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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Optional practice for the Capitals after back-to-back wins

By Katie Carrera

A very optional practice is underway at Kettler Capitals Iceplex where only eight players who were in the lineup for Monday's 2-1 shootout win over the Lightning are on the ice. Mike Green is skating for the second consecutive day since suffering a second hit to the head that caused what is believed to be a concussion.

In no particular order those skating are: Green, Braden Holtby, Jeff Schultz, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Tom Poti, Tyler Sloan, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Matt Hendricks, Boyd Gordon, Matt Bradley and D.J. King.

By Katie Carrera  | March 8, 2011; 11:31 AM ET
 
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Green can't be rushed, we've got 15 games left, we need him 100% for the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

55 may not have blocked a shot but the pass he blocked on the 2 on 1 caused by Erskine's pinch was more of a goal saving play then any blocked shot by any player in that game last night. I also remember a PK last night where Erskine just stood still and the the TB guy get closer to the net and took the shot without every trying to take away time or space from the shooter. Stats don't tell the whole stroy of the game.

Posted by: icehammer97 |

Again, I have to ask, what does this have to do with not blocking a single shot? I know you feel the need to defend Schultz, but the fact that he played a 2 on 1 well has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he didn't record a single blocked shot. He's second on our team in blocked shots, so it's not like I am calling his game out, I am talking about this one single game. How does a defenseman, playing the PK, go an entire game without blocking shot?

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

They should have given everyone the day off and locked the doors to Kettler. Fire Boudreau!

Posted by: larryn703 | March 8, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree richmondphil. Poti isn't as gifted offensively as Green but he definitely moves the puck up ice very well. He also has that nice short side pass when he looks like he is going to carry the puck around the net in the offensive zone. He has set players for one-times many times with that play.

Not sure why Schultz is even getting blasted here today. He played extremely solid yesterday. Schultz doesn't make bone jarring hits, accept it, but he is very good at bringing a forward to the boards and squashing plays before they can develope, all while not getting called for a bunch of minor penalties. Schultz also made some good decisions on when to pinch and when to give up the blue line. Let the Schultz bashing commence or resume, but he's a steady defenseman. He's not flashy but he's not paid to be flashy.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 8, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Marty St Louis was called because of the route he took. Yes, Brooks put a body on his which ultimately caused him to run into Holtby but he wasn't pushed or guided into the paint. He chose to try to squeeze between Brooks and Holtby in the Blue paint. Then he just laid there even though Brooks wasn't holding him down. That's why it was goaltender interference without being a penalty. Players are not supposed to cruise through the blue paint when the goaltender is trying to make a play. Holtby wasn't even able to come to to the top of his crease to challenge the shot because St. Louis was cruising through. Would I have been upset if the call had gone against the Caps, yup, but it has gone against the Caps at crucial times so I don't feel sorry for the Lightning.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 8, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Again, I have to ask, what does this have to do with not blocking a single shot? I know you feel the need to defend Schultz, but the fact that he played a 2 on 1 well has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he didn't record a single blocked shot. He's second on our team in blocked shots, so it's not like I am calling his game out, I am talking about this one single game. How does a defenseman, playing the PK, go an entire game without blocking shot?

Posted by: richmondphil2

It does have to do with that because if you prevent a shot from being taken that will bring down the number of shot blocks you have as the opposing team is taking less shots due to the defense. If Schulz missed the pass he would have had the opportunity to move over and block the shot. But it was Schulz's play to prevent the pass that did not give him the chance to block a shot.

Since Tampa didn't have that many shots overall, I am not too worried about it. It was one game, there are always going to be games when a player doesn't block a shot. Whether it is caused by the players in front of you blocking shots that you would have blocked, or a defenseman preventing shot opportunities, or whatever. It's not a big deal.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I strongly disagree with you that the MSL call was not the right call. Watch the video again and take a look at MSL's stick and how he pushes Holtby's left pad with it. It was that action by MSL that created the goaltender interference. MSL shoved Holtby's left pad into the net.

Posted by: sgm3 |

Laich pushed St. Louis down in the first place. It shouldn't have been a goal, but probably a tripping minor on Laich.


Honestly, Holtby would not have saved that goal anyway, he was flopping around before his crease got crowded.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Nick Backstrom Injury?

Posted by: sklausner | March 8, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil2 - On a PK, a large % of the blocked shots are by the center. The D are quite often battling in the corners or clearing out the crease. Schultz is too frequently blasted for incidentals. When people can point out glaring mistakes on a regular basis, there might be a case against him.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 8, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Nick Backstrom Injury?

