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Posted at 1:11 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green expected to play against Rangers

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects Nicklas Backstrom to play against the New York Rangers on Friday and that the Capitals' top-line center is "gonna be fine."

Backstrom suffered a minor fracture to his left thumb in Pittsburgh on Monday, when he was slashed by Penguins. defenseman Kris Letang in the third period. Backstrom said the injury did not have a negative affect on his ability to handle the puck after practicing at KCI on Thursday morning.

"It feels pretty good," said Backstrom, who was not wearing a splint or anything on his hand by the time media members entered the dressing room. "I can't feel a difference today [in stick handling] so we'll see. If I can play I'm going to play."

Backstrom has never missed a game in his NHL career.

--Mike Green missed practice because of the flu, which Matt Hendricks had earlier in the week, but Boudreau said he expects the defenseman, who has missed six of the past seven games since he was struck in the head with a puck on Feb. 6, to return to the lineup against New York.

"I expect him to play unless he gets worse," Boudreau said.

--As for the Capitals' other walking wounded, Eric Fehr (shoulder) skated before practice but Boudreau said he believes the right wing is still a "week to two weeks" away from being ready to go. Fehr has missed 16 games since a collision with David Steckel in the neutral zone on Jan. 14 dislocated his shoulder.

--Tom Poti (groin) did not skate today. The veteran defenseman has played in only parts of 21 games this season primarily because of a nagging groin problem that has plagued him throughout his career. It's still unclear how much he will be able to play the rest of the year.

"I have no idea," Boudreau said when asked if he thought Poti would play again in the 2010-11 regular season. "I'd like to say yes but he's going to be able to start skating as early as Friday and practicing with the team next week. And then all of a sudden it depends on how he comes along."

--Michal Neuvirth will get the nod in net for the Capitals against the Rangers tomorrow at Verizon Center, I'm told.

By Katie Carrera  | February 24, 2011; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Eric Fehr, Injuries, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Poti  
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Comments

Great news.

Posted by: Justafan | February 24, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow...BB never divulges which goalie os going so early in advance!

Posted by: capscoach | February 24, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock, I think getting something for Kovy was better then nothing (plus they save cash which is always a thought). Not saying that a 7th round pick is going to be that dimond everyone is looking for but giving yourself more chances to go for the dimond is always good.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Re Neuvy, you win you're in.

caps have two opponents over the next three games. I'd expect the extended rest has given them a good deal of time to plan well. Should be a terrific game tomorrow night.

Posted by: Justafan | February 24, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@justafan

should be, but caps have not been playing well after they had more than 2 day off.

Posted by: capscoach | February 24, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Although I think hed be a terrible choice here, I'd expect Kovalev to be a solid contributor on the Pens as long as they're so dinged. If nothing else, the Pens are working harder than ever, and their sorely in need of goal scorers. I'd expect Kovy to step it up and put in a half dozen or more in the remaining games.

Posted by: Justafan | February 24, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Liles and Stastny are not on the ice today for the Avs....wonder what is going on there. Probably jus taking an option for them but who knows, both have been rumored to be dealt.

Posted by: ThePat | February 24, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach, I'm thinking of the TB game we smoked 'em on with a great game plan.

I expect tomorrow to be a great game no matter the game plan. Caps will be up for the Rags. Otherwise, I can see a split or 1-0-1 against the Isles.

Posted by: Justafan | February 24, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

One last thing on Orlov, he is left handed so he will be able to go with Green/Carlson on the PP and have both D able to get one timers off.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Kovy playing horrible - I still would have taken his 1017 pts over half the guys on our roster. Pens got him for a bag of pucks, too.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 24, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I just love how the recently finished road trip is being considered a success. To recap:

Of the 5 games:

Lost handidly to 2 middle of the pack Western Conference teams, got lucky and beat one.

Barely beat one bad eastern conference team, and barely beat a better than average eastern conference team missing its 2 best players.

Apparently success no longer means unquestioned dominance, just the absence of complete failure.

Posted by: LesGrossman | February 24, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Florida is working on a deal. Atlanta is also got something in the works moving one of their D for a F.

Posted by: ThePat | February 24, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Some of you guys really undermine your credibility by your constant mealy-mouthed nonsense. If you have children, I imagine they are miserable.

LesGrossman, your take on the 5 game road trip is really unreal.

