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Four years ago the Washington Capitals participated in a Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, but Alex Ovechkin and company will get to host the New Years Day outdoor contest for the time when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 edition at Nationals Park. Dontae Johnson Jersey . The Capitals can become the first team to earn two Winter Classic victories on Thursday. Washington beat the Penguins, 3-1, at Heinz Field in 2011, with Eric Fehr scoring two goals to lead the Caps to victory. Todays battle among the elements also marks the second Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who lost to Detroit, 6-4, at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2010. Chicago and Washington join the Penguins, Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers as the only two-time participants in the Winter Classic. The Blackhawks will be playing in their third outdoor game overall, having also hosted an NHL Stadium Series game at Soldier Ford on March 1 of last season. Chicago routed the visiting Penguins, 5-1, in that contest. The Winter Classic is one of two outdoor games on the NHL docket for this season. The other one is a Stadium Series clash between Los Angeles and San Jose on Feb. 21 at Levis Stadium, home of the NFLs San Francisco 49ers. More than 40,000 fans are expected to be in attendance for todays battle at the home of Major League Baseballs Washington Nationals and the Caps are hoping to give the hometown crowd something to cheer about. When it comes to the Capitals, all eyes are usually on Ovechkin, the clubs superstar winger, but Fehr is getting his share of the attention in D.C. at the moment thanks to his memorable two-goal performance in the 2011 Winter Classic. Any fan that talks to me, generally thats the first thing they say, is thanks for the Winter Classic, Fehr recently told the Washington Post. They say thank you, like I did something. Its kind of funny. The 29-year-old Fehr has 10 goals and five assists in 33 games this season, and he is hoping to add to those numbers by grabbing the spotlight again on Thursday. Washington had a strong December, as it recorded at least a point in 11 of 13 games by going 8-2-3 during the month. However, the Caps have lost two of three heading into the Winter Classic and are coming off Mondays overtime loss against the New York Islanders. The Caps went 1-1-1 on their three-game road trip and lost the finale at Nassau Coliseum by a 4-3 count after Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk buried a slap shot less than three minutes into the extra session. Boychuks goal came just seconds from the end of a four-minute power play New York received after Washingtons Evgeny Kuznetsov was whistled for a high sticking double-minor late in the third period. Although they lost in OT, the Capitals were glad to come away with a point. Washington was down 3-0 before scoring three consecutive goals in the third period. Ovechkin tied it the with 2:41 left in regulation, scoring on a wrist shot for his 17th goal of the season. Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Capitals, while Braden Holtby stopped 35 in the loss. Holtby is expected to start today against Chicago No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford. Holtby is 2-1-0 with a 3.28 goals against average in his career against the Blackhawks, while Crawford has a lifetime 2-2-1 record and a 3.62 GAA in this matchup. Chicago will aim for a third straight win today, as the Central Division leaders are coming off recent wins over Colorado and Nashville. The Blackhawks scored five goals in each victory, beating the Avalanche 5-2 on the road this past Saturday before recording a 5-4 shootout win Monday against the visiting Predators. Like the Caps did in their last game, the Blackhawks needed to dig themselves out of a hole to get Mondays test to overtime. The difference is Chicago was able to win the game after captain Jonathan Toews registered the only goal of the shootout. Chicago rallied from 3-0 down to tie the game in the second period, but the Blackhawks would need another comeback to push the game to an extra session. Nashvilles James Neal put the visitors ahead 4-3 with a power-play tally in the final minute of the second and the score stayed that way until Bryan Bickell tallied for the Blackhawks with Crawford pulled in favor of the extra attacker. Bickells goal was his fifth of the season and tied the contest at 4-4 with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Brad Richards, Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa also scored in regulation for Chicago. Crawford turned aside 36-of-40 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping all three Nashville attempts in the shootout. Weve been in a lot of situations over the years where we know that were never out of it, said Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Washington hopes to continue its recent success against the Blackhawks, as the Caps have claimed two straight and five of the last seven games in this series. On the injury front, Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik expects to be a game- time decision with an injured right knee. For Chicago, defenseman Michal Rozsival is expected to play after sitting out Mondays game with a lower-body injury. The game is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. ET, but there is a