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Michal Neuvirth to make fifth straight start

Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice from this morning's session at Bridgestone Arena and it appears he will get his fifth straight start for the Capitals tonight against the undefeated Predators (3-0).

Mike Green (upper-body injury), Tom Poti and Matt Bradley (both lower-body injuries) did not make the trip to Nashville. Defenseman Brian Fahey has been recalled from Hershey however and will complete the Capitals group of six blueliners for tonight and will be paired with Tyler Sloan.

With Green and Poti, who average more than 27 and 19 minutes of ice time per game respectively, out of the lineup John Carlson said that every other member of the defense just has to buckle down and take on the challenge of a bigger role.

"I don't think it changes anything. I think we all just have to assume a bigger role," said Carlson, who will likely be paired with John Erskine against the Predators. "We all have to be at the top of our game because those are two unbelievable defensemen, but when the best players are out, the rest of us feel a little pressure to up our game a bit and play a little better. So I'm hoping that we can give ourselves a little kick in the butt and bear down tonight."

--On the forward side, Boudreau said rookie center Marcus Johansson will be ready to play against the Predators. This morning he was skating between his previous linemates, Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr.

--D.J. King was out on the ice with the assistant coaches long after the rest of the team left, so it's probably a safe bet he will be the scratch for tonight.

--Predators Coach Barry Trotz said rookie Anders Lindback, who has 62 of the 67 shots he's faced through three games for a .925 save percentage, will start in net for Nashville.

By Katie Carrera  | October 16, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Matt Bradley, Michal Neuvirth, Mike Green, Nashville Predators, Tom Poti  
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Comments

Should I start Neuvy in my fantasy leagues, or stay with Howard and Bobrovsky? Nashville, in my opinion, is one of the better teams in the West now. Hm...

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 16, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

So we're talking about:

Schultz Alzner
Carlson Erskine
Sloan Fahey

as the defensive pairings? Wow, I don't think that I would be very comfortable with any of those pairs on the ice at any given time. Hopefully, this sends a message to management about the defensive depth within the organization!

Posted by: aybee27 | October 16, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed that Green and Poti won't be in the lineup ...

but not too disappointed, because I'll be at the game in Smashville. I'll Rock the Red tonight. Go Capitals!

Posted by: Cerealman | October 16, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sloan and Fahey is a mistake of biblical proportions. It's gonna be ugly tonite.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | October 16, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Caps forwards are going to really have to pay attention to their back-checking and do their best to cycle and control the tempo, unless they want to hang Neuvy out to dry with that scab defense. I do hope the Caps can make a trade for a quality blueliner sooner as opposed to later.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 16, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Where is Chicken Little now with certain Armageddon facing the Caps D tonight?

Posted by: MReilly9 | October 16, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Here chicken chicken chicken....

Posted by: LloydChristmas | October 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

It really is unbelievable that the need for another D was not addressed in the off season. I hate to beat a dead horse but seriously, Fahey/Sloan??!!

As someone said in the last post pitiful! And I know it may be early in the year but Neuvy is going to get hung out to dry tonight because of inexperience playing in front of him. Good message to be sending your young goalie mgmt??!!

Posted by: PhilR | October 16, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I think Neuvy's in because it's the wrong time to test Varly. D aside, I'm glad Neuvirth's in net.

Obviously a number of you think we're doomed. I think the opposite -- Caps will double the effort tonight and win 4-2 (with one en).

Posted by: Justafan | October 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else that goes to Verizon ever wonder why #99 isn't in the rafters? I just dropped a note to Ted asking about that and suggesting the Caps have a ceremony. I also suggested extending an invitation to Gretzky if the Caps choose to raise his number to the rafters.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 16, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I am not too thrilled about those pairings myself, but Green is still a liability. I am not too upset that he is not suiting up. I am not happy the man is hurt, but he has, once again been painful to watch this year. Hopefully, Neuvirth will stand on his head and Carlson will play out of his mind

Posted by: Ampboy | October 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Are you people just saying this about the D tonight, and secretly hoping that the youngsters play well? Reverse psychology for the mind?

I think you all suffer from the Washington homeboy curse which seems to affect all Washington teams.

There's nothing better than winning, but another great aspect of any sport is rooting for the underdogs, i.e. the young guns on D.


I'm rootin' for the D, and a win against a very good up and coming team.

Posted by: coastallp74 | October 16, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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