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Monday, March 21, 2011

Gameday: at Philadelphia, Mar. 22

Can Michal Neuvirth continue his run in the DC goal?
The Washington Capitals are in the city of brotherly love (or not) to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a clash of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals come into tonight's game with 94 points in 73 games, which places them first in the Southeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference, coming off their 3-0 shutout of the Devils Friday night.  The Flyers, on the other hand, have 96 points in 71 games, which places them first in the Atlantic Division and first in the East.  They won 3-2 in their last game against the Stars.  This is the fourth and final regular season meeting between these two teams this season; the Caps are 1-0-2 against the Flyers this year.

Flyers bench boss Peter Laviolette is expected to roll with Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in nets for his squad.  Bobrovsky, who has burst onto the NHL scence out of nowhere this year, won the Flyers' last game by making 28 saves on 30 shots.  On the season, he has 26 wins, a 2.56 GAA, and a .916 Save% in 43 starts, and will be a tough task for the Capitals' depleted forward corps.  On the injury front, the Flyers are missing a big piece on their blue line, as stalwart defender Chris Pronger is will miss the game and another three weeks due to surgery on his hand.

Michal Neuvirth is expected to get the call in the Capitals' goal for the third consecutive game, as he is coming off a masterful 33-save shutout in New Jersey in his last game.  On the year, Neuvy has an impressive 23 wins, 2.42 GAA, .916 Save%, and four shutouts in 40 games played.  Outside the crease, the Washington infirmary list continues to grow.  The Caps will be without Alex Ovechkin (undisclosed), Jason Arnott (groin), Mike Green (concussion), and Tom Poti (groin) for this game, as well as at least the next week.  Eric Fehr is also questionable with another upper-body injury; he will take the morning skate and see how he feels, and then a decision will be made on his status.  As a result of Ovechkin's injury, Jay Beagle will return to the lineup, and DJ King will play if Fehr can't go.  On the back end, John Erskine is believed to be ready to return to active duty, which means that Tyler Sloan will return to the press box.

Puck drops for this one 7:38-ish, and the game will be broadcast on Versus. Make sure to follow me on Twitter for all your morning skate and lineup updates, as I will be working tomorrow and won't be able to write until later in the evening.

1 comment:

  1. Hope for a competitive game, would love a win, but that's a lot to ask for - too much against us - major players out, top team in the conference home ice for them. As long as it's close, much like the Wings game, Caps fans should still have satisfaction knowing the majority of the team will be mostly healthy come playoff time.