Posted by: jackstraaw | February 24, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Somebody kick Poti in the ass! He reminds me of Carl Pavano for the Yanks. Or Eddie Whitson for that matter. Suck up money and suck!

Just waive that fool. He'll have a mysterious healing just after the deadline passes so we're stuck with him!!!!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Lost handidly to 2 middle of the pack Western Conference teams, got lucky and beat one. A one goal loss is losing handidly? Wow, also the Yotes are 4th in the West and until last night were one of the hottest teams in the NHL. SJ is also the 3 seed in the West, neither were what I would call "middle of the pack"

Barely beat one bad eastern conference team, and barely beat a better than average eastern conference team missing its 2 best players. Buffalo is only 3 points out of the playoffs with 2 games in hand so it isn't like they are the Islanders.

Apparently success no longer means unquestioned dominance, just the absence of complete failure.

We got 6 of 10 points which while not being a huge success is still a success.

Posted by: LesGrossman | February 24, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Handily Les? Did you watch the games or were they on too late? I took a few days off from work so if it is the latter I understand. The Capitals, although they went only 3-2, really didn't play all that bad on the road trip. All of the games were decided by one goal.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 24, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Chris Vivlamore
#Thrasher likely to make trade later today. Looks to be with team in Eastern Conference.

Interesting

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

If we acquire pieces and go over the cap, we don't begin to use up the accumlated underrun as long as Fehr and Poti are LTIR and the new player(s) are 5.7 or less delta to current roster.

I know it might not be a big deal, but there is some wiggle room there.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 24, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

@ lesgrossman

Any road trip that nets 6 out of 10 pts is considered successful.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

John Buccigross
The Boston Bruins are raising prices for season ticket renewals next season by an average of more than $4 per seat, per game

They must have a greedy owner to who only wants to bleed money out of the fans. /scarcasm

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Some of you guys really undermine your credibility by your constant mealy-mouthed nonsense. If you have children, I imagine they are miserable
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my kids are not miserable. They're medicated and blissfully unaware. They take after part of the Caps fan base.

Poti coming back in? Sweet! All ye forwards better sleep with one eye open.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 24, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1

2 things

1. - Can I get some of those meds too please ?

2. - NO worries on POti, he will slip on the ice, you know that stuff is slippy, so he won't be back for long if he actually gets back :0

Posted by: bqts | February 24, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

A week ago, it was the consensus that Kovalev better not ever wear a Caps uniform. Now, that he was been traded to the Pens, we missed out on him.

A week ago, Kovalev is too soft, too much like the players we already got, etc, etc. Now, his 1000+ pts is better than half of our roster.

Keep it up people, you provide me with my workday entertainment.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Although I think hed be a terrible choice here, I'd expect Kovalev to be a solid contributor on the Pens as long as they're so dinged. If nothing else, the Pens are working harder than ever, and their sorely in need of goal scorers. I'd expect Kovy to step it up and put in a half dozen or more in the remaining games.

Posted by: Justafan |

A 5 mil/yr guy steps up by putting in 6 goals in 20 games?

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Montreal gets Sopel and Dawes from Atlanta for Maxwell.

Posted by: ThePat | February 24, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Poti is another failed experiment. Eminger! I used to love Doig. ha

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

my kids are not miserable. They're medicated and blissfully unaware. They take after part of the Caps fan base.

Poti coming back in? Sweet! All ye forwards better sleep with one eye open.

Posted by: cstanton1

deary! you know how sensitive the kids are about us talking about their meds to strangers! Be more sensitive!

Posted by: capscoach | February 24, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie
ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to MTL for Ben Maxwell and a 4th rder. Done deal.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 24, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

@ Richmond
He is a one million cap hit and traded for a bag of pucks. Another great deal-steal by Shero.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 24, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Good point richmond
Specially this years blog is full circus.

Posted by: dugza | February 24, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

For the Pens, having Kovalev avaiable as a PP specialist is a big help. He's got great hands and vision. He's also old. In his prime, he was a helluva good player. They were very short on skill on their PP (sans Crosby and Malkin) so he becomes pretty much their quarterback, doing for them what Backstrom used to do for us.

But because we already have 2 such players for that role, we ourselves didn't need him.

Surprised he went so cheap, though. Thought they'd get a least a five for him...


Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 24, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

He is a one million cap hit and traded for a bag of pucks. Another great deal-steal by Shero.

