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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Morning skate notes from Newark

By Katie Carrera

Before today's live Q&A gets going at 1 p.m. here are some quick notes from Prudential Center where the Capitals are preparing to take on the New Jersey Devils:

--Michal Neuvirth will make his 18th start of the season and second career appearance against the Devils tonight, but Coach Bruce Boudreau did say that Braden Holtby will play later this week.

"Every goalie has a bad outing now and again, you don't just give up on him. He'll play again," Boudreau said about wanting to give Holtby a chance to put his shaky start against Atlanta last Friday in the rear-view mirror.

Johan Hedberg will get the call in net for the Devils as the team is without cornerstone goaltender Martin Broudeur, who is sitting out at least 10 days with a bruised right elbow suffered on Nov. 3 after taking a shot from Chicago's Patrick Kane.

--D.J. King and Tom Poti were taking part in the scratches skate, so it looks like they'll be out. There's a good chance the line combinations will be similar to what the Capitals used Saturday against Philadelphia.

--Mike Knuble is not on the trip after taking a puck to the face in the second period of the Capitals' game Friday in Atlanta.

By Katie Carrera  | November 22, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, New Jersey Devils  
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Comments

"So we lose 5-0 to Atlanta and were down 3-1 at home vs. Philly and NO ONE on the team tried to change momentum with a fight? Does BB instruct his team to not initiate fights w/the other team for fear that our "stars" will get hurt?? Sure seems that way to me....."

Are you another one of the 70s/80s throwbacks that think the only way to climb back into a game is a fight? Look, I'm not going to lie, when things go to crap on the ice and blows are being thrown, I stand up and watch the fight and friggin' love it. On the other hand, I don't demand a fight take place when we are down.

How about you give the guys a little credit for coming back from 3-1 and 4-3 down in the 3rd period of their 3rd game in 4 nights to even salvage a point against the 2nd place team in the conference? Yeah, they lost in the shootout but the interference call on Backstrom in OT was a joke and forced the Caps to play for the shootout. No penalty on Backstrom and maybe the Caps win the game before the shootout, who knows.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 22, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Vermontcaps said:

"So we lose 5-0 to Atlanta and were down 3-1 at home vs. Philly and NO ONE on the team tried to change momentum with a fight? Does BB instruct his team to not initiate fights w/the other team for fear that our "stars" will get hurt?? Sure seems that way to me....."

Are you another one of the 70s/80s throwbacks that think the only way to climb back into a game is a fight? Look, I'm not going to lie, when things go to crap on the ice and blows are being thrown, I stand up and watch the fight and friggin' love it. On the other hand, I don't demand a fight take place when we are down.

How about you give the guys a little credit for coming back from 3-1 and 4-3 down in the 3rd period of their 3rd game in 4 nights to even salvage a point against the 2nd place team in the conference? Yeah, they lost in the shootout but the interference call on Backstrom in OT was a joke and forced the Caps to play for the shootout. No penalty on Backstrom and maybe the Caps win the game before the shootout, who knows.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice how CRAZY our schedule is this week and last!

we have every other day and a back to back between the 19th and the 28th and before that we had a bunch of every other...that last practice was the first they had been able to have in 8 days...and we won't have another day to just practice until almost December!

Posted by: capscoach | November 22, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach,

Better to have that schedule early in the season then coming into spring! I remember Abe used to bring the circus into the old Caps Centre around March of every year and bingo!! A nice ten day road trip only to return to crappy ice as they would lay down a new surface. Man Abe was a bad hockey owner!

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Capscoach: I went to the pregame chalk talk with Steve Kolbe last Sat. He had the same sense and didn't understand why since this is not an Olympic year. He checked and found that the reason is the four consecutive days off the Caps and Pens will have before the Winter Classic.

Posted by: pirate1 | November 22, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Capscoach: I went to the pore game chalk talk with Steve Kolbe who had the same question. He checked and the reason is the four consecutive days off the Caps and Pens have before the Winter Classic.

Posted by: pirate1 | November 22, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

bqts: Sloan has many nights off, unfortunately he just takes the night off while he is "playing". Which Sloan assist did you like better? The Boogaard or Byfuglien? My favorite is the Boogaard. I can't wait for his next horrible turnover!

Posted by: chriscaps | November 22, 2010 1:12 PM

Actually chriscaps, the better question is, whats the over/under in games until Sloan just gives up trying completely and each shift he will just take the puck...fire it on Neuvy or Holtby or Varly, then head to the bench until his next shift?

I say 3 games.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for double post. Stupid WaPo software.

