|Captain, my captain...|
It is unknown at this time who the Avalanche will go with in goal, as Joe Sacco did not hold a practice on Friday. Bothe Avalance goalies have been poor so far this year, but Semyon Varlamov was very bad in Colorado's net on Thursday night, giving up 3 goals in the third period as the Avs let a 4-2 lead slip away. Will J-S Giguere get the call or will Varly get a chance to prove that George McPhee didn't totally fleece Colorado? We'll know after the morning skate. Outside the crease, the Avalanche only have three minor injuries. Brandon Yip, Ryan Wilson, and Peter Mueller are all on the mend with long-term injuries and will not play. Winger Chuck Kobasew is questionable.
For the Caps, Dale Hunter will give the tap on the pads to Michal Neuvirth following his excellent 26 save shutout of Winnipeg on Thursday. Even with his shutout, Neuvirth's numbers have been less than stellar so far this year: a 4-5-1 record, 3.38 GAA, .885 save percentage, and the aforementioned shutout. On the injury front, defenseman Mike Green is expected to miss another game with his groin injury, though he should have joined the team as of this morning. Matt Hendricks, who missed more than a week with a knee injury, is slated to return, and either Cody Eakin or Mathieu Perreualt will be benched in his place. Jeff Schultz seems certain to be healthy scratched for the third consecutive game despite the fact that he is much better than Roman Hamrlik. Oops. Did I say that out loud?
Puck drops for this one 9:09-ish.