chance the start time could get pushed back if sun glare becomes a problem. Barkevious Mingo Jersey . - Nikita Jevpalovs scored 6:22 into the second overtime as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada edged the visiting Rimouski Oceanic 2-1 on Tuesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoff action. Sebastian Janikowski Jersey . Tyutin has missed the last nine games with an ankle injury which occurred while playing for Russia at the Olympics. The top-two defenceman has four goals and 20 assists, 30 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 53 games with Columbus this season. http://www.authenticseahawksstoreonline.com/Black-5-Alex-Mcgough-Womens-Jersey/ . Unlike last year when nobody got in, there have been estimates of as many as five getting voted in this time around and as few as one, Greg Maddux.TSN Baseball Insider Steve Phillips answers three questions each week. This week, topics cover Ricky Romeros future with the Blue Jays, the quality of Torontos starting rotation, and the value of MLBs games in Australia to start the season. 1) After a very rough outing on Tuesday, the Blue Jays sent Ricky Romero to minor league camp. Does Romero need a change of scenery at this point, or do you think hes lost it? Ricky Romero entered Tuesdays game having pitched well this spring. He had a 1.29 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in seven innings. But his implosion on Tuesday in which he walked five, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter effectively imploded his Blue Jays career. That one inning in which he gave up three runs showed the return of the "thing." What is the "thing" you ask? It is the inability to throw a baseball where one wants to throw it. It is a voice in a pitchers head that says, "You are in trouble. You have no idea how hard to grip the ball or when to release it." It is a voice that forces a pitcher to think about throwing instead of just doing what comes naturally. The pitcher feels like he has to aim the ball. Romero looked like he had quieted that voice for a while. He was a little better at triple-A last year than he had been in the big leagues in 2012. This spring, before Tuesday, that voice was but a whisper. Unfortunately once a pitcher hears the voice he is susceptible to it coming back. One wild pitch or one hit batter and boom, there it is again. That voice that can make even the strongest of pitchers start to doubt themselves. On Tuesday that voice screamed into a megaphone and Romero couldnt quiet it. So he heads back to double-A hoping to plug his ears. The Jays need to do the merciful thing and trade or release Romero. There are just too many things that can trigger the negative thoughts and the increased volume of the doubts as a member of the Jays. He may find a way to quiet the noise in another organization but it wont happen in a Jays uniform. 2) While most observers agree that the Jays have enough hitting, do you think they can get enough from the back end of their rotation to be competitive for a playoff spot this season? Spring Training is great because every team has hope as they prepare for the upcoming season. Last year is forgotten, as the standings and all of the stats are wiped clean and there is a fresh start. The rosters are changed in large and small ways. Maybe even general managers, managers and coaches have changed. However, some things never change. Good pitching is the key to success. Very rarely do great offensive teams win despite their pitching. Far more often teams win with marginal offence and a great pitching staff. We know the Jays are going to score a bunch of runs but their success will be driven by the arms of the pitchers and not by the bats in the lineup. Even though we wipe the slate clean from a year ago and start anew, last season can give us a perspective on what it will take to win this year. There were ten teams that made the playoffs in 2013: Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Braves and Reds in the NL; and Tigers, Red Sox, As, Indians and Rays in the AL. One thing they almost all had in common was successful starting pitching. In fact the average record of their stating rotations last season was 68-47 and 976 innings pitched. Their starters pitched well and deep in the games. The Blue Jays starters had a 46-57 record in 2013 and threw only 899 innings. Clearly, a long way away from a playoff-caliber rotation. So, although it is fair to wonder whether the Jays have enough pitching at the back end of the rotation the greater question is do they have enough at the front end? There is no doubt that if the Jays are going to be a playoff team they will need J.A. Happ to be healthy and throw strikes and they will need production from all of Todd Redmond, Drew Hutchison, Marcus Stroman, Kyle Drabek and Esmil Rogers. Every team needs anywhere from 16-20 pitchers to contribute during the season. There are certainly questions about what is fair to expect from the pitchers just mentioned but make no mistake about it the bigger question is whether R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and the oft-injured Brandon Morrow can do their part. Most playoff teams have four starters that reach double-digit wins. With the questions at the back end of the rotation the Jays really need close to 50 wins from their Big Three. Last season only Dickey (14 wins) and Buehrle (12 wins) won double-digit games. Needless to say the Jays rotation has their work cut out for themselves. 