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Posted at 1:25 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Michal Neuvirth to start against Coyotes

By Katie Carrera

Michal Neuvirth will make his third start in four games tonight in Glendale, Ariz. and it will be his second career outing against Phoenix. He made 28 saves in last season's 4-2 win over the Coyotes at Verizon Center.

Some other quick notes from today's skate:
--Eric Fehr has been cleared for contact drills and took part in the workout in a regular, white practice jersey for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Jan. 14 in the Capitals game against Vancouver. He's still on the ice with D.J. King and the assistant coaches taking part in the scratches skate.

--Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin did not take part in the morning skate. Everyone else on the trip did, though.

More to come.

By Katie Carrera  | February 14, 2011; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Eric Fehr, Michal Neuvirth, Phoenix Coyotes  
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Comments

How/why could they possibly not take part in the morning skate??? STOP MAKING THESE SKATES OPTIONAL!!

Posted by: MattBradley10 | February 14, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Alex Ovechkin (and Alexander Semi) did not take part in the morning skate.

No Captain's surprise here.

Posted by: instinct227 | February 14, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds that Semin fails to close out the season healthy? 80/20?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 14, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau has to hold players accountable for poor play. Schultz has routinely been invisible or worse on the blue line. Boudreau should sit him for a good long time, not continue to reward him for terrible play by keeping him on the top line.

Posted by: 10642 | February 14, 2011 12:48 PM |


Agreed. He was horrible against the Kings and was responsible for their second goal, didn't even bother trying to body a guy who went right around him.

He led the team, and the NHL possibly, last year in +/-, but he's been slogging through this recent stretch and has hurt the team.

Also, on their first goal if Perreault had been working hard to backcheck on a breakaway he could have prevented the first goal. That was just a lack of focus and effort.

This road trip will define the season. If they falter here, they need to bring in a new voice who commands respect, has been through the fire before, and has an offensive background.

Posted by: saltine182 | February 14, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell Katie to NOT report when "Optional" isn't on the ice.

It's not even news any more nor has it been for quite some time.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 14, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Give Ovie a break. The flight must have been prety exhausting. And you don't know -- he probably had a middle seat. They just played a game -- well, Saturday afternoon. And BB always rides him so hard.

It's not like he's missed any other practices.

Posted by: sinbin | February 14, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

this is for everyone that ALWAYS complains about guys taking morning skates off. if you've ever seen one you'd realize that there is hardly any instruction going on. All its for is the players to loosen up pre-game if thats what they like to do. they arent running any power play schemes, working on the pk, nothing of substance at all. its just a review and some VERY BASIC drills. you'll also notice that players are allowed to come and go as they please. i've seen guys show up late and leave the ice early. maybe spend 10 minutes if that. so lets stop looking at morning skates as a show of defiance against the regime.

Posted by: Gotime32 | February 14, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

no excuse to either alex not to be on the ice. NONE! New rule, no game day skate, no game day ice time.

Posted by: Capfan12 | February 14, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

You guys are so comical. Katie puts it out there just so you'll bite and not only do you guys bite the worm, you get the pole, fisherman and the whole d@mn boat!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 14, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree morning skates are pretty loosely run. However, shouldn't the Team Captain at least be there, having a coffee, showing some leadership to the younger guys? I mean he doesn't have to skate, but set a damn example that the "ramp up" has started!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 14, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Get Nylander healthy and put him in as the 2C. Gets Semin the center he needs. Unfortunately, playing with MP is like playing shorthanded. He can win the puck in a physical battle, and when he carries it up the ice, they are offsides at least 75% of the time because he has to make the extra move at the blueline to avoid the contact. Semin was the best playoff performer a couple of years ago. Can't trade him...This team has too many 3rd , and 4th line players: Bradley, Steckel, Gordon, Chimera, Laich, King, Hendricks (but he will play physical), Fehr,

Only players with 1st or 2nd line talent: Ovie, Backstrom, Semin, Knuble (in small doses) Other than that, nothing. 3.5 Players to fill out 6 positions

MJ will be there soon.

Posted by: Unknown19 | February 14, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

agreed, the least he could do is provide pastries, katie? any idea who provided the morning snacks? fact is, all teams in the NHL have a loose policy on morning skates. its a skate not a practice. half the time the head coach doesnt even go out. imagine this board if we were the islanders and a guy decided to rest????

Posted by: Gotime32 | February 14, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@kbcrihmond, "Optional's" coffee will kill the buzz. C'mon, he can't drink coffee.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 14, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@Joek

This act that Mario is pulling now is exactly why I didn't like him nor respect him when he was playing the game. Now he's doing the same thing in ownership.

It's not a matter of right/wrong, it's a matter of this guy can't live w/o complaining.

