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Neuvirth is Back (Update)

Michal Neuvirth drove back from Hershey last night and is in net this morning at KCI. Defenseman Staffan Kronwall is also on the ice and wearing No. 44 and Alexander Semin is the only player not on the ice at the moment.

He did, however, skate briefly in shorts and without pads before the rest of the team was set for full practice I'm told.

More to come after practice...

Update: Viktor Kozlov went off the ice after 15-20 minutes of practice and Brian Pothier is skating with the forwards, probably because there are eight other defensemen on the ice at the moment.

Speaking of which, here's what the defensive pairings look like:
Schultz-Green
Morrisonn-Poti
Alzner-Erskine
Jurcina-Kronwall

Forwards:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Nylander
Laich-Fedorov-Kozlov Pothier
Fleischmann-Steckel-Fehr
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley

By Katie Carrera  |  February 9, 2009; 10:33 AM ET
 
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At the game Saturday night, I was encouraged by the lead in to the National Anthem encouraging fans to sing loud and proud. Hard to tell the response because Caleb is such a strong singer, but I was feeling it.

Now, about those chants.... I kid, I kid.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

First :P

Posted by: thegr8one | February 9, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Who WAS the announcer on Saturday night, anyway?

Semin skating in shorts... hmm... I wonder who has better legs, him or Ovechkin...? ;-)

*HIDES!*

Posted by: irockthered | February 9, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Any word on whether Kronwall's work paperwork has come through, Tarik? I'm hoping to see him play Wednesday.

Thanks!

Also, I'm going out for that Star-Spangled Sing-Off thing. Why not? *shrug* Wish me luck.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Staffan Kronwall is wearing No. 44. Not a good sign. ; )
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: fauxrumors | February 9, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@IRTR:

The announcer on Saturday was Byron Hudloft - he's usually in the box with Wes, I guess as his assistant. Years ago he was our Caps sth sales rep. Physically he's the opposite of Wes - tall and thin. I liked his voice - although not as intense as Wes.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 9, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Good to see Kozlov back. Lets hope Semin is just nursing something...but for him to have Sunday off, and not be good enough to go today.....

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Our usual golden throated, booming voice announcer, Wes Johnson, had the flu last Saturday... he was ably replaced by Byron (sorry, don't know his last name) who typically serves as the PA's assistant. Did a nice job but doesn't quite have Wes' pipes.

Posted by: Dave_in_Alexandria | February 9, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Katie Carrera,
Has the IT department considered converting this blog into one where threads will hang out of a particular comment? As opposed to the current free-for-all which changes only when there is a new post from either you or Tarik?
I am not sure that I have asked the question clearly, so here is an example of what I am talking about:
http://forum.planet-f1.com/index.php?t=thread&frm_id=3&

Posted by: hock1 | February 9, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Good Luck Kitty. Have fun with it. I personally wouldn't go near any singing contest. I have no illusions about my voice. I get laughed at enough in life without going out and looking for it. :)

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Also, I'm going out for that Star-Spangled Sing-Off thing. Why not? *shrug* Wish me luck.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 10:45 AM


As Mrs. 117 is doing the same thing, I hope you place a strong 2nd.

Posted by: Section117 | February 9, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"Semin skating in shorts... hmm... I wonder who has better legs, him or Ovechkin...? ;-)"

Did he actually said that? And there is no outcry for the sexist remark? LOL. Imagine saying that if it had been an athlete of the female gender.

Posted by: hock1 | February 9, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Kittypawz and Mrs. 117. I hope you both make it. Don't forget the lyrics and don't fall in the ice.

Posted by: hock1 | February 9, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

IRTR is a she, so she gets a pass.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Well, maybe she gets a pass. Hard to tell sometimes on here.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Semin is working out on the heavy bag as we speak.

Posted by: majiksea | February 9, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

@hock1: Thanks.

@Section117: I'm told they're looking for a 30-second clip of any other song for the initial cuts - this is typical of auditions of any kind. Trying to get details. I wish the Mrs. luck :)

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm told they're looking for a 30-second clip of any other song for the initial cuts - this is typical of auditions of any kind. Trying to get details. I wish the Mrs. luck :)

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 11:19 AM

She's submitted said sample AFAIK, and she's done it for a couple of DCU games before. Good times.

Posted by: Section117 | February 9, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Good luck KittyPawz and Mrs. Section117!!! It'll be really nice to have people sing our national anthem that we know!

Posted by: Greg S. | February 9, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I wish both Mrs. 117 and Kittypawz the best of luck, for doing something I would never even consider, my singing murders people haha.
And I'd put a vote to Semin having better legs.

Posted by: abuddy2004 | February 9, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Update: (See what i mean Mr. Bean?)

Guess by now everyone that is not a newbie is starting to see this picture. Picasso couldn't have painted a more beaufiful scenario. Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead: Really really Good News UPDATE!!!

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

cool

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It has been so long since I have seen Pothier in a game I don't really remember if he has game. If he was back at his pre-injury level of play how would he rate in comparison with our other d-men?

