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Michal Neuvirth to start against the Bruins

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth will get his sixth consecutive start at Verizon Center tonight as the Capitals host the Bruins at 7:30 p.m., and it looks like defenseman Tom Poti will be back in the lineup after missing the past three contests.

Among the other injured players, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Matt Bradley (lower-body injury) is out for tonight's game and Mike Green (upper-body injury) is a game-time decision. Green went back out on the ice for extra work with the assistant coaches and remained on the ice long after the other players, so it's probably safe to guess he won't be in the lineup tonight.

Boyd Gordon is also a game-time decision after being given a maintenance day and is "hurting," Boudreau said, adding that it's not related to his previous back problems.

By Katie Carrera  | October 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Boston Bruins, Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green  
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Repost, since Katie waits until I post about the line ups/starters and then starts her own new article...pssh, like it's her blog or something. :)

@ThePat

Thanks for the seconding of Bradley out, Gordon game time decision. :)

@PhilR
How about I phrase it, Bradley out, Gordon's availabilty will be a game time decision. Better?

As for lines I am guessing...

Ovi-Backs-Knub
Semim-Flush-Laich
Chimchim-Majo-Fehr
Hendricks-Stecks-King

With possibly Gordito instead of Stecks.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I completely missed that Gordon was banged up, I wasn't on the internet yesterday so I had no idea he was given a maintenance day. Hard to believe this is not back related, I can't recall any injuries other than his back ever side lining him.

Hendricks/Stecks/King has great size on the 4th line but man has Stecks looked slow this year, they should have tried to dump that contract before the season started. Now that other teams have seen him play no chance of ridding ourselves of him.

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Varlamov sitting is not helping my fantasy pool! But Neuvirth playing well (likely better than Varla played at any point last season) is good for the team, so I guess it's worth it.

Posted by: cityspirit | October 19, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Today is Boyd's birthday so maybe he went out after the STH party last night and was just too hungover to practice. That equals maintenance day and he'll be good to go by game time tonight. Of course thats just my theory.

Posted by: ThePat | October 19, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind Nuevy playing another game esp. since they have had some rest, but lets not wait until he has a bad game and THEN bench him...that sends the wrong message I think. Its like u played great for however many games but once you have an off night we are done with you until Varly has an off night...Just start rotating them until someone shows they going to be better than the other.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Careful there Pat, people will take that last post of yours seriously and start with the "Professional athletes have more discipline than to have too much to drink the night before a game" quotes!

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach,

I can't agree with that plan, I say you have to ride the hot hand until it shows signs of cooling. Goalies get into groves and the only way to stay in a groove like that is to plat consistently not every 4th night. Now if there is an actual back to back cming up then I say give Varly a start so Neuvy doesn't have to play two nights in a row but other than that ride him as long as you can!

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach

BB will stick with the hot goalie. His track record says so. And its not "benching" Neuvy the day he has a bad game, he will give him "rest" after a bad game and let Varly step in for a game (which if he does well, BB will stay with him until he has an off night). Thats just what BB does. He wont rotate them. He might swap a goalie out on back to back nights (like next week)....but imo def not going to rotate them.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Could you please stop hacking my posts and then posting them in a slightly different way to make them your own, mere seconds before I actually post. K thanks. :P

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Varly is starting on Thursday. They wanted to give him more practice time and if he didn't travel up to ESPN yesterday he could have possibly started today. But Neuvy is playing well and no need to rush Varly back. This way Boston sees a different goaltender each game in the back to back, so they dont get used to one.

Posted by: ThePat | October 19, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

BBs not the only one that sticks with the hot goaltender. Bylsma is doing it in Pittsburgh with Johnson and Julien is doing it with Thomas in Boston. Boston would have moved Thomas this off-season if there was a taker but his salary was too high to move.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov sitting is not helping my fantasy pool! But Neuvirth playing well (likely better than Varla played at any point last season) is good for the team, so I guess it's worth it.

Posted by: cityspirit |

Why didn't you pick up Neuvy right away? When did you draft?

I actually drafted Nuevy, since I already knew Varlamov was on IR. He's doing wonders for my fantasy, along with Jimmy Howard and the BOB in Philly.

