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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Tom Poti: 'I'm hoping I'll be ready' vs. Bruins

Rookie defenseman John Carlson left the skate early this morning because he was sore after blocking a shot in Saturday's game against Nashville. Coach Bruce Boudreau said his status against the Bruins will be determined Tuesday.

"We said we're down in numbers right now, so let's not push it and wait until tomorrow and see how it feels tomorrow," said Boudreau, who added that he believed Tom Poti will be ready to play against Boston.

Poti participated in the full practice and skated the hardest he has since being scratched for last week's game against the Senators with a lower-body injury. Mike Green (upper-body injury) and Matt Bradley (lower-body injury), who skated but came off the ice early, both remain day-to-day.

"I'm hoping I'll be ready. I'll have to reassess it in the morning but hopefully when I wake up in the morning I still feel good," Poti said. "I thought I played pretty good in the first two games and to get derailed and not able to get into a rhythm, I pretty much have to start over again."

--Asked if Semyon Varlamov will play one of the two games against the Bruins this week, Boudreau didn't tip his hand. "I'm hoping he's going to play soon, but Neuvy's playing pretty well," Boudreau said.

--The Caps' Mike Vogel reports that 2008 first-round pick Anton Gustafsson is returning to Sweden after informing the team that "he is not enjoying hockey at this point in his career."

--Following the Capitals' most uneven contest of the season against Nashville, I'm working on a story about the team's quest to play a full 60-minute game, featuring Boudreau's assessment that pulls no punches.

"I told them they're winning on talent," Boudreau said. "Not on the way they're playing."

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