Posted by: JayHoo89 | February 9, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Pothier is a great defensemen. If we could get him back in his Pre-injury state that'd be a wonderful addition to the Caps D lineup.
He moves the puck well up ice and is a stabilizing factor.
Let's put it this way, I'd play a pre-injury Pothier become everyone except Greenie, Poti (and now Alzner).

Posted by: tURBO8 | February 9, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

pots struggled in his first year here because he was logging a ton of minutes. as tarik has pointed out, he's not the biggest guy and he's not really a top minute guy. however, he's good on the pplay and should be able to log 3-4 dman type minutes. i think he was showing some good results before he got hurt last year.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 9, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else get an inordinate amount of enjoyment out of saying 'noy-vert'?

Posted by: EBC1 | February 9, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Pothier skating with the forwards? Hmm... Looks like he's getting very close. I sure hope he's doing the right thing after being off ice for over a year and out of competition for even longer. Just have to ask if it's worth the risk.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 9, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Pothier needs to retire himself.

There's a lot in the news lately about the degenerative effect of concussion histories like his. His brain may rewire so he can go out and take more hits but the damage is done and is likely worsening.

Posted by: austinsteve | February 9, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

@Section117: That 30-second song will be done live, not recorded, as initial cuts. She should bring something, but then it sounds like she's pretty experienced and will know what to do.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Considering where Pothier was over the summer, I am thrilled with his progress. I hope that he gets to the point that the decision on playing is his to make. Now, if he is cleared and decides to play again, I will cringe every time he takes a heavy hit.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Re: Pothier - not my call to make, personally. I think he's said that he will wait to make that decision until he is fully healthy (meaning cleared for contact). It's up to him and his family - I'm sure he knows what the risks are, better than any of us. The nes media does not a doctor make me, nor does it make me a hockey player or married to one. Everybody's got to decide what is best for themselves, so I'll support him whichever way he chooses to go.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

@jayhoo

pothier is actually quite a good little defense man. He can move the puck, use grit when needed, and play his position as well. he had stellar seasons in Ottawa.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@_Mark - Actually, I was being extremely sexist, on purpose, to see who took the bait, LOL! But I'll take the pass anyway. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 9, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I know the game isn't till Wed, but does this mean Jurcina is the odd man out for the game??

What does coach BB see in Schultz, other than him being 6 6 221? I'd much rather see Jurcina in there than Schultz! Schultz doesn't do that much on the ice. As of late, he has been getting burnt on almost every play, and he doesn't seem to be hitting as much as that 6'6" 221 body frame should be hitting. In my opinion the top 6 def that should be in game in and game out with the exception of a game rest here and there should be: Green, Morrison, Poti, Jurcina, Alzner, and Erskine. Yes, I did say Erskine. He isnt't that fast, but he is physical.
Please tell me what the coaching staff sees in Schultz?

Posted by: Thomas32 | February 9, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I'd guess that Mo sits next game.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Lord Byron for President.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 9, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I would actually prefer Juice and Alzner stay together. They seem to be a good pair

Posted by: Leeguru | February 9, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Caps Penguins game on National TV.

This will be the Pens 3rd game in 4 days with them playing @ Philly the afternoon before.

We have Colorado @ home Friday, Saturday off...and rested for Sunday.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

hey guys this is off-topic but I wanted to see if anyone here could help me out. I've been trying to find tickets to any upcoming games and I've been looking at websites (stub hub, eztickets), have any of you actually bought tickets from there? I just want to be sure that these sites are reliable before i actually order anything.

Also, me being a poor college student, its getting harder and harder for me to make it out to games because of the high prices. unfortunately i can't attend student rush nights either, because i have class on thursday nights, so if you guys know of any places where I could find cheap tickets or reasonably priced tickets please let me know, any help is welcome

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | February 9, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I've used Stub Hub and been happy with it. Legit process -- more reliable than the guys on the street.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 9, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@diehardcapsfan - The ticket exchange on the caps website is your best bet.

Go to washingtoncaps.com the under tickets, click Capitals Ticket Exchange. Should be self explanatory from there.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 9, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@diehard

Go to Craigslist, or just come up to Verizon with the some cash before the game. $25 a ticket might get you a nose-bleed upper for the Montreal Game.

If your looking for cheap, stay away from weekend games.

most of those ticket sites are looking to make a profit, so I wouldnt bother.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Craig's list and ebay also sell tickets. I prefer CL because people are more reasonable on it in my experience. I've tried the Caps ticket exchange, but they usually do not have as good deals as Stub Hub and CL

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 9, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Also, Dont bother trying to buy from a scalper until right around faceoff.

The price will drop when they start to worry that they might have extra's.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Not getting an NHL paycheck for the next 4 or so years, or not being able to clean yourself or know your name in 15 years.

Solving the first problem is hard, but not as hard as the second.

But I guess technically it's a decision.
:)

Posted by: austinsteve | February 9, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

In terms of Pothier & money...you'd have to assume these guys have insurance policies that would pay out most of his salary if he was forced to retire.

