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Neuvirth appears set to start, Green says he'll play

Michal Neuvirth came off the ice first, which most likely means he'll be the starter tonight against Phoenix. It will be his first start since Jan. 13 in Florida, where he got pulled for the second night in a row.

Mike Green, meantime, said he'll be back in the lineup after missing Thursday's game with a sore hand. He was struck by a shot on his left hand in the second period against Detroit.

John Erskine also looks like he'll be back. Brian Pothier, however, is still on the ice for extra work, so he probably is not.

I'll have more after the skate.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 23, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
 
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Theo must be tired.

I would of thought he started tonight since he is on a roll, and let Neuvy start vs the Islanders.

Go get em kid....

Posted by: SA-Town | January 23, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Play strong in front of Nuevy tonight Caps. Get his confidence back up. If it was down that is.

Tonight is the State University of New York College at Brockport Alumni Night at the Caps game. So, my wife and I will be there in the club before the game. I won't be drinking since our two kids will be there too. Already got a volunteer to hold my beer for me.

Go Caps! Go Brockport Golden Eagles!

Posted by: lornemyoung | January 23, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Looking forward to another HD victory tonight. Hope the Greenie is feeling healthy.

Posted by: crooks_c | January 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Going to my first Caps game tonight at Verizon Center - in fact, first game since the 80's at the old Caps Center. Can't wait!

Go Nuevy, GO CAPS!!

Posted by: hithere1 | January 23, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Going to my first Caps game tonight at Verizon Center - in fact, first game since the 80's at the old Caps Center. Can't wait!

Go Nuevy, GO CAPS!!

Posted by: hithere1 | January 23, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Thats great... Welcome back.

Posted by: JSchon | January 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

if there ever is an excuse to ban fighting in the NHL, punks like Carcillo are doing their best to deliver... just goes to show they aren't really that smart.

one of these days they're gonna hurt a star player in a fight, there will be an outcry to ban it altogether and they will effectively eliminate themselves from the NHL on their own.

most hockey fans may tolerate their existance but once they start messing with the stars, they're playing with fire... nobody is gonna pay good money to see these punks play hockey, we pay money to see the stars play.

Posted by: joek443 | January 23, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown has another game at Verizon Center today at noon. Hopefully the ice won't be too bad for tonight's Caps game.

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 23, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Joek, I hate to defend that punk carcillo, but gaborik was a willing participant. If he doesn't drop his gloves then no fight. After watching the video, carcillo is not blameless cause he was giving gabby the business and clearly wanted to take him off the ice, which is part of his job. However, it's the rangers job to make sure it doesn't get to the point where gaborik has the drop the gloves. Just proves how great a move brads made in Tampa. Now the rags are making excuses and apologies.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 23, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Phoenix seems to have a very good D (131 GA) but the O is a little bit off with 137 GF. I think there wan't be a lot of shots on goal tonight ...

... therefore the idea of starting Neuvy to get some confidence back (if necessary at all) is the best decision at least in my view ...

... and Theo (three of less :-) ) can rest and will be ready to face the Islanders ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | January 23, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

doesn't matter if Gaborik was a willing participant - which is laughable in itself.

when you make a move like that, it puts YOUR star players in danger. I'd hate to be Briere, Carter or Richards next time the flyers face off against the rangers.

Posted by: joek443 | January 23, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

... and Theo (three of less :-) ) can rest and will be ready to face the Islanders ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | January 23, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


Threenomore?

Posted by: TotallyTacos | January 23, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@joek - I also would like to see the Carcillos of the world out of hockey. I'm not sure that even the type of catastrophe you describe would be sufficient to change the NHL game, however. Certainly, some portion of the fan base goes to games to see fights. I think there are more people turned off by the fighting, and league revenues would increase if there were a fighting ban. The popularity of Olympic hockey proves this every 4 years IMO. But not every team has an Ovi or Crosby to market, and I think there is a strong element within the game that sees fighting as at the core of the sport. It is hard to get a consensus now even to take action against head shots. I think the change will come, but unfortunately it will be a long time coming.

Posted by: zmega | January 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I remember watching a clip from a baseball game last year, forget which teams and players were involved.

a player got beaned after the pitcher from his team hit a batter on the other team - it was a clear retaliation. The player who got the retaliation did NOT get mad at the pitcher who hit him but he got mad at his own pitcher who started the whole thing. I think he went after his teammate and they actually fought in the dugout.

Posted by: joek443 | January 23, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@TotallyTacos

great, excellent ...

yeah: Threenomore!

Go Caps!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | January 23, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Good thing the Rags signed Brash to that million dollar contract to protect that best players....oh wait he was not even dressed.

Posted by: RichC3 | January 23, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Good thing the Rags signed Brash to that million dollar contract to protect that best players....oh wait he was not even dressed.

Posted by: RichC3 | January 23, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Exactly! I dont remember hearing why, was he injured? I can't imagine having brash and not dressing him for a game with the flyers! i mean. hello captain obvious.

Posted by: mrszilla | January 23, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Actually it does make a difference if gabby is a willing participant. If he doesn't drop his gloves the 99% chance there is no fight and the issue is moot. Now carcillo certainly did nothing to discourage it and I agree a bit with torts (yuck) that carcillo should not have been roughing up gabby like that. But hey, avery does the same cr@p.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 23, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@ zmega

could you imagine what would have come of the Rangers season had Gaborick gotten seriously injured?? they can't score even with him playing

when Mario Lemieux went after Bobby Gould many years ago and got KOed, it was his own stupidity. that move killed the Pens season that year.

Carcillo was lucky Gaborik didn't get hurt... or he would've had to consider coming up with excuses not to play against the Rangers this season and maybe longer

Posted by: joek443 | January 23, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

from last thread
Considering that many teams who clinch playoff spots early seem to let up and play rather mediocre hockey for the final few weeks, is there any support here for giving less ice time to the regulars once the Caps mathematically win the SE Division?
In other words, would the Caps be better off (from a rest and avoiding potential injury standpoint) if they pulled an Indianapolis Colts (who threw away their chance at a perfect season) and have the first line guys play not as much (or very little, if at all) in the final 3 weeks of the season?
Perhaps a bit unorthodox, and I'm sure guys with performance bonuses in their contracts might not be happy, but since the Cup is the ultimate goal, what difference does it make where the Caps finish (other than possibly the President's Trophy)? Would it not be more beneficial to rest Ovie and Co. occasionally and call up a rotating cast of hungry Bears over those final weeks?

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | January 23, 2010 1:42 AM

1) IMO this is exactly what should be done if they lock up the division early (unless BB has his eyes on the presidents trophy). you always here about development through 'ice time' - what better way is there to prepare your so called 'non skilled' players.
2) rest (reduced ice time) yes. sit them - no. they will still need to be playing as a team during this time. i think it would be to easy to 'get out of sync' if you go to far with 'resting your players'
3) again - resting (just reduced ice time) guys by three or four minutes a game will require additional ice time for others. i see BB making what might seem to be randon callups from hershey to see who can fill 'potential' needs. as there is no way to know who might get hurt and be unavailable - this makes sense to me.

no matter what GMGM and BB decide to do, i just don't see giving any ice time to someone whose may skill is fighting. even when they had brash there were stills teams and players that were willing to take runs at skilled guys. i would think (and hope) that the caps are taking measures to ensure they put together a group of players that give them the best chance at winning the SC.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 23, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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