Posted by: pirate1 | November 22, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...is CI broke again today? Whats with the posts not going through/delayed. LAME.

Speaking of lame, I saw BigLameSid posted a bit ago. Yay, I was worried he was gone.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DJ King acquisition was and is just a crap call by GMGM.

Posted by: doughless | November 22, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I too, am still waiting for the "best player in the world" to show up.

http://761south.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/ovis-breakout-game-is-coming/

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@ saoti

I wonder if did do that would we finally see some emotion on our bench :0

Posted by: bqts | November 22, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of lame, I saw BigLameSid posted a bit ago. Yay, I was worried he was gone.

thats b/c he only can come out after his team manages to win a game or 2. that way he can pretend that the Pens are perfect and Cindy Crysby is his girlfriend

Posted by: capscoach | November 22, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@ capscoach

If they are an item, then mario and cindy have finally borken up or is there still a reach around agreement ?

Posted by: bqts | November 22, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for DJ. Why even trade for the guy if he's not going to get a sweater. Especially after a couple of losses. You'd think BB would want to change it up a bit. ,I like what DJ brings, but it was pointless trade by GM.

Being down 3-1, I'm not necessarily looking for a fight from anyone, especially aganst Philly, but when you're down 5-0 in Atlanta's barn, send a message for next game.

Posted by: Fletch22 | November 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

so is there any news on the lines for tonight ?

Posted by: bqts | November 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@bqts

My best guess is that we will roll 4 lines of 3 on O, 3 lines of 2 on D, and 1 goalie.

Care to bet?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I dunno might be a risk ....... but better than dressing only 17 players :)

Posted by: bqts | November 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

sorry, work......yeah, i'm a 70s-90s throwback and, after your response, i still don't know why someone on the team didn't try to initiate a fight. Like yourself, i don't "demand" a fight take place whenever we fall behind.....but after a listless 5-0 trouncing against a division rival, and a similarly-listless 3-1 deficit against a hated historic rival at home, WHEN ELSE WOULD YOU SUGGEST STARTING A FIGHT TO SPARK THE TEAM/CHANGE THINGS UP??? Under BB, it's the style the team has chosen to play and because of it, i fear we won't we able to compete for the SC championship...it's hard to defend DJK right now, but i assert he's been mishandled since day #1 (or should i say ignored? i saw him plat lots in St. Louis; the man can skate and he's fearless; only in DC, where people think Brash was king, can King's attributes not be maximized)

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 22, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

besides, it's not like Flyers didn't dress people who'd be willing to oblige (Shelley, O'Donnell, Richards, Meszaros, and Hartnell to name a few)......i'd take nhl hockey of the 80s anyday over what we see now, but it doesn't have to be that way and that's what frustrates me right now (I've come to love the Bruins, too, and when Savard and Sturm return WATCH OUT; I believe they'll be better than us and I'd prefer that not happen)

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Agree that if Savard and Sturm get back, the Bruins will be in the mix at the top...if Cirelli can find the cap space without screwing the pooch...

Posted by: NorthFork1 | November 22, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

fighting has its place and time. Against the flyers in a game that had more whistles than there are homeless in DC(49% of the game was played with the man advantage btw)...I just don't think a fight would of done anything.

The team's well off now with 3 guys dressing every night than can fight and a 4rth actual heavy weight but still the Caps main method of revenge is their PP. Flyer's game we had 3 PPGs. Though the officiating was hilarious in that game so its not a great example of "pp revenge."

The caps haven't needed fights to get back in these games. What they needed is their Captain to start playing like he's the best damn player in the world, because he is and is doing a darn good impression of Tyler Sloan 80% of a game right now.

Posted by: breaklance | November 22, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

uh oh! Hedberg's a hot goalie! Don't forget that in 2001 Hedberg was a 'hot goalie' and beat the caps in the playoffs.

Posted by: festus75 | November 22, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Someone on here said Abe was a bad owner. That would be incorrect. He bought hockey to DC. He built the Verizon Center with his own money. I need to check but I think Abe Pollin teams also went further in the playoffs more tha Leonisis teams. Those team had a better work ethic than this group on the ice. They were also tougher teams.

Posted by: pkme | November 22, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Sure Ted is a great marketer and PR guy. However, Abe blew him out of the water with generous giving. Give me a break. Also I do not like all this BS destined for the Cup or America's hockey town. How about being low key and winning something before you start acting so cocky. Abe may have had his faults but I would take his style over Ted's anyday of the week.

Posted by: pkme | November 22, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

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