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Posted at 3:31 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Neuvirth to start, Green out against Sharks

By Katie Carrera

Michal Neuvirth, who has played in four of the last five games, will get the start in net for the Capitals tonight at HP Pavillion against the San Jose Sharks. Semyon Varlamov was out on the ice taking shots from Washington's scratches and injured players along with the assistant coaches.

Neuvirth made nine saves and allowed three goals in the final two periods of the goal-scoring bonanza that was the Capitals' 7-6 win in Anaheim Wednesday night. He was also in net on Feb. 8 when the two teams met at Verizon Center with the Sharks handing the Capitals a 2-0 loss.

--Coach Bruce Boudreau said Mike Green will not face the Sharks but that the defenseman's tests went well yesterday afternoon. This will be the third consecutive game Green has missed with an inner-ear trauma that resulted from when he was struck in the head by a puck on Feb. 6 against Pittsburgh.

--Green did skate this morning with the rest of the scratches -- Eric Fehr (shoulder), D.J. King and Patrick McNeill.

--Scott Hannan blocked a shot last night that hit him in the upper back but Boudreau said the veteran defenseman is good to go tonight.

By Katie Carrera  | February 17, 2011; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, San Jose Sharks  
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Comments

At some point BB is gonna have to stick with one either Varlamov or Nuevirth...BB has too short of a leash with them

Posted by: kickass10101 | February 17, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Got rid of that last thread fast eh?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 17, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@kickass10101 at some point one of them has to do something to prove they deserve to be the number 1.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 17, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The coach won't decide on agoalie untilright before the playoffs, they are both still developing so the plan was to have them split the season

Posted by: boomer44 | February 17, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The Caps were giving up buttloads of time and space to the Ducks last night. That may have been our worst start to a game this season... undoubtedly among the worst. And that was after yet more talk about 60-min efforts, starting out strong, etc... There was every reason to have a great sense of urgency and come out strong, everything considered. Instead, the ice was tilted to the extreme and we were on our heels in the d-zone for the majority of the first 6 or 7 min.

So, 2nd night of a road b2b against a quality Sharks team... Hmmm...

Anything can happen on any given night in this sport but...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 17, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

OK, I've lost my patience. Why is Tyler Sloan playing when we brought up PMac??!!!!! This rookie's NHL debut would be BETTER than Tyler Sloan in the lineup!

Posted by: goaliemama | February 17, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE GMGM TRADE FOR VOKOUN!!!!!!

Posted by: caps4life2 | February 17, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Varly, Matt P, 1st rounder for Vokoun & Weiss
Make it happen

Posted by: caps4life2 | February 17, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If the Panthers gave up Vokoun and Weiss for Varly (or neuvirth), Matt P. and a 1st, I would drive them there, myself...

Posted by: cotelloer | February 17, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Varly, Matt P, 1st rounder for Vokoun & Weiss
Make it happen

Posted by: caps4life2 | February 17, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

With that trade we are way over the cap.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 17, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Few good teams want a big, extremely slow, extremely underly physical d-man no matter how good he is positionally or with his stick. I don't think that even a team as potentially desperate as VAN would do that. Schultz would get eaten alive in the West.

Posted by: tmac2yao |

Isn't that pretty much what Hal Gill is? Each average about 1 hit per game.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 17, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

ok, toss in Poti too!!

Posted by: caps4life2 | February 17, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

IIRC, we got absolutely dominated by SJ last time we visited the Shark Tank. It was one of our worst performances of the year, much worse than the final score reflected. SJ dominated us physically and in terms of execution. It was pretty much the definition of a puck possession clinic. SJ was passing tape to tape all night while we could barely make one pass. They completely dominated the neutral zone. It was as if we weren't even there. I believe we scored a late meaningless goal and I think that was the game where OV got frustrated late and took it out on a Sharks defender, hitting him 3 consecutive times. Or was that against BOS? Maybe he did something like that in both games. We did crush SJ when they came to DC earlier in the year, getting on them early with the PP (5-on-3?). SJ looked like they were skating in quicksand that game but I still thought what they did to us in SJ was worse.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 17, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

While getting Weiss and Vokoun would be great, do you really think Florida is stupid enough to trade WITHIN the division?

I would be very surprised if GMGM pulled that out of his @ss.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 17, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm probably too hard on Schultz and I do see the things that he does well. He's improved along the boards and marginally in other areas but his lack of speed and physicality are just too much too overcome, imo. He needs to greatly increase his physical presence to change my opinion of him and I just don't think he has it in him. I wouldn't have any hesitation to move him for a marginal return. I don't fear that we'd be giving up anything close to what our scouts projected he'd be at the time of the draft.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 17, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Schulz needs to go work with a skating coach and try to improve his speed and quickness. He doesn't need to be fast or even have average speed and quickness, but just better than he has now.

If he has already spends a lot of time with a skating coach then I would say that he needs to get a different coach and try some new things.

His physicallity needs to increase but that has been improving. He does a good job along the boards of pinning the offensive player on the boards and then knocking the puck out but not allowing the offensive player to go after it as he remains pinned on the boards.

The problem is that sometimes Schulz is too slow and he misses the guy when he tries to pin them. Once Schulz makes contact that offensive player basically doens't move.

Schulz's skating in open ice is not good, but his positioning and stick work does make up for it on a lot of occasions. But he still needs to improve his skating.

Schulz is who he is. He will never be a top pairing D-man. He struggles going against opposing teams top lines. But he does a good job against other lines.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 17, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Scratch King keep playing passive guys instead then lose some more flat games or wild peewee hockey matches. Yawn.

Posted by: timKosecki | February 17, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

And the Ducks get tougher and grittier, for only a 6th rounder. Ugh.

Posted by: timKosecki | February 17, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Varly, Matt P, 1st rounder for Vokoun & Weiss
Make it happen

Posted by: caps4life2

Please do not!!!! We do pretty well with our first round picks. Might need all of our chips for Iginla or Richards. REAL impact players.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 17, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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