Posted by: sklausner | March 8, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Again, I have to ask, what does this have to do with not blocking a single shot? I know you feel the need to defend Schultz, but the fact that he played a 2 on 1 well has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he didn't record a single blocked shot. He's second on our team in blocked shots, so it's not like I am calling his game out, I am talking about this one single game. How does a defenseman, playing the PK, go an entire game without blocking shot?

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

What I am defending is the fact that everyone is acting like because he didn't block a shot that he had a bad game or didn't help us win that game. Even the league leader in blocks averages less then 3 a game and after Girardi and his massive lead that number goes to under 2.6 a game. If you get 3, 4, or 5 in some games you are going to have some games with 0, 1, or 2. What I keep trying to go against is those who are saying that he stood around not doing anything.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

If Schulz missed the pass he would have had the opportunity to move over and block the shot. But it was Schulz's play to prevent the pass that did not give him the chance to block a shot.
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Oh, so if he played this one single play differently, he would have recorded a blocked shot. Gotcha, I see it now.

FYI, I remember on a few occasions last night that Schultz missed a blocked shot. Yes, he was trying to block it and he missed it. I also remember Erskine missing a blocked shot. So yes, it is about not recording a single blocked shot in a single game and although not a big deal, it is enough to be noted and probably examined. Why did one of our better shot-blockers all of sudden not block any shots? He played the PK. He missed at least one blocked shot.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom fell on his injured hand. Apparently wanted to play but they held him out as a precaution.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 8, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

What I am defending is the fact that everyone is acting like because he didn't block a shot that he had a bad game or didn't help us win that game.

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No, that is your subjective spin on comments which have nothing to do with it.

The dichotomy this blog has now is sickening. "Kool-aid" and "goat's blood" should just be banned because you can't even make a comment without someone interpreting it as one extreme or another.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Katie Carrera
No further updates on Backstrom and Neuvirth. Neither skated today but both got treatment, Boudreau said. We should know more tomorrow.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Laich pushed St. Louis down in the first place. It shouldn't have been a goal, but probably a tripping minor on Laich.


Honestly, Holtby would not have saved that goal anyway, he was flopping around before his crease got crowded.

Posted by: richmondphil2

The stick to Holtby's pads occurred before MSL fell. So before the "trip". If you want to say the Caps deserved a penalty on the play, fine. But that is a different subject than whether it was interference or not.

Holtby may very well not have saved the shot, but that is irrelevant because he was never given the oppotunity because of the interference.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

On a PK, a large % of the blocked shots are by the center. The D are quite often battling in the corners or clearing out the crease. Schultz is too frequently blasted for incidentals. When people can point out glaring mistakes on a regular basis, there might be a case against him.

Posted by: gonchpup

Okay, so when Ovi goes a game without recording a shot and someone calls him out for it, I am going to remember this incident. Apparently I can't make a comment about Schultz, one of our top shot blockers, not blocking a shot in a game without it being viewed as just bashing Schultz.

Remember, you also can't get mad when/if B. Gordo loses all of his faceoffs either. You also can't make a comment when Bradley or an energy guy isn't physical in a game.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The stick to Holtby's pads occurred before MSL fell. So before the "trip". If you want to say the Caps deserved a penalty on the play, fine. But that is a different subject than whether it was interference or not.

Holtby may very well not have saved the shot, but that is irrelevant because he was never given the oppotunity because of the interference.

Posted by: sgm3

It is casual to the second incident happening, so no, it actually is the same subject as the interference. If the trip did not happen, the interference, as it happened, would not have happened.

I understand that it is irrelevant, but pragmatically speaking, we all know Holtby would not have saved it anyway, barring some sort of miracle stick save.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

So yes, it is about not recording a single blocked shot in a single game and although not a big deal, it is enough to be noted and probably examined. Why did one of our better shot-blockers all of sudden not block any shots? He played the PK. He missed at least one blocked shot.

Posted by: richmondphil2

So if Schulz blocked one shot then this wouldn't be worth being "examined". You realize that ONE shot block is about 1 second of playing. So if a shot was a few inches in one direction and hit Schulz everything would be okay?

You are overreacting to a one game aberration. If Schulz goes 3 or 4 games without a blocked shot, or doesn't block a shot in 3 or 4 games out of 10, then there would be something to examine.