Other goalies I'd recommend scooping up if still available;
that guy backing up Pekka Rinna...he's good. Lindback?
Khabibulin..Oils doing great
B. Johnson...if MAF continues to stink, BJ might get the bulk.
Tim Thomas
Chris Mason from ATL
Mike Smith from TB..he's not that good, but TB is.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI,

You know what they say, great minds think alike!

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that Bylsma is trying to send a message to Fluerry. Johnson (who I liked when he was a Cap) is really not a starting goalie. Bylsma is telling Fluerry that 1 stellar game does not cover for 2-3 terrible ones...which is what he has a tendency to do.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

So I hear the Devils are now trying to trade David Clarkson......I know he is really a third line center but what does everyone think? I know everyone wants Zajac but that just isn't going to happen.

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

@philR

that depends...do u think MaJo would be able to handle 2nd line duty? I feel like GMGM put too many rookies on ice and while they all show great potential, 3 rookies on a Cup contending team is a lot of pressure for them. MaJo is struggling (granted he has barely played) Carlson has to be reeled in a bit, and Alzner is doing ok, but I think his confidence is shaky...esp. playing with guys like Sloan and Erskine.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

My roommate dated Clarkson. He got her tix when they were in town last week. I'd approve of this trade solely for the selfish reason of possibly being able to hang out with the team.

Posted by: Fro_2 | October 19, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach,

I actually think MaJo needs to be sent down to Hershey for a while to better understand how to play on the smaller ice surface of North America, just my opinion.

Carlson will be fine by years end but Alzner has me very worried, he just does not look comfortable and gets knocked around by opposing forwards a lot!

You forgot Neuvy as well, isn't he considered a rookie this year??

Anyway, if they did get Clarkson I would say that MaJo needs to go back to Hershey for a bit. I can handle Flush at 2C until the trade deadline but not one moment longer!

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@Fro_2

bad game for clarkson to invite her to...ya know with him getting taught a lesson by bradley and all

Posted by: _stevo | October 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh I made sure to rub it in.

Deep down inside- I'm pretty sure she was smiling after Bradley finished him off.

Posted by: Fro_2 | October 19, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@philR

I agree about MaJo. He shows great potential, but I think he is overwhelmed right now and we are rushing his development. My guess is that he would be ready for the NHL after 1-2 months in Hershey gaining confidence and adjusting to the fast pace of a N-american rink. Once back from Hershey I think he would adjust to the NHL in a matter of 3-4games. You can ruin a great player if you rush them.

As for Flash as 2nd line C...I would probably be less annoyed with him if Laich took the faceoffs instead. He has been getting slowly better on D, and the line is producing.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

IMO, Alzner has looked much more reliable and steady than Carlson so far.

In the last three games, Alzner played 55:43, 7:02 of which came shorthanded (including a team-high 4:29 in Nashville) without being on the ice for a goal against or committing a penalty.

Carlson has and been on the ice for each of the goals the Caps allowed against the Sens and Isles and is also leading the team in giveaways.

Now, I'm not worried about Carlson and think he will be fine. But he has not played as well defensively as Alzner so far.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 19, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Look at who those guys are on the ice against. Carlson is out there against the better players. Yes he has made mistakes but its against the better players the other team has. If you are going to provide stats, provide all the facts :)

Posted by: ThePat | October 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Rhino40 | October 19, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach
Majo ready for 2c...probably not. However neither is Flush yet we still use him there. :)

Having said that, I dont think Clarkson is who we need. Dont think a 3rd line center is what we need. 2C and d-man is what we need (POW...take that dead horse).

@Fro_2

If Clarkson came here and you got to hang with the team, just remember how great of buds we are. :)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Clarkson is not the droid you are looking for.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 19, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@SGM

while Alzner may not be making as many mistakes, just watching him I am not seeing the confidence. He seems nervous and also is thrown off the puck pretty easily. Carlson makes mistakes, but I think he will prove easier to develop in the long haul. I also think once Green is back he will play better D b/c he won't be so pressured to showcase his Offensive side.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"As for Flash as 2nd line C...He has been getting slowly better on D," - capscoach

(SAOTI turns his slowly to the side until it is almost 90 degrees and scrunches eyebrows).....WHAT?