3) Dodgers starter Zack Greinke stated he wasnt a fan of the club opening the regular season early (this weekend) in Australia. Do you think the MLB brand really benefits from these games? Not only does the MLB brand benefit from playing regular season games internationally but so does the brand of the teams participating and the brand of the players on the teams. My 2000 New York Mets team started the season inn Japan against the Chicago Cubs. Custom Seattle Seahawks Jerseys. Just like the Dodgers and D-Backs are doing on the trip to Australia we played exhibition games, held clinics and made appearances to promote the games before we took on the Cubs in a two-game series. It was a long flight and we battled jet lag for about a week on the back end of the trip. But it was worth it. Sure there were challenges but I considered it an honour to represent Major League Baseball. Plus, on international trips, players and executives are treated like royalty. Zack Greinke sounded ignorant and ungrateful. Almost 50 percent of minor league players are foreign-born players. Over 25 percent of big leaguers are foreign-born and almost 37 percent of the 2013 All-Stars are foreign born. Baseball is an international game. It is critical that MLB continues to develop and grow its brand. From a clubs perspective I always believed there was an advantage to play in front of international fans. Brand recognition for the team is financially beneficial for potential sponsorship deals as well as merchandising. But most importantly, brand recognition among baseball players in other countries is huge. The more professional and amateur players can recognize and connect with the brand of a team the better the chances of that team in landing talented players in the future. Individual clubs and players dont only have a responsibility to their own organization but they have a responsibility to the game itself. Many players, teams and executives have gone before those of us benefiting today from this extraordinary way to make a living. Todays players need to pay it forward just like those who paved the trail for them. Opening Day is Saturday at 4am ET. I will be watching. Will you? So you want to be a GM? The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray...what is a general manager to do? I find myself sympathizing with general managers all around the game. There seem to be so many injuries this spring that have the potential to cripple teams even before the season begins. Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy of the Braves, Patrick Corbin of the D-Backs, and Jarrod Parker of the As are all headed for Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. The Tigers young shortstop Jose Iglesias, a defensive wizard, is out for months with stress fractures in his shins. Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was drilled in the face by a line drive and needs a plate put in his head and could be out until June. There is no telling how he will be affected mentally by this injury. The Braves, As, Tigers and Reds all made the playoffs last year. I would have predicted all four to make the playoffs again this year prior to these injuries. The D-Backs were a sleeper team in the NL this year prior to losing their best pitcher in Corbin. So what should the GMs do? They will just do what they do. Frank Wren, the Braves GM, moved quickly and stole Ervin Santana away from the Jays and Orioles. But that may not be enough. Kevin Towers, the Diamondbacks general manager, pushed all winter to land an ace starter but came up short settling for veteran Bronson Arroyo. That pushed Patrick Corbin into the role of Opening Day starter for a team built to win now with the highest payroll in franchise history. With Corbin out for the season and no obvious starting pitching available Arizona may have to go with kids in the fifth spot in the rotation. This will not only hurt the rotation but the bullpen as well since Corbin was a guy who would often pitch deep in the game. The Reds could not have foreseen the injury to Chapman. His loss though creates a real problem as the physical status of his two most experienced replacements, Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton, is a big issue. The Reds bullpen could be a mess at the start of the season. There are no closers available on the trade market. Saves blown in April and May could cost the Reds an October playoff berth. The Tigers have been a staple of October baseball the past few years. They were once again favoured to win the AL Central. Last August the Tigers acquired Jose Iglesias to be the shortstop for the next 10 years. But that plan included him to be the shortstop this year that is in a "win now" window for the franchise. Stephen Drew, the Red Sox shortstop a year ago, is still available. Scott Boras has had success getting to owner Mike Illitch in the past and making deals. The Tigers have no good internal option to replace Iglesias and my ultimately save Boras by having to make a deal with Drew. But a Drew signing wont come cheap and will include the Tigers giving up a first round draft pick. So you want to be a general manger. There is no manual that tells you what to do when you have done everything right but circumstances turn against you. It is a long season and these teams have time to plug their newfound holes but it wont be easy. 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