I remember Bryan Berard got a big settlement (like 6 mil maybe?) after his eye indecent. He eventually came back and played and had to repay most of the money.

Posted by: Jeff_ | February 9, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@diehard: I agree with sombreroguy. Go to the ticketexchange under the ticket section of the Caps webpage. You will pay about $31 (tickemaster fees are about 5-6 bucks) for a ticket with a face value of $25. Games like the Pens are $40 at the very least so they will be more expensive. When you buy tickets from the ticketexchange you are buying season ticket holder seats so they are legit. I've had to sell a few and they just void my tickets and send you an email with a barcode (ticket) to get into the game. I'm in the "nose bleed" but not only are they less expensive I don't have to try to watch the game through multiple panes of plexiglass. Anyhow, I do have a spare on occasion and would be willing to get a die hard in for free if you're willing to provide a wish list.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 9, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"Staffan Kronwall is wearing No. 44. Not a good sign. ; )"
Posted by: fauxrumors

it's been a long morning, and maybe i'm being a little slow, but i don't get the joke... can anyone help?

Posted by: chevychase1 | February 9, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@diehard - I wouldn't buy a ticket from a scalper on a bet. I wouldn't be 100% sure it was a legitimate ticket and the guy wouldn't just vanish with my hard-earned cash. I'm with fanohock1 and SombreroGuy - go to the Ticket Exchange. That way, you know the ticket is A) real, and B) you're the only one who owns it.

Posted by: irockthered | February 9, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

44 was Eminger's number

Posted by: Greg S. | February 9, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@ Tarik:
RE: Pothier,
Given Pots has been out of competition for a while, does he have a (what I loosely call) a no send down clause? Meaning for conditioning purposes would he be allowed to play with the bears for a few games to get him p to speed? Or does his contract state he can't be sent to the minors? I would love to see him back in a 3-4 role but the liability of him being out this long is too great right now in the stretch.

Posted by: caps28fan | February 9, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

She should bring something, but then it sounds like she's pretty experienced and will know what to do.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 12:23 PM


I'm just there for the support and the ice level access ;)

Posted by: Section117 | February 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

tickets from caps ticketexchange are always totally legit. however, generally speaking, i pay less when i use craigslist DC. i've used it a bunch of times- never been ripped off. the sellers are usually willing to meet somewhere convenient, or have you pick up tickets from their home or office. the prices are good and usually around face value -- i've been to eight or so games this year, 3 of which i paid under face value (but don't expect that for the really popular matchups that sell out in advance like pittsburgh, phila, boston, nyr, etc). Last summer I even got a pair of tickets for virgin festival in baltimore that were almost half off.

Posted by: chevychase1 | February 9, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Greener is the 3rd Star again...

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=408511

Posted by: tURBO8 | February 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Eminger also wore #8. Zednick was #44 in his first stint with the Caps when he was like a Bondra junior during the Zed Head era.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 9, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S
but of course! i clearly should have done a bit more thinking before asking. but, like i said, it's been a long morning.

Posted by: chevychase1 | February 9, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyone can be sent down for conditioning stint after injury. There's a set amount of time that the stint cannot go beyond. I think it's 10 games, or 10 days. Not sure which. It isn't that long a time.

Conditioning assignments circumvent waiver rules and can only be used for bonifide injury rehabs coming back.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

caps28fan, you can send a LTIR player very briefly to the minors for conditioning, six days or three games, with a one-time extension for two more games. You can only use the conditioning exemption once per LTIR stint, so it only makes sense to do it just before you take someone off LTIR.

Posted by: koalatek | February 9, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@ koalatek
thanks very much for posting that info.

Posted by: caps28fan | February 9, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Emminger was a good player, but Hanlon didn't like the way he played so therefor he was a healthy scractch. He was a good player though. He's better than Schultz!!!!!

Posted by: Thomas32 | February 9, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the collective bargaining agreement's section on conditioning loans is a pain in the butt. Legalese notwithstanding, basically, it's 6 days and 3 games, and they're allowed one extension, for 2 games, at the Commissioner's discretion.

It's not very long, and it's for "determining fitness to play". Since (assuming I'm translating the legalese correctly) it can only be used once each time a player's on a long-term injury exception, I'd think it would be a last resort, when the team is 99% sure the player is good to go.

@Any lawyers in the house It's here: http://www.nhlpa.com/CBA/index.asp - they have a link to a .pdf, and the section in question is 13.9 - I'd appreciate clarification...

Posted by: irockthered | February 9, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

His back? What's wrong with his back???? Both of our young goalies are out??? PANIC!!!!

Oh, he's back in DC... That could have been phrased better :-P

Posted by: Raber | February 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"His back? What's wrong with his back???? "
I done plain forgot I shuld had done and 'ttended them english classes while my granddady pay fo' my college university. Oh, hell, i did hav' a good time. ain't complaining none of it.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

it got me a job wit' the washington post.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

diehardcaps fan

Try craigslist or the Caps website for tickets from stholders.

Posted by: labyrinth59 | February 9, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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