Notes from the Capitals' morning skate in Tampa
It was a rather sparsely attended morning skate at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, but that's to be expected on the second day of back-to-back games. Here are a few notes and tidbits that came out of the session:
--If you missed the previous post, Mike Green skated for the first time since he suffered a second hit to the head on Feb. 25 against the Rangers. There's still no timetable for his return from what is believed to be a concussion.
--Michal Neuvirth should get the start in net tonight for the Capitals, as Coach Bruce Boudreau tries to see if he can be the guy to carry the load at a crucial time in the season. This will mark Neuvirth's seventh consecutive start and he is 5-1-0 in his last six.
--Marcus Johansson did not skate but appeared to be walking okay this morning after taking a shot off his right foot/ankle yesterday against the Panthers. Boudreau said he believed Johansson would be ready to go against the Lightning.
--The Capitals' lineup for tonight's important and final regular-season tilt against Tampa Bay will likely look a lot like the arrangement that faced the Panthers.
--Prior to the 3-2 overtime win against Florida, Boudreau mentioned that Eric Fehr, who will likely miss a 22nd game tonight since he suffered a dislocated shoulder on Jan. 14, was essentially ready to return. After taking part in the scratches skate, Fehr confirmed as much and said that he's ready to go whenever the Capitals decide to activate him off of injured reserve and put him in the lineup. Fehr was placed on long-term injured reserve retroactive to the date of his injury in order for the Capitals to add Jason Arnott, Dennis Wideman and Marco Sturm at the trade deadline, General Manager George McPhee said at the time.
It's obviously tough to tinker with lines much when a team is winning but according to calculations on Capgeek, if Fehr were activated from long-term injured reserve Washington would need to clear roughly $630,000 of space to comply with the NHL's salary cap.
That may mean reassigning someone to Hershey, an option which is limited to players that were on the Bears' clear-day roster like goaltender Braden Holtby, or another transaction such as putting a different player on injured reserve.
| March 7, 2011; 1:03 PM ET
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