(SAOTI shakes head, then scratches it, unable to respond)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Flash is not the answer for 2C and that the Caps despertley need a smooth skating, gritty, able to check with vengence blueliner. Flash for quality blueliner to skate with either Green or Poti is concern #1. Then pull up MP and see how he does with time and cap space available. The Caps are more likely to find a 2C than a blue-chip blueliner closer to the trade deadline, imho.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 19, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

ROFL - both when used yesterday and today.

Move along...move along.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

SeminAllOverTheIce:
flash is our best defensive center
hahaha

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 19, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I do not know the level of competition faced by Alzner or Carlson the past few games. Do you have stats or facts to back up your statement that Carlson has faced tougher opposition?

@capscoach

I have not seen the nervousness in Alzner that you are seeing. I think he looks steady and I feel very comfortable with him out there.

I'm not worried about Carlson at all and think he will be great. He is using the regular season as a learning process. He will learn from his mistakes and will continue to improve.

The only defensemen who make me nervous are Sloan and Erskine. Sloan makes me the most nervous. Erskine makes me nervous whenver he is facing an oncoming rush or whenever he has the puck.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 19, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Please tell me that was sarcasm and I simply missed it due to the fact that it was typed and not spoken.

Where is cstanton when you need him? Pssh, you all chased him away.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@SAOTI:

Setting aside whether or not you agree with capscoach's assessment of #14, I think what capscoach was trying to say was that, although #14 may not be stellar as a second-line center, he does seem to be showing promise with regard to his execution of the defensive responsibilities that come with the centerman's position.

Or maybe I'm wrong...

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 19, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Nope I don't have the numbers, just my eyes that tell me more often that not that he is. But my eyes have fooled me before.

If you want to compare them for real and dig up that information though, I'd be happy to know who they are on the ice against.

Posted by: ThePat | October 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino

Yes, I got that...but I disagree that he has shown improvement in that area. The same goes for his faceoffs (he's well below 50%). Same ole Flash if you ask me, cept we are paying him triple.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't think MarJo has been that bad. The offense isn't there yet, but he hasn't seemed out of place. I think he just needs some time to develop.

I have to agree with govtimbo about faceoffs. Winning a faceoff doesn't always lead to puck possession. Steckel had one of the highest FO percentages in the league but his line was always stuck in the defensive zone. Winning a faceoff doesn't matter if the forwards can't get control.

Posted by: ablake70 | October 19, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

@ablake

that 4th line shifted the Nashville game in our favor by having a huge offensive push. They kept it in their zone for a prolonged period of time and got the Caps pumped and back in the game. Faceoffs don't always lead to puck posession, but they sure as heck help.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Boyd Gordon hurt...who had 5 games in the Office Pool?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 19, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

and yes, Flash is playing very well now...but I do NOT want to go into the playoffs with him...

We have no room for error...we can't count on a bunch of players to finally turn it around when it matters most.

Obviously we keep Green...but Semin and Flash have to be shopped...at the very least just to see what we can get.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 19, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Nah, I don't care enough to look up those statistics.

Regardless of who Alzner has been playing against, he has basically played perfectly in terms of defensive output(no goals against and no penalties) the past three games. So he is doing his job very well. That's all you can ask of a player when you send a player over the boards.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 19, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

SeminAllOverTheIce
yes it was

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 19, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Phew.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 19, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think that Foppa would consider signing at about the mid-way point of the season and play 2C??

That would be the Swedish trio at center with Backs at 1C, Foppa at 2C, and MaJo at 3C. Could probably get him to sign on the cheap if he thought he had a legit shot at the Cup. Maybe 1-1.5 Mil.......

Then trade for the Dman and a gritty 3rd line forward and hopefully the team is set. It may be a dream but I think you could get about 60 games out of Foppa without him injuring himself.

Posted by: PhilR | October 19, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@ capscoach

I wasn't just talking about the Preds game. Just an observation from the past year.

As bad as Flash has been in the FO circle, the 2nd line seems to be the only line with a consistent presence in the Ozone. Meanwhile, Nick has been over 55% in the last few games, yet the top line is always stuck in the Dzone.

A clean win can help, but I seen times when Nick lost cleanly, the puck hit the linesman and back to Ovi for a one-timer.

Posted by: ablake70 | October 19, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Fil...Foppa, no...I think Sundin would be a better choice...but, I like the way you think...get someone overseas, then use the trade get a D...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 19, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

And my belief the FOs are not that important is by no means a seal of approval for Flash at 2C.

