|Can Michal Neuvirth reverse the Caps' fortunes tonight?|
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett is expected to roll with Ilya Bryzgalov in nets tonight for his team. The 30 year old Russian netminder is having a bit of a down season by his standards with a 2.58 GAA and .917 save percentage, but is white hot over his last four starts: a 1.00 GAA, a .961 SP, and two shutouts, all in Coyotes victories. Bryz stopped 30 of 33 last year when these two teams met; the fourth goal for the Caps was an empty-netter.
For the Capitals, Michal Neuvirth returns to the blue paint tonight as he will be given the start in goal by coach Bruce Boudreau. Neuvy is 1-0 against the Coyotes in his career; he stopped 28 of 30 shots in the Capitals' victory last season. Michal is coming off a 34-save, 2-0 shutout loss to the Sharks one week ago today. Outside of the crease, both Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin did not skate this morning but are expected to play in tonight's game. The lines have not changed from yesterday's practice, which means that Mike Knuble stays on the top line for tonight's game. Eric Fehr took part in the morning skate in a plain white practice jersey, indicating that he is that much closer to a return as he is cleared for contact. That is definitely good news for Caps fans.
Puck drops 8:07-ish. Check back after the game.