Get out Mario! Sell the effin team you moron. It should be in Kansas City anyway you F&^k! The league didn't need ya then and it doesn't need ya now. If ya don't like it, get the ef out! Oh and you don't have to take my side of it just b/c I'm blogging on CI, there are plenty of media types that are publishing exactly what I've been saying for years! He's way outta line and if he doesn't like it he should get out!

Joek - nothing against you. Sometimes I'm not able to type exactly what I'm thinking and this instance was the perfect example to illustrate where I'm coming from. He's always got this "I don't like it so I'll pack my lunchbox & go home" attitude. Then he passed it to his Savior in Crysby and he took it and man has he ever ran with it!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 14, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface

You mean to tell me, Ovie and Semin arent sitting in the stands doing shots of vodka every time ChimChim misses the net, Shultz gets beat to a puck, Sloan makes a mistake, or BB drops an F bomb? Because isnt that all those russians do...drink vodka and play with no heart?

DJ King is on the ice the longest of anyone, he even stays out for the extra/extend skates...they should give him the "C". I mean, isnt that obvious by now? Silly noobs.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 14, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

how many times do we need to go over what a "Morning Skate' is about and that they players not skating are at the rink for treatment, team meetings and video to prepare for the game. Please learn more about the game and team functions before spouting nonsense.
Thank you

Posted by: boomer44 | February 14, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I totally get that participation in the morning skates is purely a personal preference, etc, but given the state of the team, shouldn't Ovie be out there to at least set the proper tone?

It's not like he's playing so great that he'd risk 'jinxing' himself by breaking from his normal gameday routine and taking the skate.

Posted by: chombie13 | February 14, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@chombie...OV may have an ailment, remember he received a cortisone shot last month, I would prefer he keep fresh for the games

Posted by: boomer44 | February 14, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@boomer, if Ovie has an "ailment" why not sit him out a game? It's not like he's tearing up the scoring charts this year.

Neither are any of the Caps.

BTW, since when is being drunk/hungover and ailment? I didn't know a cortisone shot fixed that.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 14, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

his ailment is a 12 year $120 million + contract

Posted by: doughless | February 14, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

...and the ego that goes along with it

Posted by: doughless | February 14, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Now that he has been rumored to be dealt, I am curious to see what people on here would REALISTICALLY be willing to give up for Chris Neil.

Please do not just include 4 Caps you want off the roster, think of players that Ottawa would want in return and would it be enough to outbid other teams.

Would people be willing to give up BGordon(I know the answer is yes to him) and Holtby.

Or maybe you can get Ottawa to take Chimera if you add in a little more(i.e. Holtby). So would you trade Chimera and Holtby for Neil?

Posted by: sgm3 | February 14, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

his ailment is a 12 year $120 million + contract

Posted by: doughless

I wish I had that ailment.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 14, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

sgm3:

ditto!! I would suggest that when folks start talking about dealing goalies, that we not include Holtby's name. Why a bit overzealous now, that guy has the makings of a #1 goalis. Varly and/or Neuvy, one of them should be packaged.

Posted by: doughless | February 14, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

sitting in the stands doing shots of vodka every time ChimChim misses the net, Shultz gets beat to a puck,
---------------

That's a lot of vodka shots. Especially on that 2nd one. Schultz has been terrible when it's mattered most - ie, the playoffs - if anything, he's gotten worse. He wasn't within ten feet of Loktionov on that goal; one move by a quick forward and all #55 can do is wave at the guy. Brutal.

We have a bunch of guys whose value was never higher than it was this summer - and, I'm willing to bet, higher than it ever will be again - Schultz, Fehr, Laich, Steckel, to name but a few - and nothing substantial has been done to improve the team.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 14, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Supposedly Ottawa just want picks or prospects for anyone they deal. They dont want to take back NHL contracts.

Posted by: ThePat | February 14, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly Ottawa just want picks or prospects for anyone they deal. They dont want to take back NHL contracts.

Posted by: ThePat

Interesting, so would people be willing to give up Holtby? If not, what would people be willing to give up for Neil?

If the Caps trade for Neil or another player they may need to look to make another deal to unload a player. Even if just for a 6th or 7th round pick.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 14, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

if any player has a hangover, it would be better to skate and sweat it out rather than sit in a video session...

@clueless...most athletes do have an ego or they wouldn't be in the pros
@jwash...would you rather he sit a morning skate or a game?

Posted by: boomer44 | February 14, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

for Neil...I honestly dont know what it would take to get him. I wouldnt give up one of the goalies for him though. If I am giving up a goalie its part of a package for a 2C back or a proven goal scorer.

Posted by: ThePat | February 14, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@boomer, A game, what can it hurt?

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 14, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

that is some real insight, boomer. thanks

Posted by: doughless | February 14, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

16 MILLION between these two and they do not go to practice???? Give me a break!!! What kind of leadership is that???

Posted by: CB28031 | February 14, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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