Posted by: ablake70 | October 19, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Since it is almost November, I will cast some early votes -
1. MaJo and the team would both be better off long-term if MaJo were in Hershey, at least for a while. I've got to wonder whether his contract situation was a major factor in him being here, rather than MP85.
2. Flash and the team would be better off with Flash at third line wing.
3. Alzner looks good out there to me - bad things generally don't happen when he is on the ice because he is so responsible defensively. Carlson is more up-and-down, with a great play followed by him getting way out of position.

Posted by: zmega | October 19, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we can or will wait until the deadline to get a defeseman...maybe my wishful thinking, but as we have seen...Erskine and Sloan shouldn't be in the same lineup (Sloan should not be in the NHL)and if we have two D injured then we r stuck with Sloan, Erskine, AND a callup...it's just not a good idea.

Posted by: capscoach | October 19, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

the contract had nothing to do with MaJo being kept over 85. As shocking as it is, it was all about defense. MaJo plays it, 85 and 14 don't. That would have been 2 C's who play no D and the team would be in trouble.

I am in the camp that I hope they make a move for Brad Richards in early February. Flash, 1st rounder and a prospect. But for that to happen, Dallas needs to stop winning. They have looked pretty good so far and Richards is playing like its a contract year.

Posted by: ThePat | October 19, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I disagree about MJ not being ready for the NHL because I have not seen enough yet. It's 3 games so far for him and he has played well at times and not so great at others. He is a rookie after all. I'm all for calling up MP as soon as Flash is traded for a blueliner (mean, skates, passes, checkes variety).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 19, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

A question for the Hershey Bears fans. The Caps organization prides itself on its drafting and farm system, but their cupboard seems pretty bare. After A. Gordon, Beagle, MP, and Holtby are there any real prospects in Hershey?

Posted by: ablake70 | October 19, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat it is also code for Greens upper body injury.

Posted by: Graveysgrl | October 19, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, I think FO's are very important for the following reason:

--Winning draws more often than not means gaining possession of the puck.
--Getting and maintaining that possession enables a team to dictate the tempo of the game; this in turn can leaverage your team's strengths (e.g., offensive firepower) and/or shore up certain weaknesses (for example, the teams in my beer league were often outskated and ouit-talented by our opponents, but winning draws consistently allowed us to neutralize many of our opponents' skill and speed advantages=wins.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 19, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Interestingly, the comments about Alzner and Carlson remind me almost exactly of the comments about Schultz and Green from a few years ago on the message boards.

And the comments about Flash and not wanting him at 2C for the playoffs, I say give the guy a chance, see how he plays the next month or two, he may grow into the role. He has been improving every year, who is to say that he won't be the guy the Caps need at 2C come the playoffs?

Posted by: piratusus | October 19, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@soaringCaps

>>Semin and Flash have to be shopped

Hmm. I think Semin's been the best forward on the team this year. Why shop him, let's ride him on this contract year. He's been great creating, great retrieving the puck along the boards, great on the PK. Not sure what there is to dislike...

@capscoach - re: FLash - yes I wonder why not just let Laich take the draws? Maybe they're hoping Flash - having to do the onerous work of regaining possession - will be motivated to get better at face-offs...(That's what I think BB is doing and it does make some sense as a long term thing..)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | October 19, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Watching Semin this season has been like watching the Isle of Mann TT. Really exciting but the finish sucks.

Posted by: RodLangwayFan | October 19, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Most of our prospects are already playing on the Caps. I don't think we should worry about Carlson or Alzner. If you are forced to play with Erskine, Sloan and Fahey-you are going to look bad.

Let's give the MaJo a few more games before we decide on him. I think the real reason he is in the NHL is to learn from Backstrom. Remember he could have returned to Sweden if he was demoted.

Posted by: chriscaps | October 19, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I think if MarJo shows nothing more then he has in the next five games, we ship him. Preferably to Hershey. But if its home, so be it.

We can not afford to have a center that the rest of the team is carrying. He hasn't shown any creativity as of yet in the offensive zone, and his supposed defensive skills have been weak at best up to this point. I know it hasn't been a very long look. But let him go someplace else to learn how to play NHL hockey.

I'm tired of GMGM trying to force feed his high draft picks into the line up and trying to make them something they aren't ... at least yet.

Cordially,
RBlatch

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | October 19, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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