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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Michal Neuvirth to face Hurricanes

By Katie Carrera

Unfortunately because of the snow in North Carolina, my flight was canceled and I'm unable to make it to Raleigh for tonight's game between the Capitals and Hurricanes. The good news is that colleague Liz Clarke couldn't get out of Raleigh for the same reason and she'll be covering the game.

From the morning skate at RBC Center, Caps senior writer Mike Vogel tweeted that Michal Neuvirth is the first goaltender off the ice, so it looks like he'll make a fifth consecutive start and face the Hurricanes.

And via Sergey Kocharov from the Capitals' public relations department, here's a look at the landscape when the team's charter landed in Raleigh this morning.

By Katie Carrera  | December 26, 2010; 12:34 PM ET
 
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Katie - both links in this story aren't working correctly. Need to recheck/repost.

Posted by: remy117 | December 26, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Both links worked for me.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

What is the word on Poti?

Posted by: taluise | December 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

links ot working for me either ;-(

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

I agree the Pens game was huge for Green. I just hope that Mike Green can finally get over that hit he took in the Rangers series, and start playing that way on a regular basis. In particular the playoffs !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | December 26, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Green still hasn't gotten over the Pronger hit in Anaheim a couple of years ago that jacked his shoulder up. He's scared to take a hit now. Watch him behind our net and in the corners.

Posted by: griz0615 | December 26, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Green is afraid to get hit, are you guys friggin' kidding me? He has played with less regard for his body this than he ever has. Some of you guys need to get a lot more creative with your complaints.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Well maybe we will play tonight. This is from Kuklas Korner

"The Hurricanes are ready to go. The Capitals are in town and ready to go. According to twitter feeds, they’re still waiting on the referees to show up. And that could be tricky. Hundreds of flights have been delayed in New York, Washington, Baltimore, etc. I read earlier today that Delta was canceling more than 500 flights and US Air was canceling more than 300. Between the delays, the cancellations, the last minute changes, and the frustration of travel during the holiday, it could spell trouble.

For now, the plan is to play the game. No word on the arrival of the officials. "

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

world juniors - russia vs. canada on nhl network.

any caps-to-be players on either team?

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Why is Katie doing the caps insider? It is clear that she could care less about this job. She adds nothing.

Posted by: jmy999 | December 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah - like it's her fault that her flight got cancelled. plus friday and saturday were days where any activity on nhl teams was verboten and even then she posted several articles. sheesh!

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

DOH - Cody Eakin #21 on Canada

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

world juniors - russia vs. canada on nhl network.

any caps-to-be players on either team?

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 4:24 PM
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Cody Eakin (#21) for Canada
Dmitri Orlov (#9) for Russia
Evgeny Kuznetsov (#25) for Russia

Posted by: tess2201 | December 26, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

world juniors - russia vs. canada on nhl network.

any caps-to-be players on either team?

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 4:24 PM
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Cody Eakin (#21) for Canada
Dmitri Orlov (#9) for Russia
Evgeny Kuznetsov (#25) for Russia

Posted by: tess2201 | December 26, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Also have Stanislav Galiev on Russian roster though he might not be dressed in this game.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | December 26, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Galiev was a final cut. Kuznetsov looked good in the 1st period.

Posted by: McKinley2 | December 26, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

thanks tess. only russian roster i could find was in russian - so didn't help since i can't read russian

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

And Grubauer got yanked in goal for Germany after giving up 4 goals in the first period against Switzerland.

Posted by: McKinley2 | December 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@taluise

The story on Poti is that he's questionaable for tonight. If Sloan is still on IR and Poti can't go, does that mean we get to see Brooks Laich (or some other "forward") on defense tonight?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 26, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Kuznetsov fanned in receiving outlet pass that immediately led to Canada goal. Oops!

Posted by: McKinley2 | December 26, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I missed the first half of the game, taking the kids skating. From what I've seen so far, Eakin looks quick and strong on his skates. Orlov seems pretty solid - never saw a shot from the point that he doesn't like, but we all knew that going in. Any other observations on the Caps young guys?

Posted by: zmega | December 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah - like it's her fault that her flight got cancelled. plus friday and saturday were days where any activity on nhl teams was verboten and even then she posted several articles. sheesh!

look at her work in whole, she stinks, she writes like she could care less.

Posted by: jmy999 | December 26, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

@jmy999, she's the Post Caps beat writer and doing a fine job, covering the print version and numerous updates daily here. If you don't like it, why bother hanging around here and reading it?

What a useless couple of posts you've offered here.

Posted by: Justafan | December 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

So what will be our lines tonight? Will we once again see Backstrom centering Laich and Knuble or will Nicky be centering Ovi and the First Right Winger of the moment?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 26, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

And people who write "could care less" when they mean "couldn't care less" should never be taken seriously for their opinion about writers or writing.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | December 26, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Katie is adequate, nothing more. As much as I would like to see someone as talented as Liz Clarke on this beat, she has a lot more going on and we are just catching a lucky break. Given the poor financial situation at the WaPo it is highly unlikely that a solid, knowledgeable and passionate writer is going to be covering the Caps anytime soon.

Posted by: AlligatorArms | December 27, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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