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The Narrative: Lineup Notes, Bellemare and Brooms

Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps

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1. Brooks Orpik is out for tonight's Game 4 (and for more on the Caps with and without their big rig, check out this post from yesterday). So who's in?

Makes sense. Expect the Caps to lean on John Carlson, Karl Alzner and Matt Niskanen even more than they have so far. And while they'll certainly miss Orpik...

And in heart attack-inducing news...

Alas, it sounds as if Holtby is fine...

... and looks as if he's even finer:

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2. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had a hearing with the League's supplemental discipline folks regarding his nasty Game 3 hit on Dmitry Orlov and the verdict is...

And while Bellemare himself sounded contrite, his GM, Ron Hextall, sounded like... well, exactly what you'd expect Ron Hextall to sound like:

Oh, and the practical result of the suspension?

More Ryan White - our pal Alan May must be thrilled...

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3. The Caps will try tonight to do something they've never done before: sweep a best-of-seven series. But even if they can't flush the floaters, err, Flyers tonight, they're in awfully good shape overall: