|Michal Neuvirth is expected to start again for Washington.|
To no one's surprise, Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher will roll with Dwayne Roloson in nets for his club. Roloson, who the Lightning acquired while the Capitals were winning the Winter Classic, has a respectable 2.67 GAA and .911 Save% on the season, but it is his four shutouts that indicate that he can take over a game when he is on his game; he has two of those shutouts against the Capitals. In total, he has given up five goals in three games against Washington this year.
Bruce Boudreau is expected to give the reins to Michal Neuvirth again, the young Czech's seventh consecutive start in goal. Over his last six starts, Neuvirth has a 2.16 GAA and five wins, and has really come on strong for the Capitals during this recent surge. For the season, he owns a 2.47 GAA, .914 Save%, and three shutouts, and he stopped 38 of 41 in his only start against Tampa Bay this year. Outside the crease, no lineup changes are expected from the Capitals. That means that Jeff Schultz, who was a surprise healthy scratch last night, should remain as one, and neither DJ King nor Jay Beagle will play. Mike Green has rejoined the team, but has not skated and still does not have a timetable for return.
Puck drops for this one 7:08-ish, and the game will be televised nationally on Versus. Buckle up, Caps fans. For updates from the Mar. 7 morning skate, click here.