|The Caps put up a 5 spot in their last game against the Devils.|
Jacques Lemaire is expected to start the backbone of the Devils franchise, Martin Brodeur, in nets for his team. Brodeur is coming off a 22-save performance last night in which the Devils lost 3-1, he allowed two goals. The veteran has struggled with inconsistency and injuries this season, resulting in a mortal 2.50 GAA and .902 Save%, but he is still Martin F. Brodeur and will be a huge task for the undermanned Capitals. On the injury front, New Jersey is still missing Zach Parise, their best player, as he recovers from knee surgery; he will not play tonight.
For the Capitals, it is a pure toss-up as to who will be in goal tonight; my money is on Michal Neuvirth as he needs to get ready for the playoffs, but Boudreau could just as easily go with Braden Holtby, who is the hot hand at the moment. Neuvirth is 2-0 against the Devils this year, allowing 3 goals on 69 shots; Holtby is 0-1, allowing 5 goals on 23 shots. Outside the crease, Nicklas Backstrom, Eric Fehr, and John Erskine are all questionable with various injuries that have kept them out of the last five, one, and two games respectively. As there was no practice yesterday, no updates on these players other than what was said after the Detroit game is available. Tom Poti is considered doubtful with his wonky groin, and Jason Arnott and Mike Green are out, as they are in DC.
Puck drops on this huge game for both teams 7:08-ish. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for your morning skate updates, as I am travelling tomorrow and will not be able to write a post. And, finally, check out last night's Around the NHL update for your scoreboard-watching.