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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/18/2010

Michal Neuvirth to start against Bruins

By Katie Carrera

In the final regular season meeting against the Bruins this year, Michal Neuvirth will get the start at TD Garden and be opposed by Tim Thomas, who has already caused the Capitals problems several times this season.

Among the forwards, Eric Fehr and D.J. King were taking part in extra work so they'll likely be the scratches tonight in Boston. Defenseman Tyler Sloan, who missed yesterdays practice with the flu-like illness that's gone around the locker room, was also skating with the assistant coaches.

Scott Hannan, who was also sick Friday, was on the ice for the morning skate and appears to be ready to play.

By Katie Carrera  | December 18, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Boston Bruins, Eric Fehr, Michal Neuvirth  
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Comments

good job, there's no possible way that DJ could ever help this team. Not against any opponent.

Looks like he's about 23rd on the depth chart among forwards. Wonder if this is exactly how GM envisioned his contributions when he pulled that trigger, you know after careful deliberation and waiting a whole yr to go by without picking up a quality enforcer last yr. Quite the prize to wait for.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 18, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

anyone catch the Hershey game last night? ouch, that was one terrible performance. They played the Flyers farm team which is having a pretty rough yr, they're like 4 and 23, and they lost. And played lackluster from what I saw. I watched the 2nd and 3rd pds. Patrick McNeill looks like Tom Poti out there.
Hershey's facing some adversity this yr as well, same way the Caps are. The Bears are ranked 3rd in their div, 8th in the conf, and 15th in the league. A far cry from their recent yrs but in Hershey's case its more forgivable considering they were due for a bit of a lull after having such good success the last few yrs. A yr of transition for both teams I think.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 18, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Flash 8 gms 5 g 6 a 11pts +2
Hannan 7gms 0 g 0 a 0 pts -8. I guess everybody got what they wanted.Trade flash for a good vet defenceman

Posted by: sporttraveler | December 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The GM provides the players, the coach decides the lineup.

I'm glad to see King scratched again, he could add a much needed spark that could result in a win. You can pretty much put this one in the book for Boston, unless they don't show up. Doubtful since they are playing at home and will be taking it hard to the ultra-soft Caps.

Is BB trying to get fired/dare management to fire him? I've come to the conclusion he is definately 'mentally challenged' (being politically correct). I'm not basing that solely on his 'mentally challenged' physical features.

Being a Caps fan is definately tiring. So close to greatness and the fans seem to be the only ones that give a hoot.

Posted by: FLDave | December 18, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

sporttraveler

He's a -8 on a team that is completely lost. He's a solid stay at home veteran D-man. When the Caps upright the ship we'll see his true value. I have Center Ice and watch a ton of games, Hannon is the real deal.

You're right, at this moment the trade looks horrible. Flash will fade, Hannan will start to shine under a good coach and it won't look as bad.

Posted by: FLDave | December 18, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Hannan should be fine once he adjusts to his new teammates. Now if the Caps can find a way to score some goals tonight ....

Posted by: zmega | December 18, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I can't buy into this "once he adjusts to his teammates" idea. If stats are correct: Hannan is a veteran who has played 783 NHL games & this is his 12th year. I'm sure he's played with different 'D' partners in that 12 years (just like our present 'D' have been jostled around) & I'm sure the teams he's played with have changed their style of play from time to time. I haven't witnessed a "solid" stay-at-home D man effort from him in 8 games. He's playing full minutes & regular shifts -- he should be showing up by now. If stats are correct, over 783 games his total +/- is +12 !? In 2008-09 with the Avalanche he was -21 over 81 games; in 2009-10 he was +2 in 81 games. Also of interest, when the Avalanche played Vancouver on November 24th, just before coming to the Caps, Vancouver won 4 - 2 and Hannan was -4 (on for all 4 goals!) If each team player blamed the others for the loss or their minus rating ... guess no one would be to blame & no one would look bad.

Posted by: goforit4 | December 18, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I can't buy into this "once he adjusts to his teammates" idea. If stats are correct: Hannan is a veteran who has played 783 NHL games & this is his 12th year. I'm sure he's played with different 'D' partners in that 12 years (just like our present 'D' have been jostled around) & I'm sure the teams he's played with have changed their style of play from time to time. I haven't witnessed a "solid" stay-at-home D man effort from him in 8 games. He's playing full minutes & regular shifts -- he should be showing up by now. If stats are correct, over 783 games his total +/- is +12 !? In 2008-09 with the Avalanche he was -21 over 81 games; in 2009-10 he was +2 in 81 games. Also of interest, when the Avalanche played Vancouver on November 24th, just before coming to the Caps, Vancouver won 4 - 2 and Hannan was -4 (on for all 4 goals!) If each team player blamed the others for the loss or their minus rating ... guess no one would be to blame & no one would look bad.

Posted by: goforit4 | December 18, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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