One game without ONE blocked shot is statistically insignificant when you consider players usually end up with only 1 or 2 blocked shots in game.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so when Ovi goes a game without recording a shot and someone calls him out for it, I am going to remember this incident. Apparently I can't make a comment about Schultz, one of our top shot blockers, not blocking a shot in a game without it being viewed as just bashing Schultz.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Schultz, who you have called one of our best shot blockers, averages less then 2 blocks a game. Ovechkin averages over 4.5 shots a game. There is a differnce between getting 0 of something you get 1 or 2 of on a normal game and getting 0 of something that you do over 4.5 times a game. My original defense came becasue Vermont was using the fact that 55 didn't get a single blocked shot or hit was a way of showing he should not be playing when Green is healthy that Erskine should be. I wasn't saying that you could not say something based off this game but was talking to Vermont saying that just because Erskine had 2 blocks ment he did more to hold the Bolts to 1 goal then Schultz who didn't block a single shot.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil - I re-read your initial point and see your perspective. As in this game, sometimes the need or situation to block a shot just doesn't occur (not for a lack of hustle). Too often I see Schultz's name being brought up and try to come back with a different view. I still see him as a steady and consistant positional player. What many would prefer is just not his game.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 8, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"It is casual to the second incident happening, so no, it actually is the same subject as the interference. If the trip did not happen, the interference, as it happened, would not have happened."

IMO, the "trip" occurred after MSL already interferred with Holtby. While Laich definitely assisted in MSL interfering with Holtby, Laich was not the sole cause of the interference. MSL's speed going to the crease was a contributing factor and thus it was interference regardless of whether Laich's play was a penalty or not. The call made on the ice was correct to not allow the goal. If the ref wanted to call a penalty on Laich too, the goal still would have been disallowed.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so if most of that is directed towards Vermont, why did you @me then?

By the way, we are talking about averages and percentages. So if Schultz averages ~2 and only gets 1, then Ovi should get about 2.25 shots. If Schultz gets 0 blocked shots, which he did, then Ovi would get 0 shots.

I am overreacting to a one game aberration by noting/calling it disturbing that Schultz didn't block a single shot? Again, so no one is allowed to call Ovi out for not getting a shot on net, or I guess to make icehammer happy, only 1 or 2 shots on net. When Bradley brings no energy one game, I guess it's just an aberration and no one is even allowed to comment on it. If anyone is overreacting, it's you guys and your defense of Schultz.


This dichotomy is calling me.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

As in this game, sometimes the need or situation to block a shot just doesn't occur (not for a lack of hustle).

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I saw, with my eyes, him miss a blocked shot last night. I also saw Erskine missed a blocked shot. I saw Carlson, our team-leader in blocked shots, miss one. I saw a lot of players on both teams missed blocked shots. I point this out before anyone assumes I am just calling Schultz out. Now back to Schultz, the guy who I am talking about, I find it interesting that he didn't record a single blocked shot last night, considering that he is 2nd on our team in blocked shots.

And to my original point, generally, in games our blocked shot count is far less than the opposition. It was a big reason why we struggled with the Rangers and the Pens two years ago and the Habs last year. Forwards need to generate better shots and get them to the net if don't want another offensive struggle like last year versus the Habs.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

am overreacting to a one game aberration by noting/calling it disturbing that Schultz didn't block a single shot? Again, so no one is allowed to call Ovi out for not getting a shot on net, or I guess to make icehammer happy, only 1 or 2 shots on net. When Bradley brings no energy one game, I guess it's just an aberration and no one is even allowed to comment on it. If anyone is overreacting, it's you guys and your defense of Schultz.


This dichotomy is calling me.

Posted by: richmondphil2

It's not a dichotomy, there is a statisticl difference between getting an average of 2 blocked shots per game compared to another event in which happens more often(lets say team shots per game). It's called standard deviation.

If the Caps average 30 shots per game and then one game they get 15, you are saying that that is equal to Schulz going from 2 blocked shots in a game to 1 BS. However, while each is half the decrese of 30 to 15 is much more significant and rare becaue of the amount of overall shots. It only takes a decrease of ONE opportunity to cut in half Schulz's BS average, while when you think of shots on goal, the mere repitition of the activity makes it much less probably that a team that averages 30 shots in a game will only have 15, and almost no chance that a team who averages 30 shots in a game will end up wtih 0. It is much more probably a player who averages 2 blocked shots per game will have 1 or even 0. This is a necessity as it averages out the games in which said player has 3 or 4 BS in a game.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@richphil - for those that you are counting as "missed blocks" - were all of those shots on goal? If not, then you can't say the attempt didn't accomplish the goal

Posted by: hook99 | March 8, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Schultz played 21 shifts last night without a blocked shot, so what?
Against Florida the night before last, Erskine played 19 shifts without a blocked shot, so what?

Sometimes stuff like that happens.

Posted by: piratusus | March 8, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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