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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/07/2010

Theodore to start; Backstrom set to return

Count Coach Bruce Boudreau among the thousands of local residents forced to stay in a hotel after losing power at his home during the snowstorm.

But that still doesn't compare to what the Pens went through over the past 18 hours. After losing in Montreal on Saturday afternoon, they flew to Newark, N.J., then bused to Washington. They arrived after 2 a.m.

"If Pittsburgh could get in, it was important to play this game," Boudreau said. "[But] you always have a concern because I haven't seen that much snow."

Wait a second. Did a Canadian just say he had NEVER seen that much snow?

"In a single dropping, yeah," he added. "I've seen it accumulate and be over the lamp posts and it stays there. But in a single dropping, I hadn't seen anything like that."

Pittsburgh's late arrival would seem to give the Caps an an advantage, right? Not according to Boudreau, who has become really adept at building up opponents and making his league leading team seem like the underdog.

"I think it's totally the opposite," Boudreau said. "All they had to do was sit on a bus. We had to shovel out our houses. Half the city was without power. I know a lot of the guys had no power. You're digging out cars ...and I think that's more taxing than just sitting down."

"I'm more worried about our players, too, having to shovel out," Boudreau said. "I wanted to make sure they didn't do too much shoveling. Maybe I'm old, but I'm sore as hell today."

As far as today's lineup, Boudreau also said that all the players reported to the rink on time and that Jose Theodore will start in net.

Nicklas Backstrom, who left Friday's game with a suspected migraine, will be in the lineup. But there could be a few changes. Boudreau would not elaborate other than to say that all 22 players will take the warm up.

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Tags:  Bruce Boudreau, Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom, Penguins

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