|Can Michal Neuvirth continue his run in the DC goal?|
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.