Posted by: lylewimbledon

I have no idea what his pro-rated contract from here on out is, but his cap hit is 5 mil/yr.

The Neal Deal was flat-out wizardry by Shero, but you're kidding yourself if you think Kovalev is going to make any sort of impact on their playoff chances.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you richmondphil2.

Other than Kaberle and possibly Fisher, I don't see that we missed the big one at all. The asking price was probably quite hefty on both of those two anyway. Most of these guys should be careful what they wish for.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@jackstraw

Any chance from you're from Wichita, and like to share both the women and the wine??

@icehammer

I did get interested in the C.Neil chatter, but never got excited because I thought it was nothing more than wishful thinking. I would love to have him.

Also, thanks for recognizing that I do try to stick to my agenda (advocating for Erskine and anyone who plays "old-school" hockey, and criticizing BB anychance I get because I'll never forgive him for Theodore/Erskine treatment last year) and I try to avoid insulting anyone. I only wish I had the chance to watch some games, drink some adult beverages, and enjoy some tobacco products with posters here in person.

RAGS ARE GOING DOWN TOMORROW, GO CAPS!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 24, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I'm all about making trades. But why the hell do we need Kovalev? Why the hell do we want Kovalev?

Oh wait, I know why, because he was traded to the PENS.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@Richmond

He hated Ottawa- gets to go home- he has been playing great since the All Star Break. I'd take him over Perreault, Steckel, Gordon, Chimera, Fehr, Hendricks, Bradley, anyday. Plus he goes to our rivals, and we know how that story ends.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 24, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer, Please try not to quote John Buccigross in the future?!

I think he's one of the biggest tools on TV, next to Larry Michael on Redskins Nation, and really don't value anything he has to say.

Please keep in mind that this is only a REQUEST.

Other than that, keep up the great work. I've been enjoying your posts for quite some time as they are very insightful.

Yes I've learned a few things from reading them.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 24, 2011 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather overpay for Corvo again than trade for Kovalev. Yeesh

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 24, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Pro-rated on Kovalev is about $1M, but Pens can afford him on cap using LTIR money from Malkin (and, now, Orpik - if he's missing 4 wks).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 24, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@ jwash4472

RE: @icehammer, Please try not to quote John Buccigross in the future?!

I think he's one of the biggest tools on TV, next to Larry Michael on Redskins Nation, and really don't value anything he has to say.

You forgot to mention JIM GRAY!!!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@RichmondPhil

I didnt want him and am glad he's not here. The thought of him being traded here scared me.

Posted by: ThePat | February 24, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I will remain calm about the lack of moves thus far by GMGM until Monday at 3pm at which point if there is still no new center in a Caps sweater I will implode. I'm hoping for a center and a top six winger but will settle for a proven 2C at this point.

Posted by: PhilR | February 24, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The Caps need new strength and conditioning coaches as well as a new Goalie Coach...

Why are ALL of the Caps goalies as frail as styrofoam...????!!!?!?!

Unreal..

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 24, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse
---------------------------------------
Dude you're out of control. You should really know a lil more about what you're talkin about before posting stuff like that. I'm beginning to think that you'll blame anything for undesired results from OV not skating optional skates to, the trainer (who's been here longer than our current ownership group) and a goalie coach is who primarily responsible for Varly & Neuvy's development.

Wow, all you need to do now is start blaming refs and you'll be almost complete.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 24, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

whoa whoa whoa... kovalev over Hendricks? Leanr some hockey, son.

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 24, 2011 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"...I can't feel a difference today [in stick handling] so we'll see. If I can play I'm going to play..."

If the editorial note is accurate I assume the thumb on his right hand is the one that is injured. Because he's a left handed shot the top hand is his right hand which is the primary hand in stick handling. It's good news that he can't feel a difference today. But, since he's a center what happens when he turns his hands over to take a draw? In that case the bottom hand takes on more so it might not be an issue. hmm...

Anyhow, I wish Nick good luck and hope he can play. He hasn't missed a game and I suspect he'd like to keep that streak going.

p.s. I can see in my mind's eye that Nick flips his bottom hand when taking face-offs, but I can't recall what he does with his top hand.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 24, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

whoa whoa whoa... kovalev over Hendricks? Leanr some hockey, son.

Posted by: GFisher1 |

Yeah, apples and oranges.

