemen if they need him a pinch. But with Tom Poti back in the lineup, there is just no room for the smooth skating Fin. So back down he goes. Along with Eric Fehr.
Fehr was a healthy scratch against the Lightning, and the Caps didn't miss him much. Boudreau talked about Fehr getting his scoring touch back, which I think is the smart move. He just didn't look comfortable at the big league level. Fehr was often out of position, behind the play and look a little out of shape. Give him a few more games to get his game right.
With those two gone the Caps have a capable line up that evens out, for the forwards anyway. For the defense looks like Steve Eminger might be the odd man out. Meanwhile the Islanders aren't a much healthy either. The Long Island gang is without defensemen Brendan Witt, Andy Sutton and Chris Campoli. The Caps offense may get some much needed confidence.
Update: Shaone Morrisonn is suppose to be on Washington Post Live this afternoon on Comcast Sportsnet.