Remove Hendricks, or a key bottom-6 guy in any lineup and put Kovalev there..we'll see how well that works.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@ PhilR

Probably ain't gonna happen. I think Connolly was the last gasp/stop gap deal out there. Now Buffalo is all excited and he's not available. It will take a blockbuster to get a big time center at this point. Hold on to your hat or hold on to the team as is.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

How would you feel about Marty Reasoner or Antropov??? Because I am getting the disgusting feeling that we will end up with one of them and I think they both stink and I would rather have Matty P keep playing and you know how much I dont like him.

Posted by: ThePat | February 24, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta has clearly started waiving the white flag after their loss to Buffalo last night and are in sell mode.

I guess a team full of grit and no talent doesn't work either. Balance Danielson Balance!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 24, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I was wrong on Kovy. I think Kovy is talented, but obviously - he's tempermental like Semin. For a 7th rounder, it fit the caps model, but maybe George is really working on something big!!!

I'm not going to bash Kovy as weak/soft - he's uber talented - provided you can get him to play.

I give kudos to the Pens however for being proactive, addressing their team needs, (yet again) in a brief period.

Kovy is effectively their Malkin replacement so something tells me Sid is coming back in March. Just when I counted the Penguins out, they go and do this... wow!

Posted by: Jaymagz | February 24, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta has clearly started waiving the white flag after their loss to Buffalo last night and are in sell mode.

I guess a team full of grit and no talent doesn't work either. Balance Danielson Balance!

Posted by: pokerface1208 |

I wouldn't say they are sellers yet, but if the the Thrashers don't make the playoffs/something positive happens to that franchise, they definitely will not be in Atlanta in a few years.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Kovalev going back to the Pens....didn't want him and glad the Caps didn't pursue him. Sopel could've provided us w/some depth on the backline, seems like we could've gotten him relatively cheap, though I doubt Atl. would be partners w/us in any deal.

Hindsight tells me GMGM missed the boat in finding a trade-partner w/the Bruins. Seeing Hunwick, Stuart, and Wheeler get shipped for chump change is a tough one to swallow. Any or all of them would've looked good in red.

I won't be afraid of going into the playoffs w/the roster we have now (assuming everyone gets healthy). I would be very concerned, though, w/how BB manages the roster, motivates the team, and adapts to the constantly shifting demands as games become more intense.

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 24, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess Brendan Morrison would have been a good guy to keep around this year, eh?

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 24, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Fehr is using his free time well. He tweeted that he is off to Children's Hospital. What a class act.

Posted by: pirate1 | February 24, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

If Poti is a candidate for season-ending IR and Fehr is out for 2-3 more weeks, the Caps should be able to make some moves to add talent. There are still good players to be had and it's a mystery why GMGM is still waiting to make a move for a 2nd line center and another defenseman. IF he makes no moves, the Caps will be looking at getting out of the first round at best.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 24, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

If Poti is a candidate for season-ending IR and Fehr is out for 2-3 more weeks, the Caps should be able to make some moves to add talent. There are still good players to be had and it's a mystery why GMGM is still waiting to make a move for a 2nd line center and another defenseman. IF he makes no moves, the Caps will be looking at getting out of the first round at best.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 24, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

ThePat,

No thanks on both of those guys as you are right, they are no better than what we currently have. I actually liked the proposal fanohock threw out there this morning being Statsny for Semin but that is most likely a pipe dream....I also just read that Mikko Koivu will now be back in mid March, would the Wild take Semin for Koivu???

Posted by: PhilR | February 24, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather have plucked Zherdev off waivers then grab Kovalev. But heh, at least these teams have GMs who are trying to improve things and react to their situation.

Posted by: summitwalker | February 24, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Boy has Atlanta fell off the map. They're busy with trades, but not in a good way.

Caps looking at a two way C?

Also,what's David Booth's contract look like in Florida, I'd love to get him.

I'd still look to the Blues for McDonald or Boyes.

Posted by: digster1013 | February 24, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Put Poti's soft @$$ on LTIR before the trade deadline so we can know where we stand financially and who we can get. Actually, do it TODAY!

Posted by: TimeForACup | February 24, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I imagine the right thing to do with Poti is buy him out.

Then again, the right thing would have involved never giving him that extension.

Oh well, LTIR wouldn't be a bad idea.....

Posted by: CF11555 | February 24, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

...negative effect... Have you been getting grammar lessons from Hamilton?

Posted by: tttt1 | February 24, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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